With a working audio background of 27 years and in his 19th year of mastering professionally, Adam Dempsey brings a wealth of mastering experience on all music genres to Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering, in the heart of Melbourne’s burgeoning arts hub of Brunswick.
Formerly Senior Mastering Engineer at Australia’s first independent mastering facility, Adam joined Deluxe Mastering in 2006, bringing a background in mastering everything from rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, folk and blues (including ARIA Award, Bell Award, Mo Award and EG Award winning and nominated releases), a passion for high definition audio and an ear for detail.
Adam’s interest in music and sound began at an early age with a 1/4” open reel tape recorder, later progressing to cassette tape editing on a “boombox” with 5 band graphic equaliser, and wearing out its motors. In 1986, in addition to beginning five years of studies in trombone, Adam delved into public radio as a volunteer announcer and trainer, being one of the founders of what is now Yarra Valley FM. This also led him to mobile disco DJ work, 8-track recording, RMIT student radio (now SYN FM), a stint in film sound as a boom operator, engineering studies at Melbourne’s renowned Sing Sing and Metropolis studios, live sound mixing, and as a drummer for 14 years in several gigging bands across Melbourne.
Adam’s clients include renowned artists such as Joe Chindamo, Broderick Smith, White Lion, Allan Browne, Neil Murray, Coloured Stone, Jen Cloher, Gossling, Way Out West, Jordie Lane, Luluc, Matt Walker, Nina Ferro, Adam Simmons, Fiona Burnett, Coco’s Lunch (including U.S. Folk Song of the Year), Kate Vigo, Elixir (Katie Noonan), Marie Wilson, Dan Hall (Taxiride), The Dili Allstars’ “Liberdade” single (snuck into East Timor on cassette tapes), Walt Disney Records, renowned bluesmen Lloyd Spiegel and CW Stoneking, comedians Lano & Woodley and Eddie Perfect, six years of the ABC Heywire series for Triple J and regional radio, and countless others.
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Apart from being a long-time 3RRR and 3PBS subscriber discounter, supporting independent radio and artists, Adam Dempsey is a proud member of Music Victoria as well as a broadcaster and radio training mentor at Melbourne community radio station North West FM for non-profit arts organisation Roarhouse Melbourne.