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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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7Mastering for CD

MASTERING FOR CD REQUIRES THE MASTERING ENGINEER TO KNOW FAR MORE THAN THE BASICS OF EQ, dynamics and editing. In fact, a proper and efficient job entails awareness of many additional processes, from inserting start/stop and identification codes, to making different choices for the master delivery medium, to checking that master medium for errors. In this chapter we’ll look at all those things and more that are involved in modern CD mastering.

CD Basics

The compact disc (the proper name for the CD) was developed in the mid-’70s as a joint venture between Dutch technology giant Philips and Japanese tech powerhouse Sony, which established the standard for both the disc and players. The first commercial CD was released in 1982 ...

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