1975, John Vestman began a continuous 20-year career as a recording
engineer and producer in Southern California. With thousands of multi
recordings to his credit, John Vestman garnered a reputation as a
recordist and session musician/vocalist/coach - completing vinyl
post production for film and Compact Disc recordings.
For over 15 years he has continuously
mastering services for clients ranging from record labels to local
to Gold & Platinum and international Grammy-winning artists.
Presented with RIAA
Gold and Platinum records, he is one of the first engineers to
use a refined audiophile listening system in a
professional recording environment. He has 3 artists that were Grammy
developing ground-breaking audio techniques. John Vestman's audiophile
musically-based understanding of sound keeps him at the cutting edge of
John has a rare fusion of musical and
technical experience, giving him a background that brings the best to
any mastering project. Any
mastering engineer's point of reference is where any engineer bases
his or her influence that is applied to your project. Like
winners Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen and Doug Sax, John has a classical
background that brings rich insights to his mastering style.
maintains a vinyl and CD reference library of hundreds of recordings.
Listening via his audiophile monitor system he
has refined critical listening to
an art in order to know a real-world picture of optimum sound.
John innovated and defined a more
potent method of mastering audio,
“HD Separation Mastering.” This versatile process produces a more open,
robust musical sound, and is discussed in detail in EQ Magazine and in
the book, "Mastering Music at Home" by Mitch Gallagher.
John’s relentless quest for the ultimate sound quality leads him to
take traditional 2-track technology beyond it’s intended design,
creating cutting edge masters for all of his clients. His preference
for dynamically-accurate sound led him to utilize techniques that
compliment the MFiT (Mastered For
iTunes) format - even before the
format appeared on the scene.
A classically trained violinist,
he has played in
the Orange Coast
Symphony as well as in orchestras that performed in 11 European
countries and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He also played rock guitar
and electric violin in his rock group, The 13th Our. The group appeared
on the Sunset Strip, and often on
the televised teen show, "Headshop" hosted by Elliot Mintz. His
band opened for Fleetwood Mac
(one time, but hey, it's a great name-dropper), appeared on TV (The
Real Don Steele Show, Headshop), recorded in
platinum-winning studios, and played night clubs in 6 states.
John has 8 1/2 years of voice training from
Andrew Boettner, a Seth Riggs trained teacher. He's sung backup
on a hundred+ projects, often doing multiple tracks, and
engineering at the same time. His knowledge of vocal technique
helped him to get great vocal tracks. Check out the pages about
and tips on better mixing to
examine the depth that goes into a great vocal sound.
He has years of experience performing in
bands, chamber groups and he has studied composition, theory, and ear
His interest in recording technology began
as his band career ended,
starting as an intern at Richard Perry’s famed Studio 55 in Los
• Designer/owner of two 24 track
recording studios for a span of 21 years (see pictures of Studio
B and Studio
One) recording thousands of projects on 2"
analog tape, ADAT's, post production for film and video, all styles of
commercial music, various languages and industrial presentations.