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Product Details

  • Series: Music Pro Guides
  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/DVD edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458403742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458403742
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What makes this book stand out from most "how-to" books is that in addition to useful, practical tips and techniques that clearly show Turnidge has been around the block multiple times, there's a liberal amount of philosophizing and incidental tips that relate to the gestalt of mastering. Think of this more as "Zen and the Art of Mastering," and you'll be closer to what this unique book offers: a rare combination of practicality you can take to the bank, and insights that broaden your way of looking at the topic. --Craig Anderton

Welcome to the enchanting world of an audio renaissance man. Steve Turnidge has been committing acts of audio magic for over a quarter century. I first met him in the R&D lab at a start-up company where he was helping design some of the industry's first MIDI and digital audio products. As the years passed he assembled the worlds first Firewire audio device on his kitchen table, cofounded one of the first Internet music companies in his living room, and carved a niche for himself as an accomplished mastering engineer in his spare bedroom. I've always wondered what drove this man to live on the edge and reach to such heights. Thanks to this book, I now understand. Come inside and take a technical, artistic, and metaphysical audio mystery tour as Turnidge reveals his passion and secrets for success. --Bob Moses, Pro audio product designer, Firewire pioneer, and AES Executive Director

This book tells the whole story! You will find the processes and the principles described in an easy-to-learn format with lots of real-world examples. Steve's experience mastering hundreds of records and the audio examples tell you step by step how to master your music, and his wisdom is insightful. I'll be recommending this book to students interested in the art and science of mastering. --Steve Malott, Producer/Engineer, Faculty, Shoreline Community College, Northwest University

About the Author

STEVE TURNIDGE is a noted mastering engineer at UltraViolet Studios, with scores of albums and thousands of licensed music tracks to his credit. Steve's professional experiences are vast, including teaching audio recording and serving as chair of the Music Technology Advisory Committee at Shoreline Community, serving as chair of the PNW Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, and being on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy. Steve cofounded Burning Sky Records (as producer, art director, and mastering engineer), producing new Squeeze and Roxy Music tribute albums (among several others). He designs and fabricates modular hardware synthesizers at Synthwerks, and designs guitar pedals for Pigtronix

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Customer Reviews

The analogies help to form solid connections with the subject material and make his points clear and obvious.
GaryA
Most of the examples involve mastering plug-ins used with DAW software, though much of the information also applies to analog signal chains, as well.
MMH
Steve Turnidge has distilled the arcane art of mastering in the digital world into a clear, precise and most importantly: easy to understand book.
P. Ellis

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Dyer on May 24, 2012
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Mr. Turnidge has put together an interesting and useful book on mastering in the computer. I would say the book is best for a "medium level" audio person. It is probably more than a novice will want to handle and it is not the technically dense (though fabulous) book that Bob Katz's Mastering Audio is. My background is I have been an audio guy for 40 years, a sorta-pro guy long ago and a dabbler nowadays. While Turnidge's book basically starts with the assumption you know little and covers a lot of basic technical knowledge, if you know a lot of the basics already you can skip right to mastering parts. He lays out his work processes in a clear and well illustrated manner. A great example of this is his approach to de-essing, where he shows you what an "S" sound waveform actually looks like in a digital display - easily identifiable. He then discusses how to do spectrographic analysis to determine sibilant frequencies so you can focus you signal processing most effectively. Pretty useful. If the technical side has a weakness, it is that occasionally Turnidge assumes the reader knows more than they actually might (say about spectrographic analysis) but he does provide you enough clues to figure it out. He also focuses on the tools he uses and knows best which are specifically Sony's Sound Forge and several Waves plugins. Given that he is taking a broad approach to his thoughts on mastering here, his readers might be well served if he presented a few more software options (for the second edition?), although the principles he espouses are resolutely cross platform, of course.

So the basic question is - this book cost 20 buck on Amazon - is your average home recordist going to get 20 bucks of value from it? Plain and simple, yes. I left my copy behind one day while eating lunch at a burger joint and am on my second copy. I am definitely getting my now-forty bucks worth. Twenty is a deal!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Ellis on March 31, 2012
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Steve Turnidge has distilled the arcane art of mastering in the digital world into a clear, precise and most importantly: easy to understand book. I've been recording for a few decades now and I have a pretty good depth of knowledge on the recording arts, but I still had a few blind spots, but they were easily cleared up on reading this book. I can't recommend it highly enough for either beginners, or someone who has been recording for a while. Essential!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amaury Perez on November 10, 2012
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Desktop Mastering (Music Pro Guides)I have read quite a few books on Mastering, I have done lots of mastering on my own. I usually don't write reviews but this was such a nice and carefully written book on the subject that it deserves my time/review. Note: This book is probably for the beginner and someone who like me likes to read books on a subject they follow and try new ideas from other people. Mastering like Steve reaffirms for me, is an ongoing learning experience and your ears do improve as well as the technology we have at our disposal.If you are a seasoned Mastering engineer you might not get as much out of it as someone just getting into Mastering or someone such as me constantly learning. I very much enjoyed this book, very inspirational and level headed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By edawg on May 8, 2013
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I'm a young professional musician working my way up towards my first EP release. In addition to my musical training, I also received a bachelor's in Bioengineering and took some basic signal processing classes (more math based). My scientific education left me unsatisfied with the secretive and qualitative nature of most mastering tutorials, and more importantly left me unhappy at the thought of paying someone thousands of dollars to work his "magic" on my track. I wanted a solid understanding of the mastering process and this book more than delivers. I highly recommend to all recording artists - it will change the way you record and mix, and give you great insight into what goes on in a mastering studio. It will also help you appreciate and discern a good mastering engineer. Get this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James on April 11, 2013
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I am a singer/guitarist who has always had a strong interest in the recording process. I have a home setup based on an imac running Logic. The recording process is amazing in its complexity. It is rare to find someone who appreciates that complexity but strives to explain it in a way that opens doors for fellow travelers. Steve goes out of his way to break things down into systems and processes. The book is based off of products run on a PC but he describes everything by its function and specifications. This means that you can apply his concepts on how to set up a mastering chain to whatever system you are working on. To me, I actually understand a little better on which sections might be possible to run through outboard gear as well. I bought the book on my ipad (using the kindle reader app) and it became an instant reference book for me. Lots of highlighting :)

I also just had the chance to work with Steve on a project with my band and it was a great experience. The coolest thing is that he actually describes his whole method of working with bands in the book and you could almost follow the whole process page for page. We had a final skype session NYC to Seattle to complete the sequencing which was also great.

I loved the book and I strongly recommend it to Masters of all levels.
James G Barry, NYC
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