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Mastering Music at Home [With CDROM] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. November 2007


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Mastering is the final stage of creating a piece of recorded music, before either releasing it on the web or duplicating it onto CD for distribution. It's essential for putting the final professional "finish" on the audio; making sure the tone is correctly balanced, the dynamics are controlled, and the level is set properly. While professional mastering engineers have expensive specialized equipment to help them with the mastering process, the latest generation of hardware and software tools available to home and project studio musicians can do a wonderful job of mastering audio releases at a fraction of the cost of commercial mastering houses."Mastering Music At Home" is for any home and project studio owners or operator. It's for musicians and engineers who record on a limited budget and can't afford to pay a professional mastering engineer thousands of dollars to master their music, but still want to get professional level results when releasing their songs to the web or CD. After an overview of mastering and the gear required, the book goes on to cover acoustic considerations, studio set-up, problem solving, distribution, and much, much more.

The book's companion CD-ROM includes examples, useful helper applications, and plug-in demos to help you work through the book's tutorials. This is the only guide you will ever need to take your home recordings to the next level.


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Must have for do it yourselfers 1. November 2007
Von Stevebol - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I stumbled on this book at a book store and it was a lucky find.It's new so it's up to date with current trends in software plugins.If you are just getting into so called mastering like me this is a must have.There is a good balance between areas dedicated to software versus hardware approaches,interviews,history and current trends in technology,etc...
This is more basic than Bob Katz book on the same subject,so if you are just getting started on home mastering and want a comprehensive overview of everything involved I highly recommend this book.If you are more advanced maybe take a look at the Katz series.
If you are planning on taking the software/plugin approach to mastering then this is the one book that addresses everything.In fact,in the interviews mastering engineers recommend starting with software even though very expensive hardware is better right now.Allthough you could probably find most of the info in this book scattered all over the internet it's great to have it all in one place.
9 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A Must-Have For All Home Studios! 20. April 2008
Von Glenn Burgos - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Whether you want to learn to master your home recordings or not, this book is a must-have for any home studio. The information in this book will give you a good understanding of just what mastering entails which can translate into you making better recordings in the first place, so you would benefit even if you ultimately have your recordings professionally mastered. However, the focus of the book is to help you to learn to master recordings yourself!

Author Mitch Gallagher manages to demystify much of the art of mastering. He has a knack for presenting technical information into laymen's terms in a way that does not water it down. His writing style keeps it interesting too, which is a neat trick for so technical a subject.

There are interviews with pro mastering folks loaded with insight and tips. But not only do you get to read about these tips and techniques, but you get to hear them to! The included CD contains samples of music these folks have mastered. Even more cool, the pre-mastered songs are also included, so you can hear the difference. Plus, you can try to master these tracks yourself and see how close to the pro masters you can get them to sound!

There's even a section on Separations Mastering, where groups of tracks (e.g. guitars, bass, drums, vocals) are mastered individually before summing. It's a very flexible technique, and Mitch interviews the premier pioneer of it, John Vestman. The CD contains a sample of a track done with Separations Mastering along with the raw separation tracks for you to practice on.

Regardless if you want to master tracks at home or just improve your home recordings, this book will give you a great understanding of what mastering is, and what can and can't be done with it. And it manages to do this in an easy-to-read style that is both informative and enjoyable.
6 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
An easy and comprehensible guide to what mastering music is all about 6. September 2008
Von Rune Antonsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is clearly for the practicing musician and home studio owner who wishes to take to make their mixes sound more like a record.

Mitch Gallager explains mastering in a really easy way using understable terms. He actually lists the process in the first chapters - unlike many other mastering books which scatter them around in the text: Editing song head and tails, Correcting and enhancing the frequency balance, Applying compression, placing the album's songs in the best order, Adjusting relative volume levels between songs, Maximizing the overall volume levels, etc.

He then goes explaining the basics of sound - just enough to understand the principles and what gear to use; both hardware and software. What I really liked was the list of both audio editors and DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations - like Pro Tools or Cubase) to choose from and the way he so easily describes the advantages of each of these in just a few paragraphs. He also lists different types of plug-ins to be used when doing mastering, albeit the list is by no means exhaustive.

There is a couple of very interesting chapters on separation mastering which might be worth the book price alone. In separation mastering you are creating 4 stereo tracks: Drums, Bass, Vocal and the rest of the instruments. Hence it is easier to avoid the compromises you need when just using a stereo track - like when de-essing the vocals which also will affect the cymbals. When using separation mastering you can simply apply the de-essing on just the vocal stereo track. The author interviews the two people who defined this idea. I'm absolutely going to try this one out! Separation mastering is best handled inside the DAW - which means a working in a already comfortable workspace.

There are a total of 5 interviews of mastering engineers in the book. I found these quite valuable as they had a lot tips, tricks and secrets to reveal - mostly on the process. The final master is also explained along with using the ISRC code to identify your music digitally.

Now, there is only one chapter (chapter 10) which explains the nitty gritty of mastering. And it is only 18 pages long. Granted, mastering is an art and it is hard to give a precise list of what to do, where to apply EQ, compression and soforth, but a few more examples wouldn't go amiss.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent buy if you want to learn more about mastering music and to improve your mixes. You won't become a pro mastering engineer after reading this (obviously you need to practice!), but you will probably cover the ground inbetween professionally mastered records and no mastering at all. And that's a start.
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Covers general concepts and processes 26. Dezember 2009
Von Alfred J - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
If you're looking for a 'roadmap' of how to master, this book will guide you. If you're looking for specific settings, 'fixit's, or a quick, easy, way to create quality masters, this book is not for you.

It's a great first look at mastering and provides ideas not only for how to master, but also what plugins can be used for which activities.

In addition, the book includes discussions with mastering engineers to reinforce points the author makes in the book.

I would buy this book again, and recommend it to a friend.
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Good for the beginner 9. März 2010
Von Performance Emulation - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book is excellent for beginners, but some may find it a little too basic. If you already have some experience with a DAW, you may want a different book. However, if you are just starting out and have no idea what a compressor does, or why your monitors may create a standing wave in your studio, then this may be the book for you. I found it to be helpful, but much of the material was too basic to be of much use.

That being said, I give it 5 stars because it is really good for what it is. The only down side is that there are a couple of misspelled words and typos (this seems to be standard fare for any book covering any topic that includes both computers and music). Also, there are a few tangents that the author wanders off on, as well as some overly long explanations of certain topics.
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