- Series: Productions: Beats
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Berklee Press; Pap/Com edition (July 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087639103X
- ISBN-13: 978-0876391037
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Producing Drum Beats: Writing and Mixing Killer Drum Grooves (Productions: Beats) Paperback – July 1, 2010
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I hope you find this information useful.
One must realize though, this book or any book for that matter is not going to make you an expert on the subject, but will merely scratch the surface. How far you wanna take the lessons learnt in the book by experimenting and practicing, is totally up to you.
Anyone who wants to get into beat programming and producing, this book is a great starting point.
I've been a classical pianist all my life, and have recently begun to compose and produce my own jazz compositions. But the missing element has been the drums. After all, even if you've written the most killer instrument tracks or vocals, you've got nothing without the drums.
This book is a great jumping-off point to get you moving in the right direction. Erik starts with the very basics, so even if you've never sat in front of a drum kit, don't know the difference between a crash and a splash cymbal, or think a guiro is a spinning kid's toy, you'll be fine. After reviewing the basics, Erik guides you through some of the most efficient methods for programming drum and percussion tracks in your DAW, and the whole time you're learning these tricks from one of the best in the industry.
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) has just awarded Berkleemusic (the online school at The Berklee College of Music) with its 2011 Best Online College Course Award for its online class "Programming and Producing Drum Beats". Erik Hawkins authored and teaches the course, and his book is used as the class text.
I'm currently enrolled in one of Berklee's master certificate programs, and although Erik's class was not part of my core curriculum, I took it as an elective very early on. Believe me, the book on its own will give you a good bang for the buck. In combination with the online class, it's a true break-out experience that will take you to that next level in your compositions or productions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought brand new, so far its exactly what I needed to take my music to the next levelPublished 9 months ago by Empeccable
This has been a great and very practical help for me. It shows you what beats there are in the different genres, and it's all in one place, so you can't go wrong.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer