PacktLib: LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production

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

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Preface

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

Where to Go from Here

Guilds, societies, and such

Where to sell my stuff

Summary

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