Acoustic Sounds
Neumann VMS-66
By: Michael Fremer

August 24th, 2023


Factory Tours

Tracking Angle Visits Paul Gold's Salt Mastering In Greenpoint, Bklyn, N.Y.

veteran disc cutter has studio filled with cool stuff

Veteran disc mastering engineer Paul Gold runs Salt Mastering out of a small, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y. studio crammed with tape machines—including a few rare and unusual ones you'll have to watch the video to see— and a pair of Neumann lathes.

He contacted me to say he's just completed a "shaker console" he's been working on for fifteen years! And he thought I'd enjoy seeing it. I did. It's not like Shaker furniture.

Gold goes back to the "golden age" of disc cutting and has the documentation and stories to prove it. He calls it "Salt Mastering" he told me off camera, because he feels good mastering is like properly used salt: you shouldn't taste the salt, it just makes everything taste better. This is a short but fascinating look into a guy dedicated to his craft.


  • 2023-08-25 12:27:25 PM

    Anthony J Russo wrote:

    Did you hit any record stores there ?

    • 2023-08-25 03:55:26 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      No time. Meant to. Next time!

  • 2023-08-26 05:28:25 AM

    Anthony wrote:

    Factory Tours | Salt Mastering

    These are the stories that enhance the hobby. Another fine job by Michael Fremer to bring it!