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Mastering audio : the art and the science
Katz, Robert A.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Boston : Focal Press, [2002]

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319 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 24 cm
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TK7881.4 .K38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording and mixing engineers, and students.

Author Notes

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 GrammyT 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.

Table of Contents

ForewordRoger Nichols
Preparation: No Mastering Engineer is an Island
Connecting It Together
An Earientation Session
Word lengths and Dither
Decibels for Dummies
Monitoring Mastering: Putting the Album Together
Equalization Techniques
The Downward Processes
The Lost Processes
Noise Reduction
Other Processing Advance Theory and Practice: Monitor Calibration
The K-System
Analog and Digital Signal Processing
How to Achieve Depth and Dimension in Recording, Mixing and Mastering
High Sample Rates, Is This Where It's At?
Jitter--Separating the Myths From the Mysteries
Tips and Tricks Out of the Jungle: Education, Education, Education
At Last Appendices