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LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production

David Earl

The beginner's guide to exploring, understanding, and rocking the world of dance music using the free LMMS digital audio workstation with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849517041
Paperback384 pages

About This Book

  • Create the dance music you wanted. An experienced guide shows you the ropes.
  • Learn from the best in dance music; its history, its people, and its genres.
  • Learn the art of making music: from the way you set up your equipment, to polishing up your final mix.

Who This Book Is For

You have a computer and a love for dance and electronic music. Maybe you’ve been to some clubs, and the energy of electronic dance music has you completely under its spell. You see a DJ spinning, and everyone is dancing. It’s infectious. You want to make music that affects people that way. Today the open source community has offered you LMMS. Read this book, and you’ll be shown a process to creating great dance music. This book is going to connect the dots if you have already started making dance music, and provide a very solid foundation if you are just getting started – no matter what your skill level is.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Gearing Up: A Preflight Checklist
Getting a studio ready to thump
System requirements
Installing LMMS
LMMS resources or where's my stuff?
File management—keeping it together
Time for action—saving our first project
Playing sessions at other studios
Setting up MIDI for LMMS
Time for action—setting up MIDI in Windows
Time for action—setting up MIDI in Linux using ALSA
Getting sound out of LMMS
Getting on the mic
A brief introduction to sound cards and audio interfaces
Great resources for inspiring sounds
Making custom samples
Time for action—recording with a microphone
The art of listening—controlling your listening environment
Chapter 2: Getting Our Feet Wet: Exploring LMMS
What kind of electronic musician are you?
Opening the LMMS default song and making noise!
Time for action—opening a new song template
Using the Beats+Bassline Editor
Time for action—setting the stage to build a beat
Time for action—adding drums to the Beats+Bassline Editor
Time for action—creating a beat pattern
Time for action—editing samples with the Audiofile processor
Time for action—adding elements and variation to our beat pattern
Time for action—adding bass to the Beats+Bassline Editor
Time for action—editing note length and root pitch in the Beats+Bassline Editor
Exploring the Piano Roll editor
Time for action—opening a pattern in the Piano Roll editor
Time for action—changing the pitch of the bassline
Using the Piano Roll in the Song Editor
Time for action—muting instruments in the Beats+Bassline Editor
Time for action—enabling a Piano Roll in the Song Editor
Time for action—enabling a MIDI keyboard controller in the Song Editor
Getting the Mixer to work in our project
Time for action—routing an instrument to a channel on the FX Mixer
What's a plugin? Where do we put 'em?
Time for action—exploring FX
Chapter 3: Getting Our Hands Dirty: Creating in LMMS
Starting our beat with the basics
Time for action—making the most basic of beats
Time for action—fitting the bass in
Other styles in dance music
Time for action—creating Chicago style house music
Tasting the ingredients of dance music
Chapter 4: Expanding the Beat: Digging Deeper into the Art of Beatmaking
Starting fresh
Time for action—setting up long form patterns
Time for action—adding harmonies to beats
Time for action—making the bass pitch friends with our harmony
Time for action—using the key of the song
Time for action—sweeping a filter using automation
Time for action—panning and volume automation
Time for action—putting reverb on the clap and twiddling it
Chapter 5: Making Spaces: Creating the Emotional Landscape
Using the Song Editor
Time for action—moving a pattern into the Song Editor
Time for action—bringing in instruments
Time for action—playing the notes in the Piano Roll editor
Time for action—using panning to spread the song out
Time for action—delaying those stabs!
Time for action—setting up reverb on an FX bus
Chapter 6: Finding and Creating New Noises
Sampling audio
Time for action—creating a pattern completely from samples, with a drum loop
Time for action—sound sculpting in Audacity
Chapter 7: Getting It All Stacked Up
Get your loop set
Time for action—setting up the loops
Time for action—making our basses
Time for action—dirty bass
Time for action—sending clones through effects
Time for action—adding the ambient elements
Using samples in the Song Editor
Time for action—adding a sample track
Chapter 8: Spreading Out the Arrangement
The art of arranging
Time for action—breaking down Imagine by John Lennon
Time for action—analyzing One
Time for action—spreading out the loop
Chapter 9: Gluing the Arrangement Together
The art of the transition
Time for action—creating a dropout with the accompanying pitch fall
Time for action—creating a filter sweep
Time for action—adding in effects over time
Chapter 10: Getting the Mix Together
What is mixing?
Time for action—separating audio streams
The mixing ABCs
Time for action—using compression in LMMS
Time for action—using EQ
Time for action—exploring echo and simple delays
Time for action—exploring Freeverb
Time for action—exploring vintage reverb
Chapter 11: Getting into Instruments
The instruments of LMMS
The language of synthesis
Time for action—exploring oscillators
Time for action—exploring different synthesis methods
Time for action—activating instrument filters
Time for action—assigning modulators in LMMS
Chapter 12: Where to Go from Here
Guilds, societies, and such
Where to sell my stuff

What You Will Learn

  • How to install and navigate LMMS
  • How to create compelling bass lines and loops
  • How to create a sample library of custom-made sounds
  • How to use the LMMS editors to create and edit your music
  • Explore the instruments included in LMMS
  • How to use the Song Editor to arrange a song
  • How to mix and use effects
  • How to export a mix from LMMS so that it can be shared with the world

In Detail

You’ve scoured the forums, watched the tutorial videos, and done everything you can to learn the secrets of the art of making dance music. Everyone is saying something different about how to get into producing your own projects. This book will help connect the dots and lay a solid foundation of knowledge so you can get beats banging out of LMMS.

This book will show you the ins and outs of making Dance music with LMMS. Do you make house, trance, techno or down-tempo? After this book you’ll be able to make a song that stands out from the masses, using time honoured tricks of the trade. From inception to conception, this book will help give you a workflow to channel your muse using LMMS.

Readers will be given a brief lesson on the best of dance music history, then learn how to recreate it using the Open Source digital workstation - LMMS. The reader will be guided through creating a project from start to finish. By the end of this book, the reader will know how to create a full dance track in LMMS and make it ready for distribution.

Along the way, readers will take short stops into music theory, song arranging, recording, and other related information to give them a good foundation for making dance music with depth as well as power.

Reading LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production will not just teach the reader how to use LMMS, but also how good dance music is crafted. The reader will not just be taught how to make decisions in LMMS, but when and why. After devouring this book, the reader should be able to focus on his or her creativity, with LMMS as a co-conspirator in the process of making great dance music.


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