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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science / Edition 3

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science / Edition 3

by Bob Katz


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In an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition unravels the technical mysteries that regularly challenge audio engineers. Including practical tips and real world experiences, Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style. Completely reorganized to focus on workflow, this third edition details mastering by providing a step-by-step approach to the process. First covering practical techniques and basic theory, this industry classic also addresses advanced theory and practice. The book’s new approach is especially suitable to accompany a one- or two-term course in audio and mastering.

Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes several new chapters addressing the influence of loudness measurement and assessment and provides explanation of how mastering engineers must integrate loudness measurement and PLR assessment in their mastering techniques.

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition also includes the newest approaches to equalization, monitor response measurement and correction, the psychoacoustics of clipping, an extended discussion of restoration and noise reduction techniques, an extended set of listening examples, and an updated chapter on surround mastering including coverage of Pure Audio BluRay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240818962
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 249,363
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preparation
Chapter 1- No mastering engineer is an island
Chapter 2- connecting it together
Chapter 3- An Earientation session
Chpater4- Word lengths and dither
Chapter 5- Decibels: Not for Dummies
Chapter 6- Monitor quality

Part 2 Mastering Techniques
Chapter7- Putting the album together
Chapter8- Equalization
Chapter 9- Macrodynamics
Chapter 10- Downward Process
Chapter 11- The Lost process
Chapter 12- Noise reduction
Chapter 13-Top processors

Part 3- Advanced Theory and Practice
Chapter 14- How to make better recordings in the 21 century
Chapter 15- Monitor set up and calibration
Chapter 16- Additional Mastering Techniques
Chapter 17- Analog and digital processing
Chapter18- How to achieve depth and dimension in recording , mixing and mastering
Chapter19 Surround sound mastering
Chapter 20- High sample rates
Chapter 21- Jitter
Chapter 22- Technical tips and techniques

Part 4- In conclusion
Chapter23- Education Education Education


1- Radio Ready
2- the tower of Babel
3- Preparing tapes and files
3- Premastering for vinyl
5- Tape label/ log
6- Conversations
7- I feel the need for speed
I feel the need for capacity
9- Footnotes on the K- system
10 Recommended reading, Test CD's
11- Biography: Eric James
12-Biography: Bob Katz
13- Glossary

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"If you record, you need this book. Arguably the most clearly written single source of essential audio information available, Katz populates its 335 very readable pages with fascinating insights, expert testimony, myth-debunking facts, practical techniques, and strong opinions. Ostensibly about mastering, this book goes way beyond its primary subject and covers so much critical information that it should be required reading for anyone who presses 'Record.'"—

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, HORRIBLE BOOK SELLER! I've been waiting for this to be released on September 16th, 2014 as promised. And now you list it as not being available from Barnes & Noble. It was available as a pre-order and now that the release date is here I can't get it. This is a load of crap. I was hoping you would have a Nook book available when it was released, but now nothing.