Adam has mastered releases for renowned artists including Allan Browne, Courtney Barnett, Joe Chindamo, Coloured Stone, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Jordie Lane, Jeff Lang, Luluc, Kavisha Mazzella, Neil Murray, Seth Sentry, Broderick Smith, Lloyd Spiegel, Matt Walker, White Lion, Xavier Rudd, Coco’s Lunch (including U.S. Folk Song of the Year), The Dili Allstars’ “Liberdade” EP (snuck into East Timor on cassette tapes), Elixir (Katie Noonan), Walt Disney Records, Lano & Woodley, six years of the ABC Heywire series for Triple J, and countless others.
With an audio background of 33 years and 24 years of mastering professionally, Adam Dempsey brings a wealth of mastering experience to Deluxe Mastering in Melbourne’s arts hub of Brunswick.
Initially mastering for cassette tapes at Australia’s first independent mastering facility, then Senior Mastering Engineer in CD Mastering, 11 and a half years later Adam joined Deluxe Mastering in 2006. He brings a background in all music genres including Gold-certified, ARIA Award, Bell Award, and The Age Music Victoria Award-winning and nominated releases, with an ear for detail, and a “do no harm” and collaborative approach to music mastering.
Adam’s interest in music and audio began with a 1/4” reel to reel tape recorder, soon progressing to cassette tape editing on a twin-deck cassette recorder with a graphic equaliser and wearing out its motors. In 1986, in addition to studying trombone, Adam delved into community radio as a volunteer announcer and trainer, being one of the founders of what is now Yarra Valley FM. This led to mobile disco DJ work, 8-track recording, RMIT student radio (now SYN), a stint in film sound as second boom operator, audio engineering studies at Melbourne’s famed Sing Sing and Metropolis studios, live sound mixing, and as a drummer for 14 years in several bands across Melbourne.