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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (14 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860742890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860742897
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text looks at the techniques used in mixing and mastering music so that when it is finally released on CD, it sounds as good as it possibly can without spending a fortune on equipment.

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One of the joys of recording music in the modern home recording studio is that the entire process can be carried out there, from songwriting and recording to mixing and mastering CDs. Read the first page
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Mastering is the phase in the recording process after the final mix has been made, but before the actual full scale duplication (release). If you are interested into Mastering or you never had any real guidance while performing the job, this small book covers a lot of valuable information.
It discusses how to clean up the final mix of a song (removing clicks, repositioning pieces inside the song, after processing (EQ, FX) of a song, combining songs to a balanced album...etc). He doesn't forget to concentrate on the actual process of listing and judging to the results and how to make a good working environment. An additional chapter explains important details for making a production master tape/disc.
What I really liked about the book is that it is up to date (cd-r, hard disc editing) and that it covers many small details (audio carries, Test tones etc.). I would like not to forget to mention the fact that, The BASIC series all have small overlaps, because they cover close related area's. This makes them all independ from each other, so you don't need to buy the whole serie to have the complete information on a certain area. Of course you will have some information double if you several books from this serie. Although I didn't find this annoying.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Thompson on 21 May 2002
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The natural progression of most audio enginners is to cross over that fine line which separates sound engineers apart from Mastering engineers.Rule of thumb is to firstly read every thing you can get your hands on about the audio mastering.Sadly for me,Basic mastering did not acheive its goal.For almost half of the book basic mastering waffles on using audio enginnering terms.If you've ever done sound enginnering you'll be wondering when this guy is gonna get on to the mastering.The mastering sections are small and tell you very little about any thing to do with mastering at all.Any one expecting to get some good advice from this book won't.There is little advice on mastering tools and how to use them/no advice on the Art of mastering which is the prime question anyone would ask.Instead,basic Mastering goes into great detail about cd pressing plants and duplication.
.....If the question you want answered here is...."What exactly does a Mastering engineer do" then Basic Mastering is not for you...in a nut shell..............basic...the information in this book definately reflects its size which is slightly larger than a cigarette packet.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2004
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I guess it might be handy to the complete novice but if you have any knowledge of audio engineering give this little book a very wide birth.
I found nothing in here to help with mastering audio.
The book should be called "Basic Recording".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PICCIAFUOCHI ALESSANDRO on 17 Oct. 2006
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Is a very good book, it contains some original and helpful trick!!!
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Too Long 13 Jun. 2003
By "oramph" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely small, but still, it could have been shortened into a few concise paragraphs.
The first third of the book is a repetitious litany on how to splice tape, label boxes and use a DAT. It haphazardly hints at the numerous steps one most go through to prepare the audio for reproduction. Then states that if you're going to burn a Red book CD, none of this is necessary. Good then, let's skip it.
The second third is about how to cut and paste digital audio using editing software. If you've ever used audio software then you can skip this part too. Actually if you even have audio software, you're better off just playing around with it, so you should skip it also.
The last third is a glossary. Yes, an entire third of the book is an appendix. It gives the definition of many useful industry terms. For instance, STEREO, WAH-PEDAL, TRACK, and VOLT.
Example:
VOLT,
A unit for measuring electricity.
I would skip it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Overview But Lacks Detail 14 Feb. 2001
By Raymond Munoz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will provide the reader with a great overview of what mastering is all about but it fails to give any detail on the subject. If you want a summary of what mastering is then this book just may be worth it for you. The glossary of terms alone may be worth the price of the book! If you're looking for something more detailed, skip it!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For ten bucks, I highly recommend it. 2 Mar. 2001
By HeWhoReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a small palm-size book which you can read in several hours. It reads well, the advice is sound and I found the answers to several questions, and several other suspicions (common sense items) were confirmed.
This book packs a whallop for the size it comes in. I would like to see this be a real 8.5 x 11 book. It was a heck of a lot more interesting that the "CD Home audio course" which I am returning. I'm keeping this one.
This book proves size does not matter. The content is solid and he didn't fill up a bunch of pages with common sense junk.
Could use more illustrations, but then again it is a perspective book not a tutorial.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ok for the price 11 Feb. 2008
By Leonardo A. De Moraes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book has some good tips but tends to be quite redundant. Several points are repeated over and over throughout the book, with a good edit it could be stripped down to at least two thirds of the size keeping the same content.
Paul White's 'Basic' audio series 11 May 2014
By dpgold - Published on Amazon.com
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Save your money and just get Paul White's 'Creative Recording 1 & 2' books.

Unfortunately I found out (too late) that these 'Basic' series are a direct (and sometimes even a condensed) extract from the 'Creative Reading 1 & 2' books, which I already owned.

Therefore the 'Basic' series is a VERY expensive way to get access to all of Paul White's great information found in 'Creative Reading 1 & 2' books.
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