About

With over 25 years of professional audio experience recording, mixing, and mastering both international and regional artists, Tom Volpicelli (chief engineer/owner) founded The Mastering House in 2001. As engineer for The King Biscuit Flower Hour his work has included mixing and/or mastering live concerts for artists such as The Who, Iggy Pop, Pat Benatar, Jerry Lee Lewis, along with the production of nationally syndicated radio shows for The Kinks, U2, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and many other top artists. Since 2001 The Mastering House has helped thousands of artists worldwide bring out the full potential of their music.

In addition to mastering, Tom has taught audio production at both Lebanon Valley College, PA and Albright College, PA and is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

Process

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 may 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.

Services

  • Overall equalization for clarity and consistency
  • Making volume levels appropriate to maintain consistency across the album
  • Editing of content
  • Provide proper spacing and fades
  • Noise removal
  • Sequencing of the songs or audio material
  • Help to ensure that the audio will “translate” well between different playback systems
  • Mastering for iTunes
  • Stem Mastering
  • MP3 tagging
  • Vinyl premastering
  • DDP assembly
  • Audio Restoration

Gear

Room Acoustics Jim Maher of 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
RJR Baxandall Mastering EQ
Crane Song Ibis EQ
Chandler LTD-2 Compressor
(with mastering modificatons)
Alta Moda Unicomp
Fredenstein F660 Valve Limiting Amplifier (2)
Digital Processing Weiss DS1 
Weiss EQ1

Software:
Magix Sequoia
Pro Tools 10 HD
iZotope RX

Plug-ins from:
DMG Audio
Sonnox
Fab Filter
Waves
PSP
McDSP
and many others

Analog Playback Otari MTR-12 1/2″ tape machine
Digital Converters
and Playback
Merging Technologies HAPI
Lavry Engineering “LavryBlue” Conversion System
Pro Tools HD-2 192K
Sony PCM-R500 DAT
Monitoring Dunlavy SC-IV
Quested SB10 subs (pair)
Bryston 4B³ Amplifier
Quested UD1 monitors
Quested AP-700 amplification
Dangerous Monitor ST-SR Monitor Controller