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.
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz has been staying out of mischief mastering tracks for Citizen Kay, US act The Blancos, YouTube sensation Trevor Moran, re-mastering Shihad’s “Shihad” for digital and vinyl release (which subsequently achieved Gold status in NZ), Japam, Madboots, psy-trance kids Khatapillah, Sydney rockers 5-way Addiction, Tommy Luck, Long Holiday & KIng Mungi, as well as the usual charity raising for The Jack the Bear Foundation raising $1,000 for The Big Umbrella to aid Nepal’s rebuilding program after the recent earthquakes. With many thanks to all who contributed.
Adam Dempsey has mastered releases for Mick Daley (produced by Matt Walker and featuring Suzannah Espie), Jimmy Dowling (also produced by Matt Walker and featuring the late James Cruikshank), Nervous Doll Dancing (Francesca Mountfort), Rattlers (Norway), Sex On Toast, Summer Flake, Taylor Project, this year’s Down To The River compilation for Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Music students (produced by Andy White), and new single and long-awaited album for Yeo including for 12″ vinyl.
Also, huge congrats to Raised By Eagles in taking out two gongs at The Age Music Victoria Awards: for Best Emerging Artist and Best Country Album (produced and engineered by Roger Bergodaz, and mastered for digital and 12″ LP release). Well deserved, guys!
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’:
Jack the Bear has been working on projects for The Hunted Crows, Ghost Loft, Black Aces, Icecream Hands, Cairo Knife Fight, and Jeff Lang.
Adam Dempsey clocked up 20 years of being paid to listen to music, and has been busy mastering for Astro & The Ages, Cabbages & Kings, Chris Matthews (WA), Jane McArthur, Mayfair Kytes, Nick Batterham, Rich Davies, Sex On Toast, Simon Hudson, Taxidermy Hall, debut EP for Tiny Little Houses, a new single for Yeo, and remastering Lisa Salvo’s debut album (produced with Joe Talia and Peter Knight) for vinyl.
Andrei Eremin has found himself mastering debut records for Wafia, Singapore’s very own Charlie Lim, as well as tracks from LANKS, JP Klipspringer and even an EP of his own original music.
The team have also put a Dangerous Music BAX EQ through its paces and decided it’s a keeper.
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz kept himself off the streets mastering albums for King Of The North, Hive Park (mixed by Jimi Maroudas), New Gods, Dirtland, Seven Hurtz, Torch The Village and Last Mistress as well as EPs and singles for My Pirahna, Rich Davies, Electro Mafia, Lizard Man, ALTA, Lemonberry, EC Twins, The Bellastrades and The Black Alley, as well as continuing to raise funds for charity through The Jack the Bear Foundation.
Adam Dempsey mastered new releases for Matt Walker & The Lost Ragas, Yeo, Dear Plastic, The Dark Fair, Blin (produced with Matt Walker), Al Parkinson, Buddha In A Chocolate Box (both engineered by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary studios), Youngs (lucky winners of Triple R’s Radiothon band prize), and compiling parts for Loon Lake’s latest album.
Also a shout out to Seth Sentry, mix engineer Phil Threlfall and all involved in Seth’s album “This Was Tomorrow” – ARIA Award nominated for Best Urban Album, as well as taking the gong for Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the Australian Independent Music Awards!
Andrei Eremin mastered projects for Oscar Key Sung, Fractures, Ben Wright Smith, Japanese Wallpaper, Luskin, Sons et al. and House Of Laurence.
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.