Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

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Focal Press, 2002 - Music - 319 pages
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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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User Review  - Lars Wigren - Goodreads

An in-depth explanation of what a mastering engineer does and how he/she does it and how you can do it. Explains the technology, science and how artistic sense comes into play when creating a good ... Read full review

Review: Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

User Review  - Terri Kempton - Goodreads

A great background for mixing and mastering - especially for those of us with a demand to do so but without proper training. Extremely technical, and not quite a reference text in that it's difficult ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Bob Katz played the B flat clarinet from the age of 10, and his lifelong love of sound and music led him to become a professional recording, mixing and mastering engineer (since 1971). Three of his recordings have garnered the GrammyT award and many others have been lauded in publications such as Stereo Review, Audio, and Stereophile. He has written over one hundred articles for audio and computer publications, and is an inventor and manufacturer with processors and support gear in use at mastering studios worldwide. His most recent patent-pending inventions, the K-Stereo and K-Surround Processors, fill a missing link in the mastering and post- production pantheon. He has been a workshops, facilities and section chairman of the AES and has given lectures in several countries. Currently, Bob runs Digital Domain Studios just north of Orlando, Florida.

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