Top 10 Music Production Books for Beginners

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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.

Price: $23.65

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.

Price: $11.99

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.

Price: $27.17

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.

Price: $25.61

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. 

Price: $9.99

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.

Price: $11.25

Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production by Tim Dittmar

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.

Price: $20.48

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.

Price:  $10.93

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.

Price:  $18.32

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