1975, John Vestman began a 20-year career as a recording studio owner,
engineer and producer in Southern California. With thousands of 8, 16,
24 and 48 track
recordings to his credit, Vestman garnered a reputation as a skillful
recordist and session musician/vocalist - completing vinyl records,
post production for film and early digital
Compact Disc recordings.
For over 13 years he has provided
mastering services for clients ranging from labels to local musicians
to Gold & Platinum/Grammy-winning artists.
developing ground-breaking audio techniques. Vestman's audiophile and
musically-based understanding of sound keeps him at the cutting edge of
recording developments. He has written articles and interviews
that have appeared in prominent industry magazines and numerous web
sites such as Getsigned.com.
Presented with RIAA
Gold and Platinum records, he is one of the first engineers
(1978) to use a refined audiophile listening system in a
professional recording environment.
John innovated and defined a more potent method of mastering audio,
“Separation Mastering.” This versatile process produces a more open,
robust musical sound, and is discussed in detail in EQ Magazine and in
the book, "Mastering Music at Home" by Mitch Gallagher.
John’s relentless quest for the ultimate sound quality leads him to
take traditional 2-track technology beyond it’s intended design,
creating cutting edge masters for all of his clients.
Some engineers know
every resistor in a piece of gear. Some engineers are musicians-turned
studio-pros. Some engineers are producers in disguise who can hear
every sonic nuance from intonation to serious groove. The
best mastering engineer is a combination of all: technician, producer
and sonic detective. John's experience brings an added dimension
into any artist's project.
the point of reference from
which any engineer bases his or her influence on your project. Like
winners Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen and Doug Sax, John has a classical
background that brings more insights to his mastering style.
maintains a vinyl and CD reference library of hundreds of recordings.
Listening via his audiophile monitor system he
has refined critical listening to
an art in order to know a real-world picture of optimum sound.
With 10 years of classical violin training,
he has played in
the Orange Coast
Symphony as well as in orchestras that performed in 11 European
countries and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He has experienced Vivaldi
to Stravinsky from both sides of the podium.
Playing everywhere from the Sunset Strip to
the heart of the American mid-western night clubs, John's seen 10 years as a guitarist/
violinist in a rock band. His group, The 13th Our, appeared often on
the televised teen show, "Headshop" hosted by Elliot Mintz. Mintz later
became connected with John Lennon.
His interest in recording technology began as his band career ended,
starting as an intern at Richard Perry’s famed Studio 55 in Los
Angeles. John's son is also a rock guitarist who has performed lead
guitar for Universal's "Anything But Monday."10 years rock band playing lead
guitar, electric violin and singing. His band opened for Fleetwood Mac
(one time, but hey, it's a great name-dropper), appeared on TV (The
Real Don Steele Show, Headshop), recorded in
platinum-winning studios, and played night clubs in 6 states.
John has 8 1/2 years of voice training from
Andrew Boettner, a Seth Riggs trained teacher. He's sung backup
on a hundred+ projects, very often doing multiple tracks, and
engineering at the same time. His knowledge of vocal technique
helped him to get great vocal tracks. Check out the pages about
and tips on better mixing to
examine the depth that goes into a great vocal sound.
He has years of experience performing in
bands, chamber groups and he has studied composition, theory, and ear
• Designer/owner of two 24 track
recording studios for a span of 21 years (see pictures of Studio
B and Studio
One) recording thousands of projects on 2"
analog tape, ADAT's, post production for film and video, all styles of
commercial musica and industrial presentations.