Bob Katz

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I run Digital Domain, a full-service mastering house near Orlando. My reputation has been built on understanding your music needs and more-often-than-not, producing exceptional masters that sound impressively better than even the best mixes. I offer a free listen/eval to your mix to see if it's ready for mastering.

I've been recording, mixing and mastering music since 1971. In 1990 I founded my Mastering House "Digital Domain". From 1980 through about 1998 I was the chief engineer, designer, recording, mixing and mastering engineer for Chesky Records, the premiere audiophile record label. I played the clarinet since the age of 10--- I dig the sound qualities of live music and bring those qualities to every genre that I work in today -- rock, prog rock, metal, jazz, hip hop, world music, folk, Americana, and much more. If it's musical, I bring musical qualities to the sound, and I do not like to be typecast in one genre or style.

I've written two best-selling books on Mastering and have a U.S. Patent on an ambience extractor which has been licensed to UAD, among others.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

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Reviews (17)

Endorse Bob Katz
  1. Review by Dr. Keith Javors
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    about 1 month ago by

    I have worked with Bob on and off for over 15 years and, on every project, his ears, expertise, and mastering execution proved to be a truly indispensable sonic asset to the final production. He is one of those kind of people who just makes you and what you do better, and in ways you may not have anticipated. In my professional opinion, one of the few true innovators and masters in the field.

  2. Review by Steve B.
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    about 1 month ago by

    I have worked with Bob on Glass Hammer albums since 1993! Not only have I always been very happy with his work, I have learned so much from him. We have always prided ourselves on great mixing at my studio, but Bob adds the finishing touches and our masters shine! I'm very, very proud of all the albums he's mastered for us. Great work Bob!!!

  3. Review by Nils Fischer
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob has mastered my albums with 'Nils Fischer & Timbazo' and 'CaboCubaJazz'.
    He took the albums a higher level. Very open and pleasant, yet punchy sound,
    and Bob gives useful and honest suggestions during the process - all in the name of music.
    He is also very flexible and he communicates clearly and fast. The flawless collaboration with Mary Kent is the icing on the cake. Once Bob never back!

  4. Review by julien incontroL
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    about 1 month ago by

    He's been really honest, kind an worked liked a pro. Understood clearly what I was after. I learned a lot thanks to him and I still get a lot of pleasure listening to my album again and again.
    He took a lot of his time to answer my questions and I really appreciate the relationship we built.
    A great ingeneer and a beautiful person !!!

  5. Review by David McCune
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    about 1 month ago by

    Working in Ireland, I have been sending albums to Bob for 20 years, knowing that the music will come back right- no re-works, or not being sure, just dynamic, well balanced masters. Thanks Bob!

  6. Review by Ollie
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob instantly put us at ease and made the whole process simple and straight forward. The masters we received were outstanding and he completely understood our "hands off" approach to recording. We will definitely be sending the next album to Bob for the magic touch!

  7. Review by aldevis tibaldi
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob's mastering was absolutely perfect, he really caught the essence of our sonic choices.
    The most astonishing bit was his comment, even before getting the job, about the two tracks that I sent as a sample.
    Such a competent and refined analysis of the sound, beautifully married to aesthetic considerations.
    Final result? Exactly what we wanted.

  8. Review by DEXY Mastering
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob is a master of the Masters!
    He has been a guiding principle since the 90s whose algorithms work well until today;
    "The Secret of The Mastering Engeneer" for advanced use and "The Art and The Science".
    Bob is comparatively a rocket scientist when it comes to audio technology!
    The One and Only King of Sound ... 5+

  9. Review by Mihai Sorohan
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob is a great professional and an extremely nice and kind person to work with. He has a very deep understanding of music and beside mastering he offers very detailed feedback on the mix, arrangement, style, performance and all other aspects of the music. His communication skills and humor helps artists confidence and makes his feedback very friendly.

  10. Review by Will LizZard
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    about 1 month ago by

    We've chosen to work with Bob on our last 3 records, simply because he respects the mix 100%, & enhances it wherever possible. His attention to detail, dynamics, depth and space, as well as punch, power, and lots of other adjectives we love is second to none.
    The icing on the cake is always reading his long essay explaining what he's done, how he did it, and why he's done it.
    Thanks Bob!

  11. Review by Ken Golden
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob Katz has been mastering our releases since 1990. Bob has the amazing ability to take whatever source material we give him and take it to a level way beyond our imagination. This is not boiler plate mastering. Bob never loses sight of the goal - musicality. He gets it and that's why I keep returning and our bands request him. - Ken Golden/Laser's Edge

  12. Review by Hari Sukhmani
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    about 1 month ago by

    My name is Hari and I'm one half of the band Hari and Sukhmani from India. I studied Bobs work in college as part of our curriculum and have been following his philosophy ever since. Bobs approach to mastering is an artform. he has created a legacy. We are grateful to have him amongst us, his friendly and down to earth manner makes him a giant amongst us mere mortals.

  13. Review by Charlie Bertini AppleJazz Records
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob Katz has been my mastering engineer since 1997 and has always brought my projects to a higher level of quality and sonic clarity. Through my experiences with him, I have learned how to be a better producer and have improved my mixes as well. In addition to his terrific "ears", Bob is also a musician, which helps immensely in the mastering process. He is a first class engineer!

  14. Review by Bryan Wright
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob worked wonders on my project. We were on a tight deadline, and he gave it his full attention, transforming problematic source material into a rich, full, thoroughly professional-sounding master on schedule. He was always quick to respond to queries, and his personable manner put me at ease from the start. It was a pleasure to work with him. Highly recommended! Thanks!

  15. Review by John Mock
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    about 1 month ago by

    There is nobody that does what Bob does; He takes my mix files, and actually makes them MORE spacious, and adds MORE dimension than the mixes themselves ever had. This is something that I've only experienced with Bob at the helm. In the 12 years I've known Bob, he has given every single project his full attention, love, and musicality. Thanks for everything Bob! - John Mock

  16. Review by Danielle Juhre
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    about 1 month ago by

    Bob is an extraordinary engineer and person and it was a privilege to work alongside him. Bob graciously mastered a song of mine and entirely changed the sound, quality, and clarity in a way that no other engineer could. Myself and cowriters think very highly of Bob and will never consider using any other mastering engineer unless it's Bob Katz. I'm very fortunate to say that he's on my record.

  17. Review by Éilís Crean
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    about 1 month ago by

    This was the most amazing experience working with Bob! The music was transformed and every track just shines, it's open and melodious and ..special for me. And Bob gives you a selection of files from high resolution to something more middle-of-the-road. And you get an education on how to use and listen to the files. He is a dream! I feel so lucky. Go raibh míle maith agat a Bhob, Tanks a million!

Interview with Bob Katz

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

  2. A: Future of Forestry "Awakened to the Sound". This is a beautiful, epic, impacting, orchestral rock album. I helped bring out the epic, the organic, and the orchestra. Pleased as punch!

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

  4. A: A solo album by an Irish fiddler and group, a prog rock album, a wonderful gospel/Americana album, a Spanish singer/songwriter, a hard-rock Aussie and group, a Folk singer/songwriter, a bigtime Salsa artist, many more.

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

  6. A: I haven't looked around here much yet.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: One, the other or both! Depends on the project.

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

  10. A: You will be happy with the sound of your master.

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

  12. A: I'm living the dream! Every day it's a different group with different styles and great music.

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

  14. A: What can you bring to my recording? I answer: Let me hear one of your mixes and I'll tell you.

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

  16. A: Many people think I only work on acoustic music. Some of my biggest hits are with electric and semi-pop groups.

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

  18. A: What are your goals for this recording? Tell us a little about your "philosophy"--what kind of a master are you looking for? For example, "Bob, we're looking for something that's reasonably competitive but not smashed". Or "Bob, we don't need a loud master, please make it as loud as you can but without hurting the sound or the dynamics". Or even "Bob, we need this master to be competitive in level with (name of other group) and other current pop CDs in this genre. We don't care that this will make a master that sounds worse than the mix, even distorted, small and harsh---because we want it to be 'loud and competitive'."

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

  20. A: Listen to some of my work!

  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 stereo system and a clean, quiet power generator, and my entire record collection.

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

  24. A: I started in 1971 recording direct to 2 track, then became the chief engineer of the premier audiophile record label, and have always been mastering my own recordings. In 1990 I began Digital Domain, and began to master recordings for clients who had not recorded with me.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: "Natural". Just call me Mr. Natural. Some of my best work helps to make a lively performance sound impacting and impressive.

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

  28. A: I wish I had had the opportunity to work with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and/or Charlie Parker. Or Django Rinehart. These are the most creative artists of their generation and I hope I would have been able to bring out the best of their art.

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

  30. A: Before you consider your mix "finished", take it around and listen to it on a wide variety of systems. Try to ensure that your mix translates as well as possible to that variety of systems, but don't try to add bass or treble or anything to compensate for weak systems, just look for translation. Then send me that mix for a free listen/eval. If I think it's ready for mastering I will tell you. The better the mix you send me, the better the master I can make.

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

  32. A: See above.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Listening, to you and to your music. And finding just the right approach that will bring out the virtues of your music.

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

  36. A: I bring out all the good qualities that you dreamed your song should have and try to de-emphasize or eliminate all the bad qualities. I have a natural ear for dynamics and tonality and if you are craving the punch, power, depth and impact of a rock song, or all the delicacy of a ballad, then you've come to the right place.

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

  38. A: First I give my client a free listen/eval to one of your mixes to see if it is ready for mastering. I give a detailed critique of the recording and mix and discuss its potential in mastering. I do not automatically compress, limit or Equalize. Every recording gets my custom approach that enhances its quality often beyond the belief or expectation of the musician or client. So there is no "typical" process that I apply.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Visit digido.com and click on studio for a full visit.

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

  42. A: Bob Ludwig, Bernie Grundman, Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler, David Crosby... many others.

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

  44. A: I do not like to be typecast. I master all forms of music but am most at home with music that sounds natural, is acoustic based or electro-acoustic. Some of my best clients produce in these styles: prog rock, metal, Irish, Folk, Americana, Celtic, World (African, Brazilian, Latin... many others), Jazz, Classical, too numerous to mention.

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