Start to Finish: Dave Kutch - Episode 19 - Mastering Part 3

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After working on two separate versions of the master, it's time for world-renowned mastering engineer Dave Kutch to put the final touch on Jimmy Douglass's mix of "Light Shine Through" by Jared Evan.

See how Dave Kutch:

  • Enhances the center of the master for the second version
  • Discusses listening at lower volumes
  • Explains his thoughts on loudness targets
  • Documents his settings for later recalls and alternate mixes

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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2021 Oct 09
This was great....have to watch all over again too, so much to learn...Thanks for doing this series.