How We Do It



Gear. Everyone in the audio world is obsessed with it. In mastering, you don’t just need amazing gear...you need the right gear. Our console is purpose-built from the finest analog components...specifically for mastering.





Hand-selected pieces from Dangerous Music, Maselec, AnaMod, Pendulum, and Cranesong. Monitored though a Mytek DAC/preamp controlling Lipinski L-707 speakers (with L-3601 Powered Stands) and B&W subwoofers. Spot-checked with Audeze headphones. Everything is connected with DH Labs SilverSonic cable and powered by the Sowden Softbrew system.


Prefer digital processing? We work in-the-box when needed, and have best-in-class digital tools for those occasions.


Request a free mastering sample and hear the difference for yourself.




The Person Who Does It



ZenMastering is owned and operated by renowned audio engineer Paul Abbott, whose clientele range from up-and-coming indie musicians to award-winning artists and labels.


Paul has been featured in Music Connection's "Masters of Mastering" series and appeared as a guest columnist for many of pro audio's leading publications. Paul was referenced in Damon Krukowski's acclaimed book The New Analog.





Paul's perspective on mastering comes from decades of playing music, making recordings, critical listening, and rigorous comparative audio/sonic analysis. His mastering philosophy is that the highest-quality, properly matched analog gear produces the best results.


Paul is also a strong believer that mastering is a specialization within the world of audio. ZenMastering doesn't offer recording or mixing services. Mastering is all we do.​




Published Articles



Paul has been a featured columnist in many of pro audio's leading publications: EQ, Tape Op, Sound on Sound, Music Connection, and Taxi. Each cover image below links to the article which appeared in that issue.


Suggested Reading

WHAT Is Mastering and WHY You Need It
An Argument for Specialization
Preparing Audio Files for Mastering


Did You Know?

Paul was referenced in Damon Krukowski's acclaimed book The New Analog.



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