Chief Mastering Engineer
Gavin Lurssen has been a mastering engineer since 1991 and has been in the forefront of and contributor to the many technical developments that have taken place in the industry over the past two decades.
Gavin is a seven-time Grammy nominee and has won four Grammys. His Grammys include two for Album Of The Year for "Raising Sand," performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and produced by T Bone Burnett, and the soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou?" He also won in Best Historical category for his work on the box set that accompanied the PBS television series," Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues," and he was awarded a Latin Grammy for his work on Diego Torres' album "Distinto." Raising Sand also won Gavin and Lurssen Mastering two TEC awards for outstanding facility and for mastering.
Gavin has mastered albums for artists such as Foo Fighters, Ben Harper, Queens Of The Stone Age, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Eric Clapton, Miranda Lambert, Rickie Lee Jones and Elvis Costello - to name just a few. In addition to working with these artists, Gavin also has worked on the soundtracks of the video game, Titanfall, the movies, Cars 1 & 2, Tangled, the Nashville TV series, The Hunger Games, Crazy Heart and Ratatouille, amongst others.
Lurssen Mastering has always supported the independent music community - something that Gavin has done since the inception of his career. He feels that technology advancements have a positive effect on the arts in that the more people can express themselves artistically in an affordable manner, the more it leads to a healthy industry.
Gavin is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston and is a recipient of their Distinguished Alumni Award for his achievements in mastering.
A mastering engineer offers a specialty position, a lot of human experience. He or she can advise the artist on the tonal structure of the music. The mastering engineer offers gear that goes much deeper than a piece of software.