Mastering Music at Home

Mastering Music at Home

by Mitch Gallagher
     
 

It wasn't all that many years ago that almost every serious audio recording session took place in a commercial studio and was performed by professional engineers and producers using highly specialized, extremely expensive equipment. But those days are long gone. Today, artists of all levels-from amateur to mega-star-are working in their home and project studios,

Overview

It wasn't all that many years ago that almost every serious audio recording session took place in a commercial studio and was performed by professional engineers and producers using highly specialized, extremely expensive equipment. But those days are long gone. Today, artists of all levels-from amateur to mega-star-are working in their home and project studios, sometimes with an engineer and/or a producer to help them and sometimes without, doing the producing and recording themselves. Using a personal computer and today's affordable software and hardware tools, it's possible to capture professional level tracks and create perfectly balanced mixes right from the comfort of your own home without spending a fortune. But, there's one part of the process of creating music at home that has eluded many home recordists. The final stage that puts the polished sheen on the mix. The step that allows homemade productions to better compete with those coming out of multimillion-dollar commercial recording facilities. The final preparation that will ready the music for release on CD or over the Internet. This step is called mastering. Mastering Music at Home is for any home or project studio owner or operator. It's for musicians and engineers who can't afford to pay a professional mastering engineer thousands of dollars to master their music, but who still want to get professional-level results when releasing their songs to the web or on CD. After an overview of mastering and the gear required, the book goes on to cover acoustic considerations, problem solving, distribution, and much, much more. Throughout the book, audio professionals provide additional 'in the trenches' case studies on how they approach the art of mastering. The book's companion CD-ROM includes numerous real-world music examples to help you work through the book's tutorials. This is the only guide you'll ever need to take your home recordings to the next level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598633924
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
10/12/2007
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Gallagher is an internationally respected music technology expert and the well-known author of over 1,000 articles on guitars, music, and pro audio in magazines including Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Premier Guitar, SweetNotes, and Guitars & Gear, as well as EQ, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, Performing Songwriter, Videography, and many more. He has been a guitarist (acoustic and electric) in many styles for 30 years, and is an award-winning composer. His author credits include six books, with another in production, and he has released one instructional DVD. Between recording and mastering projects in his studio, Mr. Gallagher is working on his oft-delayed classical guitar album. He has built three guitars from the ground up, and modified and restored numerous others.

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