AES Show: Make the Right Connections Audio Engineering Society

AES San Francisco 2008
Education Event W12

Sunday, October 5, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm

W12 - Revolt of the Mastering Engineers

Paul Stubblebine
Greg Calbi
Bernie Grundman
Michael Romanowski

Mastering engineer Bernie Grundman has started a label, Straight Ahead Records, to record music he and his partners like in a straight-ahead recording fashion, and is putting it out on vinyl. Greg Calbi and the other mastering engineers at Sterling have started a vinyl label. A couple of mastering engineers, Paul Stubblebine and Michael Romanowski have started a re-issue label putting out music they love on 15 IPS half track reel to reel (

What’s behind this trend? Why are mastering engineers giving up their non-existent free time to start labels based on obsolete technologies? What does this say about the current state of recorded music?

Many of the sessions not mentioned here will be of interest to students, depending on their specialization and progress. Especially all Tutorials, Master Classes, the Live Sound Seminars, and many of the Workshops have much to offer.