Personal attention and service to each individual artist and project is what makes our studio stand out among the rest. Our mastering process starts by collecting background information about the artist. Tell us about your individual style of music and approach, as well as what, if any, bands influence the sound; how the project was recorded, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the mix.

With this perspective we critically listen to the recording and compare your music to any references you feel appropriate. After listening to the complete project, we will apply a customized chain of audio processing to enhance the overall frequency balance and dynamics of the album as well as bring out the parts of the mix that contribute most to the song and style of music. This is a cyclical process; working together with the artist to create the intended goal.

In addition to services provided over the internet, we encourage artists to attend a session in which their work will be mastered.

Tom Volpicelli

With years of professional audio experience mastering and mixing numerous national and regional artists, Tom Volpicelli (chief engineer/owner) founded The Mastering House in 2001. As engineer for The King Biscuit Flower Hour his work includes engineering and/or mastering live concerts of artists such as The Who, Iggy Pop, Pat Benatar, Jerry Lee Lewis, along with nationally syndicated radio shows for The Kinks, U2, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and many other top artists. For more information see King Biscuit Flower Hour.

In addition to mastering, Tom has taught audio production at both Lebanon Valley College, PA and Albright, PA.

A selected discography with audio samples is available at allmusic.com.

 



Room Design Sound House Design and
Sterling Modular
Analog Processing Custom Built Barry Porter "Net EQ"
D.W. Fearn VT-4 Tube EQ (2)

D.W. Fearn VT-7 Tube Compressor
Crane Song Ibis EQ
Chandler LTD-2 Compressor
(with mastering modificatons)
Alta Moda Unicomp
Fredenstein F660 Valve Limiting Amplifier
Digital Processing

Weiss DS1
Weiss EQ1

Software:
Pro Tools 10 HD
Sonic Studio Soundblade
Magix Sequoia 12
Apple Logic Studio

Plug-ins from:
Crane Song
Sonnox
Fab Filter
Waves
PSP
McDSP
Sonic Solutions
and others

Analog Playback Otari MTR-12 1/2" tape machine
Digital Converters
and Playback
Lavry Engineering "LavryBlue" Conversion System:
  • M.AD824 2 channel A/D converter
  • M.SYNC Master clock sync board
  • M.DA824 2 channel D/A converter
  • M.PREAMP 2 channel professional microphone preamp.

Pro Tools HD-2 192K
Sony PCM-R500 DAT
Harmon/Kardon HD7325
CD player

Monitoring Quested UD1 monitors
Quested SB10 subs (pair)
Quested AP-700 amplification
Dangerous Monitor ST-SR Monitor Controller