Clients and Projects

Projects - Fall 2013

Great music from a wide variety of artists is mastered here at Northeastern Digital.The past six months has been no exception. We start off with a major release by the legendary band Boston.
 

Eternal Echoes

 
Tom Scholz came in with Bill Ryan of RMI Productions to help with the final mastering of Boston's new album, Life, Love & Hope.
The new release, distributed by Frontiers Records, is the first new album by the band in over a decade. It features 11 original songs, very remiscent of the classic Boston style, with vocals by five different singers (incl. Brad Delp) and of course Scholz's fabled guitar work.. Guitar World calls the album a "whole high-calorie, big-rock tour de force."

Boston: Life, Love & Hope
   
     
Toby mastered a brand new live Arlo Guthrie album, which was recorded at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago in October of 2013. The two disc set is comprised of timeless songs and stories from his father, the late Woody Guthrie. It is sure to become a favorite of Guthrie fans worldwide.

As part of his recent Here Come the Kids tour, Arlo has been consistently selling out concerts all over the globe.


  Arlo Guthrie
  Arlo Guthrie
Mari Balck
  Multistyle violinist Mari Black came into the studio to master her debut album Flight. It features several diverse musical styles including jazz, tango, folk, western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. The tracks were recorded by Eric Kilburn at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA.

Mari is a musical tour de force with a strong academic background and dedication to scholarship of world music and music education. She presents frequent concerts and workshops at schools, conferences, music festivals, and universities around the world. We will anxiously be following her budding career.
Mari Black
     
Celtic folk duo Matt and Shannon Heaton came in to master a brand new album of original tunes entitled, Tell You in Earnest. These Irish "dialogue ballads" uniquely portray a musical conversation between two people, reflecting their own special relationship.

The duo has travelled as far as Thailand in their concert touring and their music reflects this same kind of wide diversity and appeal.
  Matt & Shannon
  Matt & Shannon Heaton
     
The Winter Tree   Andrew Laitrus came in several times to master a new project by his band The Winter Tree (formerly Magus) entitled Twilight of the Magicians. The new compositions by Laitres are inspired by the late Rudolf Steiner's writings about the lost continent of Atlantis and it's history.

In his review, Daniel Eggenberger of Progressive Rock Portal praises the album as "an absolute inside tip."
The Winter Tree
   
Following a strong line up of great New England acoustic musicians, Toby worked on a new record by singer/violinist Lissa Schneckenburger. Her new album Covers is just that, but with very unique arrangements of classic songs like "Don't Think Twice" or "Crimson And Clover."

On this new release Lissa shows off some amazing vocal interpretations in addition to being a "world class fiddler." (Sing Out)

 

Lissa Schneckenburger

   
Lissa Schneckenburger
    folk music
Peter Drake came in this past fall to master his follow up to Acoustica. The new album entitled MelloDrama takes the listener on a musical journey with influences from Britpop and rock, alternative, roots, and contemporary genres. Peter also claims some inspiration from the Thomas Cole painting of The Voyage Of Life for Samuel Ward.

Both releases are part of a future 4 CD musical set entitled The Voyage. Stay tuned - lots of great music ahead!

 

drakeeffect

   
drakeeffect
     
Mark Stepakoff   Mark Stepakoff came to NDR to master his new project, The Story Behind The Story, which highlights his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads. Six of the CD's twelve songs have already won awards from national songwriting contests, including 1st Place in The Great American Song Contest.

Mark
often headlines at several New England music venues, including Cambridge's legendary Club Passim.
Mark Stepakoff
   
   
Professor Louie came in to master several new projects, one by a notable new singer/songwiter RoseAnn Fino. RoseAnn has a knack for writing compelling and insightful songs with a new and refreshing convergence of roots rock & NY street smarts.

David Malachowski of the Daily Freeman writes, "She doesn't imitate anyone, trusts her instincts, writes hard and deep, and then surrounds herself with great musicians."

  RoseAnn Fino
   
RoseAnn Fino
     
Raymond Gonzalez
 
Composer / Guitarist Raymond Gonzalez (left) was in mastering his new album entitled One Bright Light. It's somewhat of a stylistic departure for Gonzalez, since it features the 6 string banjo on many of the 15 original compositions. He also gives several very strong vocal performances.

Dave Palmater of WUMB Radio Boston declares that Gonzalez is "one of America's finest guitarists and composers."
Raymond Gonzalez
   
     
Irish accordion master Michael Fitzpatrick worked with Toby on his new CD Trebling Tracks. It features all original tunes composed by Michael, with arrangements suited for for all dance levels: Jigs, Reels, Slip Jigs, and Hornpipes.

Michael travels often to his native Ireland to do master classes and concerts. His latest gambit is a spring 2014 trip to Russia, where he will promote the the Irish Step Dance tradition.

 
Katie Sachs
   
Katie Sachs
     


  Toby mastered a new album by ex-Monkee Peter Tork, entitled Step by Step.. The record includes 12 original songs and vocals by Tork alongside his bandmates, Shoe Suede Blues. Much of the album features the interesting blues style that Peter has fashioned over the years.
Peter Tork
   
jazz
Provincetown pianist Rob Scott was in to master a new project by his jazz combo Spiitual Emergence. Rob states that "this album is dedicated to the hope we make it through the bottleneck to a New Earth."

Other great featured musicians include Jason Palmer, Lee Fish, Godwin Louis, and Justin Purtill.
 
   
Rob Scott's Spritual Emergence
   
Aardvark
 
Band leader Mark Harvey was in working with Toby to master The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's latest release "Impressions," to be released by the British label Leo Records in spring 2014.

Every year the group presents a live Christmas Concert, at Emmanuel Church (left), which has become a regular Boston holiday tradition.
Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra