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Celebrity Mastering Engineer visits South African students

  • 13 Jun 17
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  • Dylan Ford
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Every day around the world students of SAE are being offered amazing opportunities and a range of incredible experiences. At SAE’s Cape Town campus in South Africa one day in particular stood out as being exceptionally special.

On Friday 5 May, SAE students, alumni, staff and industry professionals, were invited to a Q&A session with a special guest, the world-renowned, multi Grammy award-winning mastering engineer, Gavin Lurssen, owner of Lurssen Mastering studios in Los Angeles.

Since 1991 Gavin has mastered numerous gold and platinum albums for a multitude of famous artists that have since gone on to become the voice of a generation. From Foo Fighters, Elton John, Metallica, Leonard Cohen, Ben Harper and Queens Of The Stone Age, to the great Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello – just to name a few. As a nine-time Grammy nominee, Gavin won four of these awards with the highlight winning Album Of The Year for his work on the 'Raising Sand' album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

In addition to these artists, Gavin’s work can also be heard on the soundtracks for several TV series and major motion pictures such as; Game of Thrones, Nashville, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunger Games, Cars 1 & 2, and his Grammy award winning work on the Coen brothers film, 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'. The gaming industry has also benefitted from Lurssen’s mastering expertise on the notable video games Uncharted 4 and Halo 5.

With such a high profile guest speaker, the buzz on campus was at an all-time high on the day of Gavin’s arrival.

Facilitated by Dylan Ford, head of the sound department, Gavin spoke about the journey of his professional career and recounted many memories that just showed his vast experience in the music industry. Speaking freely to a captivated audience, Gavin answered questions on a range of topics about his working relationships with famous artists and producers, his philosophy on how to find your dream job within the industry, and his thoughts on combining education & training, with passion & ambition. Students where invited to put forward their questions to Gavin and in doing so learned more about his signal chain and thought process to approaching mastering projects.

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When asked on his view of the advancements of modern technology and its impact on the music industry, Gavin’s view was that it’s creating a positive movement. Now more than ever people have the ability to create their own music and express themselves artistically in an affordable manner using software in tools in their own home ‘studio’ environment. This in turn leads to a growing and widely engaged music community.

“Gavin Lurssen’s grace, humility and passion for the art of mastering is infectious, and all who attended count themselves fortunate to have had an opportunity to spend time with a true master within the industry,” said Dylan Ford, Head of Sound Production, SAE South Africa.

The event was filmed and edited by students from the film department with live sound audio students assisting in the recording of the session.

  • 13 Jun 17
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  • Dylan Ford
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