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Written by an award-winning, highly respected professional, Mastering Audio gives you a thorough introduction to the unique procedures and technical issues involved in mastering.

Suitable for all levels of students and professionals, it is ideal for anyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording, and mixing engineers.

Fully updated to cover the latest technologies, Mastering Audio discusses audio philosophy and art: sequencing, levelling, processing; how to make a record album radio-ready; and mixing as it relates to mastering. Divided into five parts, the book begins with the basics--monitoring, mastering techniques, useful tutorials, and the fundamentals of dithering and decibels--then moves on to more advanced concepts, such as jitter and clocking, monitor calibration, and multi channel audio, miking, and acoustics. Leading-edge audio concepts are explained in an easy-to-grasp style.

Including practical tips and real-world experiences, Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style. Author Bio

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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"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.'"


  • Foreword
  • 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
  • Index
  • Afterword

    Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (Oct. 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808376
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 23.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g