Start to Finish: Dave Kutch - Episode 18 - Mastering Part 2

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Continuing with the mastering for "Light Shine Through." Dave Kutch wraps up his first version of the master and begins on a second option for the artist.

See how Dave Kutch:

  • Explains how he deals with quiet sections and keeps the energy of the song consistent
  • Cuts the song into sections to apply different processing where needed
  • Breaks down his approach to the top of the master
  • Addresses the bottom of the master
  • Explains when he sends two separate versions of the master
  • Changes the feel of the verses and pre-choruses

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

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Equipment & Software


  • FabFilter Pro C2
  • FabFilter Pro Q3
  • izotope Ozone 8
  • Kush Audio Clariphonic Parallel EQ
  • Plugin Alliance bx_digital V2
  • Sequoia Multiband Stereo Enhancer
  • T-Racks Stealth Limiter
  • UAD Pultec Pro Legacy
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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 Jul 01
Hola, me parece una excelente clase de cómo masterizar. Solo tengo la duda de saber, por cual Plugin puedo reemplazar el UAD Pultec. Gracias.
2022 May 19
Great video, I have watched this several times. On the sections where Pro C is the last in the chain, is there a limiter to cover those sections, as in the sections where the Stealth Limiter is last in the chain? Thank you
2021 Oct 18
great video, lots to learn from, I feel like the switch to version 2 saved the kicks, the limiter of it works much better for this song. the PRO-C killed the kicks at first