Piper Payne lives for quality and equality in audio.
Piper Payne is the owner and chief engineer of Neato Mastering in Oakland, CA, where she works on albums for independent artists and major labels. She is the President of the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy and is also on the committee of the AES SF Chapter and an active member of the Women's Audio Mission. Piper is an audio professor and guest lectures often about mastering and recording. She is also a first-call for large venue concert and classical recordings.
Piper began her career with a BFA in Audio from The University of Michigan, continuing her graduate education in Audio at the University of Stavanger in Norway. She has apprenticed under some of the best-known Mastering and audio mentors in the world, including Bob Katz in Orlando and Michael Romanowski in San Francisco. Piper moved to San Francisco after working at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada as the Senior Audio Associate in a work-study program that had her climbing glaciers for film sound design and recording jazz orchestras in the same day! Her focus is Mastering and she lives for quality and equality in audio.