- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Artistpro; 1 edition (October 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598633929
- ISBN-13: 978-1598633924
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mitch Gallagher is an internationally respected music technology expert and the well-known author of over 1,000 articles on guitars, music, and pro audio in magazines including Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Premier Guitar, SweetNotes, and Guitars & Gear, as well as EQ, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, Performing Songwriter, Videography, and many more. He has been a guitarist (acoustic and electric) in many styles for 30 years, and is an award-winning composer. His author credits include six books, with another in production, and he has released one instructional DVD. Between recording and mastering projects in his studio, Mr. Gallagher is working on his oft-delayed classical guitar album. He has built three guitars from the ground up, and modified and restored numerous others.
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That being said, I give it 5 stars because it is really good for what it is. The only down side is that there are a couple of misspelled words and typos (this seems to be standard fare for any book covering any topic that includes both computers and music). Also, there are a few tangents that the author wanders off on, as well as some overly long explanations of certain topics.
It's a great first look at mastering and provides ideas not only for how to master, but also what plugins can be used for which activities.
In addition, the book includes discussions with mastering engineers to reinforce points the author makes in the book.
I would buy this book again, and recommend it to a friend.
Author Mitch Gallagher manages to demystify much of the art of mastering. He has a knack for presenting technical information into laymen's terms in a way that does not water it down. His writing style keeps it interesting too, which is a neat trick for so technical a subject.
There are interviews with pro mastering folks loaded with insight and tips. But not only do you get to read about these tips and techniques, but you get to hear them to! The included CD contains samples of music these folks have mastered. Even more cool, the pre-mastered songs are also included, so you can hear the difference. Plus, you can try to master these tracks yourself and see how close to the pro masters you can get them to sound!
There's even a section on Separations Mastering, where groups of tracks (e.g. guitars, bass, drums, vocals) are mastered individually before summing. It's a very flexible technique, and Mitch interviews the premier pioneer of it, John Vestman. The CD contains a sample of a track done with Separations Mastering along with the raw separation tracks for you to practice on.
Regardless if you want to master tracks at home or just improve your home recordings, this book will give you a great understanding of what mastering is, and what can and can't be done with it. And it manages to do this in an easy-to-read style that is both informative and enjoyable.
It's like being in the room with someone who knows a little more than you, theoretically, but has no practical wisdom to impart that can specifically help you in any given situation... and who won't shut up.
You have to read every word of the guy's book to get even the smallest bit of information.
I recommend the Hirsch and Heithecker book.