Appendix III

Mastering Biography


Evren Göknar was drawn to music early in life, first studying the piano and later developing his skills as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. He began his professional audio career as a recording and mixing engineer. He engineered sessions for Tupac Shakur (RIAA 4x Platinum “R U Still Down? [Remember Me]”), Tone-Loc, Mavis Staples, The Cult, Steve Vai, General Public, Carole King, and Montell Jordan (RIAA Platinum “This Is How We Do It”). Building on the skills he honed as a recording engineer, Evren shifted his focus to mastering, and in 1995, he joined Capitol Mastering.

Over the last 25 years, Evren has established himself as a top-tier Mastering Engineer, and was awarded a Grammy® Award for the “Gathering of Nations” album (Best Native American Music Album—2011). He exclusively masters the songs for NBC’s hit television show The Voice and also Songland. He has mastered projects for notable acts such as KISS, Smashing Pumpkins, Mariah Carey (“Loverboy” RIAA Gold, Billboard #1 Single), The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Eat World, Iggy Pop, Heart, Megadeth, George Clinton, Eazy E, N.W.A., and George Thorogood. Among his remastering credits are seminal albums such as: Beastie Boys “Licensed To Ill” (HD), Glenn Campbell “Wichita Lineman” (HD), Heart “Dreamboat Annie” (HD), Spinal Tap (HD), Linda Ronstadt “Heart Like A Wheel” (HD), the entire Grand Funk Railroad and Queensrÿche catalogs, as well as collections by Poison (RIAA Gold) and Pat Benatar (RIAA Gold). Evren’s success and experience in the music industry allow him to realize the best fidelity for a wide breadth of audio mastering projects.

In recent years, Evren has taught mastering at the university level (California State Polytechnic University Pomona) and also via independent workshops. His respect for quality music technology education and ability to present complex information in digestible segments benefits his students. These experiences informed his desire to write Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process.

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