Randy Merrill’s approach to mastering starts by understanding what a recording needs in order to have maximum translatability, musicality, and impact. With so many recordings being made in less than ideal environments, content creators are often unable to accurately hear what is actually going on in their recordings. Simply put, Randy brings an experienced, musical point of reference which can uncover what will bring the most out of what they have.
Randy first developed an interest in music technology as a student at Jamestown Community College. From there he enrolled in the Sound Recording Technology program at SUNY College at Fredonia, where he studied music, audio engineering, and acoustics. After graduating from Fredonia, he went to work for the Eastman School of Music, where he honed his skills in live and studio recording and mixing, live sound reinforcement, jazz arranging, and percussion performance.
He moved to New York City in 1999 and started assisting and engineering at studios around town. He spent five years as a Technical Engineer at Avatar Studios (formerly known as Power Station), so he’s equally comfortable inside the gear as he is outside. While at Avatar he was involved in the construction of their mastering facility. It was at this point that he decided to pursue a career in mastering.
In early 2006, he joined Scott Hull Mastering as Scott’s production engineer. Shortly thereafter he started developing his own clientele. When Scott purchased Masterdisk in 2008 he became a staff engineer there.
In 2013 he joined the staff of Sterling Sound and has been assisting and co-engineering Tom Coyne’s projects, as well as continuing to master for his own clients.