Coast Mastering born in Berkeley

Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, formerly the owner of Michael Romanowski Mastering and Coast Recorders in San Francisco, has launched a new facility in Berkeley, California named Coast Mastering.

Along with mastering engineer Piper Payne, the four-person team also includes the archival, restoration and mastering talents of engineer Jessica Thompson and mastering apprentice Drew Zercoe.

The custom-built mastering rooms offer both analogue stereo and surround mastering services. Acoustic tuning for the new studios was carried out by Bob Hodas, and the facility features equipment such as Focal monitors and Bricasti converters throughout the three studios.

The new facility is located at the corner of 10th and Parker Streets in Berkeley, within the grounds of the renowned Fantasy Studio complex. According to Coast, the area offer easy parking, a great restaurant scene, and is easily accessible from San Francisco, Marin and all points in the East Bay.

Romanowski has been mastering music in the San Francisco Bay Area since he moved there 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.

"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 analogue outboard gear. We are expanding because we believe in the future of the music business and its need for the highest quality mastering services," said Romanowski.

"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."

Picture (L-R): Drew Zercoe, Michael Romanowski, Piper Payne, Jessica Thompson.