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The Mastering Engineer's Handbook: The Audio Mastering Handbook / Edition 2

The Mastering Engineer's Handbook: The Audio Mastering Handbook / Edition 2

by Bobby Owsinski
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Now, everything you always wanted to know about the art of music mastering is available in one book! Peek into a top-flight mastering house and see the tools of the trade, explore the secrets of making hot masters, and learn rules for frequency balancing and dither. Learn how CDs work and how they're made, and relive mastering history with a separate chapter about mastering for vinyl and how records are pressed. This book extensively covers stereo mastering and also looks into the future with an expansive section on surround mastering and multi-channel delivery. This updated edition of the best seller, also includes new sections on mastering for television and film, prepping your mix prior to mastering, and mastering in consumer applications like Apple's Garageband.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598634495
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at, his Music 3.0 blog at, and his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: THE MECHANICS OF MASTERING Chapter 1 What Exactly Is Mastering? Chapter 2 Some Digital Audio Basics Chapter 3 Tools for Mastering Chapter 4 The Mechanics of Mastering Chapter 5 Preparation for Mastering Chapter 6 Mastering for CD Chapter 7 Mastering for Vinyl Chapter 8 Mastering for Internet Distribution Chapter 9 Mastering in Surround Chapter 10 Surrond Tools Chapter 11 Mastering for Film and Television PART II: AUDIO DELIVERY FORMATS Chapter 12 Internet Delivery Formats Chapter 13 Optical Discs: CDs Chapter 14 Optical Discs: Multichannel Delivery Chapter 15 Optical Discs: The High-Resolution Discs PART III: THE INTERVIEWS Chapter 16 About the Interviews Chapter 17 Interview: Greg Calbi Chapter 18 Interview: David Cheppa Chapter 19 Interview: Dave Collins Chapter 20 Interview: Bernie Grundman Chapter 21 Interview: Bob Katz Chapter 22 Interview: Bob Ludwig Chapter 23 Interview: Glenn Meadows Chapter 24 Interview: Bob Olhsson Chapter 25 Interview: Doug Sax Chapter 26 Interview: Eddy Schreyer Glossary Index

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