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PC Publishing has announced the Third Edition of PC Music - The Easy Guide. Completely updated with new sections on the MP3 revolution, the PC as a complete Media Center and the realisation of your PC as a recording studio, this new edition of PC Music - The Easy Guide, will show you what can be done, what it all means, and what you will need to start creating and enjoying your own music on your PC.

It's an easy read, fully illustrated and it will help you understand how a computer can be used as a creative and entertaining musical tool.

Topics covered:

  • How do I make music with my PC?
  • How do I plug a guitar into my PC?
  • Can I record music onto my PC?
  • What's a sequencer?
  • What's sampling?
  • How can I get my PC to print a music?
  • What sort of a soundcard do I need?
  • What hardware and software do I need?
  • How do I connect a keyboard to my PC?
  • What sort of computer do I need?
  • Can I get pro results on my PC?

The book covers soundcards, recording music with sequencers, hard disk digital audio recording and editing, plug-ins, mixing, printing scores with notation software, using your PC as a synthesiser or a sampler, making beats and noises, sorting out the hardware, getting sound into and out of the computer, getting music onto and off the internet, bringing the PC into the living room as an entertainment system, using and understanding Windows and it suggests sample PC music set-ups and discusses computer technology in the simplest terms.

With special sections for guitarists and electronic music fans, it's all rounded off with advice on the musical hardware and software that you'll need, and a list of invaluable industry contacts.

1 Introduction
2 What can a PC do?
3 Getting deeper into soundcards
4 MIDI sequencing
5 Hard disk recording
6 Sample/wave editing
7 Plug-ins and mixing
8 Notation and score writing
9 Software synthesis and sampling
10 The MP3 Revolution
11 Tackling Windows XP
12 Example PC music set-ups
13 The electronic music appendium
14 The guitarist's appendium
15 The Media Center PC appendium
16 Product roundup
General MIDI

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