ZenMastering is founded on
three basic principles...

  1. Specialists are more effective at a specific task than generalists.
  2. Analog processing is superior (technically and euphonically) to digital.
  3. Experience is as important as any piece of equipment in a signal chain.

As audio recording has moved from the traditional recording studio to the home computer environment, specialists (tracking engineers, mix engineers, mastering engineers) have been replaced by one person with an arsenal of software and plugins. Simply put, a generalist. This is one of the key reasons why recording quality has declined over the years while equipment continues to have better technical specs. Hiring a professional mastering engineer (a specialist, who only does mastering) brings expertise and sonic quality to your recording that is absent in many indie projects.

While digital tools are effective and powerful, ultimately their popularity has been driven by affordability and efficiency, not ultimate quality. In reality, the digital domain is a simulation of the analog domain.
ZenMastering's signal path is 100% analog, delivering the highest fidelity. Our process may take a little longer, but our results speak for themselves.

Any piece of gear is only as useful as the person operating it. With over 15 years of mastering and more than 800 projects under our belt, we bring experience to the table at a critical point in the recording process.

Published Articles and Reviews

Music Connection magazine, Oct. 2010. Tape Op magazine, May/June 2010. Tape Op magazine, May/June 2009. Tape Op magazine, Nov/Dec. 2008.
Sound on Sound magazine, Oct. 2005. EQ magazine, June 2002. Music Connection magazine, Oct. 2002. Tape Op, May/June 2005.
EQ magazine, January 2004. Guitar Word magazine, March 1990. Guitar Player magazine, Feb. 1990.  

Anatomy of a M.E.

A good mastering engineer is equal parts audiophile, technologist, objective critic, musician/music lover, and psychologist rolled into one person.

The most successful M.E.s are the those who juggle the above elements evenly. In addition...

• They have top-notch gear, but realize that it's only as good as the person using it...and their level of detail while working.

• They are engaged in the music they're mastering, while keeping a third-party perspective to realize when a mix could be better (or know when it's so good that it doesn't need much tweaking).

• They listen to the artist openly and honestly about what he or she wants to achieve with the final recording.

This is the "anything else/ everything else" that Paul brings the table.