Stocking Stuffers 2012

By Barry Rudolph
Merry Christmas! As busy, hectic and crazy as it gets leading up to the holidays, for me, the week between Christmas and the New Year is always sublime, especially whenI get to play with all my cool new gear. Below are various items that may make any musician’s holiday season even more entertaining.

I’ve got a head start with veteran mastering engineer Bob Katz’ new book iTunes Music from Focal Press. I’m only about half way through this 144 paperback but the full title says it all: iTunes Music: Mastering High Resolution Audio Delivery: Produce Great Sounding Music with Mastered for iTunes.

Katz was inspired by Apple Computers’ early 2012 launch of their Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) initiative and their development of the tools to make Apple iTunes downloads sound as best as they can be. Record labels and music producers are now encouraged to deliver music to iTunes in high-resolution formats that ultimately produces better-sounding downloadable music files than are currently available. With a foreword by renowned mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, iTunes Music is an excellent resource for any mastering engineer, recording engineer or music producer who loves to deliver great sounding music and wants to make sure it stays that way. $30 from Focal Press.

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