John Ruberto, was Melbourne’s first, full time mastering engineer, and has been mastering since 1985. John started his career at Newmarket studios, in what was then, Melbourne’s only mastering studio. Initially involved in all aspects of studio work, from multi-track recording to mixing, John soon found his calling to be in the cassette mastering room. A humble set up, the room comprised of a graphic equalizer, reel to reel machine, cassette deck and an in-house compressor.
After several years at that, John was put in charge of the new, digital, CD mastering room. Being the only CD mastering engineer around town, John worked feverishly to keep up with the demand.
John worked with early CD mastering technologies such as the ‘Sony 1630′ system, and other 16-bit formats of the time. His involvement with vinyl mastering has also stayed strong over the decades, with today’s crop of musicians eager as ever for this format.
As well as a passion for mastering and everything audio, John is also a guitar enthusiast and always keeps his Les Paul near by.
John has worked with acts such as Grinspoon, Madison Avenue, Electric Mary, Daddy Cool, Alarum, Boom Crash Opera, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Rocket Science, The Cat Empire, The Drones, Washington, Daysend, Superheist, Kate Ceberano, Joe Chindamo & Rogue Traders.
A brief discography of John’s work can be viewed at the ‘Discogs’ website- http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Ruberto
Please note that ‘Discogs’ is a user based site and by no means a comprehensive listing of John’s work. However it does give a general overview of what’s been keeping him busy for the past 20 years.