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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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21Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab

IF EVER THERE WAS A TITLE OF“GODFATHER OF MASTERING,” Doug Sax has truly earned it, as evidenced by the extremely high regard in which the industry holds him. One of the first independent mastering engineers, Doug literally defined the art when he opened his world-famous Mastering Lab in Hollywood in 1967. The Lab has since moved to the quiet peace and beauty of Ojai, California, but the magic that has drawn such major diverse talents as the Who, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Diana Krall, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne, and many, many more continues to draw.

Do you have a philosophy about mastering?

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