Beyond Mastering
Steve Turnidge
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Beyond Mastering: A Conceptual Guide (Music Pro Guides)
Steve Turnidge
Hal Leonard Books
262 pages
September 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Everything you ever wanted to know about mastering is printed on these pages--and more. The author is a mastering engineer himself and also a deep thinker who is able to connect the conceptual with the concrete. He wrote this for the audio addict eager to understand the deeper and subtler aspects of mastering. In his intro, he describes his intentions:

This book is writte for a few different audiences. First, it is for the potentially frustrated audio enthusiast who wants to get a better handle on deeper aspects of the art and craft of mastering. Second, it is for people who enjoy reading philosophical ideas that extend beyond routine education; and third, it is a message to my younger self, to inform him and those in similar circumstances of the results of several decades of thought so far.

In Beyond Mastering: A Conceptual Guide, I'll share useful templates and visioning tools to contemplate, and make connections from them to the world of audio, frequency, and amplitude.
This is a deep book and does require concentrated focus when reading it. Chapter titles reveal as much: "Parallax and Underlying Concepts for Context," "Multitrack Versus Mono Reaction to Stimuli and the Action Threshold," "The Memory Mansion and unrealized Assets," and "The new Body and the Emerging Global Consciousness."

It is a totally unique approach to the art of mastering and a valuable resource for engineers and audiophiles. Again, many of the theories here are complex and demand deep thought. But anything worthwhile requires effort. If you're willing to expand your mind and perhaps your preconceived ideas about what mastering is, you'll find a lot of gems here.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2014

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