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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science [Paperback]

Bob Katz
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Nov. 26 2002 0240805453 978-0240805450 1
Mastering Audio explains leading-edge audio concepts in an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner, including an ear-opening investigation of the mysteries of jitter, dither and wordlengths, high sample rates, distortion, headroom, monitor calibration, metering, depth perception, compression and expansion, equipment interconnection and much more. Mastering Audio is for everyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording and mixing engineers, and students.

*Outlines the steps taken in producing a compact disc, from creation to final pressing
*Provides insights to equipment, training, and the business of mastering
*Answers questions most frequently asked by audio engineers

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"The definitive work on mastering...an indispensable resource for anyone working with audio... If you only buy one book on audio, this has to be it - it should be required reading for anyone involved with recording, producing or mastering music."
Sound on Sound magazine

"As one of the most complete books on the final stage in the recording process...this book clears up any potential misconceptions for newbies and veterans alike." Electronic Musician Magazine, July 2003

"This book is sure to become the 'Industry Bible' on mastering audio. Highly recommended."
Christopher Hambly, www.audiocourses.com

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Finalist in the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition!

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on mastering audio. Jan. 17 2010
This book, along with years of practical experience, will make a good mastering technician (or "engineer") of you.
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I bought this book after reading many good reviews. After reading it, I would say that it is indeed a very interesting book, there are a lot of "obscure areas" that the author dares to tackle, with a remarkable "scientific" approach.
BUT, before you buy this book...It's not a "funny" reading, you should get this book if you are already familiar with all the technical subjects covered, the author seems to assume a certain previous knowledge, otherwise you won't go past chapter 1. AND, for all of you cookbook lovers, forget it, you are not bound to find those here.
That being said, I have it, and I like it. I'll probably re read it sometime in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Audio... June 29 2004
If you buy this book and reread it 4 times, you'll come out better of than buying 5 separate books about mastering. Mastering is a true art and if some book tells you exactly how and where to apply your "enhancements" to improve your sound, avoid it. I've been mastering on the cheap with just a "sound forge" mastering software with a 16bit computer. Working off of old tapes from all the bands I've been in, it's been a pretty steep learning curve mastering these tapes to cd. This book is good as a reference, what you're looking for is easy to find. Dither, wordlengh, editing, compression, reverb and all that other stuff is explained well and provides for deeper understanding when reread. I've got my money's worth and am still learning from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you want a deeper understanding of audio June 25 2004
and a deeper respect for mastering engineers then READ THIS BOOK. this book walks you through the disecting audio to different types of audio. it takes you from handing over your mix to the mastering engineer to what it's going to sound like once it hits the shelf. it's not really a "how to" book. it's a "why you need a qualified mastering engineer" book. don't think you're going to master like bob by the time you read this book.... honestly to really understand what's going on you're probably going to have to read the book more than once. it's a deep book, giving you deep understanding of "the art and science of mastering audio."
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5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD!!! June 13 2004
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This book is really one of the best on the subject. It may be a little complicated if you don't have background in digital music because all the terms involved, but other than that it's a masterpiece. This book for sure will also be a reference manual for me, not because it's formatted like one, but because it has so many valuable pieces of information. The constant references to further chapters kinda drives you crazy and tempts you to jump to those chapters. All the information is so exciting, I read more than 100 pages non stop... If you're into details and want to learn a few well kept secrets this book is what you should have by your side on your next mastering session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mastering engineers bible. Dec 28 2003
Everyone will learn something from this book. People with childs tape recorders or $10,000 digital studios will learn something in this book that will make their mixes sound better. Bob Katz is a genious! This book is very well put together. I like the way its organized, and I love how detailed it can get. Of course, for you simple people, Bob does a great job of summing up the basics to. For the first time lately, I can listen to a mix of my band and say, wow, that actually sounds real! Rather than..ouch. I owe it all to Bob Katz. Dont even think about touching another fader until you read this book! It has many examples and graphs, and helpful tips. It covers many aspects of masterings and also the gear many engineers use. This book goes through many real life examples as well, which really come in handy. It also descirbes many things NOT to do, which I find very very helpful. Anyway, whether your running a Tascam tape deck, a yamaha 16G, own Wavelab, or nothing at all, this book will help you in many ways. Its worth more than I paid for it :-)!
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