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Could be a good reference guide, if re-released yearly,
This review is from: Your Free Open Source Music Studio (Paperback)
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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 The only thing that concerns me is that some of the program information is outdated.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!!!