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Fifth Edition (June 2013): 144 full-colour pages. A4 landscape. Book includes unique pin number to access private download area featuring 1GB+ hand-picked 'Best of House' samples PLUS audio examples to accompany the walkthroughs in the book PLUS discount code/s for future Sample Magic purchases.


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Music Tech "A superb book stuffed with intricate walkthroughs, llustrations and techniques. Essential reading. CHOICE AWARD."

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Plughugger "This book has the destiny of becoming a classic. It's as essential as KLF's The Manual... Buy it. This is the electronic musician's bible"

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Waveformless "I can't recommend it enough. This should be essential reading for any budding house producer, but there is something here that just about any dance musician will find valuable. 10/10."

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iDJ Magazine "The walkthroughs are brilliant. Everything is explained clearly and there are tons of illustrations to stop your mind from wandering."

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The Secrets of House Music Production

The biggest name in dance sample libraries brings you the essential guide to producing cutting-edge house music - now with bundled audio examples.


After four years producing award-winning sample collections, Sample Magic share the secrets of house music production in this 144-page full-colour book packed with hundreds of walkthroughs, hints, tips and insights from some of the biggest names in the industry.

All parts of the production process are covered, including: making beats, drum sounds, basslines, structure, instrumentals, FX, mixing, vocals, mastering, remixes, programming ideas and more. Every style of house is covered, from minimal to tribal, electro to progressive, soulful to jackin'.

In-depth tutorials reveal the tricks of the pros, with step-by-step tutorials using Logic, Cubase and Ableton. An exclusive bonus download includes 800+MB of exclusive samples to get you started. Written by Marc Adamo (DJ Magazine, Future Music) with contributions from Wolfgang Gartner, Way Out West, Sharooz and a foreword by Mark Knight, this is the first time the secrets of house music have ever been fully revealed.

Note: The fifth edition also includes the audio for many of the walkthroughs accessible through a unique downlaod area - as well as additional bonus content.

£29.90 £23.90

What's Inside

1. Drums > The kick drum, Snares and claps, Hi-Hats, Cymbals and percussion, Synthetic percussion, Drum programming, Groove and swing, Programming grids

Walkthroughs: Creating an analogue kick, Layered kicks, Increasing snare width, The gated snare, Creating an analogue snare, Layered clap and snare, Chunkier hi-hats, White noise hi-hats, Humanise your beats, Zap percussion, Click and glitch percussion, Groove templates in Logic, Swing and groove in Ableton, Groove tricks in Reason, Drum programming grids

Pro-tips: Wolfgang Gartner

2. Bass > The bassics, Bass in the mix, Sub bass

Walkthroughs: Sidechaining the bass, Wider bass, Minimal basslines, Tech-House basslines, Progressive basslines, Electro basslines, Fidget basslines, Disco and funky-house basslines
Pro-tips: Way Out West

3. Vocals > What kind of vocal?, The vocal session, Editing the vocals, Vocal production, Automation, Vocal FX

Walkthroughs: Comping from multiple takes, Auto-Tune basics, Melodyne basics, Next steps in Melodyne, Chorus blocks, New harmony lines, The lead vocal, Producing the chorus block, Adlibs, Minimal vocals, Vocoder vox, Sleazy tuned electro vox, Reverse reverb, Phone filter and riser

Pro-tips: The Young Punx

4. The music > Synth anatomy, Classic pianos and stabs, Pads, Fat leads and arps, Soulful Rhodes, Roots and the minor scale, Major vs minor, Inversions, 7th 9ths and beyond, Working with loops, Rex loops, Apple Loops, Creative FX

Walkthroughs: Early 90s house, synth chord stabs - tech and prog style, Mighty lead, Portamento electro lead, Analogue anthem pads, Gated pads, Soulful house chords, Logic Flex, Slice to EXS, Creating a Rex file, Percussion loop edits in Ableton, Re-grooving drum and percussion loops in Ableton, Using Apple Loops, Turn a Wav into an Apple Loop, FX: Alarm wind-up, FX: The bomb, FX: Fizzy sweeps, FX: downshifter pitch drop, FX: White noise crash, FX: crash swell, FX: Elevator / white noise woosh, FX: Minimal verb build, FX: Full mix FX, FX: Dub siren

5. Structure > Structure, Intros and outros, Anatomy: Electro-house, Anatomy: Minimal & tech-house, Anatomy: Vocal-led house.

6. Effects > Insert or bus?, EQ, Compression, Parallel and multi-band compression, Limiter, Noise gate, De-esser, Overdrive, Distortion and clipping, Amp and speaker simulators, Bit-crusher, Tape saturation, Reverb, Echo and delay, Chorus and ensemble, Flanger, Phaser, Pitch shifter, Sub bass enhancers, Exciters, Ring modulation and frequency shifters, Vocoders, Auto-panner, Stereo enhancers, Stereo spread, DSP-effects, Repeaters, Multi-effects

7. Mixing > Before you start, Approaches, Dynamics, EQ, Panning, Space, What goes where?, Frequency diagram, Mix automation, Monitoring, The master bus, Advanced mixing, Note to frequency chart, Mastering, Remixing, Kick-starting the remix: four approaches

Walkthroughs: 32-part mixing walkthrough, from kick drum through to the master - covers EQ, compression, transient shapers, reverbs etc, Mastering the mix, Edits to the master, The pre-drop fade

8. Outro > A word on the money, by Sharooz. Index.

BONUS CONTENT > Unique pin number inside book gives access to private download area featuring 1GB+ hand-picked 'Best of House' samples PLUS audio examples to accompany the walkthroughs in the book PLUS discount code/s for future Sample Magic purchases.