The guidance of a skilled music producer will always be a key factor in producing a great recording, and this is no small matter in an age when the recording industry is undergoing its most radical change in over half a century. Music Production: A Manual for Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students, Third Edition serves as a comprehensive road map for navigating the continuous changes in the music industry and music production technologies. From dissecting compositions to understanding studio technologies, from coaching vocalists and instrumentalists to arranging and orchestration, from musicianship to marketing, advertising and promotion, Michael Zager takes readers on a tour of the world of music production, helping students and professionals keep pace with this rapidly changing profession.
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Michael Zager is Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in Performing Arts, professor of music, and director of the commercial music program at Florida Atlantic University. His recording awards for producing, composing, and arranging include 15 gold or platinum records. He is the author of Writing Music for Commercials: Television Radio Commercials and New Media, Third Edition.
Part 1: Music Production
1. An Overview of Record Production
2. The Creative Concepts of Production
3. The Artist
5. Arranging and Orchestration &Approaching an Arrangement and Orchestration
6. Coaching Singers and Musicians
7. The Production Process
Part II: PRODUCING MUSIC FOR DIFFERENT VENUES
8. Music Videos, Video Games, and Film and Television Trailers
9. Producing Music for Film and Classical Recordings
10. Producing a Band
11. Producing Library Music
12. Producing Advertising Music, Television Music, and Corporate Music
Part III: recording and engineering
13. Mixing and Mastering
14. The Studio
15. Audio Engineering
Part Iv: The Music Business
16. A Combination of Art and Business
17. The Record Business
18. Marketing and Promotions
19. Business Agreements and Creating a Business Plan
20. Album Production Budget
About the Author
Michael Zager is one of those guys who has “seen it all and done it all.” His book uses all of this experience to create the comprehensive guide for music production. Today’s music business requires you to understand both the music and the business.
Michael Zager continues to innovate, disrupt, and challenge the music industry to expand its impact. Zager's perspective and wisdom is evident on every page, and his storied career as performer, composer, producer and educator should inspire every reader of this book.
In this book, Zager reflects on his days leading some of New York’s finest session players. The musicians knew there was always an element of excitement about his arranging and producing.