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Recording Studio Rockstars: Kim Rosen Talks Mastering From A Home Studio

By: WhisperRoom™

October 15, 2019

Mastering Engineer Kim Rosen sitting at her audio workstation

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #214: Kim Rosen

In this week’s episode of Recording Studio Rockstars, Kim Rosen talks about going from intern to mastering engineer with Alan Douches, how getting fired propelled her success, building Knack Mastering and Whitestone Audio, and how to make the lows and highs sound right on your record.

About Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen is a mastering engineer working out of her own studio, Knack Mastering, located in Ringwood, New Jersey. Kim has mastered six Grammy® nominated albums in the past four years; one winning for Best Folk Album (Aimee Mann), three nominated in Best Blues Album categories (Bettye LaVette, Victor Wainwright, and Theresa James) as well as two nominations in the Best Engineered Album/Non-Classical category (Bonnie Raitt and The Milk Carton Kids).

Kim grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and poured herself into the vibrant college music scene. In the summer of 2002, a friend turned her on to a mastering studio in NJ that was looking for an intern. Kim jumped at the opportunity, moved to NJ and began her journey at West West Side Music with Alan Douches (RSR092).

Kim shares her story on Warren Huart’s series “Produce Like A Pro“.

In 2009, after working her way up to Staff Mastering Engineer at West West Side, Kim decided to go out on her own and has built a growing list of clients that includes producers and engineers such as Ryan Freeland, Ed Cherney, Joe Henry, Matt Ross-Spang, Paul Q. Kolderie and artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Aimee Mann, Belly, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, Wynonna Judd, The Birds of Chicago, The Barr Brothers, Over The Rhine, Sarah Jaffe, Anthony Green and Title Fight. 

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