Keith Everette Smith

Producer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Music Director

Mastering Audio: Bob Katz - A MUST READ!!


About a week before Saddleback’s Worship Conference I stumbled upon a book called “Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science” by Bob Katz. Just recently I’ve been interested in how mastering works. I want to understand mastering so I can mix my records in a way that gets the most out of the mastering process.


Let me just say, “Mastering Audio” has changed the way I look at digital audio. Not only am I gaining an understanding of mastering, but I’m getting a better handle of how my DAW and Digital Converters are processing audio. Bob points out that Digital Recording has to be treated very differently than analog recording (I know this in basic principle, but not to this depth). There are things we must do to preserve audio once inside the computer. There are also things we can do to maximize fidelity and make our recordings sound BIG and VIBRANT!

In case you have not noticed, my opinion is that everyone should read this book! If you are serious about getting the most out of your recordings you owe it to yourself. WARNING: This is a very technical book. It is actually a text book. It is not a hard read but it is deep.