Mastering In the Heart of San Francisco
Sporting New facility and web site
Paul Lawson, leader of The Persuasions with Paul Stubblebine upon
completion of The Persuasion¹s new CD "Might As Well"
for Arista/Grateful Dead Records
do Richard Strauss, Roy Rogers, and Jerry Garcia have in common?
Right, all three have had recordings of their work mastered by Paul
Stubblebine. For nearly thirty years Stubblebine has been working
in the San Francisco area, mastering records for a varied clientele
that also includes Herbie Hancock, Sly Stone and Tony Bennett.
Mastering has recently moved and expanded. According to Janice Lee,
the studio manager, here's why: "First, we wanted to offer
all of our music clients mastering studios that are really dialed
in, Second, we wanted to offer our clients all-purpose-built surround
rooms to do the best possible work for the new surround-capable
music formats (see the SACD and DVD sections of the site). Third,
and perhaps surprisingly, in light of the music industry's well
publicized struggles, we have been feeling an increased vitality
in the grass-roots music scene, especially here in Northern California.
For all these reasons we felt that a new facility was the best way
to be ready for the coming changes," says Lee.
Camelia Room at PSM
rooms came together with the help of designer Nancy
Irish and Bob
Hodas Acoustic Analysis.
Paul began his
mastering career in San Francisco in 1973. For eleven years he worked
at a recording and mastering facility on Folsom Street which, originally
owned by CBS, was later bought by David Rubinson and became known
as The Automatt. During the CBS period, in addition to the CBS catalog,
the studio also brought in outside work from the Record Plant and
Wally Heider's including records by The Grateful Dead, The New Riders
of the Purple Sage, Sly Stone, Santana, Joan Baez, Bill Evans, Tony
Bennett and Jane Fonda's phenomenally successful workout record
engineered by Leslie Ann Jones.
is also where the mastering was done for the US releases of Rough
Trade and Factory Records including Joy Division, and New Order. During
this period, records mastered at the Automatt were on the charts continuously.
Paul then went on to become chief engineer at Rocket Lab, also in
San Francisco, where he worked until starting his own company, Paul
Stubblebine Mastering, in 1997.
Rooms at PSM
recent mastering work includes: Two CDs for Acoustic Disc: Sam Bush/David
Grisman album titled "Hold On We're Strummin" and Riders
In the Sky: "Silver Jubilee," a double CD celebrating
the 25th anniversary of the band. Holly Near & Cris Williamson's
first full record together in a 25 year musical friendship, released
on Calico Tracks. The Mountain Goats (produced by John Vanderslice
for 4AD); Prokofiev's Ivan The Terrible for Mobile Fidelity (surround
SACD recording of the St.Louis Symphony). Albums for Super Diamond,
Steve Bahcall, The Kissers and Davey Pattison (produced by John
Rewind; released on Rear Window Music). Also, artist Tim Janis's
"Beautiful America" music accompanying a PBS television
special on National Parks.
Janice began her studio career in 1980 at the legendary Automatt
Studios in San Francisco. In 1985, she became Studio Manager of
Tarpan Studios (owned and operated by Grammy award-winning producer
Narada Michael Walden), and served as Production Coordinator for
all projects produced by Walden through 1998. Following Tarpan Studios,
Janice continued managing and consulting with facilities and production
companies in the Bay Area before joining Paul Stubblebine Mastering
For more info
or to book a session with Paul
Romanowski or John
Greenham mastering engineers e-mail or call Janice Lee at 415.522.0108
or visit the new web site.
Mastering & DVD
1340 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
e-mail: Janice Lee