How We Do It

After more than 20 years in business — and over 1,000 projects under our belt — we realize there's no substitute for experience, attention to detail, and professional integrity. The best equipment doesn't hurt, either.

Our custom assembled all-analog mastering console adds the ultimate finishing touch to your recording...revealing clarity, impact, power, and detail you didn't know existed in your digital mixes.

Hand-selected pieces from Dangerous Music, Maselec, AnaMod, and Pendulum. Monitored though the Lynx Hilo AD/DA, controlling Lipinski L-707 speakers (bi-amplified by Parasound 2125 v.2) and B&W subwoofers. All work spot-checked with Audeze headphones. Everything is connected with DH Labs SilverSonic cable and powered by the Sowden Softbrew system.

Prefer digital processing? Fine, be like that. We work in-the-box when needed and have best-in-class digital tools for those occasions, as well as the best software for audio restoration.

Request a free mastering sample and hear the difference for yourself.

The Person Who Does It

ZenMastering is owned and operated by renowned audio engineer Paul Abbott, whose clientele range from up-and-coming indie musicians to award-winning artists and labels.

Paul has been featured in Music Connection's "Masters of Mastering" series and appeared as a guest columnist for many of pro audio's leading publications. One of Paul's articles was even cited in Damon Krukowski's acclaimed book The New Analog.

Paul's perspective on mastering comes from decades of playing music, making recordings, critical listening, and rigorous comparative audio/sonic analysis. His mastering philosophy is that the highest-quality, properly matched analog gear produces the best results.

Published Articles

Paul has been a featured columnist in many of pro audio's leading publications: EQ, Tape Op, Sound on Sound, Music Connection, and Taxi. Each cover image below links to the article which appeared in that issue.

Suggested Reading

WHAT Is Mastering and WHY You Need It
An Argument for Specialization
Preparing Audio Files for Mastering

Did You Know?

Paul was referenced in Damon Krukowski's acclaimed book The New Analog.