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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, Quality, Quality Dec 1 2003
By Richard
I've acquired many books about audio over the years, but this book is definitely in my top five list. I would recommend this book to any hobbyist or professional, without hesitation.
The author addresses his subject with enthusiasm, clarity, and balance. What strikes me the most about this book is its emphasis on quality. Everything, from the book's design, to the writing itself, to the principles engendered, is high quality.
Too many books are thrown together (it seems to me) using a combination of notes, spec sheets, opinions, and other miscellany, without proper regard for overall cohesiveness, comprehensiveness, and quality. The results are far too often mediocre.
This book, "Mastering Audio" by Bob Katz is an example of a high quality effort, attention to detail, and a passion for the subject matter. This author did not settle for writing a mediocre book. After I bought it and read, I felt I got more than my money's worth!
The book achieves a nice balance between theory and practice, though it is mostly about practice. The color plates, diagrams, pictures, etc, are very enjoyable and instructive. Again, quality seems to be at the heart of this work.
(I can't see this guy doing anything in a mediocre way, whether it is recording, mastering, or writing. I'd love to tour his recording studio and watch him at work work).
The other thing I like is the writing style, the sense of humor, and the straightforward manner the author has. He cuts through a lot of cruft and says things lucidly without pretention.
The book is peppered with interesting tidbits, facts, observations, and principles, called out in side-boxes, etc.
The author stresses the need for education (in this area and related areas).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Art Mastered Aug. 21 2003
Very rarely do I find a book which stimulates my interest throughout its every page, and even more to the point, very rarely do I find a "technical" book which yields the same result. Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, delivers.

Bob Katz has come to be known as "The Guru" regarding mastering audio. Bob has steadily carved a niche for himself in both his dual profession of mastering and writing. This book was inevitable in many ways as "keeping a lid" on one's knowledge of this calibre is almost impossible. Bob Katz comes across as a genuinely "open" guy, and naturally his generosity and openness is evident in his writing style.

So often technical writers simply miss half their audience, or rather leave them cold and baffle them with unnecessary technicalities or bore them with verbose banalities. Even worse, writers in the audio industry can often leave little room for the reader to reflect and establish their own opinions on the text. Bob Katz is one of the few writers who are able to take a complex subject, riddled with difficult concepts and present those concepts for the layman to absorb, in a non-arrogant and cheerful manner.

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science is a paperback book of 319 pages that teaches the reader all there is to know and explore regarding mastering audio.

Mastering audio is often considered a "black-art", and a visit to any number of online audio forums will indicate that it can also be considered a highly subjective Science/Art. Bob Katz reinforces that in his text and assumes the reader has a genuine interest in the subject and will therefore experiment and train herself to hear the ideas Bob has spent a lifetime nurturing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Book on Mastering from The Master July 25 2003
Up until now, I've read books by authors who fall into one of the following categories: 1) musicians 2) traditional, primarily analog audio engineers 3) acoustic scientists or 4) audio computer applications specialists. Getting meaningful information from one of these authors requires my own extrapolation into the remaining areas--or at least taking the authors comments in those areas with a grain of salt. FINALLY I have in my hands a book written by someone who can put it all together into a meaningful whole. The book is a wonderful blend of descriptions of how things work that will take you to the next level along with some very valuable common sense advice-like how to effectively sequence songs into an album. I'll keep this book in my studio and refer back to it again and again. Probably the best (but also the most honest) thing I can say about the book is that I know I will sound better because of having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on mastering audio.
This book, along with years of practical experience, will make a good mastering technician (or "engineer") of you.
Published on Jan. 17 2010 by Jean-Francois Chicoine
4.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from it if you are looking for hard-and-fast rules
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... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Nicolas Raddatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Audio...
If you buy this book and reread it 4 times, you'll come out better of than buying 5 separate books about mastering. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Mark Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars if you want a deeper understanding of audio
and a deeper respect for mastering engineers then READ THIS BOOK. this book walks you through the disecting audio to different types of audio. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Benjamin L Burnside
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD!!!
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... Read more
Published on June 13 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to understand..
I relied upon the several positive reviews on this book but I was a bit disappointed. Yes, the book does have an incredible amount of information. Read more
Published on March 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars This has it all
Finally a book that answers all those weird little technical questions about digital audio that you've always wondered about. Read more
Published on June 28 2003 by "measuringman"
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