In The Boardroom With Gavin Lurssen

Mastering engineer discusses his audio philosophy, GRAMMY-winning projects and the role of the mastering engineer
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    Gavin Lurssen at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony on Nov. 10, 2010
May 31, 2012 -- 11:40 am PDT

GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen was the recent guest for an installment of In The Boardroom, an educational series produced by The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter featuring interviews with past and present Academy Board members. Lurssen discussed the role of the mastering engineer, his mastering philosophy, artists with whom he has collaborated, membership at The Recording Academy, and The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, among other topics.

"Being a voting member at The Recording Academy is very important to me, because [the GRAMMY is] a peer award," said Lurssen. "The cream really does rise to the top and it's a part of the communal aspect of what we do as a community. I think it's important to work toward becoming a voting member. These awards do have meaning because they come from your peers."

Lurssen is the owner of Hollywood, Calif.-based Lurssen Mastering, a company that has mastered projects for artists such as Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, B.B. King, Diana Krall, Matchbox Twenty, James Taylor, and Tyrese, among others. He won his first GRAMMY Award in 2001 for Album Of The Year for his role as mastering engineer on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In 2003 he won his second GRAMMY for Best Historical Album for Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey, a companion box set to the acclaimed PBS series "The Blues." Lurssen won for Album Of The Year again in 2008 for Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand. In 2010 he won his first Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Engineered Album for Diego Torres' Distinto.

In addition to being a past Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Board member, Lurssen has been an active member of The Academy for 15 years. He is a current member of the Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council.

(Recording Academy members can watch the entire interview with Gavin Lurssen at GRAMMY365, The Academy's member-only website. Not a member? For information on Academy membership, click here.)

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