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Vanessa Amorosi - Somewhere in the real world
Recording + Mixing
 
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Vicious Grooves - Various Albums
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
 
thePotbelleez - Don't Hold Back
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
 
thePotbelleez - In the Junkyard EP
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
 
thePotbelleez - Are You With Me
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
 
Kate DeAraugo - Get Real
Recording + Mixing + Mastering
 
 
 
Carl Riseley - The Rise
Mixing + Mastering
 
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Kate Ceberano - So Much Beauty
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Kate Ceberano’s 17th album So Much Beauty is more than just her latest album, it is also the summation of everything that has made this Australian singer exceptional in the past and makes her exceptional still.  
This is where she’s come to, thanks in part to where she’s been. So Much Beauty might even be the best album Kate has ever made, a remarkable consideration in a career that’s seen so much success and variety. 

From Kate’s point of view she wanted to build on what she had achieved with 2007’s platinum selling tribute to 80s music Nine Lime Avenue. 
That album was recorded quickly with producer Richard Pleasance over three busy weeks, in between all Kate’s other professional commitments and motherhood. By contrast So Much Beauty is deliberately a relaxed in-house “loungeroom” effort, recorded by Kate with her long-term front-of-house mixer, Steve and the band she’d assembled to tour Nine Lime Avenue. Also enlisted to help out on the music direction and supervision for this album was rock legend, James Black. 

Kate explains: “There’s this wonderful relationship between my tour manager, Ben Balfour, and my sound engineer, Steve Scanlon (co-producers) and my musicians, so we kept this really tight confidence amongst ourselves. We set the recording studio up in Steve’s home so we could feel as uninhibited and loyal to one another as you do when you’re performing live, and tried not to get too tricky with the post-production.” 
For material Kate once again looked around for songs from others to work her magic on. “Something I’ve earned in my many years of singing is the right to be able to interpret music and still make it entirely my own.” Listen to what she does to the Neil Diamond staple ‘Play Me’. 

“It’s a fantastic time to experiment. When you’ve got a great musical group and this private confidence you can tackle anything.  You can hear it with Bublé, Ben Harper, anyone you’d like to mention. What you’ve got is this fantastic language amongst the players.” Kate feels she hasn’t had this since her days with the Septet at the start of her “solo” career, and later with the Ministry Of Fun. 

The new album is built around Kate’s own song So Much Beauty. “I feel responsible for that part of me that’s a songwriter and doesn’t get to get out and about much these days. She was the one that was a lynchpin for me for this album.  From the outset I wanted everything on the album to have reference to So Much Beauty.”  
While Roxy Music’s Avalon brings Kate back to that 80s decade which means so much to her.  For So Much Beauty Kate has reached back to the 70s for Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkel, at the same time as bringing her vision forward in time with the inclusion of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, David Gray’s Babylon, Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved and the albums opener K.T.Tunstall’s  Suddenly I See. 

Tunstall is the most contemporary of the strong women of song Kate relates to with her song choices for So Much Beauty. “I made a choice early on in my career. I will walk the line. I will perform pop, but it has to be pop with a message.” We also hear Kate’s version of Madonna’s Live To Tell and the Pretenders’ I’ll Stand By You. 
“As a parent, this is seriously one of the most potent and moving songs I’ve had the pleasure of singing. I’ve always been a Chrissie Hynde fan. She’s iconic for me. She strikes a very deep and positive note in me, even though a lot of her work is very dark. I know what she’s trying to do. She’s trying to use her work to help others. 

“I remember hearing Madonna do Live To Tell in the soundtrack to ‘At Close Range’, which was a very heavy film but it was the drama of the song that was beautiful to me.” 
On Never Say Never, one of the three original songs on the album, Kate is joined by her ‘It Takes Two’ partner, Melbourne AFL star Russell Robertson. “I like singing with him. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think he was a confident singer. I don’t like singing with non-singers generally. A show is a show, but an album is a whole work. I just loved what he did.” 

The album closes with Kate’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, which concludes with a subtle but song-changing interchange between Kate and her acoustic guitar accompanist. “That’s a very Hawaiian thing to do.  I found my Hawaiian roots.”  

On So Much Beauty Kate Ceberano has found a lot more. And so will her fans. 

 
The Hoochie Coochie Men feat. Jon Lord
Danger: Whitemen Dancing
Recording + Mixing
 
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Kate Ceberano - Nine Lime Avenue CD
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Planet X - Quantum CD
Mixing + Mastering - Album has reached #4 nationally - Visit Website
 
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Virgil Donati - Live in Stockholm Double DVD
5.1 Conversion + Mastering - Released March 2007 - Visit Website
 
 
Jeff Cashen - Threads CD
Producing + Recording + Mixing + Mastering
 
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thePotbelleez - CD
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
Vandalism - Twisted CD
Mixing + Mastering
 
 
Kate Ceberano - Live with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Recording, Mixing & Mastering
 
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Rainbow - Live in Munich DVD
Mastering 5.0
 
Comments: There are three soundtracks to choose from. The default soundtrack is the original Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix, encoded at 192Kb/s. The inclusion of the original audio is welcome in my opinion, however as I've noted on other music DVDs, it is really a shame the most inferior soundtrack has been made the default. Soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.0 (448Kb/s) and dts 5.0 (768Kb/s) have been derived (or converted) from the stereo master. In the past I've cursed at some of these "surround" mixes of vintage material that have clearly been sourced from a stereo mix rather than a multi-track master. In this case, there was no multi-track source available, however the resulting surround soundtracks blew my expectations out of the water.

Both the Dolby Digital 5.0 and dts 5.0 soundtracks were converted from the original stereo mix by Steve Scanlon. Both contain depth and brightness that isn't even hinted at in the original soundtrack. It really is amazing to hear, in fact if it were not stated in the booklet, I would not pick these soundtracks as conversions.

Audio sync seems to vary a little, unfortunately. I noted a few moments, particularly during lengthy shots of Cozy's drumming, where cymbal and snare hits fall out of time with the audio. This may be an editing issue dating back to 1977, because of the fault's intermittent nature.

The surround channels are used to replicate the acoustics of a live venue via subtle echoes and audience applause between songs. The front soundstage carries the bulk of the work, with most instruments panned evenly to the centre. Dio's voice is always clear and distinct.

In comparing the three audio options, the dts was loudest and my preferred. The Dolby Digital equivalent doesn't quite match the depth of the dts audio, but is still impressive nonetheless. The stereo audio is flimsy and barely comparable.There is no LFE channel provided, however lower frequencies from the bass guitar are handled well by the main speakers.

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Diesel (strings) - Live at the Vanguard DVD
DVD Mixing + Mastering 5.1 & Stereo
 
Comments: Live is as real and as close to the bone as you can get - and that's how diesel loves it. Treating his audiences to the strength and diversity of his musical skill-set by introducing a string quartet to his ensemble, the results can be SEEN and HEARD in glorious 5.1 surround sound on diesel's new DVD release diesel + strings 'live at the vanguard'. Recorded at Sydney's intimate Vanguard Theatre, diesel was joined by Lee Moloney and Ritchie Vez to make up this incredibly dynamic musical recipe and then the subtlety and smoothness of the string quartet (under arranger Marcus Holden) brings the whole show to the boil. Performing selections from albums as far back as his debut with the Injectors, diesel shines on classic cuts such as 'Tip Of My Tongue', '15' Of Snow', and 'Cryin' Shame'. He also finds new life in staples 'Don't Need Love' and 'Come To Me' and delivers his finest moments on new tunes 'Crazytown', 'Positive' and 'Saviour' and with the help of Sydney songstress Carmen D. Smith, tears the house down in their rendition of the Pete Wells penned 'Meaning Of Life'. For a limited time only the DVD contains a 14 track live CD.
 
Phrase - Talk with Force CD
Mixing + Mastering - 2006 Aria Nomination - Nominated for Best Hip-Hop single, Best Hip-Hop album, Best Male Artist, Best New Talent, Best Video Clip at Urban Music Awards
 
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Wayne Jones - Forgotten Melody CD
Mixing + Mastering + Stereo
 

"Steve Scanlon mixed and used his own plug-ins for compression, reverb and delay effects. I have to say that I couldn’t have picked a better person to mix and master this project. He did exactly what he was briefed to do… and more! I’m a happy boy! I hope he will be doing the next album with me."

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Tony Ashton - Live at Abbey Road DVD
Recording + Mixing + Mastering + Stereo
 
Comments: The idea for this special and unique evening came from Jon Lord and Pete York, and it was held at Abbey Road Studio One in London to show support for their friend Tony Ashton. The CD edition (which has a special booklet with pictures from the gig) includes a great three track set from Tony Ashton and friends, a six track set from the old Whitesnake wrecking crew (minus David Coverdale), including a stripped down version of “Here I Go Again” done by just Bernie and Jon, and a track from Who man John Entwistle. Perhaps the most unique feature of the CD is the first and only Paice Ashton Lord reunion, right down to the brass and female backing singers. Sadly the event turned out to be Tony’s last night of rock and roll - he died just a year later. This release has been mixed from recordings made by the legendary Geoff Emerick (who engineered The Beatles) and prepared with the full co-operation of his wife Sandra - a great souvenir of what was a very enjoyable and moving occasion.
 
Paice Ashton Lord - Live in London DVD
PAL 5.0 Conversion and Mastering
 
 
Deep Purple - California Jam DVD
5.0 Conversion and Mastering
 

As previously mentioned, the 5.0 channels are superb as mastered by Steve Scanlon. The bass is remarkably robust, considering the lack of an LFE channel. The video editor for the DVD is Brad Lawson and he’s done an excellent job. The DVD reveals source problems of tapes recorded for television more than 30 years ago, as the bright colors tend to get a little too hot and bleed. The track “You Fool No One” seems to lose tracking in a few places, or perhaps they had to resort to editing magic, because in some spots the sights and sounds don’t seem to sync. The original broadcast was produced by Jorn Winther (who the following year produced and directed “Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare”) and directed by Joshua White. Once again, the two-channel stereo mix is fine, but the 5.0 is highly recommended.

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Deep Purple - Live in Concert 72-73 DVD
5.0 Conversion and Mastering
 

Deep Purple has been added to this site, this is JUSTICE, PURE JUSTICE!! The very first album I ever bought was "24-carat Purple", soon followed by "Made in Japan" so full circle with this review! This brandnew DVD is a very exciting view on the powerhouse Deep Purple on stage although it's funny to witness that the crowd existed of many very young people, most of them I estimate not older than 12 or 13 years! But Deep Purple performed very well, the exciting chemistry from "Made in Japan" is also on this DVD featuring splendid performances by all members. The track list from the legendary Denmark concert contains all the 'classics' delivering excellent work on the Hammond organ by Jon Lord, lots of fiery and biting guitar soli from an inspired Ritchie Blackmore, an enthousiastic and powerful performance by Ian Gillan and very dynamic support from Glover and Paice as the rhythm-section. In my opinion this Deep Purple was an innovative and pivotal blend of rock, classic and symphonic, they spearheaded the 'heavy progressive rock movement' in the early Seventies. This DVD also includes 3 tracks from the New York 1973 concert and 1 track from the legendary "California jam" concert in 1974 along lots of other extras.

 
Dixie Dregs - Live in Montreux 1978 DVD
Mixing and Mastering
 
If you are into the Dixie Dregs, this is the live performance to get. Good picture for the time period (1978) and even better sound. In fact, excellent fidelity. This DVD captures the energy and passion of a Dregs performance when they were in their prime. It's funny to see the audience reactions at this jazz festival. At first they are pretty subdued but by the end they are on their feet. The three extra videos are a major step down in picture and clarity but nice to see none-the-less. The only complaint is too short of a concert, only about 50 minutes. But that's not the fault of the DVD or the band. They were given a very limited time to play.
 
Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets CD
Producing, Mixing and Mastering
Single chart Number 1! Australian Aria Music Charts Platinum single
 
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Joel Turner "Funk U Up" Single CD
Producing, Mixing and Mastering
 
 
Joel Turner "Knock You Out " Single CD
Producing, Mixing and Mastering
 
 
Random - Put Your Hands Up CD
Mixing and Mastering
 
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Kate Ceberano - 19 Days in New York CD
Mixing and Mastering
 
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Living Loud - Live DVD
Surround 5.1 Stereo Mix and Mastering
 
 
Diesel - The First Fifteen DVD
Surround 5.1 Stereo Mix and Mastering
 
 
Cotton Keays & Morris - Live DVD
Surround 5.1 Stereo Mix and Mastering
 
 
Mental as Anything - Basemental Live DVD
Surround 5.1 Stereo Mix and Mastering
 
 
J.Wess - Tha L.P. CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering - Aria Nomination GOLD
 
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J.Wess - Bang This CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering - Aria Nomination 2004
 
 
J.Wess - What Chu Want CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering - Aria Nomination 2004
 
 
Guy Sebastian - Just as I am CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering - Aria Nomination 2004 PLATINUM
 
 
Australian Idol - The Final 12
Recording, Mixing and Mastering
 
 
Kate Ceberano - The Girl Can Help It CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering
 
 
David Franj - Wrong Place, Wrong Time CD
Recording, Mixing and Mastering
 
 
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