cutandboost Mastering is a professional independent audio and cassette mastering service founded by Simon Uter-Kirschey in 2018 with location in Berlin that focuses on enhancing and finalizing records for release. cutandboost embrace the specific needs for the independent music community.

Mastering is the finishing touch on a recording process that takes a final mix and optimizes it sound as good as possible on as many different playback systems. To put it simple, it is about listen critically, set of steps needing, being objective and communicative to get the best result possible.
I would be glad to be your man for the last pinch of production, regardless of style – from punk to jazz!

I am always careful not to push records outside of their reality and never turn a record into something artificial through the mastering process. I have the tools and, more importantly, the skills to let shine your records in the best light possible with a classic impact to the sound.

Short Background

As an adolescent, I began recording chummy punk/hardcore bands or rather this kind of bands which I played in or with. During the study of Audio Engineering at School of Audio Engineering in Berlin in 2012, I became a recording and mixing engineer/assistant on various projects, with Moses Schneider (Producer of Pixies/Beatsteaks/Turbostaat) for instance.
I also have had the opportunity to work for about 12 years with inter-national bands regardless of type as a FoH-Engineer for different venues and television stations.

Out of this point of experiences, I got interested in mastering records. So, I had studied a lot mastering by trial and error by myself within the last decade. Now, I am having the skills of setting the most suitable needs possible to work on making your records ready for release.


cutandboost can accommodate all of your audio mastering needs: CD mastering, digital distribution formats, vinyl preparation for laquer cutting elsewhere and physical cassette mastering and duplication. For individual information and specifications, please click the format below or shoot me an email.

RECENT WORK || Full Discography Here


Audiolith :: Blackstone Studio :: Duchess Box Records :: Rood Woof Records :: Späti Palace :: Zeta Studios


The acoustical treated mastering room is equipped with analog gear by Sound Performance Lab, Buzz Audio, Gyraf Audio and Overstayer. The equipment is linked in a very short signal path by Vovox cables to get the best performance out of it. I listen on APS loudspeakers and Antelope A/D/A conversion. For cassettes, I use a Tascam cassette deck. If surgical processing is necessary, I use plugins by iZotope, DMG or TDR ; Hofa for create DDP-Images.


Don’t hesitate to drop me a line for a test master or to say hello –


If you handle material through online transfer I would please you to use the email based wetransfer.com to keep transfer safe.

In general, I will respond your request within several hours at the same day.


Stereo Mastering:
€9/minute of materials lenght

Minimum: €50

STEM-Mastering: + €7/song

Print Run Of Cassettes:
depends on quantity

Reference Cassette: €3

Test Master: free of charge (digital)


If you need to get your record mastered ready for release, or are having work that I mastered printing to cassettes, please click the link below to receive your quote and schedule date.

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Audio And Cassette Mastering