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This 3rd edition of the book Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science from Focal Press unravels the technical mysteries that regularly challenge audio engineers. Including practical tips and real world experiences, author Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style. Completely reorganized to focus on workflow, this third edition details mastering by providing a step-by-step approach to the process. First covering practical techniques and basic theory, this industry classic also addresses advanced theory and practice. The book's new approach is especially suitable to accompany a one- or two-term course in audio and mastering.
Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes several new chapters addressing the influence of loudness measurement and assessment and provides explanation of how mastering engineers must integrate loudness measurement and PLR assessment in their mastering techniques.
It also includes the newest approaches to equalization, monitor response measurement and correction, the psychoacoustics of clipping, an extended discussion of restoration and noise reduction techniques, an extended set of listening examples, and an updated chapter on surround mastering including coverage of Pure Audio BluRay.
Part 1 Preparation
Chapter 1- No Mastering Engineer is an Island
Chapter 2- Connecting it Together
Chapter 3- An Earientation Session
Chapter 4- Word Lengths and Dither
Chapter 5- Decibels: Not for Dummies
Chapter 6- Monitor Quality
Part 2 Mastering Techniques
Chapter 7- Putting the Album Together
Chapter 8- Equalization
Chapter 9- Macrodynamics
Chapter 10- Downward Process
Chapter 11- The Lost process
Chapter 12- Noise reduction
Chapter 13-Top processors
Part 3- Advanced Theory and Practice
Chapter 14- How to Make Better Recordings in the 21st Century
Chapter 15- Monitor Set Up and Calibration
Chapter 16- Additional Mastering Techniques
Chapter 17- Analog and Digital Processing
Chapter18- How to Achieve Depth and Dimension in Recording, Mixing and Mastering