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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

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By (author) Bob Katz

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 0mm x 0mm x 0mm | 1,004g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240818962
  • ISBN 13: 9780240818962
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 160,111

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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.

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Author information

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(TM) 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.

Review quote

"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)

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 Appendices 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 8 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