The Mastering Engineer'sHandbook: The Audio Mastering Handbook, 2nd Edition

  • Bobby Owsinski
  • ISBN-10: 1598634496  |  ISBN-13: 9781598634495
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001
  • © 2008 | Published
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This completely updated edition of the bestselling Mastering Engineer’s Handbook provides a thorough exploration of the mastering process for virtually any kind of audio program, utilizing insights from the world’s top mastering engineers. The book is a treasure-trove of knowledge, with an overview of the history, tools, and philosophy behind mastering as well as complete reference information for all audio delivery formats in use today. Peek inside a top-flight mastering house and see how their methods can now be yours. Explore the secrets of making hot masters, the rules of compression and frequency balancing, and how to mix with mastering in mind. Investigate how optical discs, such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, and beyond, work and how they’re made. Discover the trick to making great-sounding MP3s and streaming audio. Examine multichannel surround mastering for film and television. You’ll even relive mastering history with a separate chapter about mastering for vinyl and how records are pressed. Throughout the book, legendary mastering engineers share experiences, tips, and tricks with you through every step of the process. The final section of the book features interviews with mastering giants such as Bernie Grundman, Bob Ludwig, Glenn Meadows, Doug Sax, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes information on the history of Mastering, including some rare pictures of vinyl mastering and early record production
  • Discusses different tools for mastering, including the monitor system, converters, equalizers, compressors and limiters
  • Contains interviews with industry-famous mastering engineers
  • Completely updated to include new sections on mastering for television and film, prepping your mix prior to mastering, and mastering in consumer applications like Apple's Garageband.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Exactly Is Mastering?
Chapter 2 Some Digital Audio Basics
Chapter 3 Tools for Mastering
Chapter 4 The Mechanics of Mastering
Chapter 5 Preparation for Mastering
Chapter 6 Mastering for CD
Chapter 7 Mastering for Vinyl
Chapter 8 Mastering for Internet Distribution
Chapter 9 Mastering in Surround
Chapter 10 Surrond Tools
Chapter 11 Mastering for Film and Television
Chapter 12 Internet Delivery Formats
Chapter 13 Optical Discs: CDs
Chapter 14 Optical Discs: Multichannel Delivery
Chapter 15 Optical Discs: The High-Resolution Discs
Chapter 16 About the Interviews
Chapter 17 Interview: Greg Calbi
Chapter 18 Interview: David Cheppa
Chapter 19 Interview: Dave Collins
Chapter 20 Interview: Bernie Grundman
Chapter 21 Interview: Bob Katz
Chapter 22 Interview: Bob Ludwig
Chapter 23 Interview: Glenn Meadows
Chapter 24 Interview: Bob Olhsson
Chapter 25 Interview: Doug Sax
Chapter 26 Interview: Eddy Schreyer

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bobby Owsinski

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Recording Engineer’s Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the “Guitar Universe” and “Desert Island Music” television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at, his Music 3.0 blog at, and his website at