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Bernie Grundman Mastering opened in Hollywood in 1984 preceded by three years of planning and construction carried out by Bernie Grundman, his wife Claire and partner Karl Bischof. Bernie had been chief mastering engineer at A&M Records for 15 years, and Karl was head of maintenance. Together they started by Karl designing and building the first console, in his garage, at night and week-ends. Bernie is a firm believer in having the best signal path and equipment to help realize an engineer's ideas, and he felt that in order to get exactly what he wanted, custom design and construction was necessary. The studio had to have everything they could think of to ensure success. Bernie's friend, Allen Sides of Oceanway Recording had space available, in his building, that was ideal for a mastering facility. While Bernie continued to work at A&M, his wife Claire, who is actually an artist, spent about a year supervising all the construction for the studio. In February of 1984, the studio was completed, and opened for business. From the start, it was an instant success with solid bookings. Part of the facilities appeal was a unique aesthetic based on good interior design, but more importantly the paintings by Claire Chene, Bernie's wife. The fine art added a sophisticated, but warm and human atmosphere that felt comfortable to be in.

In 1997 Bernie Grundman Mastering opened a new mastering facility in Tokyo, Japan. It has had continued success, and has grown to two mastering rooms and one DVD authoring suite. It is fully Japanese staffed, and masters projects from all over Japan, and other Asian countries. Now in its second decade, it is firmly established as a main choice for many of the most famous artists throughout Asia.

In 1998 the Hollywood studio moved to a much larger building at 1640 N. Gower St., close to the original studio. The new facility was almost completely rebuilt internally making it possible to construct an ideal environment for mastering. With 20,000 square feet and subterranean parking, everything is now under one roof. There are six mastering suites, two production rooms, a large tech shop, library, employees kitchen and offices. All of the rooms are situated in a spacious and relaxed atmosphere designed by architects Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray, and adorned with paintings by artist Claire Chene.

Through the years, the music industry has honored Bernie Grundman Mastering and its engineers with14 tech awards and two Grammys. Our clients have always helped to lead us, with their needs, into areas of improvement to better serve them and their music projects. Our staff of close to 30 employees both here and in Tokyo are here to make a positive contribution towards success of our clients projects.
 
       

Karl Bischof
Karl Bischof

     
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1983 - the first
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