Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

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Overview

Mastering Audio provides 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.

KEY FEATURES: *Outlines the steps taken in producing a compact disc, from creation to final pressing

*Provides insights to equipment, training, and the business of mastering engineer/studio owner

*Answers questions most frequently asked by audio engineers

Author Biography: 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 Grammy(tm) 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.

Audience: Musicians, producers, and mastering, recording and mixing engineers; apporpriate for all levels of students and professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

"After reading it, you will likely consider this book to be required reading for all audio professionals, regardless of technical background, who are interested in creating better sounding audio. I know that I do." - Jim Kaiser, Journal of the AES, March 2008

"I just received my book in the mail. Bob, you did a great job with the 2nd edition. This version does not read as clinical as the first edition making it an easier read. I really like the layout and updated info you put in the book."
- Glenn Bucci, Revelation Sound Studio

"Aimed at intermediate to advanced users, what sets this book apart is the liberal inclusion of practical tips, and the author's ability to be authoritative without being didactic. Even if you already do mastering, this book will help you do it better."
- Craig Anderton (editor of EQ magazine)

"I have no reservations when I recommend that every engineer working with audio purchase a copy of Mastering Audio."
- Tape Op Magazine, March/April 2008

"If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes in recording the music you enjoy; and learn more about digital audio, this comprehensive, insightful, and accessible book is without peer."
-Absolute Sound (Oct. 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240805450
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/6/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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, beginning in 1971. Receiving many nominations, three of Bob’s recordings have garnered the prestigious Grammy™ award, and his work has been praised in publications such as Stereo Review, Audio, and Stereophile. Bob has written numerous articles and reviews for audio and computer publications as well as the digido.com website. Katz’s processors and support gear, including patented inventions K-Stereo and K-Surround, are in use at mastering studios worldwide and fill a missing link in mastering and post-production. Bob’s entertaining seminars and workshops around the world grew from his unique ability to simplify complex topics. He runs Digital Domain Studios north of Orlando, Florida, mastering all styles of music for major and independent labels.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Roger Nichols
Preparation: No Mastering Engineer is an Island
Connecting It Together
An Earientation Session
Word lengths and Dither
Decibels for Dummies
Monitoring
Mastering: Putting the Album Together
Equalization Techniques

Macrodynamics
The Downward Processes
The Lost Processes
Noise Reduction
Other Processing
Advance Theory and Practice: Monitor Calibration
The K-System
Analog and Digital Signal Processing
How to Achieve Depth and Dimension in Recording, Mixing and Mastering
High Sample Rates, Is This Where It's At?; Jitter—Separating the Myths From the Mysteries
Tips and Tricks
Out of the Jungle: Education, Education, Education
At Last
Appendices
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