Robert Vosgien (left) and Paul PalmerHollywood, CA (February 24, 2010)—Capitol Studios & Mastering is open to projects from all over the industry, not just Capitol acts, so RMR Music Group A&R man Paul Palmer chooses the facility often.
With more than 20 gold and platinum certified albums plus 17 top five singles, including 10 number ones during his career, Palmer has worked with Grammy winning producers, writers, and artists including No Doubt and Bush. Now with RMR Music Group, he signed the Sick Puppies, who recently released their second album, Tri-Polar, which has given the group their first number #1 active rock single, “You’re Going Down” and a top ten Alternative hit. Other successes for the RMR/Rock Mafia Production team include the writing, producing, and mixing of several Miley Cyrus singles and albums, tracks for David Archuleta, Selena Gomez, the Cheetah Girls, and Vanessa Hudgens—to name but a few.
For many of his projects, Palmer heads to Capitol Mastering and Robert Vosgien, one of the facility’s four mastering engineers. Since starting at Capitol in the mid 1980’s, Vosgien has mastered Chris Botti, OK GO, The Goo Goo Dolls, James Taylor, Green Day, The Wallflowers, Fourplay, Bush, the Sick Puppies, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana and the 23-million-units-sold hit, Tragic Kingdom, by No Doubt.
Palmer and Vosgien have worked together for 15 years and have developed a special working chemistry. According to Vosgien, “I’d say over 90 percent of the time, Paul and I are pretty much on the same page as to what the mix does or doesn’t need—without even saying anything to each other.” That sort of intuitive working relationship goes a long way when mastering a record, but there are, of course, additional considerations.
Virtually all of Vosgien’s gear has been modified to provide the purest signal path possible. His EQ array includes two sets of the classic Neve 2087(1081) units and a rare, first-generation Sontec MES-430B mastering EQ, along with the ‘new’ classic Tube Tech EQ 1AM mastering EQ. Vosgien also uses Manley Labs’ Variable Mu Limiter/Compressor along with the Alan Smart C2 compressor. For digital processing, there’s access to TC Electronic’s M6000, a Junger Accent, L2 limiter, and a large selection of plug-ins on his Steinberg WaveLab and Sonic Solutions DAW’s.
Palmer sums up his experience at Capitol Mastering and his reasons for continuing to book the facility. “I have a very busy schedule,” says Palmer. “Many times, I need Robert on a moment’s notice, and the Capitol Mastering staff will move mountains to make it happen for me. The records sound great on the radio, and this is essential. Robert is very easy to work with and he doesn’t have an agenda or a ‘know it all’ attitude. The records Robert has mastered for me have sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. Capitol Mastering provides me with great sound, great service, and a skilled staff. What more could you possibly want?”
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