Start to Finish: Dave Kutch - Episode 17 - Mastering Part 1

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With an incredible mix from the master, Jimmy Douglass, it's off to The Mastering Palace in New York City, to have world-renowned mastering engineer, Dave Kutch put his touch on "Light Shine Through."

Watch as Dave Kutch:

  • Discusses his room set up and workflow, mastering in the box versus analog, and more
  • His file hierarchy and organization
  • Discusses Sample Rate Conversion
  • Explains how every project is different
  • What he listens for on the first pass
  • Explains the potential of digital distortion
  • Creates space in the master
  • Demonstrates how he adds gain
  • Breaks down his thought process on limiting
  • Explains the three most important elements of the mix

This is your chance to sit next to Dave Kutch and learn the thought process he brings to every master.

Watch Dave Kutch master "Light Shine Through" only on

Equipment & Software


  • FabFilter Pro C2
  • izotope Ozone 8
  • Kush Audio Clariphonic Parallel EQ
  • Plugin Alliance bx_digital V2
  • Sequoia Multiband Stereo Enhancer
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Dave Kutch
Owner of The Mastering Palace in New York, Dave Kutch began his music career at Tiki Recording Studios, Hit Factory, Masterdisk, and Sony Studios. Dave worked closely with Alicia Keys' engineer, Ann Mincieli, and producers, the Kerry Brothers, who got Kutch on board to master Keys' 2007 album 'As I Am' in an innovative fashion. Dave's career never ceased to increase working onsite at Keys' Oven Studios on Long Island and expanding an extensive list of luxurious clients. Dave has worked with artists like Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Janelle Monáe, P!nk, Juanes, Blink-182, Lana Del Rey, Camila Cabello, XXXTentacion, Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Cypress Hill, Future, Lupe Fiasco, Calvin Harris, Big Boi, H.E.R., Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, The Killers... the list goes on.

The Weeknd

Dua Lipa

Ozzy Osbourne

Cypress Hill

Christina Aguilera

Justin Timberlake

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2022 Feb 02
Wasn't the maximizer in the Ozone 8 plugin wrong for this song? Why did you leave it on then?
2021 Nov 27
Gain-staging doesn't seem to worry him much... interesting to basically see everybody taking a different road
2021 Oct 26
Hi. The meters of Ozone are clipping. It is not important?
2021 Oct 09
So what are the two programmes that do sample rate conversion very very well? I guess Seqoia is one which leaves????
2021 Oct 04
Well explained...Glad you are doing this series..