Audio mastering is the final step in the audio production process, polishing the recording’s final mix and prepping it for release and distribution. This fourth edition classic The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook is a thoroughly updated and comprehensive manual on the art and science of creating well-mastered recordings. Today’s musicians and engineers have many high quality and low cost software-based mastering tools available to them, but the challenge is to understand those tools and learn to use them wisely. Redesigned and updated to reflect both the latest in technology and recent changes in the marketplace, this new edition shows you both the fundamentals, and the advanced aspects of both self-mastering, and prepping your mix for mastering by a pro.
Topics covered include: •The secrets to making hot masters •The rules of compression and frequency balancing •How to mix with mastering in mind. •The trick to making great-sounding MP3s and streaming audio •The mastering secrets and techniques of the pros •Everything you need to know about mastering for vinyl •Everything you need to know about mastering for CD •Everything you need to know about Mastering for iTunes •How to submit to online stores and services like Pandora, Spotify and Gracenote •How to master for television and the new CALM act