- Taschenbuch: 309 Seiten
- Verlag: Delmar Cengage Learning; Auflage: 1 (11. November 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1598633929
- ISBN-13: 978-1598633924
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 1,9 x 22,2 cm
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Mastering Music at Home (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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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.
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.
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.