AES Show: Make the Right Connections Audio Engineering Society

AES San Francisco 2008
Recording Industry 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?