Dave Collins of Dave Collins Mastering is a grammy award winning mastering engineer based in Pasadena, California. He has worked many of the world’s biggest artists and bands ranging from Barry Manilow to Chicago to Luther Vandros to Madonna to Quincy Jones to Spinal Tap, Metallica and many many others.
The son of a 1950’s audiophile father and music-loving mother, a chance meeting in 1983 with the chief engineer of the 20th Century Fox film scoring stage gave Dave his start in professional audio. Shortly thereafter, he joined Armin Steiner and Bruce Botnick at Digital Magnetics operating Sony PCM digital equipment for the newly-developed Compact Disc. This afforded Dave a great opportunity to visit the top mastering studios in Los Angeles and sit in on sessions with a who’s-who of mastering engineers and artists.
In 1988, Dave joined the staff of A&M Studios in Hollywood, working under engineer and producer Shelly Yakus. During his 12 years at A&M, Dave mastered projects for Sting, Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many others. He later became the chief mastering engineer of A&M Studios, overseeing 4 studios and staff.
In 2016, Dave won Grammy awards for D’Angelos “Black Messiah” album in both the Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song categories. He has also been nominated for multiple Grammy and other awards throughout his career.
Prior to starting in professional audio, Dave was an electronics engineer working on radio and aerospace applications. He is the designer of the award-winning Manley Core channel strip among other notable projects. The analog and digital signal path in his studio also consists of his custom one-of-a-kind designs and modifications.
Recently, Dave Collins Mastering proudly opened a new state-of-the-art studio complex in Pasadena California designed by acoustician Thomas Jouanjean of Northward Acoustics .
Dave Collins is a contributor to AudiophileReview.com as of 2017.
To learn more about Dave professionally check out his website here.