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Music Production: A Manual for Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students by Michael Zager

Paperback; 434 pages

Third Edition, 2021

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.

This third edition features:

  • New interviews with eminent industry professionals
  • Updated information on current trends in producing popular music and the impacts of the Music Modernization Act
  • Additional material on video game music
  • End-of-chapter assignments for course usage

An instructor’s manual is available. Please email the publisher: [email protected]


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Music Production
  •  1. An Overview of Record Production
  •  2. The Creative Concepts of Production
  •  3. The Artist
  •  4. Songwriting
  •  5. Arranging and Orchestration &Approaching an Arrangement and Orchestration
  •  6. Coaching Singers and Musicians
  •  7. The Production Process
  •  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
  • Epilogue
  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author
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