Primary Affiliation: Coast Mastering - Berkely, CA, USA
Secondary Affiliation: The Tape Project
AES Member Type: Member
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Michael Romanowski a Grammy nominated mastering engineer. Based in Berkeley, he is the owner and chief mastering engineer at Coast Mastering, Michael is also a co-owner and founder of the analog tape label The Tape Project. Michael is a current Trustee of the The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter (NARAS), Co-Chair of the National Planning and Governance Committee, former president of the S.F. chapter and serves on the National Advisory Council to the Producers & Engineers Wing.
Since 1994, Michael has worked to support the tradition of the diverse San Francisco sound, and has become a national expert in the art and science of mastering (Mix Magazine, Electronic Musician, AES, NAMM, SXSW, Tape Op, Potluck Con, AES Mexico, AES Europe). Michael started his audio career as a musician and live sound engineer in Nashville, where he quickly progressed to recording and mixing pop, rock and alternative acts. In 1994, he relocated to the Bay Area to apprentice at Rocket Lab with Paul Stubblebine and Ken Lee, learning the art and craft of the mastering engineer. In 1999, he became the chief mastering engineer for the newly built Plant Mastering in Sausalito. In 2001 he reunited with Paul Stubblebine and they built two new mastering rooms at the former location of Coast Records. In 2007, Michael acquired the business and continued to expand the facility. Michael re-named the business Coast Mastering when he expanded and moved the location of the business from San francisco, to the famed Studio C at Fantasy.
He teaches at San Francisco State University and is a guest lecturer at other regional colleges. Michael’s extensive credits include Third Eye Blind, Pat Monahan, Devotchka, Chuck Prophet, Alasdair Fraser, Los Amigos Invisibles, Laura Pausini, Matt Nathanson, Jacqui Naylor, Will Kimbrough, The Dynamites, Ant Banks, Norton Buffalo, Too $hort, Colorado Symphony, Chanticleer, Dredg, !!!, Junior Toots, Bad Finger, and several thousand more.
More Info: http://coastmastering.com
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