San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2005)–Producer Enrique Gonzalez Müller recently brought two of his projects to Paul Stubblebine Mastering & DVD (PSM) to get the sound he dreams about. Müller’s work on Italian (Sony) sensation L’Aura was all recorded and mixed in Italy, but he insisted on bringing the mastering to PSM and specifically to engineer Michael Romanowski. Enrique Gonzalez Müller (left) and PSM’s Michael Romanowski
Gonzalez Müller returned to PSM soon after with Jason Newsted’s (Metallica bass player) latest project featuring a wide assortment of artists including slide guitar legend Roy Rogers.
“I told L’Aura’s management team that I always master with Michael Romanowski. I’ve worked with him for 5 years. Every record I’ve released has been mastered by Michael. To me the hardest and most important thing is to find a good team. Nurture it, watch it grow. There has to be talent, and there has GOT to be a vibe,” said Müller. “Michael and I have just clicked from the first day I worked with him. We’re a great team. For my projects I always wind up doing everything myself–production, engineering, mixing. But that last step I delegate to Michael. It’s like giving away your kid! And I always feel totally comfortable doing that with him.”
L’Aura (www.l-aura.com) was added to MTV’s TRL before she was even signed to Sony and the single was released. The single “Radio Star” recently hit #4 in Italy. A U.S. release is expected soon.
Since 1990 Jason Newsted has been recording his “musical soup” at his Chophouse studios with as diverse crowd as possible, including rock players, jazz guys, hip hop artists. This time the project came together with slide guitarist Roy Rogers. “Roy Rogers is the living link between the old blues and the modern blues,” said Newsted. “He’s been playing longer with Clapton, B.B. (King), John Lee Hooker and everyone than most of us. He brings royalty to the project.”
Newsted calls his project HEARd of eleMEnts and along with his own fast distorted picked bass playing and slide master Rogers, the other musicians include percussionist Carl Coletti, and Elisa, an Italian singer that Müller also worked with.
Müller spoke of Newsted’s project: “It’s really an accomplishment. Different people coming together from around the world to express themselves, have fun and mix all the diverse elements they’ve picked up on their individual travels.”
After an hour of the mastering session Newsted commented, “Michael Romanowski rules.”
Three mastering engineers make up the PSM team: 30-year veteran sound engineer and owner Paul Stubblebine is joined by Michael Romanowski and John Greenham. To produce the best sounding masters, PSM offers carefully selected audio technology such as the Pacific Microsonics analog and digital converters, and for SACD Meitner converters; Esoteric Audio Research, Z-Systems, Weiss and TC Electronic signal processors, and mastering workstations from Sonic Solutions and Sadie, along with Alon Wolf designed speakers.