The craft of music production combines art, technology, and business. Music Production: A Manual for Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students walks readers through the music production process, comprehensively explaining what is involved and how to do it. Divided into three parts, the book examines producing and recording, changes and advances in technology, and the ins and outs of the music business. Exploring the creative as well as the technical, the book describes production methods and variations for classical, vocal, and pop recordings and discusses film, television, commercials, music videos, and corporate music. Michael Zager explains the many tasks music producers face, from musical techniques-exploring compositions, songwriting, arranging and orchestrating, and coaching singers and musicians-to technological skills-studio technology, mixing and mastering, editing, and audio engineering. Guidance on advertising, promotion and marketing, and contracts and business agreements is also given. A brief history of popular music, a timeline of technological advances, and an audio CD of exercises round out this essential textbook for students-an introduction for both amateurs and professionals interested in learning the workings of music producing and recording. Book jacket.