Evren Göknar

Mastering/Mix Engineer

21 Reviews (13 Verified)
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Evren Göknar is a Grammy® Award and RIAA Multi-Platinum and Gold winning Mastering/Mix 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/mix 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/mixing at the university level (Cal Poly 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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21 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joshua Patton

    Evren did an excellent job again and went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with the results of the stem mastering

  2. Review by Joshua Patton

    Evren did an excellent job mastering my song. I was impressed. You can tell he has a passion for audio engineering. He is easy to communicate with and has a great attention to detail.

  3. Review by Catherine Y.

    Evren is very professional and great to work with. He keeps my deadline in mind and despite being in different cities with time differences, he responses quickly and would expectations on turnaround time. He’s great at mixing and mastering! I look forward to our next project together.

  4. Review by Tarek H.

    I recently worked with Evren for mastering a song and was thoroughly impressed. He provided detailed feedback on my mix and shared valuable tips. My track included instruments like the oud and dombek. His Turkish background helped him highlight these elements perfectly. We only needed one revision as he grasped my vision immediately. The final master sounds full, loud, spacious, and more pronounced. I'm extremely happy with the result and would love to work with him again. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Popwesa

    Outstanding experience working with Evren! Pro-level quality, attention to detail, and communication. He really brought to life the track which needed that major label mastering touch to bring it over the finish line. It sounds radio hit quality now. Highly recommend and I hope to work with him again in the future!

  6. Review by WVM
    by WVM

    Evren delivered incredible work, I am very happy with the results of his mastering. Very good communication skills as well, highly recommend!

  7. Review by oliversnowproduction

    This is the third time I had a chance to work with Evren and I gotta say his work is phenomenal. A true professional with decades of experience and great taste.

    I will definitely master my next release with Evren again, besides all the other options I've tried so far Evren shows respect to artists and his craft is legit, I have nothing but my words of appreciation.

    Thank you so much again! looking forward to working on more releases.


  8. Review by Tyler H.

    10/10. Gave excellent feedback and clearly cared about his work. Highly recommend.

  9. Review by Darkstar I.

    A+ delivery again from Evren. Top notch mastering service.

  10. Review by Darkstar Interlude

    Working with Evren for Mastering was an absolute pleasure - straightforward & professional with truly stellar results. The delivered Masters were exactly what we were looking for to bring our mix to the next level. Superb!

  11. Review by Ege Or
    by Ege Or

    Working with Evren: working with one of the best mastering engineers in the world, no doubt about it. I am very lucky to work with him. We started working on my 6-track rock album project and the sound of the whole album levelled up after his logical and creative approaches to my songs. Very professional, very experienced, full of knowledge. I highly recommend him. 6 stars!

  12. Review by Elijah T.

    Evren was able to tweak the final product in just the way I wanted!

  13. Review by Innermythos

    Evren knows his stuff and is super kind and professional. He really understood the direction and I am happy with how everything came out.

  14. Review by scott ellman
    by scott ellman

    Evren worked his magic on a project I completed a few years back (MAD ADAM).
    I can honestly say that what he brought out of the final mix was amazing.
    I absolutely recommend him to anyone looking to bring your project to the next level .

  15. Review by Ben L Trechsel
    by Ben L Trechsel

    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.

  16. Review by Star Goes Nova
    by Star Goes Nova

    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.

  17. Review by Andrea Turk
    by Andrea Turk

    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 :)

  18. Review by AK Sandnes

    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!

  19. Review by Mike Cionni
    by Mike Cionni

    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!

  20. Review by Erik Kristman - Tidal Days
    by Erik Kristman - Tidal Days

    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.

Interview with Evren Göknar

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

Eminem "Bump Heads"

I was the Mastering Engineer in this production

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    Eminem "Bump Heads"
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    Megadeth "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?"
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    KISS "Shout Mercy"
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    Mariah Carey "Loverboy (Remix)"
Terms Of Service

Mastering inc. 1 and Mixing inc. 2 revisions. Additional revisions are $75/each. Alt. mixes are 1/2 price at $125/version. Spotify/MFiT file formats are $75/each. Turnaround is 24 hours for a single.

GenresSounds Like
  • Eminem
  • Mariah Carey
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
Gear Highlights
  • Manley Mastering Pultec EQs
  • Manley Vari-Mu w/TBAR mod
  • Manley Custom Unbalanced Monitor Section
  • Manley 350 Mono Block Power Amplifiers
  • Lavry ADDAs
  • Tannoy System 15 DMT ii Mains
  • t.c. electronic M-6000
  • Magic Death Eye + many mastering plugins.
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SoundBetter Deal

10 or more songs (EP or album) at $225/each song.

  • The CM5511 Capitol Mastering Compressor Plugin by UADJun 06, 2023

    There were only (4) of these made and I was one of the original users at Capitol Records. Great sounding variable tube gain compressor for bus, group master or individual track applications. UAD reached out so I looked back at my EQ notes and came up with many of the presets for the plugin. A great tool for the arsenal!

    The CM5511 Capitol Mastering Compressor Plugin by UAD