Vlado Meller Mastering Workshop Series: Located at Truphonic Recording Studios, Charleston South Carolina (Charleston, SC).

Mastering Engineer
Vlado Meller


About Vlado Meller.

Quite simply, Vlado Meller is one of the undisputed masters of mastering.

Vlado has been a mastering engineer for his entire 43-year career in the recording industry. Just a small sampling of his credits cut across multiple genres of music, including rock, hip hop, pop, jazz, metal, dance, opera, Broadway and classical.

Artists that Vlado Meller has mastered include:
Beastie Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Cash, Charlotte Church, Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Kenny G, Kenny Loggins, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Kanye West, Kenny Loggins, Paul McCartney, Metallica, George Michael, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, System Of A Down, Weezer, Jack White, and many, many more.

On his way to becoming a two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Vlado began his career by cutting vinyl at CBS Records in 1969. Since then, his work has spanned decades and styles, with hit records from every imaginable genre.

Vlado worked with CBS/Sony for 38 years. After the legendary Sony Studios in New York City closed, Meller joined Universal Mastering, where he continued to expand his unparalleled portfolio until 2011. Today, Vlado continues to perfect his craft at Masterdisk in NYC. For Vlado Meller, mastering is an ongoing sonic adventure where a welcome musical challenge is always just around the corner. Working for major and independent labels for his entire career, being exposed to an enormous range of styles and artists, and teaming with clients from all around the world have given him a unique in-depth perspective on the art and craft of mastering. He is ready to share that experience in the Vlado Meller Mastering Workshop.

Mastering Engineer
Jeremy Lubsey


About Jeremy Lubsey.

Jeremy Lubsey learned mastering from the best, Vlado Meller, first as an intern at Masterdisc in NYC and then as Vlado’s assistant engineer at Vlado Meller Mastering. Today Jeremy is a mastering engineer in his own right having worked on numerous projects from artists of a wide variety of genres including: Norah Jones, Jim Campilongo, Chris Morrisey, Josh Dion, Tina, Eatliz, Oren Barzilay, Peter Leo, Styles P, Dirty Dave, and Steve Cardenas to name a few.

“We have a process that is unique here at Vlado Meller Mastering, developed over the last 45 years…there is a method to the madness. The result is Vlado’s hit sound” explains Jeremy, “ Our passion really is to take every artist, every track to that level of sonic fidelity.”

At the age of 9, he started playing the Alto Saxophone. He eventually played saxophone all the way through his college years at the Hartt School of Music and at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he majored in and obtained his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Recording Technology.  While other kids were on vacation, he would spend his summer breaks in New York City working at Bedford Studios in Greenpoint Brooklyn, working as an intern/assistant for the studio recording music from all over the world.  He later transitioned to working at the renowned mastering house Masterdisk in Manhattan.  Within his two and a half years at Masterdisk, he started as an intern and ended as a vinyl cutting engineer cutting well over 300 lacquers for numerous artists.

Aside from his love of music, he really enjoys being around family, talk radio, and stuffing his face with exotic foods (cow tongue anyone??).  With all of his experiences, he brings a uniquely diverse and fresh set of ears and perspective to every project that he works on.

Mastering Engineer
Walker Barnes


About Walker Barnes.

At a young age, Walker began playing the saxophone and his early experiences opened many doors into the music world. Since high school, he has played in several bands, and eventually toured the East Coast many weekends during his college career. At the College of Charleston, he majored in Arts Management with a focus in the Music Industry. Early in his college career he immersed himself in mixing and recording, but after hearing Vlado speak at a conference, he knew his passion was in mastering.

“Even at a young age I was always playing with the bass, treble, and fader knobs for every song to make sure it was perfect. I didn’t realize it then, but this was really just elementary mastering practice for me.”

Walker Barnes started at Vlado Meller Mastering 2 years ago as an intern, assisting with all mastering activities under the guidance of Vlado and Jeremy. During this time, he meticulously crafted his ear, skills, and own style which has led to working with artists and bands of all genres.

Walker’s understanding and love for all genres has made him a valuable part of the team. He respects each work that comes in as the artist’s own and brings exactly what they want out of each and every song.

Booking Manager
Peter Cho


About Peter Cho

Peter Cho is the booking manager for Vlado Meller and Jeremy Lubsey. Few people in the music world know more about the mastering business and how to get your project finished and ready to release than Peter Cho. He has over 20 years of experience including positions at Masterdisk (booking manager), Universal Mastering Studios (booking manager), Sony Music Studios (manager of the mastering dept), Sony Classical (A&R), and Chesky Records (assistant engineer). The worlds top producers and engineers trust Peter to shepherd their projects though the mastering process and to distribution because there is simply no room for mistakes. No matter the size, scope or budget Peter Cho is the one stop professional mastering solution. Call Peter today to discuss your project and mastering needs.

Paul West


About Paul West.

Paul is a music business executive with a career spanning over thirty years working for EMI Music International, JVC and the largest music conglomerate, Universal Music Group,    His technical creativity plus operational management skills, resulted in numerous industry accomplishments in such areas as: digital audio, mastering production techniques, audio watermarking, E-delivery standards and audio preservation.

In the studio world as a Senior Vice President at Universal, he built a network of mastering studios in strategic locations worldwide.  In conjunction, Paul drafted audio preservation techniques and opened several digital archiving centers that have become the backbone to the industry.

Paul has served on numerous committees: RIAA, AES, SDMI, NDIIPP and SMTE. With his background, Paul was chosen to serve on several Library of Congress ongoing tasks forces including Section 108 Standards and the Born Digital Initiative that culminated in the publishing of the ground breaking strategic document “Preserving our Digital Heritage”.

With over three decades of hands-on experience as an executive with major Record Labels and studios, Paul brings to each client the oversight needed in running successful, entertainment-based companies. He has a track record in creating higher profit margins by implementing and modernizing operations for companies worldwide. His thorough knowledge of operational standards along with his ability to present innovative, cost-saving approaches, is helping stand-alone companies compete with higher competency in today’s environment.

Companies to which he has Contributed Expertise:

  • Universal Music Group/MCA Records; Senior Vice President, Studio and Vault Operations
  • JVC Japan, Director, Optical Disk Operations
  • EMI, Global Studio Liaison to Manufacturing Operations.

Credentials & Professional Affiliations:

  • Member Audio Engineering Society (AES), membership
  • Society of Motion Pictures Television Entertainment (SMPTE), Technical Task Force.
  • Library of Congress: Born Digital Initiative Committee,
  • Library of Congress Section 108 Advisory Committee

The Studio

Vlado chose Truphonic Recording in Charleston, South Carolina for his Mastering Workshop Series not just because Conde Nast rated Charleston as the Top Tourist destination in the world in 2012, but because he wanted to teach real mastering in beautiful, modern recording studio. This is the listening environment your ears are already tuned to.