mastering by tom eaton for ambient, electronic, new age, and instrumental acoustic music

For 5 years running the ZMR Album of the Year Winner has been mastered by Tom

Masako/2020, FLOW/2019 & 2017, Jeff Oster/2018 and Erik Scott/2016

Masako and FLOW were produced by Will Ackerman and Tom and recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont
Jeff Oster’s Reach was produced by Ruslan Sirota and recorded in LA
Erik Scott’s In The Company Of Clouds was produced by Erik and recorded in CA

Tom has been mastering professionally since 2001 and has been handling the mastering for Imaginary Road Studios projects since 2012. His mastering work includes multiple ZMR Award winning albums, more than 50 top ten ZMR charting albums, the last five “Album of the Year” winners, and the Grammy nominated “Brothers” album.

Tom’s new mastering room at Sounds & Substance (above) is on-line and out-performing expectations. The main Dynaudio M2/ABES system has never sounded better…with a minimal monitoring signal path consisting of a Crane Song Avocet Quantum DA converter feeding a class A SPL crossover which splits to the HotHouse amp for the tops and to the self-powered subs. All the speakers in the room are Andy Munro designs.

The consistent success of Tom’s masters is a result of ears, tools, and years of experience making albums that welcome the listener into the story of the music.

Recent mastering work includes new albums by Spencer Brewer, Will Ackerman, David Wahler, Randal Meek, Vin Downes, UMA, Kristen Miller, Michelle Qureshi, Angelo Rapan, Ann Sweeten, Fiona Joy Hawkins, Michael Whalen, 2002, Masako, Chris Haugen and Bernward Koch.

For more information about the process, please visit Mastering 101.

“I have worked with some of the best recording and mastering engineers in the world in the last 30 years. The thing that separates one from another isn’t MORE knowledge or access to the shiniest equipment – – it is commitment. Tom Eaton is a great engineer by any measure. However, it is his commitment to making every single project he touches excellent that puts him at the top of the list for me. His loving and passionate work on my recording “Kiss The Quiet” was wonderful and he gave me important creative feedback that improved the final product enormously. I am so happy to call Tom a friend but I am truly grateful to be able to collaborate with the rarest of artisans.”

Michael Whalen, Emmy® Award-winning composer, music supervisor and internationally known recording artist.

“I’m thrilled with what you did with my music! Absolutely outstanding! I couldn’t be more pleased! I feel that you really connected with my aesthetic on this, highlighting the subtleties and correcting what I wasn’t able to achieve on my end. On my 1st listen, with pen in hand for corrections/modifications, etc…. and when the album ended not a word written… enough said…”

David Wahler, Award Winning Musician & Composer

Insight and vision? Definitely.
The ability to hear the album as complete? Absolutely.
Impeccable ears? Without a doubt.
Deep skill in the use of today’s amazing studio tools? Mandatory.

“Tom Eaton has all of that, and so very much more. If you want someone to put that sweet deep finish over your hard fought music, to cast it in amber for the ages, he is the MASTER.

That IS why they call it mastering, right???”

Jeff Oster, GRAMMY NOMINEE, Multiple winner ZMR Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Instrumental and Chill/Groove Albums 2X Winner, Independent Music Award (Best New Age Song), member of FLOW

“I’ve been part of released recorded music for 50 years, and certain things have seeped in over this time, one of which is the importance of quality mastering.

Mastering is the last chance to armor your creation, to assure the sonics of your music will sound as great as possible across the widest array of playback systems, including broadcast. A mastering engineer with elite trained ears, taste, and state of the art technology is a necessity. In my experience, Tom Eaton deserves the label…Mastering Engineer.

Tom mastered my last record, and he’s booked to master my new one…so I’m good.”

Eric Scott, bassist and producer for Alice Cooper, Flo & Eddie, Pops Staples, and Sonia Dada. Erik Scott is an independent producer and composer who has released four Award-Winning albums in the past decade, among them the ZMR 2017 Album of the Year

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