In yet another example of New York City’s inability to support it’s music industry, the legendary mastering facility Materdisk has moved to Peekskill. While they are still one of the world’s top facilities they will no longer be one of NYC’s attractions to musicians and producers looking for high end audio mastering services.
Masterdisk’s clients have included Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Bowie, U2, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Kanye West, Spoon, Nirvana, Lou Reed, Sting, David Gorillaz, and John Zorn among countless others.
Founded in 1973, Masterdisk is currently owned and operated by Scott Hull who has been at its helm since 2008. Scott was the assistant to Bob Ludwig from 1984-1993, subsequently becoming the chief engineer.
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hull on a few of the Groove Collective records released in the 90s. While there has always been an endless churn of businesses in NYC, it is safe to say there is unlikely to be a mastering facility on the level of Masterdisk, to replace it anytime soon.