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

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15Dave Collins, Dave Collins Mastering

AMAINSTAY AT HOLLYWOOD’S A&M MASTERING FOR MANY YEARS, Dave Collins has brought his unique approach to a host of clients, such as Sting, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and Soundgarden. Now operating out of his own Dave Collins Mastering studios in Hollywood, Dave is also the chief designer for Manley Labs in his spare time, so his knowledge of both analog and digital technology is indeed deep. That said, it’s the creative part of mastering that lights him up, as you’ll see in the following interview.

What is your philosophy on mastering?

The first philosophy is like the Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.” The client is investing a tremendous amount of trust in the mastering engineer when he gives you the mix ...

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