Elements of recording and Paul Abbott’s approach to mastering
Paul Abbott is an audio mastering engineer, musician, and owner of ZenMastering (located in San Diego, CA). Paul established ZenMastering in the late 1990s — at a time when there were very few high-end independent mastering studios. Since then, Paul has mastered over 1,000 projects for clients throughout the United States and around the world, ranging from up-and-coming indie bands 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 (EQ, Tape Op, Sound on Sound). One of Paul’s published articles was even cited as a reference in Damon Krukowski’s acclaimed book The NewAnalog.
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 sonic results.
- Steinberg WaveLab Pro
- Cranesong HEDD
- Mytek DSD DAC
- Dangerous Music
- Pendulum Audio
- Lipinski L707 speakers with L-3601 powered stands (with L-301 monoblock amps)
- B&W subwoofers
- Audeze headphones