Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski has launched a new facility comprising three studios in Berkeley, Calif., with the new name Coast Mastering. Romanowski is joined by mastering engineer Piper Payne; engineer Jessica Thompson, who specializes in archival, restoration and mastering; and mastering apprentice Drew Zercoe. The new Coast Mastering facility is located at the corner of 10th and Parker Streets in Berkeley within the grounds of the renowned Fantasy Studios complex.
The custom-built mastering rooms will be offering both analog stereo and surround mastering. Acoustician Bob Hodas is tuning the new studios and the facility will feature Focal monitors and Bricasti converters, as well as other top-grade equipment.
Romanowski, a Grammy Award nominee, has mastered music in the San Francisco Bay Area since moving from Nashville in 1994. He is a Trustee of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and is on the National Producer & Engineers Wing Advisory Council.
"There is plenty of great music being made throughout the world," says Romanowski. "We have many international clients, and the [San Francisco] Bay Area is still a central location for an extremely diverse collection of solo artists, bands, and game- and filmmakers. We feel they all deserve a full-service mastering facility with proper room acoustics and speakers, and the highest quality analog outboard gear. We are expanding because we believe in the future of the music business and its need for the highest quality mastering services.
"We are carrying on the legacy of my previous San Francisco studios, Michael Romanowski Mastering and Coast Recorders, and taking it into the future with our new name Coast Mastering, while also bringing the same aspects of audio quality, community, and a love of music into our new facility," Romanowski adds.
Fantasy Studios' location offers parking and nearby restaurants, and is easily accessible from within the East Bay, San Francisco, and Marin County.