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Burning Down the House: Ripping, Recording, Remixing, and More! Paperback – June 15, 2003
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This is a must-read for any aspiring beat-meister. -- Remix magazine, October 2003
Van Buskirk leaves no stone unturned in this concise entry This long-overdue tome is a wise investment for you. -- URB magazine, September 2003
From the Back Cover
Learn the perfect way to rip, copy, record, and burn digital music, using free, open-source software, or inexpensive commercial apps. From mash-ups that combine existing hits, to remixes of your favorite songs, you'll be ready to tackle it all--even if you start as a novice who doesn't know BPM from MP3. Follow along with author Eliot Van Buskirk's step-by-step instructions (with diagrams) to produce projects that take you into the studio, onto the radio, and beyond. Burning Down the House: Ripping, Recording, Remixing, and More! shows you exactly why the computer is the most powerful musical tool of all time.
- Rip, burn, copy, and mix a CD
- Create live DJ mixes featuring fades and beat-matching
- Listen to, manipulate, or produce music of any genre or format
- DJ live using a laptop
- Run your own Internet radio station
- Record live audio
- Make remixes and mash-ups of your favorite songs
- Produce a slideshow with your own MP3 soundtrack
- Learn audio effects and smart editing techniques
- Understand relevant copyright law, and what you should and should not do
Top Customer Reviews
Ripping, Recording, Remixing and more!
This book is about putting music on the computer, editing it and then playing it back. Or, "That's No Computer - It's Your Music Machine". As the book further states, "It doesn't matter whether you can play an instrument, read music, or carry a tune - as long as you like music, all the projects in this book are within your grasp".
The desktop computer now can do things that used to require thousands of dollars worth of equipment. This book gives the novice computer audiophile a lot of great basic info to get started, and also has many tips and tricks for more experienced users
It is well-written , with many screenshots illustrating the text, and though short, it is extensive and very informative. The book identifies software needed to perform the various functions which, in almost all cases, is freeware or shareware, to limit costs.
Of course, an initial question is "Why do I want to know all this?" My short answer - because it allows one to obtain a digital audio file with content just as wanted.
I have a few projects in mind which would make good use of the computer. In some cases there are no commercial CDs available presently. Other projects would transfer audio from records or tapes that will continue to deteriorate - records when the phonograph needle wears out the grooves and tapes as they age and lose magnetic material - and also continue to accumulate scratches and other artifacts that cause blips in the sound. Computer processing can eliminate these artifacts and improve the sound quality. Also the computer will allow me to make CDs with my own compilation of music - and in a manner so it can be played on any CD player, anywhere.Read more ›
Now my digital music life is much easier. Thank you! mr. van buskirk
BTW.. please check out his column on c-net, also very helpful.
It's written in an easy to read, fun style... rather than too technical and boring like so many other computer oriented books.
And the software he mentions and uses as examples throughout are all open-source, which means free.... so you don't already have to have some expensive software package before you can start making remixes, burning cd's, etc....
Anyway, definitely a good book and well worth the money
To merely make a backup copy, to save a damaged CD, or to make your own re-mixes or mash-ups!
I fully believe that the mash-up is a new work and not simply a derivitive work, that inspires revolution and pushes further the creativity in our culture, the mash-up is revolution, resistance and original, oh yeah and fun as hell!
Get the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good value and performance! Of what was offered it covered a wide range of topics with enough clarity to be followed by most.Published on February 16, 2013 by DOBrown
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Dust off and restore those great old LP's or even 8mm movies to DVD or CD. Read more
Best single book I've ever read on the MP3 playing and recording boom. I've seen Newsweek articles and the like trying to explain MP3 use to a couch potato, and Wired articles... Read morePublished on July 9, 2003 by Fawn Delfahn
this book is insightful and well organized. it covers everything i was looking for and more. instead of just the concepts, it uses real-world projects that you can follow along. Read morePublished on June 30, 2003 by Chuco the driver
You'll feel accomplished, smart and capable. Van Buskirk knows what he's writing about and makes you feel like you can do everything as well as a professional. Read morePublished on June 29, 2003