(l-r) Drew Zercoe, Michael Romanowski, Piper Payne and Jessica Thompson
Berkeley, CA (October 27, 2015)—Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Michael Romanowski has launched Coast Mastering, a new facility with a new name, in Berkeley, CA.
Along with mastering engineer Piper Payne, the company—formerly in San Francisco—has expanded, adding the archival, restoration and mastering knowledge of engineer Jessica Thompson. Mastering apprentice Drew Zercoe rounds out the four-person staff.
The custom-built mastering rooms will be offering both analog stereo and surround mastering. Acoustic tuning for the new studios is being done by Bob Hodas, and the facility will feature Focal monitors and Bricasti converters, among other top equipment, throughout the three studios.
Romanowski noted, “There is plenty of great music being made throughout the world—we have many international clients-and the Bay Area is still a central location for an extremely diverse collection of solo artists, bands, and game and film makers. 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.
The new Coast Mastering facility is located at the corner of 10th and Parker streets in Berkeley within the grounds of the renowned Fantasy Studio complex. The area has parking, a restaurant scene, and is accessible from San Francisco, Marin and all points in the East Bay.
Romanowski has mastered music in the San Francisco Bay Area since his move 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.