Reuben Cohen

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Reuben Cohen is an award-winning mastering engineer, winning a Latin Grammy for his work on Diego Torres' album “Distinto," and a TEC Award for his work on the single, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams.

He has worked with many notable and award-winning artists including Metallica, Pharrell Williams, Incubus, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Bruno Mars, India.Arie, Kid Cudi, Sean Kingston, Skylar Grey, and Far East Movement. Soundtracks include, Game Of Thrones, All Is Lost, Slumdog Millionaire, Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, Ride Along 1 and 2, Despicable Me 1 and 2, and Minions, to name just a few.

Reuben has that special talent essential to success in the mastering field – the ability to understand the artist’s creative concepts. It is the natural skill of a true musician’s engineer. He goes to great lengths to achieve the vision of the artist.

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Credits

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  • Julian Wachner
  • Novus NY
  • Choir of Trinity Wall Street
  • Phantom Blues Band
  • Lisa Hilton
  • Nick Schnebelen
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Diane Coffee
  • Moonchild
  • Chris "Bad News" Barnes
  • Nick Waterhouse
  • Rob Laufer
  • Eleni Mandell
  • Toto
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Rolfe Kent
  • Volbeat
  • Henry Jackman
  • Curtis Salgado
  • Alan Hager
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Alan Menken
  • Marvin Sapp
  • Leela James
  • Joe Olnick
  • Lisa Hilton
  • The Sneetches
  • Dhani Harrison
  • Leslie Mendelson
  • John Beasley
  • Ozomatli
  • Ryan Adams
  • Louden Swain
  • Mercy River
  • Chris Price
  • Betty Buckley
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill
  • Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Robert Lamm
  • Boyz II Men
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Stanton Moore
  • Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • Mili
  • Frank Zappa
  • Deb Ryder
  • Lissie
  • Hilary Weeks
  • East of Venus
  • John Beasley
  • Christopher Lennertz
  • Lissie
  • Iggy Pop
  • Velvet Crush
  • Emitt Rhodes
  • clipping.
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Curtis Salgado
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • William Bell
  • Henry Jackman
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Sean Watkins
  • Annika Chambers
  • Summer Moon
  • Iyaz
  • Joel Rafael
  • India.Arie
  • Joe Sample
  • Continental Drifters
  • Dave Stringer
  • Donna De Lory
  • Joni Allen
  • Fool's Gold
  • Kazuma Jinnouchi
  • Peter Case
  • Mindi Abair
  • Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
  • John Paesano
  • Heitor Pereira
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Art Pepper
  • Henry Jackman
  • Pugwash
  • Translator
  • Reina del Cid
  • P.O.D.
  • Punch Brothers
  • Watkins Family Hour
  • Alex Ebert
  • Sean Watkins
  • Roger Taylor
  • Billy Vera
  • Billy Vera
  • Henry Jackman
  • Billy Thermal
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Eager Seas
  • Dave Mason
  • Crash
  • Bobby Patterson
  • The Shoe
  • Bangles
  • Dave Van Ronk
  • Harry Dean Stanton
  • Ben Ottewell
  • Christopher Lennertz
  • Steve Wynn
  • Bruce Hornsby
  • Foo Fighters
  • Sweet Little Bloodhound
  • George Harrison
  • Hank Williams
  • Scruffy the Cat
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Alex Ebert
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Keaton Simons
  • Boardwalk
  • Buck Owens
  • Ruthann Friedman
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Heitor Pereira
  • Old Man Markley
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Lisa Hilton
  • Stephen King
  • John Mellencamp
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • Dido
  • Gene Clark
  • Buck Owens
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
  • Dave Stringer
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Old 97's
  • Jellyfish
  • Don Rich
  • Sam Alon
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • Nashville Cast
  • Wanda Jackson
  • Merle Haggard
  • George Jones
  • Everlast
  • Carrie Underwood
  • The Jealous Sound
  • Betty Buckley
  • Kingsize
  • Joel Rafael
  • The Dunwells
  • The Dunwells
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Soles of Passion
  • Michael Des Barres
  • Waldemar Bastos
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Mark Eitzel
  • The McEuen Sessions
  • The Knack
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Brendan James
  • Incubus
  • Greg Holden
  • Jellyfish
  • Art Pepper
  • Art Pepper
  • nelo
  • Steve Forbert
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • The Knack
  • Little Feat
  • Jellyfish
  • JJAMZ
  • Edie Adams
  • Big Head Blues Club
  • John Gold
  • Shelby Earl
  • Michael Giacchino
  • Nailah Porter
  • Candy Dulfer
  • Old Man Markley
  • Steve Earle
  • Jeff Bridges
  • James Tormé
  • Ponderosa
  • Nick 13
  • Tyrese
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Los Lonely Boys
  • Neon Line
  • Ben Ottewell
  • Keiko Matsui
  • A.R. Rahman
  • Steve Lukather
  • Fistful of Mercy
  • Betty Buckley
  • The Cranberries
  • Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • Dan Hicks
  • Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • Dan Hicks
  • Roy Jay
  • Common
  • Dave Stringer
  • Susan Cowsill
  • Marc Cohn
  • Ed Harcourt
  • Mini Mansions
  • Alex Boyé
  • Sahara Smith
  • Lisa Hilton
  • The Rocket Summer
  • John Mellencamp
  • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • Something Corporate
  • Alan Menken
  • Glenn Slater
  • DMX
  • Nina Ferraro
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Matt Morris
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • Bob Marley
  • Spinal Tap
  • Spinal Tap
  • Phish
  • Andrée Belle
  • Estes Shane Whalen
  • Interpol
  • TV Eyes
  • Camper Van Beethoven
  • The Knack
  • The Knack
  • New Found Glory
  • The Knack
  • The Muffs
  • Insane Clown Posse
  • Old 97's
  • The Muffs
  • The Dream Syndicate
  • Old 97's
  • Sam Phillips
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Jellyfish
  • The Muffs
  • Jellyfish
  • Trip Shakespeare
  • Game Theory
  • Ron Nagle
  • Game Theory
  • Metallica
  • Game Theory
  • The Rave-Ups
  • Carla Olson
  • The Textones
  • Roger Taylor
  • Game Theory
  • Bert Jansch
  • The Dream Syndicate
  • Roger Taylor
  • The Kingbees
  • The Kingbees
  • Ian Matthews
  • Jackson Browne
  • Alan Price
  • Sandra Rhodes
  • Buck Owens
  • Arthur Alexander
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • Geoff & Maria Muldaur
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • John Lennon
  • John Lennon
  • Les McCann
  • Don Rich
  • The Buckaroos
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Geoff Muldaur
  • Geoff & Maria Muldaur
  • Carl Hall
  • The Buckaroos
  • 5 Billion in Diamonds
  • The Lower Lights
  • Kevin Thomas Band
  • Pugwash
  • Guy Van Duser
  • Los Cenzontles
  • Lyman Family
  • Lisa Kindred
  • Ledisi
  • Kay-Ta
  • Flaviyake
  • Roger Jaeger
  • Lisa Biales
  • Bruno Mars
  • Travie McCoy
  • Rick Frystak
  • Theodore Shapiro
  • Michael J. Thomas
  • Copper Monks
  • Jessica Fichot
  • The Vibrant Sound
  • Border Radio
  • Deb Ryder
  • The Honey Trees
  • India.Arie
  • Corry Hanna
  • Brandon Flowers
  • Wayne Coyne
  • Dhani Harrison
  • Britt Daniel
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jonathan Bates
  • Cyndi Harvell
  • Cata9tales
  • Christopher Lennertz
  • Joe Olnick
  • Krishan
  • Aleya Dao
  • Nellie Pearl
  • Larissa Lam
  • Un Rodo Cora
  • Scott Wiley
  • Greg Felden
  • John Calvin
  • Bob Malone
  • Kevin Dooley
  • Shari Puorto
  • Marina V
  • Sebastian Campos
  • Marc Cohn
  • Hardhaus
  • Jim Williams
  • Geeta Novotny
  • Christopher Lennertz
  • Apeyga
  • Jai Uttal
  • Onechot
  • André Thierry
  • Los Cenzontles
  • The Lower Lights
  • Ambassadors of Morning
  • Albert Castiglia
  • Penny & Sparrow
  • Fernando Huergo
  • Juliet Lyons
  • Black Jake & the Carnies
  • Deb Callahan
  • India.Arie
  • Estes Shane Whalen
  • 3Antra
  • Kip Boardman
  • Randy Edelman
  • Nathan Barr
  • Juliet Lyons
  • Jason Robert Brown
  • Lily Meola
  • Mikey Junior
  • Jussi Reijonen
  • Charlie Wadhams
  • Jessica Rothe
  • Lila Nelson
  • Lake Hills Church
  • Vanessa Peters
  • Grant Langston

16 Reviews

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  1. Review by Tina
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    Needless to say, Reuben know's what he is doing. The master sounds so clean and just absolutely right. Great experience overall. I am looking forward to coming back.

  2. Review by Elom D.
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    An absolute pleasure to Work with, patient and insightful.
    5stars

  3. Review by Omar Raafat
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    Fantastic as always!

  4. Review by Patrick Dowling
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    Reuben has a true nature talent and is a very good communicator with artists. As a manager, I always feel confident in referring my artists to Reuben. He has worked on everything from rock, hip hop, EDM & pop for me. He is able to take the track, understand the genre and bring the best out of it. He provides really good feedback to artists/engineers when the mix is off and goes beyond just mastering in helping the artist improve their overall production. You really feel like he cares about the quality of the work and does not just try to crank it through. I would recommend him to anyone!!

  5. Review by LEWIS PESACOV
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    Reuben is an excellent mastering engineer and a wonderful human being. He’s mastered most of my work for the past 8 years. I love that he’s sensitive to a very wide spectrum of musical styles and does an equally attentive job whether is glossy pop, lo-fi punk or contemporary opera. Reuben’s got big ears and a big heart. Most importantly, I trust him to make my work sound exactly as it should, time and time again.

  6. Review by Phinisey
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    Reuben is one of the best in the business. I look up to his attention to detail and have always appreciated his communication with me during projects. He’s got a great ear and can tackle any genre you throw at him. I recommend him to everyone and will continue to do so.

  7. Review by Bryan Osuszek
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    Reuben is my first choice for all mastering needs. He’s a gifted engineer and a true professional in every sense of the word. He’s friendly, approachable and considerate with world-class ears and ability. His communication skills are exceptional throughout the mastering process and it’s a pleasure to work with him. Reuben's results are to the highest standard and I consistently recommend him to friends/colleagues. 5/5 stars is an understatement for his rare talent.

  8. Review by Will Cooper
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    Reuben's work is world class. Professionalism, turn around time, and quality is top notch! Would highly recommend!!!

  9. Review by Alex van der Johnson
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    I have trusted Reuben with all of my projects. He not only understands what I'm trying to accomplish with my music, but he adds a whole other dimension of meaning and atmosphere with his own ideas. I never really understood just how much the mastering of a song could change its feel until working with him. He always goes the extra mile and he is constantly thinking of ways on how to not only improve the quality of a project, but ways that the field of mastering can advance its own technology and approach. He thinks outside the box and will go above and beyond for your vision.

  10. Review by Sudama Mark Kennedy
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    Reuben‘s mastering work is beyond amazing! It’s brilliant, balanced and customized to the collection as a whole! He has mastered six of my CDs. He takes the mix that initially sounds somewhat two dimensional, and with his mastering magic literally transforms it into a 3-D experience (or even 5-D!). It’s perfection! It sounds so good it’s hard to believe it’s the same mix! Reuben is a master! A sound wizard! Not only does he bring out the soul in the music, he adds to it!

  11. Review by Tommy
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    Reuben pays attention to detail in his masters and can hear the small details in a mix that our tired ears cannot. He also possesses a keen sense of musicality and is a joy to work with. Worth every penny!

  12. Review by Lucy Mae Sunday
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    Reuben is truly the best at what he does. He is highly skilled in the sensitivity and long term practice it requires to be an expert at mastering. On top of his professionalism and expertise he is one of the most kind, and humble natured individuals. It has been a privilege to know and work with Reuben over the years.

  13. Review by Dan Diaz
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    Reuben can't be classified as anything less than a master in the field of Music Mastering. He's been working on music of mine for over a decade and has not only amazing technical chops, but also great taste, feel, and musicality. I highly recommend him - and just by taking a list at his extensive credits, you can see I'm not the only one!

  14. Review by Spencer Riley
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    Reuben is the best. He’s been mastering my songs for about ten years now and his attention to detail and passion for each project shows in his work. Always happy with the finished product from Reuben!

  15. Review by Scott Miller
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    What can be said about Reuben that his credit list doesn’t scream already?!! We started working with him about 6 years ago and I feel we found the last piece of our musical chain. I love the fact he’s so proud of his work and pushed every song and track to get the absolute most out of it. Considering how much passion and effort we put into making our music I would never settle with anything but the best for our mastering and Reuben is the best!!

  16. Review by Matt "Linny" Linesch
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    Reuben Cohen is a supremely talented mastering engineer. In my experience, one of the top professionals that exists in our industry today. He has mastered almost every record I've ever made, and ended up mastering the others too. His attention to the details, the message, and the essence of a song far surpasses any mastering engineer I've encountered. His technical skills are second nature and truly an extension of his thought process, effortless you may say. He masters like a musician who has "mastered" their instrument. Hire this man and you'll never go to another.

Interview with Reuben Cohen

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: It’s hard to name just one. But I recently remastered Metallica’s ‘…And Justice For All’ which is an album a grew up with. It’s also an album which was heavily criticized originally for lacking bass. For that reason, there was a lot of anticipation for the remastering. I was happy to learn it’s been widely well received and even got a writeup in Billboard celebrating the Mastering. I was happy to give the fans and band what they wanted. Also, Pharrell William’s “Happy”. Because it made the world happy and continues to make people dance everyday.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Developing an amazing new Mastering Plugin!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes, my good friend Matt Linesch is on the site, as well as Dave Way. My partner Gavin Lurssen is also available for Mastering. He is the engineer who trained me not only to master music, but also how to provide the service.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I’d like to draw the yin-yang symbol here… It’s a combination and synergy of both worlds. My heart is in the analog domaine, and it’s how I process audio everyday. The world listens to music digitally, so it’s about capturing the integrity of the analog processing in the digital world. Even if I work strictly digital (which is very rare and usually only for immersive formats) all my processing is modeled after analog technology, like our LMC plugin.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That they will get my very best, not matter the circumstance. I have always given that and will always continue to. It’s the only way I ever want to work.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Having the ability to work on music everyday and make people smile. When my clients are happy, it makes me happy. When the fans connect with the music and therefor connect with the artist, it’s all very rewarding. I love working with my small team everyday and providing the best service possible.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How did you do that? To which I respond, “I don’t really know, I just felt it”. It’s the same as any art, in many ways it’s unexplainable. But I can break it down on a technical level and dissect what I’ve done, but that’s not really what the answer is. It’s how I’ve come to that place that is the key, and it has to do with experience and understanding musical feel.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That mastering is a corrective process only. In other words, if your mix is perfect, why master it? Mastering is much more than correcting balances. It’s a process that can bring things to life that the producer or engineer did not think possible. It’s also a process where vibe, texture, and further connectivity can be achieved. This is what I love about the process. Lastly, there is great value in hiring someone with objectivity. When someone sends me a mix, it’s the first time I’ve heard it. I’m not attached to the work beyond where I can take it. It allows me to give it my first instinct with is always a good thing.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Are you happy with your mix?  If not, what are you not happy with?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I would suggest that they hire someone that can give them what they are truly looking for. Mastering is a subtle art that takes many years to truly understand. Anyone has the tools to master a mix now and there are many people attempting to provide the service. However, when you hire a specialist that only does one thing, you’re getting all those years of dedicated practice. It’s the equivalent to hiring a doctor to take care of a cavity, but you really need a dentist with years, and preferably many many years of experience.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A great pair of monitors… I’m a big fan of ATCs and have been using them my entire career. I would try to take one of our analog consoles, but if that couldn’t fit, a computer with my go-to plugins would do the trick. Beyond that I would need to build myself a studio… so I would probably take a saw blade and an endless supply of duct tape. …Oh, and I bunch of lighters so I could keep myself warm.. Unless it was a tropical island, in which case I’d be happy sleeping on the warm sand. ...wait… how would I power the gear?? I better give this one more thought…

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started Mastering professionally in 2005. I began as a runner at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood CA. I met Gavin Lurssen and he agreed to mentor me. Not long after, we began Lurssen Mastering and have been servicing the audio community ever since. Mastering music is my everyday practice and discipline. I also have developed technical solutions for Mastering in Dolby ATMOS and have shared these techniques with the world via AES (the Audio Engineering Society). I have helped develop IK Multimedia’s Mastering Software, Lurssen Mastering Console and continue to design and develop audio plugins to this day.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Full of life, impact, energy, emotional, warm, analog connection. The song should sing through the console. When it’s singing, it’s ready to print.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Mozart. Because I would be fascinated by his brilliance and continuously curious.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Use your heart, not your head. The head gets in the way, the heart always knows.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Everyday is different. I’m well versed in all genres of music because everything out there has come through our studio. I’ve mastered thousands of albums over the years and know how to get the most out of any type of arrangement or style. I’ve also been able to help shape standards in all genres, ranging from heavy rock bands and hard hitting hiphop, to delicate orchestral scores and signer-songwriter arrangements.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Connecting to the music and connecting to the music maker.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Connection. Sometimes a small amount of processing is all that is required to achieve that connection, and sometimes it’s a lot. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that the feel is captured and the music has ultimate connection to the listener. It also needs to sound like I was never there doing it. The listener must be unaware of my process so that the connection can be fluid.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I’ve had the honor of privilege of being surrounded by our industry’s most experienced and accomplished producers and engineers. I’ve been immersed and have truly grown up in this environment since I was a teenager, and the experiences I have had continue to inspire and shape how I approach my profession. Now well into my 30s, I’ve been part of a world class mastering team since the beginning. The team at our studio inspires me to lead by example, and I also learn more and more everyday from everyone I interact with.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Mastering is the service that we offer and we offer the same quality of service to anyone and everyone who chooses to work with us. There are many options out there, and we take pride in the fact that our clients continue to trust us with their work. We master singles, EPs, albums, soundtracks and also offer the service of Mastering in surround formats such as 5.1 and Dolby ATMOS. We have a deep understanding of the marketplace and how the finished results will be experienced by the masses in all formats and platforms.

  41. Q: What's your typical work process?

  42. A: I begin my listening to the mix and connect with the vibe. Vibe is something that is felt more than heard. It’s also difficult to describe in words. In the world of Mastering, I can recognize vibe and enhance it. I can make compressors dance and create movement when desired. I can bring music to life through texture and feel. I project all of this in my mind’s eye before reaching for anything. Once I have an idea of where I feel I can take something, I take it there rather quickly. If it doesn’t work, I pick a new path and start over. The process itself informs the path along the way. Usually this all happens with little effort, which is always the desire. When something happens naturally, the results are fluid and musical, which enhances the connection between the artist and the listener.

  43. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  44. A: We have two custom analog console, which were designed by Gavin Lurssen and inspired by Doug Sax technology. I often say that I am standing on the shoulders of giants. My path in audio began based on what they had already discovered. So much of my work is based on the trial and error technology that dates back to the 1960s. Decades of refinement has gone into the way I was trained, as well as my own contributions to how we process audio to meet current competitive standards. We combine analog and digital technology. We use Benchmark D/A and A/D converters. Tube and solid-state EQs and compressors. High-frequency limiters, and digital limiters to shape the sound. We clock externally with Antelope clocks. We pretty much have every digital plugin under the sun at our disposal. I also like to use AI multi-band tools like Gullfoss when it calls for it. But generally, the majority of the processing is done in the analog domain unless I feel that I need to lean more digital.

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