Evren Göknar is a Grammy® Award and RIAA Platinum and Gold winning Mastering Engineer and bestselling author of Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process. After 25 years as a Mastering Engineer with Capitol Records, Evren founded EGM (Evren Göknar Mastering) where he offers exceptional analog mastering to discerning clients.
Over his storied audio career, 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 Platinum) 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 both major label and independent 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 informed his desire to write Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process (Routledge).
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- Smashing Pumpkins
- Mariah Carey
- The Voice
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Lenny Kravitz
- Jimmy Eat World
- Iggy Pop
- George Clinton
- Eazy E
- George Thorogood
- Beastie Boys
- Glenn Campbell
- Spinal Tap
- Linda Ronstadt
- Grand Funk Railroad
- Pat Benatar
- The Voice US
- Montell Jordan
- The Smashing Pumkins
8 ReviewsEndorse Evren Göknar
Evren knows his stuff and is super kind and professional. He really understood the direction and I am happy with how everything came out.
Evren is truly a joy to work with and that is unusual in a sometimes jaded world. He cares about making our songs sound the best they can and always goes the extra mile for us.
Evren takes my electronica orchestral EDM creations and makes them magical. I have a wide range that I compose from orchestral instruments to pure electronica and Evren always gets it. When I get stuck Evren is always able to come through with a great sound. He is truly a part of my team and I very much appreciate his dedication his insight skill and he is a great musician! Check out his book it is excellent and is a great guide to delivering a great mix for Mastering.
Evren is the most reliable and easy-going engineer I've ever worked with. He knew exactly what my vision was and took the time and effort to ensure that he could create the best sound for all my tracks. Not only was he open to experimenting different ways of treating the track during the session, he had also sent me invaluable mixing tips/comments for each song prior to our session! I'll definitely be coming back for any future projects I'll need mastering :)
If you're looking for mastering that is top notch industry level, from a guy who's knowledgeable, extremely talented and equally passionate about music, Evren is your man. I've had the pleasure of working with Evren on many projects, and he always delivers great quality work, he's fast and punctual, and has an ear that I know I can trust. Width, warmth, fatness, polish, you got it. Trust me, you'll love Evren's masters!
If you're looking for a mastering engineer who is efficient, experienced, expertly talented, and- most importantly- a cool and genuine dude, Evren is your guy. His instant comprehension and sharp instincts made the final steps of More Truth in Fiction a delight, and we can't wait to work with him again. Not to mention, he came out to support us on release night! Cheers Evren!
Evren is an incredible mastering engineer, full stop. The best part of working with Evren is how steeped in wisdom he is when it comes to the mastering process and the kindness he brings along with it. We have worked with him on two mastering projects now and look forward to doing many more.
Evren is a joy to work with! He’s been mastering all my songs for “Hidden Guide” since 2019 and I’m above and beyond satisfied with the quality of his work. I’ve told him multiple times that he has “made my dreams a reality.”
Interview with Evren Göknar
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: EGM is a room-in-room designed studio with isolated electrical power, independent grounding, 20AMP breakers so the high-current equipment can reproduce sound dynamics effectively. There are acoustical treatments to optimize critical listening. I listen to full-range main speakers (Tannoy) with a sub-woofer (Velodyne) for the low octave in the music. I use a three-zone mastering setup with a playback computer, and unbalanced analog mastering chain, and a record computer. I use mastering-specific outboard equipment by Manley, Lavry, t.c. electronic and Magic Death Eye along with specialized plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Music is the driving passion of my life. I'm fortunate to have worked on so many legendary recordings over my 25+ year career that I'm inspired by everyone from Nat Cole to The Beatles to Punk, Indie and post-grunge rock bands to Hotel Cafe Singer/Songwriters to Jazz, solo instrument, Orchestral to Polished Pop like Ariana Grande to the up-and-coming songwriters, artists, musicians, engineers and producers whose work I have the privilege to work on!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My clients seek me out for the highest level of professional audio mastering. This includes mix evaluations before mastering and genre contextualizations and references once the project is completed. My clients love reading short summaries of my impressions of their music.