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LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production Beginner's Guide

Book Description

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

  • 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.

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.

Table of Contents

  1. LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production Beginner's Guide
    1. Table of Contents
    2. LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production Beginner's Guide
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Time for action—heading
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz—heading
        3. Have a go hero—heading
      6. Reader feedback
      7. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Gearing Up: A Preflight Checklist
      1. Getting a studio ready to thump
      2. System requirements
      3. Installing LMMS
        1. Installing LMMS on Windows
        2. Installing LMMS on Linux
        3. Installing LMMS on Mac OS X 10.6 and above
      4. LMMS resources or where's my stuff?
      5. File management—keeping it together
        1. Managing project versions
      6. Time for action—saving our first project
        1. What just happened?
      7. Playing sessions at other studios
      8. Setting up MIDI for LMMS
        1. MIDI keyboards
        2. Control surfaces
        3. Setting up MIDI in Windows
      9. Time for action—setting up MIDI in Windows
        1. What just happened?
        2. Setting up MIDI in Linux
      10. Time for action—setting up MIDI in Linux using ALSA
        1. What just happened?
        2. Installing MIDI in Mac OS X
      11. Getting sound out of LMMS
      12. Getting on the mic
        1. Dynamic microphone
        2. The condenser microphone
      13. A brief introduction to sound cards and audio interfaces
      14. Great resources for inspiring sounds
        1. Radiohead
        2. Indaba music
        3. Remix comps
        4. CCmixter
      15. Making custom samples
        1. Avoiding painful microphone feedback
      16. Time for action—recording with a microphone
        1. What just happened?
      17. The art of listening—controlling your listening environment
        1. Composing on the fly—laptop configurations
          1. Cutting out the world—choosing earbuds
        2. Composing in a room with studio monitors
          1. Computer noise, room noise, and hum
          2. Corners are bad
          3. Hardwood floors need a rug
          4. Parallel walls aren't great
          5. Absorption versus diffusion
          6. Speaker choice and placement is important
          7. Get a good chair
      18. Summary
    9. 2. Getting Our Feet Wet: Exploring LMMS
      1. What kind of electronic musician are you?
      2. Opening the LMMS default song and making noise!
      3. Time for action—opening a new song template
        1. What just happened?
        2. The Main Menu bar
          1. The Project menu
          2. The Edit menu
          3. The Tools menu
          4. The Help menu
        3. Clicking through the toolbar
          1. The top row of buttons on the left-hand side
          2. The bottom row of buttons on the left-hand side
          3. Other features of the toolbar
        4. Exploring the goodies in the side bar
      4. Using the Beats+Bassline Editor
      5. Time for action—setting the stage to build a beat
        1. What just happened?
      6. Time for action—adding drums to the Beats+Bassline Editor
        1. What just happened?
      7. Time for action—creating a beat pattern
        1. What just happened?
        2. Our first tweaking of samples
      8. Time for action—editing samples with the Audiofile processor
        1. What just happened?
      9. Time for action—adding elements and variation to our beat pattern
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding instruments to the Beats+Bassline Editor—Bass
      10. Time for action—adding bass to the Beats+Bassline Editor
        1. What just happened?
        2. Our first tweaking of a synth
      11. Time for action—editing note length and root pitch in the Beats+Bassline Editor
      12. Exploring the Piano Roll editor
      13. Time for action—opening a pattern in the Piano Roll editor
        1. What just happened?
      14. Time for action—changing the pitch of the bassline
        1. What just happened?
      15. Using the Piano Roll in the Song Editor
      16. Time for action—muting instruments in the Beats+Bassline Editor
        1. What just happened?
      17. Time for action—enabling a Piano Roll in the Song Editor
        1. What just happened?
      18. Time for action—enabling a MIDI keyboard controller in the Song Editor
        1. What just happened?
      19. Getting the Mixer to work in our project
      20. Time for action—routing an instrument to a channel on the FX Mixer
        1. What just happened?
      21. What's a plugin? Where do we put 'em?
      22. Time for action—exploring FX
        1. What just happened?
      23. Summary
    10. 3. Getting Our Hands Dirty: Creating in LMMS
      1. Starting our beat with the basics
      2. Time for action—making the most basic of beats
        1. What just happened?
      3. Time for action—fitting the bass in
        1. What just happened?
      4. Other styles in dance music
        1. Chicago style house music
      5. Time for action—creating Chicago style house music
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero—create dance music patterns
        3. New York House
        4. Acid House
        5. Breakbeat
        6. Jungle, Drum and Bass, and Braindance
      6. Tasting the ingredients of dance music
        1. Drums
          1. The bass drum
          2. The hi-hat
          3. The snare drum
          4. The tom-tom
        2. Basses
          1. The upright bass
          2. The electric bass
          3. The synth bass
            1. The SH-101
            2. The TB303
          4. Drum machines
            1. The Roland TR808
            2. The Roland TR909
            3. The LinnDrum
            4. The SP1200
          5. Samplers
          6. Other notables
        3. Have a go hero—finding your style
        4. Pop quiz!
      7. Summary
    11. 4. Expanding the Beat: Digging Deeper into the Art of Beatmaking
      1. Starting fresh
      2. Time for action—setting up long form patterns
        1. What just happened?
      3. Time for action—adding harmonies to beats
        1. What just happened?
        2. Placing the bass
      4. Time for action—making the bass pitch friends with our harmony
        1. What just happened?
          1. Giving the beat a turnaround
        2. The importance of knowing just a little music theory
          1. The major scale
          2. How to figure out a major scale
          3. The minor scale
          4. Putting a number to a note
      5. Time for action—using the key of the song
        1. What just happened?
          1. Simple guidelines for the bass
        2. Have a go hero—creating your own beat
        3. Twiddling knobs to set the beat
          1. Tweaking the bass tone
      6. Time for action—sweeping a filter using automation
        1. What just happened?
      7. Time for action—panning and volume automation
        1. What just happened?
        2. Using automation on instrument effects
      8. Time for action—putting reverb on the clap and twiddling it
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero—building your own automations
        3. Pop quiz
        4. Summary
    12. 5. Making Spaces: Creating the Emotional Landscape
      1. Using the Song Editor
        1. Getting the Beats+Bassline Editor's pattern into the Song Editor
      2. Time for action—moving a pattern into the Song Editor
        1. What just happened?
        2. Different elements for the Song Editor
          1. Adding new parts to the Song Editor from the side bar
      3. Time for action—bringing in instruments
        1. What just happened?
        2. Inputting notes into the Piano Roll in real time
      4. Time for action—playing the notes in the Piano Roll editor
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      5. Time for action—using panning to spread the song out
        1. What just happened?
          1. Blending the old with the new
      6. Time for action—delaying those stabs!
        1. What just happened?
        2. Delay versus reverb
        3. Using FX channels to reduce CPU usage
      7. Time for action—setting up reverb on an FX bus
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
          1. Listening to the masters of space
        3. Pop quiz
      8. Summary
    13. 6. Finding and Creating New Noises
      1. Sampling audio
        1. Early sampling
        2. The grey area
        3. Getting into LMMS samples
      2. Time for action—creating a pattern completely from samples, with a drum loop
        1. What just happened?
        2. The art of sampling
          1. Digital recording
          2. Recording on the main computer
          3. Software for grabbing audio goodies
          4. Unbalanced versus balanced cables
            1. Unbalanced cable
            2. Balanced cables
            3. One-eighth-inch mini stereo cable
          5. Using handheld recorders
            1. The Sony PCM-M10
            2. The Zoom H4n
          6. Finding sounds on the Internet that won't get you sued
      3. Time for action—sound sculpting in Audacity
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. A note about bits and samples
        4. Pop quiz
      4. Summary
    14. 7. Getting It All Stacked Up
      1. Get your loop set
      2. Time for action—setting up the loops
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding instruments
      3. Time for action—making our basses
        1. What just happened?
        2. Making that break dirty
      4. Time for action—dirty bass
        1. What just happened?
        2. Send that sound out to get effected
      5. Time for action—sending clones through effects
        1. What just happened?
        2. Adding in the smooth
      6. Time for action—adding the ambient elements
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      7. Using samples in the Song Editor
      8. Time for action—adding a sample track
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Pop quiz
      9. Summary
    15. 8. Spreading Out the Arrangement
      1. The art of arranging
        1. Analyzing Imagine by John Lennon
      2. Time for action—breaking down Imagine by John Lennon
        1. What just happened?
          1. The purpose of the bridge
        2. The art of the break
      3. Time for action—analyzing One
        1. What just happened?
        2. Laying it out for our project
      4. Time for action—spreading out the loop
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Pop quiz
      5. Summary
    16. 9. Gluing the Arrangement Together
      1. The art of the transition
        1. Using dropouts
      2. Time for action—creating a dropout with the accompanying pitch fall
        1. What just happened?
        2. Creating filter sweeps
      3. Time for action—creating a filter sweep
        1. What just happened?
      4. Time for action—adding in effects over time
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Pop quiz
      5. Summary
    17. 10. Getting the Mix Together
      1. What is mixing?
        1. Audio energy
        2. Digital clipping and you
      2. Time for action—separating audio streams
        1. What just happened?
      3. The mixing ABCs
        1. Volume balancing
        2. Panning and stereo separation
          1. Low frequency sound
          2. Drums
          3. Keyboards, leads, and pads
          4. Vocal samples
          5. Other panning considerations
        3. Dynamics
          1. Compressors and limiters
      4. Time for action—using compression in LMMS
        1. What just happened?
          1. Filtering
      5. Time for action—using EQ
        1. What just happened?
          1. Types of equalizations
            1. Shelf EQ
            2. Low and high pass EQ
            3. Parametric EQ
            4. Band pass EQ
          2. Delay-based plugins
      6. Time for action—exploring echo and simple delays
        1. What just happened?
          1. The Haas effect
      7. Time for action—exploring Freeverb
        1. What just happened?
          1. Plates, springs, and convolution
            1. Plate reverbs
            2. Spring reverbs
      8. Time for action—exploring vintage reverb
        1. What just happened?
        2. Automation
        3. Have a go hero!
        4. Exporting the mix
        5. What's Mastering?
        6. Pop quiz
      9. Summary
    18. 11. Getting into Instruments
      1. The instruments of LMMS
      2. The language of synthesis
        1. The main parts of an instrument
          1. The Oscillator section
            1. Sine waves
            2. Figuring out the harmonic series
            3. Sawtooth waves
            4. Square waves
            5. Triangle waves
            6. Noise
            7. Other waves
          2. Parameters of the Oscillator section
      3. Time for action—exploring oscillators
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Types of synthesis
          1. Mix
          2. Phase modulation synthesis
          3. Frequency modulation synthesis
          4. Sync
          5. Amplitude modulation
      4. Time for action—exploring different synthesis methods
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Experimenting with subtractive synthesis
      5. Time for action—activating instrument filters
        1. What just happened?
        2. Using modulation
          1. Using envelopes
          2. Using LFOs
      6. Time for action—assigning modulators in LMMS
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Using the Function tab
          1. Chords
          2. Arpeggio
          3. Arpeggio modes — Sort and Sync
        4. The different instruments of LMMS
          1. Bit Invader
          2. Kicker
          3. LB-302
          4. Mallets
          5. Organic
          6. FreeBoy
          7. PatMan
          8. SF2
          9. Vestige
          10. Vibed
          11. ZynAddSubFx
      7. Summary
    19. 12. Where to Go from Here
      1. Guilds, societies, and such
        1. ASCAP
        2. BMI
        3. SESAC
      2. Where to sell my stuff
        1. Beatport
        2. iTunes
        3. CD Baby
        4. Tunecore
        5. Music labels
        6. Community
        7. User groups
        8. Soundcloud
      3. Summary
    20. A. Pop quiz—Answers
      1. Chapter 3: Getting Our Hands Dirty: Creating in LMMS
      2. Chapter 4: Expanding the Beat: Digging Deeper into the Art of Beatmaking
      3. Chapter 5: Making Spaces: Creating the Emotional Landscape
      4. Chapter 6: Finding and Creating New Noises
      5. Chapter 7: Getting it All Stacked Up
      6. Chapter 8: Spreading Out the Arrangement
      7. Chapter 9: Gluing the Arrangement Together
      8. Chapter 10: Getting the Mix Together
    21. Index