Clients and Projects

Projects - Fall 2012

Great music from a wide variety of artists is mastered here at Northeastern Digital. But It's somewhat exceptional that we start by highlighting two classical music projects.

Eternal Echoes

Eternal Echoes features world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and Baritone Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
. This Sony Masterworks release is a collection of Jewish cantorial songs and dances accompanied by players from the Boston based Klezmer Conservatory Orchestra. The program combines both secular and sacred music with artful arrangements by producer Hankus Netsky.

Toby worked tirelessly with Hankus over several weeks to tweak and balance the sound so that it would be worthy of such great performers. So far the CD has received rave reviews for its sound. In his review for Classical Candor John Puccio declared that "the sound is beautifully clear."
Helfgot and Perlman
Toby did extensive editing and mastering on pianist Russell Sherman's bold new interpretation of the complete Chopin Mazurkas.The Mazurkas are based upon traditional Polish folk dances and represent a high water mark in 18th century chromatic piano writing.

The recording was conducted in Boston's Jordan Hall by WGBH engineer Jim Donohue and produced by Wha Kyung Byung. The two disc set is being released by Avie Records.

  Chopin Mazurkas
  Russell Sherman
Graham Parker
  Famed British rocker Graham Parker came in to master mixes from an historic studio reunion with his band The Rumour. Three Chords Good is their first recording together in thirty years. The reunification is chronicled in a Rolling Stone article.

In addition, Graham is also pursuing a Hollywood career with an appearance in the rock documentary Don't Ask Me Questions by the Gramaglia Brothers as well as a role in Judd Apatow's next movie, "This Is 40..."

Parker "Three Chords Good"
Another famous rocker Robin Lane came in to master a collection of songs for her non-profit organization A Woman's Voice. The album includes original music by Lane and other women to celebrate the important process of healing from trauma and abuse. John Pfister and Robin worked with Toby to make this album a special release.

began her career singing with Neil Young on the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere album. She then went on to form her renowned band Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, which had one of the first videos on MTV with their hit song When Things Go Wrong.
  Robin Lane
  Robin Lane
Studio One is releasing The Sound of Young Jamaica which commemorates the Jamaican 50th Anniversary of independence. A Who's Who of Reggae artists (Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown) are featured on the two disc set. Producer Chris Wilson worked with Toby for several days to revitalize these historic Ska and Reggae recordings, which were originally produced by the late great Clement Dodd.   Studio One
  Studio One
The Winter Tree   Andrew Laitrus came in to master a second project by his band The Winter Tree (formerly Magus) entitled Guardians. The nucleus of the band is Laitrus (guitars,keyboards, voice), Mark Bond (lead vocals, guitars, bass, sound effects), Deb Bond (keyboards, backing vocals) and Bob Hynes (drums).

A recent review praised the album as a great example of "symphonic progressive rock with an artful twist."

The Winter Tree
It's been several years since Ed Gerhard has released a solo album, so it was with great anticipation that Toby began working with Ed on the mastering of There and Gone. Toby remixed the title song and then put final touches on the remaining 13 instrumental pieces, which highlight Ed's amazing musical talent and attention to nuance.

Scott Alalrik of the Boston Globe has written,'Gerhard does not write instrumentals.  He writes songs only a guitar can sing."

Ed Gerhard

Ed Gerhard
    folk music
Erin Hill   Erin Hill was at NDR in early September to master her latest solo album Girl Inventor with Toby. This wonderful ten song CD traverses the extra terrestrial landscape with songs like I am a Lava Lamp and This Planet. Reviewers have described Erin's music as "falling somewhere in between indie rock and psychedelic pop... Her lyrical sensibility is unique, bolstered by her fascination with science fiction..."

You can see Erin's first video from the Girl Inventor video album Giant Mushrooms on YouTube.

Erin Hill
JT Lockwood (right) came into the studio to master an 8 song album with his band. The singer/songwriter has a knack for writing compelling and insightful songs, but within a relaxed acoustic rock style.

JT and his band perform regularly in the Northeast. You can watch an interview and live performance by them on Fox TV from October 25.

  JT Lockwood
JT Lockwood
Geoff Bartley
Songwriter / Guitarist Geoff Bartley came in with veteran producer/engineer Brad Meyer to put the finishing touches on his solo album Mercy for the Dispossessed (left). It's a wonderful collection of original songs and blues standards with a wide array of instruments like acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, dobro, banjo.

The album has garnished a number 1 spot on the International FolkDJ radio playlist. Baseball fan and folk legend Tom Paxton declared "Geoff Bartley has hit another one out of the park."

Geoff Bartley
Bruce Mandel has been in the studio twice this past year - the latest time to master his new album Sketches (right). It consists of very personal, restrospective material, matched with stellar guitar playing and beautiful vocals. The opening song "What Would I Say" begs the existential "what if" question and leads the listener into a unique personal journey through the remaining nine tracks on the album.

Bruce oftern performs at many folk venues in the Berkshire area.

Bruce Mandel
Bruce Mandel
Raymond Gonzalez
Composer / Guitarist Raymond Gonzalez (left) was in mastering his new album entitled Open Tuning. It contains fifteen original compositions that feature his adroit finger picking style. Metronome Magazine declared Gonzalez "a world-class artist worthy of recognition beyond our humble seaside state."

Raymond Gonzalez
Singer Songwriter Katie Sachs came in to master her debut release Places Not on Maps. It's a collection of six songs which deals with the themes of travel, love and loss.

Katie performs extensively throughout New England and her personal style appeals to all types of audiences. Says WMUH radio host Al Sax, "Katie's tunes are finely crafted and delivered with a heart-felt urgency."

Katie Sachs
Katie Sachs
Vanessa Trien   Vanessa Trien came in with producer Adam Rothberg to master her latest childrens' disc entitled Bubble Ride. The new CD has already won a Parents' Choice Award and one reviewer at Parenting Magazine exclaimed, "If you like Katy Perry, then listen to Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys." Interesting comparison!

Vanessa has had a lengthy solo career with numerous album releases and performances at folk venues in the northeast like Boston's famed Club Passim.

Vanessa Trien
  Boston's famed Jazz Trio The Fringe returned to the stage of the Boston Conservatory Theater in May to commemorate 40 years together ! Downbeat Magazine highlighted the group in their May 2012 issue.

The audio was recorded by Toby and Joel Gordon;
the video by Chuck Green and crew. A CD and Blu-ray of the live concert will be released in 2013.

The Fringe
The Fringe at Boston Conservatory
Band leader Mark Harvey was in working with Toby to master Aardvark's latest release "Evocations," which features more of his great original jazz compostions. With titles like "March of the Booboisie","Vacuous Twaddle" and "Rascals & Scoundrels" the music keeps you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns and unexpected dynamic detours.

Jazz Podium
from Germany calls the new CD "a modern and absolutely unique sound."

Aardvark Jazz