About Randy Merrill

My approach to mastering starts by understanding what a recording needs in order to have maximum translatability, musicality, and impact. With so many recordings being made in less than ideal environments, content creators are often unable to accurately hear what is actually going on in their recordings. Simply put, I bring an experienced, musical point of reference which can uncover what will bring the most out of your recording.

My journey toward this experience started at the Sound Recording Technology program at SUNY College at Fredonia, where I studied music, audio engineering, and acoustics. After graduating from Fredonia, I went to work for the Eastman School of Music, where I honed my skills in live and studio recording and mixing, live sound reinforcement, jazz arranging, and percussion performance.

I moved to New York City in 1999 and started assisting and engineering at studios around town. I spent five years as a Technical Engineer at Avatar Studios (formerly known as Power Station), so I’m equally comfortable inside the gear as I am outside. While at Avatar I was involved in the construction of their mastering facility. It was at this point that I decided to pursue a career in mastering.

In early 2006, I joined Scott Hull Mastering as Scott’s production engineer. Shortly thereafter I started developing my own clientele. When Scott purchased Masterdisk in 2008, I became a staff engineer there.

In 2013 I joined the staff of Sterling Sound.

I go out of my way to understand what it is my clients want to achieve with their sound and their music. I strive to understand the idiosyncrasies of each job because every project is as unique as the artist who produced it.