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One of the best books - on both mastering AND metaphysics - I've ever read. Steve's a genius and explains everything clearly, with a really engaging and thought-provoking style. I refer to it regularly.
As the title goes, this book is literally beyond mastering -- it is a wonderful inquiry into the various ingredients that makes mastering music and mastering everything else work, presented with humor and generous insights from the author's personal experiences, that comes full circle back to mastering music.
This book encompasses many categories from Science and Technology to Personal Growth, Philosophy and Spirituality and does it all with a musical twist!
Steve Turnidge makes the art of mastering crystal clear. With his vast knowledge and experience in the field, Steve will open doors you didn't even know existed. If this man is offering up information, it would be wise to take it.
I actually just purchased another copy of this for a friend of mine who's a professor of computer science, who also has a philosophical bent. Steve's book is the Ultimate example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Not to say that the cover is not attractive, just that what lies beyond is far far more than what it would appear to be. It is hard to read through it without wanting to grab a highlighter to illuminate the gems that seem to appear about every other page or so.
Thank you for the journey. My only complaint? I am now challenged with answering some of the questions that this book forced me to ask myself regarding where I want my own life to go: am I in a rut, or am I truly doing what I enjoy? It reminds me of the debates that I had upon reading "The Road Less Traveled" 15 years ago. Although that is definitely not the experience I signed up for when I began reading Steve's book, I am extremely grateful.
Read this yourself, and I think you'll find that you too will be sharing it with someone else.
I get to hang out with Steve. We play music endlessly, talk frequently, go to breakfast on the weekends. This is not a guy I am trying to avoid :) I love hanging with Steve because we get into the best conversations. Everyone says that about him. It's true though. Steve is a good guy. The kind of guy that makes ME want to be a better guy. Steve is also on his own course, following no one but his heart's desire.
I read Steve's first book on Desktop Mastering. I am not a sound engineer, I just enjoyed the context of music as a delivery vehicle for Steve's teachings. I say teachings, because every time I crack this book open, no matter where, on that page there will be a concept to think about. Steve's style is hard to describe, but I would say that as I become more familiar with it, the more I WANT to integrate his words into my actions. Once you recognize the universal truths, why would you not? I'm not pretending to be a random guy giving a random review. Steve is a dear friend of mine and this book is the closest thing to hanging out with him that you can do if you don't have access. Steve is talked about often within our circle of friends (when he isn't around). In a given hour, there will always be a reference made to something he said, or WOULD say, or...WWSD? Add Steve to YOUR circle of friends by reading this book and challenging yourself to be able to think SIMPLY enough to grasp these concepts and principles. This isn't just another book. There is something special here. Great job my Brother! Greg Reid - Seattle Wa
This is an inspiring book, not only for those who would like to have success in the post-production of mastering music tracks, but for anyone trying to make a living at their heart's desire. Get Steve's first book DESKTOP MASTERING* if you want the nuts and bolts of that: it's a great guide and reference. BEYOND MASTERING, as the name implies, goes deeper into what is required to thrive in competitive fields without losing the love of your art and craft. It is a guide for anyone who wishes that what they love to do would become their full-time life.
Although some of what he writes about may seem highly conceptual, Steve has a way of bringing it to life with memorable imagery and illuminating antidotes from his own journey. He makes it real because he lives it. I know this because I know Steve, and I can attest that he is one of the few people I have met whose ideas, words and expressions are in complete alignment with his actions. He seems to get more done in a day than many in a week, yet he is a generous man who finds time to be available when others need help. That tells me much about the worth of what he presents here.
Read it! You can only gain from reading this book.
You need not know a thing about audio to receive what is being passed through this text.
I had the honor to help proof read this for Steve and it has changed my life views in many ways. In other ways, it put Clarity to thoughts and feelings previously, which I had no words for. I return to this book on the regular.
Beyond Mastering: A Conceptual Guide landed into my lap at a time when I was on the cusp of figuring out the direction my life should take. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, considering that most of the concepts explored in the book had a direct correlation to something that was going on in my life at the time, chapter by chapter.
For me, Beyond Mastering was an incredibly easy read; I couldn't help thinking about the ideas that were laid out in the pages long after I had put the book down. Some of the concepts may seem a bit obtuse at first glance, but Steve sheds light on recurring phrases and terms over the course of the book, facilitating quite a few "eureka" moments.
When I went through audio production school, mastering was described to me as a kind of obscure, dark art; mastering was "where they take something and make it louder, with very expensive equipment." After reading this book, I realized that this explanation did not do mastering as a concept justice. Suddenly my understanding of the audio industry as a whole shifted 90 degrees.
There is a kind of honesty in Steve's experience that makes these ideas worth understanding. This book is part autobiography, part thought experiment. At the most, it is a necessity for understanding what it takes to be successful in today's fast-paced technocratic New World. At the very least, the maxim "follow your heart's desire" is a piece of advice that anyone with a heart can agree with.