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  About John Vestman, Sr. Mastering Engineer  

John Vestman, violinist, mastering engineer

In 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.

He is noted for 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.

John's Musical Background

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.

Key: It's the point of reference from which any engineer bases his or her influence on your project. Like Grammy winners Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen and Doug Sax, John has a classical background that brings more insights to his mastering style.

John 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 vocals 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 recording vocals, and tips on better mixing to examine the depth that goes into a great vocal sound.

He has years of experience performing in college choirs, jazz bands, chamber groups and he has studied composition, theory, and ear training.

• Designer/owner of two 24 track recording studios for a span of 21 years (see pictures of Studio A, 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.

Created  04/04/03, modified 5/10/10

The JVM gear
Info about compression
Visual example of creative mastering techniques

John Vestman in the masterng room