- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240808371
- ISBN-13: 978-0240808376
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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."
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"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."
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"As one of the most complete books on the final stage in the recording process...this book clears up any potential misconceptions for newbies and veterans alike." Electronic Musician Magazine, July 2003
"This book is sure to become the 'Industry Bible' on mastering audio. Highly recommended. --Electronic Musician Magazine, July 2003
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 (since 1971). Three of his recordings have garnered the Grammy 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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So why would anyone other than a pro read this book? Even if you're an advanced amateur, you might want to know things like: why you shouldn't use too much compression in your recordings, why your MP3s shouldn't max out on peak level, what jitter is and how you'd know the difference between a good and a mediocre A/D converter.
This book is very readable, but it does go into some fairly serious technical analysis of signal processing. If math scares you, then there are some sections you'll want to skim.
Overall, one of the best books on audio I've read (and I am very much an amateur, albeit with a background in physics and in software). I read it from cover to cover, thoroughly enjoyed it, and learned a ton. No, I won't be able to afford most of the equipment that he discusses, but I've learned a lot about the capabilities and limitations of the cheaper signal chains that I do get to use.
The day I ordered it I read a bunch of forums about how this is the De Facto literature on Mastering for the beginner/non-professional and is still a necessity for the professional as your, pretty much only, reference material.
After I bought it Went to a music producers studio and the book was lying on the ground so I told him I just bought, and he said, "Nice, you are going to need it, lots of invaluable info in there". However, if you don't have a school or $20k at your disposal it is going to be difficult to practice without the artists at your disposal or the ridiculously expensive mastering gear necessary. Go watch some YouTube videos on mastering before "Diving In".
It turns out most mastering technique is, "It all depends". Well, it depends on the artist, the genre, the recording, the artist preference, your equipment, and when it comes down to it, simply, Does it sound good?"
If you are serious about Mastering, this is a must to own and buy. It will move you ahead in time in many aspects about the career and open your mind to what you might learn in 20+ years in the profession. This book encompasses 30+ years of solid experience nowhere to be found.
Simply a fact.
This is a great book for an audiophile to read because it examines the details of source origination -- the recording process -- and relates it directly to the playback process. The chapters on mastering are must reading, especially the discussion of loudness, monitor quality, and monitor setup. Oh, and don't forget the chapter on jitter. This term is thrown around in audio equipment analysis as if everyone knows what it is. The discussion is so confusing elsewhere, one might be thinking it has something to do with insects dancing inside a USB cable (jitterbugs). Read what Katz has to say. Very informative.
I loved the book, and will keep it as a reference. Too bad it didn't come with a hard cover, or a better cover. The cover paper is really cheap quality, but I won't subtract a star for that.
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The third chapter: "A Day in the Life..." is a very good start on what I expected and hoped for from this book.
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