The second book from musictechtuition.com is the revised version of Music Technology A-Level, bringing the book up to date with Cubase 7. In addition to the detailed revisions and changes that Cubase 7 introduces, there is a complete chapter dedicated to the Mix Console that was introduced with Cubase 7 and the facilities it gives. The rest of the book is revised and updated, but covers the same core topics and techniques needed for success at A-Level Music Technology. The 461-page textbook takes the reader from the first steps with Cubase, through to being capable of producing sequences of high quality with an in-depth look at detailed programming techniques and understanding the way instruments are played and perform to allow more accurate sequencing.
A second topic area of the book is the examination of music theory and arrangements, topics which usually strike fear into the heart of most people working with Music Technology, but everything included in the book is intended to be useful in a practical scenario, and to allow the reader to make their work more interesting by using simple, practical tips which can be applied in a wide range of situations.The book also explains a number of important concepts, techniques and devices in the sphere of audio, and gives a good primer to understand and make use of various different kinds of microphones in the studio.
The final area is a practical approach to recording, from simple initial recordings right through to complex multi-track recordings, with effects and automation applied to create professional-sounding recordings with bit-perfect mixdowns. While some of the specific sequencing techniques included in the book apply solely to Cubase (such as the use of the Logical Editor), much of the book works in general terms and would be applicable to any sequencer platform. In most chapters, exercises are suggested to allow the reader to practice their new-found knowledge in a directed manner, and to gain confidence as a result.
Download a sample chapter from the book here.