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

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Introduction

It’s already been 13 years since the first edition of The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook came out, and boy, have things changed. It’s safe to say that there’s been a mighty revolution in the mastering world, with old technologies replaced and new ones continually evolving. Gone are the days of tape machines (for the most part), and soon even the CD might be a thing of the past.

Gone—again, for the most part—are the days of “heavy iron” customized outboard gear that was necessary for a high-quality mastering job. Even though the basic mastering tools are still the same, they’ve mostly moved into the world of the DAW, so even someone with the most entry-level system now has the use of powerful tools that only the top mastering pros ...

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