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Major Label Mastering

Professional Mastering Process, 1st Edition

By Evren Göknar


224 pages | 74 Color Illus. | 26 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138058583
pub: 2020-04-08
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Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process distils twenty-five years of mastering experience at Capitol Records into practical understandings and reliable systems. Containing unparalleled insights, this book reveals the mastering tricks and techniques used by Evren Göknar at one of the world’s most notable record labels.

Beginning with the requisite competencies every Mastering Engineer must develop, Major Label Mastering delves into the particulars of the mastering studio as well as fundamental mastering tools. Included among these tools is the Five Step Mastering Process, a rigorously-tested system that equips the practitioner to successfully and confidently master a project to exacting standards of audio fidelity. Covering all bases, the book discusses both macro- and micro-considerations: from mindset approach and connecting with clients down to detailed guidelines for processing audio, advanced methods, and audio restoration. Each chapter ends with exercises intended to deepen understanding and skill or to supplement course study.

Suitable for all levels, this is a unique resource for students, artists, and recording and mastering engineers alike. Major Label Mastering is supplemented by digital resources including audio examples and video tutorials.


"Absolutely essential for anyone seriously considering any aspect of recording as their passion or career choice […] this is an under-the-hood approach which anyone involved in recording can use to understand the entire process." - Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound

Table of Contents

PART I – The Key Competencies and Understandings of a Mastering Engineer

Chapter I. The Mastering Engineer

Chapter II. The Mastering Engineer’s Primary Concern

PART II – The Mastering Studio and Fundamental Mastering Tools

Chapter III. The Mastering Studio

Chapter IV. Fundamental Mastering Tools and The Primary Colors of Mastering

PART III – Professional Mastering Process – The Five Steps

Chapter V. Step One: Objective Assessment

Chapter VI. Step Two: Subjective Assessment

Chapter VII. Step Three: The Mastering Game Plan

Chapter VIII. Step Four: Assembly – Links in a Chain

Chapter IX. Step Five: Delivery - Generate The Master

PART IV – Professional Mastering Process – Macro Considerations

Chapter X. Before Beginning a Mastering Project

Chapter XI. The Inner Game – Mindset Approaches For Mastering

Chapter XII. Life Saving Mastering Secrets

PART V – Professional Mastering Process – Micro Considerations

Chapter XIII. General Guidelines for Processing Audio

Chapter XIV. Advanced Mastering Chain Tools and Techniques

Chapter XV. Mid-Side – An Elixir of Mastering Hope

Chapter XVI. In-The-Box Considerations (ITB)

Chapter XVII. De-noising / Audio Restoration (Out Damned Spot!)

Chapter XVIII. Conclusions / Summary

About the Author

Evren Göknar is a Grammy® Award-winning Mastering Engineer who has been employed at Capitol Studios in Hollywood for twenty-five years. His work is sought after worldwide, with his mastering credits including legendary recordings and artists ranging from Mariah Carey to KISS along with hit television shows The Voice and Songland.

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