Fall 2015 - The leaves are falling back in NYC, but, friends, it is a perfect 70 degrees where I am! After six incredible years at The Magic Shop, I have relocated to Berkeley, California to join a talented team of mastering engineers at the newly formed Coast Mastering. Helmed by owner/chief mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, Coast features two custom built mastering rooms equipped for stereo and surround mastering. (And mono, I should add - you know I love to work in mono!) The rooms are located in the Fantasy Studios complex and are in the process of being fined tuned by acoustician Bob Hodas. Let me tell you, they sound marvelous! I am beyond thrilled to join Michael, mastering engineer Piper Payne and mastering apprentice Drew Zercoe and take on the role of resident archiving and restoration specialist.
And meanwhile, here's what I've been up to the past few weeks (besides seemingly endless packing and unpacking...)
The Beach Bullies We Rule The Universe is now available on vinyl and digital download for the first time since 1981, thanks to Manufactured Recordings and some intense audio restoration by me. (I worked from the original vinyl as well as demo cassette and a rogue DAT copy).
Out soon on Tin Angel, Ed Askew's 1968 acid folk masterpiece Ask The Unicorn, which I also restored from original vinyl. If I were still in NYC, I would not miss the record release at Union Pool on November 3.
Scott Fagan's psych/folk masterpiece South Atlantic Blues is one of those albums that inexplicably slipped through the cracks. My jaw dropped when I first heard the original master tapes (at 192k!), and I can't wait for this one to get the attention it deserves. It's coming out on St. Cecilia Knows, distributed by Light In The Attic. Watch (and listen) for the bonus tracks, culled and restored from dusty demo discs.
Now, back to work in my new mastering room at Coast!