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  • 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)
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I purchased this book hoping it would help me create better drumbeats for my music. After all, the subtitle of this book is "writing & mixing killer drum grooves". Are you kidding me? 77 pages primarily filled with revelations like "this is a bass drum - it's made of wood" "this is a snare drum - it has metal chains stretched across the bottom called snares"???? What? Is this written for 2nd graders? The author goes on... "this is a sequencer - this is a tamborine - this is a keyboard controller..." Oh..my...Gawd... The CD included contains (get ready for it) the SOUNDS of a kit (this is the snare sound - krak! this is the bass drum - thud!) There are FIVE, that's right, FIVE examples of a drumbeat. And trust me, they ain't anywhere close to killer. I really should have known better. I've purchased other Berklee Press books in the past and can honestly say that 90 percent of them are the same... Lots of bun and no meat. Supposedly Berklee is going to use it as a textbook. Lord help us. I am a 58 year old professional musician. I toured for over 20 years and currently teach 50+ private students and write and record for radio, TV and other commercial clients. I am always seeking more information to make me a better artist, performer, composer and teacher. Trust me, all this book will do is lighten your wallet and raise your blood pressure.
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This is not a book intended for seasoned professionals, as the previous reviewer appears to be. Obviously, that was a poor fit. It would help if Amazon provided a peak inside the book, but, at the moment there isn't such a preview. So, if you'd like to learn more about this book and its contents, please check out the author's blog. It's pretty self-explanatory, and there's even a PDF containing the book's Contents and Introduction.
[Can't put a link so here it is spelled out ... erikhawkins dot berkleemusicblogs dot com, look for the blog titled "New Book and Course: Programming and Producing Drum Beats"]
I hope you find this information useful.
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How can you learn to create Drum Beats with a book? I'm pretty new to producing electronic music and this book really helped me to get an idea about the different drum elements and the way they are used in an electronic music production. It is a rather thin book, but for me as a beginner this is an advantage. I have other, more academic books on this subject, but those books are just too complicated for me, and some of them are specific to one music genre only. I like the CD extra in this book here, there are some nice beat samples in there, ready to be used in production. In a future release of this book I would like to see a DVD with video tutorials, that would be great!
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This book is about how to do rather than what to do. If one is looking for the style related patterns or instant recipes for specific sounds, there are different books that might serve that purpose better. However, for the ones who want to learn about the main concepts and techniques of producing drum beats, this book is a well organized and valuable source.
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I purchased this book as a requirement for a course on programming and producing drum beat I took at Berklee Music school with the Author of the book. The book covers all the fundamentals of drum beat producing and programming with very useful excercises at the end of each chapter.

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.
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If you're a seasoned professional who is already producing realistic and professionally-mixed drum and percussion tracks on your digital audio workstation, this might not be the book for you. If you're anybody else, check it out!!

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.

Enjoy !!!
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