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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240805453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240805450
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the books 22 chapters and 13 appendices, Katz presents a text that is clear and easy to understand with just enough mathmatics and "technical jargon" to explain the technology behind the theory, philosophy, and methodology of the mastering processes, but without overwhelming the reader." - Ron Streicher, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

"The definitive work on 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."
Sound on Sound magazine

"Bob is a master of the technology changeover from analog to digital. His book covers areas that none other have touched." --George Massenburg,
producer/engineer, Nashville, TN

"Mastering Audio is one of those rare books where everything comes together perfectly: great information, beautifully presented, easy to understand, and satisfying to read." --Greg Simmons
Editorial Director, AudioTechnology magazine

"The first piece of equipment [you] should buy is Bob Katz's Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science." --Roger Nichols

"This book is sure to become the 'Industry Bible' on mastering audio. Highly recommended."
Christopher Hambly,

"A terrific book... Bob Katz clearly knows his subject inside out and is a patient, enthusiastic teacher... The things I have learned in this book will immediately affect the way I work with audio right from recording, to editing, mixing and, of course, mastering." customer review

"...all you wanted to know about mastering in a well-written volume."
Lighting and Sound Magazine

"...what sets this book apart is the liberal inclusion of practical tips, real-world experiences, and knowledge gained from others during the course of a career dedicated pretty much to mastering. It is one of those rare books that manages to be authoritative without being didactic, and clearly indentifies opinions as opposed to verifiable facts...Even if you already do mastering, this book will help you do it better. And if you anticipate getting into mastering - start here."
EQ magazine

"...essential reading for anyone hoping to produce commercial music."
Music Tech magazine

"If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes in creating the music you enjoy, and learn more about digital audio, this comprehensive, insightful, and accessible book is without peer."
Absolute Sound Magazine, Oct. 2006


"Mastering Audio" explains leading-edge audio concepts in an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner, including an ear-opening investigation of the mysteries of jitter, dither and wordlengths, high sample rates, distortion, headroom, monitor calibration, metering, depth perception, compression and expansion, equipment interconnection and much more. "Mastering Audio" is for everyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio such as: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording and mixing engineers, and students. It outlines the steps taken in producing a compact disc, from creation to final pressing. It provides insights to equipment, training, and the business of mastering. It also answers questions most frequently asked by audio engineers.

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