Vlado Meller

Vlado Meller

Real Name:
Vladimir Meller
American mastering engineer of Slovak origin.

Meller began his career at Columbia Studios in 1969, continuing to work there after Sony Music took CBS over in the 1980s and becoming an integral part of the studio operation until its closure in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, Meller held the position of senior mastering engineer at Universal Mastering Studios-East in New York, overseeing all of the studios' projects in the city. He currently lives and works in Charleston, S.C.

He is a two-time Grammy Award winner and ten-time nominee.

Meller has been criticized by some for "excessive compression and distortion" in final versions of releases he has mastered in recent years.

Vlado Meller Discography


BSK 7316 Deep Forest Bohemian Ballet (Deep Forest Chemisty Set Remix (Vlaben Edit)) Deep Forest - Bohemian Ballet(CD, Maxi, Promo) 550 Music, Epic BSK 7316 US 1996 Sell This Version


82876845612 Julio Iglesias Julio Iglesias - Tango(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876845612 Europe 2006 Sell This Version


59103 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup (Album) Rolling Stones Records 59103 Greece 1973 Sell This Version
PE 34704 Bobbi Humphrey Bobbi Humphrey - Tailor Made (Album) Epic PE 34704 US 1977 Sell This Version
PC 34421, 34421 Eric Gale Eric Gale - Ginseng Woman (Album) Columbia, Columbia PC 34421, 34421 US 1977 Sell This Version
PC 34457 Maynard Ferguson Maynard Ferguson - Conquistador (Album) Columbia PC 34457 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
PCT 35594 Bob James Bob James - Touchdown (Album) Tappan Zee Records, Columbia PCT 35594 US 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 82668 Mark Colby Mark Colby - Serpentine Fire (Album) Tappan Zee Records, CBS CBS 82668 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
38-08536 Aerosmith Aerosmith - Chip Away The Stone(7", Single) Columbia 38-08536 US 1978 Sell This Version
88286 Various Various - Montreux Summit Volume 2 (Album) CBS 88286 UK 1978 Sell This Version
S 82845 Wilbert Longmire Wilbert Longmire - Sunny Side Up (Album) Tappan Zee Records S 82845 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
8-50467 Meat Loaf Meat Loaf - You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) (Single) Epic 8-50467 US 1977 Sell This Version
ASF 2102 Journey Journey - Infinity (Album) Columbia ASF 2102 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
XMS-153 Titti Sotto Titti Sotto - ¿Quieres Jugar? - ¿Wanna Play?(LP, Album) Mericana Records XMS-153 US 1978 Sell This Version
SR 7801 William Penn (2) William Penn (2) - Crystal Rainbows, The Sounds Of Harmonious Craft(LP) Sounds Reasonable, Inc. SR 7801 US 1978 Sell This Version
36180, PC2 36180 Various Various - Havana Jam 2 (Album) Columbia, Columbia 36180, PC2 36180 US 1979 Sell This Version
25AP 1349 Richard Tee Richard Tee - Strokin' (Album) Tappan Zee Records 25AP 1349 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
JC 36300 Arthur Blythe Arthur Blythe - In The Tradition (Album) Columbia JC 36300 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
C2 35965 Clifford Brown - Max Roach* Clifford Brown - Max Roach* - Live At The Bee Hive Columbia C2 35965 US 1979 Sell This Version
88471 Miles Davis Miles Davis - Circle In The Round (Comp) Columbia 88471 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
JC 36117 Mutiny (2) Mutiny (2) - Mutiny On The Mamaship (Album) Columbia JC 36117 US 1979 Sell This Version
PC 35991 Jackie Moore Jackie Moore - I'm On My Way (Album) Columbia PC 35991 US 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 83350 Arthur Blythe Arthur Blythe - Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Album) CBS CBS 83350 UK 1979 Sell This Version
25AP 1382 Wilbert Longmire Wilbert Longmire - Champagne (Album) Tappan Zee Records, Tappan Zee Records 25AP 1382 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
JC 35768 The Writers (2) The Writers (2) - All In Fun (Album) Columbia JC 35768 US 1979 Sell This Version

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April 6, 2008
Unfortunately, I have to caution anyone who's ended up on this man's page to stay *As Far Away* from *Any* of these releases as possible.

If there's any way you can find a copy of one of these albums in any other format that he has not touched, you're highly encouraged to do so.

Meller is probably the big name in the loudness war, and functionally seems to be a huge proponent of maxing out the loudness of any CD he masters. This makes the CD sound "better" than another properly mastered CD at a given system volume to the extent that the human brain tends to pick out louder noises as sounding better.

The flip side, and something that will be blindingly obvious when one of his masterings are compared against a proper master, is that the sound becomes extremely heavily compressed under his treatment, and all the subtle dynamics of the music are lost.

If you are able to adjust the volume of your system to a level you desire, there is no reason to opt for one of Meller's discs over anyone else's. One common place to look for better masterings of these discs are those vinyls that Steve Hoffman works on, but pretty much any other version that this man has not touched will be more than worth your while.

The real tragedy of this man's work, in my opinion, is the album Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was only ever mastered by him, he did a terrible job, and as a result one of the most intellectually satisfying pop albums of the decade has been utterly destroyed in the ears of many an audio sensitive individual. We can only hope the record companies will work with those willing to clean up after this man's mess, and provide the world with decent remasterings of the more brilliant of the works he has destroyed.