Mockingbird Mastering (formerly Garage Audio Mastering) was created by longtime Bay Area engineer Jeffrey Norman. Located in Petaluma, California, the studio is a beautiful 40 minute drive north of the Golden Gate. Through the last 30 years, Jeffrey has engineered, mixed, and mastered recordings for a variety of clients including the Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis and the News, and John Fogerty. “It’s gotten to the point where I want to concentrate on mastering and that’s what Mockingbird Mastering is all about”, says Norman. “Through the years I’ve had a chance to work with a lot of top-of-the line equipment, and I’ve kept what I feel is the best. I have a great room, and I love providing this service”.
Although many of Norman’s clients are well known artists, it is the desire of Mockingbird Mastering, Inc. to make this top professional service available and affordable to the upcoming artist and independent record company. With so much music being produced on relatively inexpensive digital equipment, sometimes the warmth and depth is sacrificed along the way. Current digital workstations and music programs are incredibly sophisticated and flexible for the artist and producer, but just because it’s digital doesn’t always mean that it sounds as good as it can. Professional mastering, by effecting subtle volume and tonal changes with state-of-the-art equipment, can bring back much of the intended musical emotion.
Not a large room, Mockingbird Mastering, Inc. is an acoustically accurate environment (thanks to Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics, NY). Using state-of-the art monitors (Meyer HM-1s), digital and analog compression (Z-Systems and Fairman) and equalization (Sontec, Millennia, and NTI) in conjunction with Sonic soundBlade and ProTools HD workstations, Mockingbird Mastering can produce the finest possible stereo CD master from most analog and digital sources. In addition, Mockingbird Mastering has a number of digital problem solving plug-ins (Waves, Sonic No-Noise, and Cube-Tec) to cure unwanted source noise and artifacts.
In Studio B at Prairie Sun Recording
Mixing the Grateful Dead's "Europe '72 Box Set", January - July 2011