Shortly after celebrating its 40th anniversary, Doug Sax (above) announced that Mastering Lab Hollywood will close; its Ojai, Calif., facility remains open under the leadership of Sax, Robert Hadley, Sunny Nam and Arnie Acosta, as well as Tom Pessagno and Teresa Bustillo.
“There has actually been very little slowdown of work, but the work mirrors the changes in our industry — many more self-produced albums recorded on minimal budgets, often in home studios,” Sax said. “As you know, we offer special rates for self-released albums, so while the quantity has been good, the total billing is a little less. Initiallly, Robert will be sharing our room with Sunny Nam, Arnie Acosta and myself. We have plenty of space for at least one more mastering room.”