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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435458362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435458369
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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About Your Free Open Source Music Studio

  • After starting his own company, funding it entirely on his own, author G. W. Childs realizes the difficulties faced by those just starting out. Learn more about his journey, the tools he found, when and when not to spend money, and how to do it.

    "[T]he main point in writing this . . . is to let you know what's out there if you just ask."
    --G. W. Childs (from the Preface)

  • Takes readers deep into the world of open source music software--where the new, the innovative, and the affordable is key.

  • Explains how you can get your hands on free DAWs, plugins, and other useful freeware and shareware for your studio.

  • Provides tutorials on how to use the various programs available.

  • Fills in the gaps where you need it by detailing specific instructions for installing shareware software on multiple operating systems even when no clear instruction is provided by the developer.


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That said, I do not think this is the best book to help out.
Your Free Open Source Music Studio by G.W. Childs IV is an excellent guide to getting started recording music on home computers.
I personally would maybe offer a website in connection with this book, so the buyer could check it out and keep up to date.
Seth C. Dortch

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This book is a chatty and general overview of how you can build an open source music studio that is essentially free and low cost. The book reads well and summarizes many different kinds of software, mixing software, studio software, fx software and synthesizer software very well. The book has, for my interests, two limitations. One is that the information is already a fair bit out of date. Many items of free and open source software are not mentioned and some of the ones mentioned have already undergone some significant evolution since the book was written. Two is that it handles a lot about Mac and PC software options, but very little about Linux option, even though Linus has strongly pioneered open source. Linux Multi Media Studio is not covered. The book, too, is almost a catalog of what you can get and some description of the features to consider. But there is nothing about how, for instance, to interface DSSI plug ins with Rosegarden or LMMS, what kinds of audio cards are most compatible with which software choices, and how well the WINE Linux program allows Linux users to use music software for a PC or Mac.

Part of my commitment as a reviewer of computer stuff is to come from the Linux angle and give a review that helps Linux users know what is going to work for them and what is best left alone to save time and money. This book has almost no advice that I feel would have been worthwhile for a person trying to set up a Linux Studio (which I have done). I use Linux Mint OS 9 (which piggy backs on Ubuntu and runs everything Ubuntu does fairly easily). I have found that people need to research which multi-core chips run best on Linux, because Music software puts the CPU through the paces and is likely to find any weakness in the chipset that can cause a kernel crash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2011
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This is a pretty ugly book, large fonts basically doubling the page count of the rather thin material, and it's extremely basic. Insultingly basic I'd say for many potential readers, if someone is thinking about employing open source software for a music studio, it seems plausible that they'd know what a synthesizer is, right? And the software lists are quite outdated.

Honestly this book should be a website with updated links to the recommended software.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on October 29, 2011
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"Your Free Open Source Music Studio" by G.W. Childs IV is not at all what I expected. While the book tries to give a general overview of how to get going using low-cost or no cost options for your in home music studio, it really rather falls short. Much of the equipment that is shown looks like it is more retro than what most musicians - or in my case, producers, who want to make their own in-house film scores would find useful. Most photos look ca. 1980's or very early 90's at best. While the author does talk about Apple's Garage Band, it definitely looks as the example was at least three or more upgrades ago. That isn't recent enough - not when media moves so fast these days. Let's be honest: In this realm, you cannot afford to be behind the times. The information needs to be as fresh and recent as possible, and the instruments cannot look as if they came out of a pawn shop inventory ten years ago.

Other disappointing aspects of this book: The fonts are too large for the actual text of the guide and then the index font size is incredibly small. Add to this that nowhere in the entire book is there a single URL for anyone who might be interested to download the softwear. Yes, you can Google the information, but why would anyone want to do the extra step that the author should have done in the first place? Understandably, information of this type is usually obsolete before it comes off the press - but this book looks as if the authro sat on the information at least a number of years. In product manuals or how to manuals of this source, there should not only be an index, but rather a resource and contact list at the back of the book. This information would have been so essy to put in but for whatever reason, the author didn't bother. It wasn't useful for me as a filmmaker and I would not recommend it to other music producing and filmmaking colleagues or friends of mine either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Vendera VINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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I've Googled for free recording software products over the years, and most of what I found (including shareware) was included in this book. Contrary to popular belief, a musician on a budget CAN create a home digital software studio that will produce as great of quality recordings as if you used Pro-Tools. The key is in finding the best free, shareware, and time limited programs available, combine them together, then figure out how to smoothly make them work together. That's exactly what the author of this book did.

Mr. Childs basically found the programs for you, explained them, then compiled them into one book, breaking them down by category, such as synths, DAWs, and even some hardware like mic cables. The descriptions are lengthy, but fully explanatory. The only thing that concerns me is that some of the program information is outdated. I think the author would do well to either:

A- Make this book a yearly updated release, like Open Source 2011, Open Source 2012, in order to keep the information up to date in the fast paced, always changing world of software programs, or,

B- Thin the book down to general information, covering the basics of some programs, then mainly add extensive links in the book that lead to maybe a "Members section" for people who own this book where they can find the latest news on the latest programs, tips and tricks for using each program and possibly a message board community to share info. That would turn this book into a 7-star review!!!
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