Tom is a 20 year veteran of the mastering/recording industry. His work is featured on critically acclaimed and top selling albums, and has been nominated for and won numerous awards and accolades over the years including Grammy and Juno Awards Nominations, Billboard Charting, Boston Music Awards, and Phoenix Music Awards. Tom has written and taught the curriculum for several college programs and courses in the New England area.
At the age of 15, Tom started teaching guitar at the local music store in Akron Ohio. Around that same time Tom started to experiment with analog multi-track recording in the basement of his parents' house and started his adventures and serious interest in audio production and recording.
Recorded music has to sound its very best on a professional sonic level. Nowadays, with the way music technology has changed, more and more recordings are being made and mixed in rooms that do not offer optimal acoustics, and therefore can sound tonally unbalanced.
Good sounding recordings and albums can be made in professional studios or semi-pro home studios. But to make those recordings sound great and to compete in today's market, there is no substitute for using an experienced professional mastering engineer to prepare the final product for replication, broadcasting, and distribution.
It is important with regard to the music's specific genre that the masters translate well when played on every playback system, and that the master's sound is tonally balanced, equalized, leveled, and sequenced with continuity in mind.
In mastering, it is very important that attention be paid to every detail.
Unsolicited testimonials from Tom's clients and music web sites:
“My single was played against Coldplay on the radio in the last few days. Not blowing smoke..but mine sounded way way clearer and not uber-compressed. It was mastered by Tom Waltz. Great ME.”
“Tom Waltz from Waltz Mastering is the eff bomb! Very professional, VERY reasonable rates, responds like a lightning on questions, grants requests (I rarely do that because I am a DJ/producer) and one of the best in the business. Tom, thanks for job...you have put a lot of quality in my track and I love it! Can't go wrong with Tom!”
“The guy gives you everything he's got, but he'll find a way to give you even more if you need it. Love how he is not happy with his work unless you are happy with it. First Class.”
“Just got the first cut back from Tom on a kind of...well.. retro pop project I'm doing and it's just wonderful. Though the material itself could have been written in the Sixties, I didn't want a faux Sixties sound, I wanted it fresh and up to date. Tom was really helpful and gave me several options. One of them especially hit the mark, though all sounded great. Can't recommend enough, this is really one of those rare situations where you apparently get way more than you pay for.”
“Before I forget, I would like to thank Tom Waltz for his mastering work on my mixes and bringing them to life. I gave him a bunch of songs that were in my archives and forgotten and Tom worked on various revisions like the Pro that he is and made something out of these songs.”
“What impressed me the most was his patience to work with me to get them sounding exactly like I wanted without ever complaining and promptly returning each revision until I was satisfied. So, thanks Tom for working on my songs and allowing me to realize my vision and seeing this project to the end even though it took longer than we both thought. It was well worth it for me...This is how you earn people's business and respect. Don't ever change that part of you brother.”
“Just gotta publicly thank Tom Waltz for doing a great job on my recent projects. He certainly makes me sound better than I really am!”
“I would like to express my happiness and amazement about the first outboard mastering for a new record company. The difference between the master and the pre-master is truly amazing. The end-result became 'more musical', 'liquified', 'emitting more goosebumbs'. I did not know that that was possible. It seems the quality has moved up a whole class! I do thank Tom Waltz craftsmanship and his kit for this!”
“I've engineered some projects from the Boston/New England area and for my money Waltz Mastering has always come through. I did some looking around when I first needed mastering and this mastering studios name kept coming up, I highly recommend him...”