Below are 10 of some of the most highly recommended and acclaimed books for beginner-intermediate music producers, covering topics such as music theory, synthesis, mixing, mastering, psychology, and more.
Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt
Info: A uniquely educational approach to music theory via the piano roll in a MIDI keyboard environment.
How Music Works by David Bryne
Info: With a vast topical landscape, How Music Works covers the history, technology, psychology, and sociology of music with key insights to venue architecture and instrumental arrangements.
Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques by Rick Snoman
Info: An electronic music cornerstone book covering genres, compressors, processors, effects, mixing structure, music theory, kicks and percussion, sound design and much more.
Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior
Info: Arguably one of - if not the best - intro books to mixing. An expansive, detailed, easy-to-read approach to analyzing and solving the major and minor facets of mixing music at home with limited equipment.
Music Habits - The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production by Jason Timothy
Info: A motivational, easy-to-ready book aimed at empowering musicians to create and finish tracks with tips to defeating procrastination/distraction, as well as fueling self-discovery and joy in the creative process.
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin
Info: A soft exploration of the science invovled with our brains and music. Concepts help readers rethink approaches to sound design, perception, and more.
Info: A pragmatic, rudimentary book covering audio concepts like compression, noise gates, EQ, flanging, phasers, along with microphone analysis including graphs of frequency response. An all-around solid beginner book for music production that should be simple enough for anyone to understand.
Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science by Bob Katz
Info: A high-level mastering book that is not intended for beginners due to the requirement of professional experience and commercial-grade (super expensive) equipment. However this book does have a few gem concepts that can help evolve a beginner's understanding of compression, signaling, and more.
Price: $39.38 (only $9-10 if you select used)
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Info: One of those spiritual, creative motivation books that make you feel skeptical at first glance. Surprisingly though, The Artist's Way is a widely acclaimed/recommended book for anyone really, which focuses on removing limiting beliefs and negative forces, and improving our confidence and productivity.
The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
Info: A fascinating and insightful dive into the undertones and inner-workings of pop hits since the 90s, illuminating the nuances of money, business, marketing, streaming technology, data algorithms, and listening behavior.
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