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WCA #309 with Michael Romanowski – Mastering, Shared History, Deep Listening, Old Dogs, Staying Upright, and Fuzzy Quarters

My guest today is a friend of 20 years who plays a role in the formation of Working Class Audio. I’m talking about mastering engineer Michael Romanowski. Michael and I go way back. We were building partners at our studio in San Francisco. Michael had a mastering facility in the front. I had a recording studio in the back, and together we were co-tenants in the space that he helped bring me into. Michael played a part in the formation of Working Class Audio because he’s the one that helped me get off the lease without damaging our relationship with the landlord, which was crucial. Very excited to bring you this interview with him. We met up over it at his house, where he has a residential mastering facility nominated for a TEC award. Michael Romanowski, coming up here on the Working Class Audio podcast. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Home Mastering Facility
  • TEC Nominated Room
  • Compromise
  • Shared History
  • Paul Stubblebine
  • Lifeboats
  • Andrew Scheps
  • The Tape Project
  • Michigan
  • Nashville
  • Motorcycles
  • Math
  • Chris Takes the Truck
  • Curmudgeon University
  • Learning From Others
  • Deep Listening
  • Gear Buying Decisions
  • Time Investments
  • The Game of Inches
  • Audiophile Wingnuttery
  • Fuzzy Quarters
  • Protecting Your Ears
  • Social Media
  • Old Dogs
  • Beards
  • Immersive Audio
  • Being You
  • Taking a Break
  • Staying Upright
  • Golf
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Addressing Mistakes
  • Paying Attention
  • Process of Elimination

Matt’s Monologue: Supporting Small Business

Links and Show Notes:


  • Guest: Michael Romanowski
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab