MASTERING records demands a sharp attention to detail for a balanced listening experience across all playback systems. Professional mastering plays a crucial role in that final process of making a great record sound amazing! Whether you're releasing on CD, digital streaming platforms, vinyl or cassette, quality mastering is key to dynamic, commercially competitive records.
STEM MASTERING is an alternate approach to traditional stereo file mastering. This is a process of taking multiple buss stems from the mix session and rendering down to a stereo master file for delivery. This technique allows the engineer to have more control over individual group elements and allows for subtle adjustment of any imperfections in the mix for a more impactful master.
MIXING prepares an already recorded and produced song for mastering. This is a process of taking the collective individual tracks that make up the song and creating a balanced and emotive translation as a result. There can be many moving parts in a mix and at times perspective is lost. Let me help take the stress out of mixing and prepare your project levels for optimum mastering.
Mastering By Dan Walker is an Apple Digital Masters certified studio
High Up - Alabama To The Basement
DZ Deathrays - Say It To My Face
Guerilla Toss - Live Exponential
The Makeout Club - Lose Yourself
The Prettiots - Boys I Dated In High School
Steady Garden - Strange Sensation
Dan Walker is a mastering engineer based out of New York City. Originally from Australia, Dan moved to the United States by way of the UK in 2005 where he cut his teeth writing, producing and mixing club records in the Breakbeat scene for various labels. Following that a move to the USA saw him join art punk band The Death Set and after signing to Ninja Tune toured extensively with the outfit including an EP on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records, a recent album on Behmouth/Cobraside in 2021 and past collabortaions with artists such as Spankrock, Little Boots and Diplo.
From 2011 to 2017 Dan ran a multi room recording studio from a Bushwick Brooklyn basement aptly named The Submarine and it was here that his love for mastering began to emerge.
As a mastering engineer Dan came up self taught from 2012 and after landing a position at JLM Sound in Jersey city continued working under the mentorship of engineer Joe Lambert. Mastering projects that passed through The Submarine over the years and fine tuning the art at JLM allowed Dan to position himself as an effective go to for everything indie/left field, rock, punk, electro/club and all sorts in between. Dan has worked with labels such as Sub Pop, Inertia, I OH YOU (Mushroom Group), Wharfcat, Rough Trade, and has mastered music for artists DZ Deathrays, Guerilla Toss, Boulevards, Bleeding Knees Club and The Prettiots among others.
For the best in audio mastering Dan offers his expertise and knowledge to all artists, labels, engineers and producers who are serious about their sound.