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Books That Every Music Producer Should Read

May 22, 2008

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In preparation for an upcoming post, I’m looking to gather some info from both established and aspiring produces about what books have been the most helpful with learning equipment, sound theory, production, and the music business.  Will be great to see what everyone has been stuffing their brains with.  So please, let me hear your suggestions.

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Michael May 22, 2008 at 9:46 am

http://www.cantstopwontstop.com/book.cfm

Just a great book about hip-hop in general. An all-time classic read …

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Jimbalaya May 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

‘This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession’ by Daniel J. Levitin is a great book…
http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Music-Obsession/dp/0525949690

I’ve also heard that ‘Guerrilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is)’ by Karl Coryat is a good book, but I haven’t read it yet…
http://www.amazon.com/Guerrilla-Home-Recording-Studio-Matter/dp/1423454464/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211478808&sr=1-2

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Jay May 22, 2008 at 11:27 am

The Ravenspiral Guide

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clas6 May 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory 2nd Edition >> Even if you’re only sampling, its good to know the basics to communicate with Musicians

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BeatTips Manual 4th Edition//its a good read in general, the interviews alone are worth buying–respect to Sa’id

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DJ Stone May 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

two words

Wax Poetics

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DJ Stone May 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

two words

Wax Poetics

lol and take fuckin music lessons
u should at least know what major and minor means and stuff like that

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Reno May 23, 2008 at 12:02 am

A good ebook I just came across is ‘Hit Theory Ebook – First Principles of Modern Hip Hop Production’.

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Dulu May 23, 2008 at 1:14 am

Donald S. Passman – All You Need to Know About the Music Industry

Its a good book that describes how the industry works. Covers the roles of people in the industry, royalties, publishing, sampling laws.

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C.U.R.T. Connors May 23, 2008 at 6:13 am

Kashif-Everything You’d Better Know About the Record Industry
http://www.biblio.com/isbn/1885726031.html

A great motivating book recommended by my mentor

Russell Simmons-Do You

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Stardaa May 26, 2008 at 8:13 am

Mastering Audio by, Bob Katz (its a little advance thou, but full of concepts)

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kory May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am

Does anyone know where to get the sampler’s bible or the samplers dictionary? I heard it is available in Japan, but surely we can get a copy in the states as well. Any info or a link to purchase the book would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you—-

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Big g May 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm

@KORY
You can get it at undergroundhiphop.com

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DarkMeat January 2, 2010 at 1:44 am

How come this post jumps from May 26 to May 14?

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Semantik January 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Different year.

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DarkMeat January 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

True…. http://www.futureproducers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=177075 …this link has about 20 something pages of book suggestions good place to gather a reading list…

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