Playing in bands as a teenager and always being the one in the corner recording demos on a four track cassette recorder led Brian to a 2-year recording program at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. After graduation Brian joined Disc Makers in The SoundLAB (after a brief and memorable stint in the packaging dept. running one of the automated CD packaging machines), burning CD-Rs and transferring masters for cassette duplication. 16 years later he has mastered thousands of projects in every genre of music.
A Mastering engineer with The SoundLAB for the past 17 years, Paul started with Disc Makers after graduating from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. He also gained valuable experience at facilities such as Philadelphia International Records, and Warehouse Recording Studios. An avid musician Paul plays several instruments including saxophone, piano, bass, and guitar.
Alex graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Conducting from the Institute of Culture in Kiev, Ukraine. Alex emigrated to the United States in 1991 after having completed a successful tour in the US and Canada with his band Fata Morgana. Formed in 1988 in Kiev, Alex and his band quickly gained popularity and a position on Ukraine’s “Billboard” charts with Alex’s original compositions. To this day, Alex’s music is in high demand both in the US and in Ukraine. OK Productions, Alex’s recording and production studio, has released 6 albums to date and is currently working with Westwood Music Group on film and television scores.
Dave has mastered many projects during his 20 years at DM. Some, you may have heard about. Most of them were -and continue to be- independent artists (like you!). Dave was brought up on Gospel, but loves all musical styles and has had success in working with just about all genres of music and recorded content (although he’s a little rusty with turkey-calling!). Whether you are The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Pizzacato 5 or Dirty South Scrimf Huslaz, Dave takes the same care when mastering your project, it does not matter who you are.
Being a Disc Makers Soundlab engineer since 1995, Joe has many years of experience mastering all genres of music. Joe considers every mastering project a challenge and takes great pride in his work. He has also gained valuable experience by owning and operating his own studio where he has recorded many local bands throughout the years. Joe sings and plays various musical instruments and enjoys listening to all types of music. His favorite recording artists are The Beatles.
Tom graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts and Sciences. Before joining the SoundLAB mastering team in 1996, Tom interned at Digital Dynamics Audio and developed his craft under the mentoring of Frank Rodriguez. “Being a musician and an engineer, I approach mastering from 2 points of view. There should be an organic feel in your album, but it needs to be scientifically correct.” Working on thousands of albums, Tom has one goal, “Bridge the gap between what you have and what it could be.” From hip-hop to rock, mariachi to bluegrass, classical to spaghetti western, Tom listens to and works on it all.
A graduate of The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, Doug started with Disc Makers in the replication department making glass masters and stampers for CD manufacturing. He continued to hone his engineering skills as a freelance recording/mixing engineer for local bands and musicians, while working with and learning all about compact discs. These skills led him to the SoundLAB, where he continues to expand his knowledge of audio and Mastering. Along with working in his home studio, Doug is also a musician and an artist. An avid collector of vinyl, Doug’s musical taste spans a wide variety of genres.