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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Mastering Audio provides 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 ...more
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Published October 3rd 2007 by Focal Press (first published 2002)
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Having gone to school for audio production, I'd say that much of the information in this book was not imparted in classes, but is essential to understanding how to make good audio. Katz has a lot of knowledge and experience with producing and mastering professional audio and that information can be used by you no matter what equipment you work with to make audio recordings. Whether you're in a band, a budding producer, or a podcaster, if you want to know how a professional does it, you want to r ...more
Lars Wigren
An in-depth explanation of what a mastering engineer does and how he/she does it and how you can do it.

Explains the technology, science and how artistic sense comes into play when creating a good master. According to Katz, a mastering engineer must understand music the way a musician does as well as understand the deep science behind the process. Very complex, in-depth and thorough. This is a book that I will use as a reference for the rest of my audio life, and will probably re-read to fully un
So to make a long story short, last December, my indie rock band and I were rushing to get our EP release out by Christmas. Since neither of us were audio professionals, we decided to take the book reading approach to ingest as much knowledge as we could, while trying to get our recording sessions in during the weeks.

Upon reading this book, you get the sense that Bob Katz knows his stuff. In fact, there were sections that were way too technical for us that we unfortunately skipped over. Hopefull
Terri Kempton
A great background for mixing and mastering - especially for those of us with a demand to do so but without proper training. Extremely technical, and not quite a reference text in that it's difficult to quickly find an answer to a particular problem. Usually audio is taught either in person or at least with a cd or something for everyone to be on the same page sonically - because sound is such a subjective experience, so difficult to pin down with words. It is therefore amusing to have only text ...more
This is the bible of digital audio, and anyone working with audio should read it. The title is deceptive - it's not specifically about the "Mastering" process of making a record (a subject that held very little interest for me before I read this book), but rather about all aspects of dealing with sound in digital form. It's chock full of information that I haven't learned anywhere else, either personally or professional, and certain sections (such as properly gain-staging for ADC's and DAC's, or ...more
If you work in professional audio, or would like to... then you really should read this book.
Bob Katz tells it like it is. Honest to goodness there is not an ounce of bull**** here. Bob uses intellect to rigorously show the proper and best use of equipment and techniques.
You may not work in this particular audio niche, but you will definitely benefit from understanding the thought processes that produce excellent audio results.
This book is essential for anyone working in audio production. While not introductory level, it is the kind of book that will stretch your knowledge and you will refer back to it as your abilities increase. The only downside is Katz spends a bit of time near the end pushing his own K-12 system, but that is a very minor detraction.
Feb 02, 2008 Whitsitt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people producing music
Mr Katz is a big ol' nerd who wants to help you make your shit sounds proper. You should listen to him, because he knows.
Feb 23, 2013 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: music
Wish I could master. But at least I understand the concepts much better niw
May 02, 2007 ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: audio geeks.
Shelves: read_nonfic
this guy's pretty much an audio genius. prepare to be confused and excited.
Aug 28, 2007 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Audio nerds
Detailed and at times funny...but only if you are a complete audio dork/snob.
Marc Alan
Nov 16, 2007 Marc Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds
Shelves: bottomshelf
If you're an audio nerd read the hell out of this. Smart shit.
Bob Katz is cooler than Dr. Katz. or, cats in general.
Justin Hall
Over my head at times, but pretty darn good.
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