Learn to Master at Home!
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. Today's recording setups allow you to produce pro-quality tracks at home, but mastering remains a tricky, often misunderstood part of the process. In Mastering Music at Home, Mitch Gallagher shares tips and tricks from top mastering pros, and the included CD-ROM includes real-world examples.
About the Author
The former Senior Technical Editor of Keyboard magazine and former Editor-in-Chief of EQ magazine, Mitch Gallagher studied electrical engineering and computer science, eventually earning a degree in music. Graduate studies included music composition and classical guitar. He toured as a guitarist/vocalist in rock and country bands, also playing with big bands, fusion and experimental music groups, and as a classical and steel-string guitar soloist. As a music technology specialist, he has taught college courses, lectured, given clinics, and spoken at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world. His compositions cover genres from classical to heavy metal. Prophecy #1: At First Glance, his experimental percussion ensemble/synthesizer work based on the Fibonacci number series, received a NARAS (Grammy) award.
He has published nearly 1,000 articles in magazines such as Performing Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, EQ, EQ en Espanol, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, Guitar Player, Government Video, Extreme Groove, Music Technology Buyer's Guide, Videography, and Microphones & Monitors. His books include Make Music Now! (Backbeat Books), Pro Tools Clinic: Demystifying LE for Macintosh and PC (Schirmer Trade Books), The Studio Business Book, 3rd Edition (Artist Pro Publishing) and Acoustic Design For The Home Studio (Artist Pro Publishing). In addition to freelance writing, and recording and producing a variety of projects in his studio, Mitch is the Editorial Director for Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, IN.