From all at Deluxe Mastering, thank you to all clients for having us on board with their projects this year. Here’s to a healthy, safe and musically prosperous festive season and new year ahead. We encourage you to go for the gift of music: take someone out to a gig, buy music lessons, support a local radio station or an independent artist’s new release. With avenues such as Bandcamp it’s never been simpler to find new music, to pre-order vinyl or CDs, or gift a download to someone in need. (tip: the downloads sound better than web streaming!).
We’re still on board for mastering sessions including from early Jan.
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz has been mastering for Acolyte, Black Aces, the Blancos, Citizen Kay, Crooked Colurs, Desert Bones, Levingstone, Neighbourhood Youth, and continuing his motivational speaking engagements – look out for more in the new year.
Adam Dempsey is set to donate mastering time to prize winners of this year’s Triple R Radiothon, PBS FM’s Radio Festival, and the winner of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award (congrats to Mabel Windred-Wornes of Charm of Finches!).
Mastering has included a Christmas single from Burrowing (Norway), and releases from Mitch Power (produced by Jeff Lang), Brian El Dorado (tracked live to 24-track tape by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary), the debut EP for Vinten (produced by Nick Huggins), a single for Brisbane band Devel, new albums for Michael Plater (engineered and mixed by Neil Thomason at Headgap), new singles for Hoodlem, and Tetrahedra (see their single-take video below), as well as checking a steady run of clients’ vinyl test pressings and being increasingly impressed with the quality (mastered with full dynamic range and to high resolution always!).
Andrei Eremin has been mastering Charles Murdoch’s debut LP, a new mixtape for Clever Austin (aka. Perrin Moss from Hiatus Kaiyote – Grammy Award nominees for their album ‘Breathing Underwater’), plus new releases from Slumberjack, Elizabeth Rose, Kllo, Cleopold, Anatole, Super Magic Hats, Rainbow Chan, Leisure Suite, Rat & Co, Ara Koufax, Planète, Brightly, Tashka and some new original material of his own.
Amongst his public speaking commitments and Melbourne Real video podcasts with guests, Tony Jack the Bear Mantz has been mastering projects for Dave Mudie, 5 Way Addiction, The Dead Leaves, and The Feelers (including for vinyl).
Adam Dempsey‘s been hunkered down mastering for The Bon Scotts, Cabbages & Kings, Gene Veldhuisen, Lilly Tunley, Lucola Bang, Pockets, Taxidermy Hall, That Gold Street Sound (including for 7 inch vinyl), Fabien Toonen, Tom Lee-Richards, Zulya & The Children of the Underground (mixed by Myles Mumford), and Jane McArthur’s ongoing ’12 Months 12 Songs’ series.
Tiny Little Houses ‘Easy’ from their forthcoming EP ‘You Tore Out My Heart’, engineered, mixed & produced by Steven Schram, mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Adam Dempsey‘s been mastering new releases for Broadway Sounds (remixed by Tim Shiel), Dear Plastic, Dreamcoat, Grand Pavilion, The Orbweavers, Sirens (UK), a remix for Eleanor Dunlop, the epic debut album for Mayfair Kytes, and digital and 7 inch vinyl releases for The Cactus Channel featuring Chet Faker, Frida, and The PutBacks – all out via Hope Street Recordings.
Andrei Eremin has found himself mastering international bonus tracks for Hiatus Kaiyote’s recent album, as well as new releases for Japanese Wallpaper, Fractures, Banoffee, Foreign/National, Milwaukee Banks, Leisure Suite, Golden Vessel, EMERSE, Martin King, Queen Magic and Anatole. Andrei also scored his first #1 record, with Charlie Lim’s Time/Space racing to the top of the Singaporean charts, plus new music video for ‘Anhedoniac’ from his debut EP ‘Pale Blue’:
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz has been keeping himself out of trouble mastering records for Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Stella Angelico, US rapper Yah Supreme, British India, The Captives EP for vinyl (produced by Tom Larkin), Ghostloft, Cheeky Goose, Dave Wright, Chris Cavell, Soulenikoes, Weekend People, Kinetic, Ali Ferrier (produced by Jef Lang), American electronic outfit Watercolors, Let’s Not Pretend, amongst many others.
Adam Dempsey has been head down, ears up, mastering releases for Alma Mater, Amy Alex, Blackwood Jack, Cabbages and Kings, Crayon King, Emma Chalmers, Dreamcoat, Jimmy Dowling, The Guilts, Hey Frankie, Jukai Forest, Lisa Salvo, Mayfair Kytes, Pepperjack, Porcelain Pill, Raised By Eagles (for CD, digital & vinyl), Sleepy Dreamers, Simon Hudson, James Teague, Thelma Plum remixes, Tora (CD, digital & vinyl), Udays Tiger, Voix D’or, Yeo, and Youngs.
This time round Andrei Eremin has been busy mastering a Vevo special for Chet Faker, as well as new releases for Loon Lake, LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Rat & Co, I’lls, Klo, Montgomery, LANKS, Leaks, Kalacoma, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Tiger Choir, Wayfarer and many more. The vinyl resurgence is alive and well – at least a third of these specifically mastered for the medium.
Acclaimed Melbourne singer/songwriters Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett have each released cool new videos of their latest singles, set also for double A-side 7 inch vinyl release. We were happy to play a role in mastering these gems.
Jen Cloher’s ‘Mount Beauty’ (the vibey run-through was the take!) was recorded and mixed by Nick Huggins at Head Gap studios, Melbourne. Courtney Barnett’s ‘History Eraser’, recorded by Simon Cotter (and title-inspired at Head Gap) was mixed by Dann Hume. Both tracks were mastered by Adam Dempsey especially for digital release, vinyl, CD, and for the videos. Both videos directed by Bec Kingma. Watch for Jen and Courtney’s cameo appearances in each others’ clips.
We’ve been getting the most out of the new Forssell Technologies MADA-2 analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters, which complement the existing Lavry Gold & Blue converters. If we had to describe them in a few words: sonically “invisible” and honest, again retaining the musicality and depth of clients’ music.
In terms of CD, vinyl and digital release mastering projects, those by Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz include Voodoocain, Little Wise, Emergency Rule, Jantina and the Jaguars, Mary of The Moon, Daniel Champagne, and David Garnham & The Reasons To Live.
Adam Dempsey has been mastering new music releases for Gossling, The Ovals, Playwrite, John Flanagan & the Begin Agains, Better Than the Wizards, Sam Lawrence, Avin Jason, Cavanagh & Argus, Andy Jans-Brown, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, a “half album” for The Harlots, plus 7 inch vinyl and digital releases each for Urns and The Morrisons.
Byron Scullin tweaked releases for T-Rek, Ainslie Wills, Jay Westerfold, Monnone Alone, and This is Your Captain Speaking.