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New DAW Titles From Hal Leonard
By Jim Combs and Mike Metlay
The Power in Digital Performer
By David E. Roberts. 173 pages, illustrated B/W, large paperback
with DVD. Published by Hal Leonard, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4768-1514-5.
I often talk to musicians who are contemplating a move from
their first DAW that came installed on their computer, to a more
fully featured DAW like MOTU Digital Performer 8. Without a
friend to go over the basics, get things up and running, and most
importantly, explain how to be productive quickly, these musicians
often just bail on the idea and stick with the first DAW. That is such
a shame when resources like David E. Roberts’ book are available
to help guide the transition.
Throughout the book’s ten chapters, screenshots of the program
are interlaced with the step-by-step guides and explanations of how
to install and use the program, starting with the basics and building
from there. QR codes with links to additional resources can be
scanned with a smartphone or iOS device as you make your way
through each lesson. The included DVD includes 8 videos (over 66
minutes) on most of the key topics in the book, as well as the files
for the demo project. It is so helpful to actually see what is being
written about. And the examples used are “real world”; the material assumes you know what you are doing musically, and just need
help with the technical aspects of getting it recorded.
If I were trying to make the leap to Digital Performer, MOTU’s
“Magic Dave Roberts” is probably the best friend I could ask for
to help me get started. Having his book is nearly as ideal. This is
a straightforward, factually rich reference for the beginner-to-intermediate Digital Performer 8 user. Even as a “power user”, I find I
often need to remind myself of basic functions, and I happily
place this book on the shelf next to the owner’s manual as a first
stop to answer my own newbie questions.—JC
Studio One For Engineers And Producers
By William Edstrom Jr. 175 pages, illustrated B/W, large paperback
with DVD. Published by Hal Leonard, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4768-0602-0.
Like the previous title, this book comes from Hal Leonard’s
Quick Pro Guides, a series of shorter DAW instruction books
intended to “cut to the chase” with relatively little hand-holding
and less exhaustive detail. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill
Edstrom at the last PreSonuSphere in Baton Rouge and was
impressed by his enthusiasm for and strong knowledge of Studio
One, and that comes across nicely here.
The book is formatted into 13 short chapters, each about a
basic topic within Studio One. Terms are defined first, and then
basic workflows are covered, followed by more advanced trickery. The workflow is logical, from installation and setup basics
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through tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering/release (the
Project Page is included as this book is aimed at Studio One 2
Professional). There are lots of illustrations from the DAW, and
when appropriate, URLs to external resources are given as QR
codes that you can scan with a smartphone or iOS device.
Mr. Edstrom’s tone is crisp and straightforward, all information
and no chitchat as might be expected from an “accelerated learning” title; the included DVD has over 100 minutes of video tutorials, 12 clear and easy-to-follow walkthroughs of processes from
layered recording/comping to Audio Bend and Melodyne, as well
as a printable PDF of keyboard shortcuts.
While the back-cover marketing copy pitches this book primarily as a convenient way for someone familiar with another DAW
to learn Studio One quickly, I see it more as an affordable and
no-nonsense reference guide that beginning to mid-level Studio
One users will find a most welcome extra resource.—MM
Power Tools for Studio One 2, Volume 1
By Larry the O. 304 pages, illustrated B/W, paperback with DVD.
Published by Hal Leonard, 2012. ISBN 978-1-45840-226-4.
Double the size of Bill Edstrom’s Studio One book—and only
Volume 1 of 2 at that!—Power Tools for Studio One 2 aims to
deliver a comprehensive and very deep learning experience for
this DAW. Volume 1 focuses on DAW and studio setup, tracking,
virtual instruments, and editing (including MIDI); Volume 2 will
cover working with loops and video, mixing, automation, mastering, sharing tracks, and troubleshooting.
Larry the O has decades of experience educating readers about
music technology, and his friendly tone adds to the book’s “here’s
some cool stuff I bet you didn’t know” nature. And there is stuff you
won’t know in here... this book promises (and delivers) information
about Studio One 2 that even PreSonus doesn’t document anywhere.
Mr. The O goes far afield, making sure the beginner doesn’t lack
for information that’s vital to getting started; the book discusses system
configuration, interface setup, working with external controllers, and
even has a 12-page tutorial on microphones. One moment you’re
being introduced to Studio One’s features in deep detail, and the next
you’re being told in a sly aside that while it’s possible to do something
this way, it’s quicker and more flexible to do it that way... you go from
novice to insider without even realizing you’ve made the trip.
The included DVD has over an hour of annotated video tutorials on basic functions, walking you through everything from the
Song Page to setting up Macros.
As Studio One becomes more established, more books will be
written for it at many levels of detail, but this one sets a standard
for comprehensive coverage of all you’ll need to know to get the
most out of this DAW. I can’t wait for Volume 2!—MM
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Ingram Engineering MPA685
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