Joe Lambert at Trutone
Photo: Robin Gentile Photography
Joe Lambert recently joined Trutone’s new New York City-based mastering complex, joining an already impressive roster of mastering engineers.
During his five-year tenure at NYC’s Classic Sound Studios, Lambert accrued a wide-ranging discography that includes artists such as KD Lang, Twisted Sister, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Airplane, The Fiery Furnaces, The Fugs, and Martha Reeves, as well as the cast recording of “Fiddler On The Roof!” “It’s hard to imagine a more diverse client base,” says Trutone co-founder Adrianna Rowatti. “We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to master any style of music, from rap to jazz and Latin, but Joe has really run the gamut. He approaches mastering as an exercise in listening, not just to the music, but also to the artist and producer. He can read a client’s artistic goals and improve the sound and structure of every project, no matter how raw or polished.”
Lambert brought in a Pro Tools HD to address the multiplicity of file formats and to compliment his primary Sonic Solutions High Density Mastering system. The studio was already outfitted with Ampex ATR-102 and Studer A-80 tape decks, with dual quarter and half-inch head stacks. Trutone technology was further augmented with the addition of Prism Dream AD-2 and a pair of new Lavry M.DA 824 converters for monitoring.
Trutone’s in-house tech guru Carlos Cordero performed extensive modifications on their vintage Neumann SP-78 Mastering console to facilitate the addition of the Manley Stereo Variable MU compressor - mastering version; Manley Massive Passive, and a “fantastic-sounding” Weiss EQ1 MK 2 digital EQ. “I was really happy to find a Sontec EQ here,” Lambert says, “it’s an irreplaceable tool. That, coupled with Pultec EQH-2 tube EQ’s epitomize the best combination of the high-tech and vintage gear. This studio represents my fantasy mastering room.”
Trutone co-principal and mastering wizard Carl Rowatti, points to the seismic shifts in NY’s recording studio scene coupled with a marked increase in new projects as catalysts for bringing Lambert on board. “With the closing of a number of long-established studios we’ve begun to see a substantial surge in our business,” he says. “We needed a high-caliber mastering engineer, and Joe’s decision to move here was extremely timely. I was also pleased to find him genuinely interested in adding analog disk cutting to his roster of client services. This Trutone specialty represents a substantial portion of our overall business. “We’re very glad to have him on our team.
“The demand for vinyl is growing broader than we ever anticipated. We’re constantly on call by Def Jam, Island Records, Caroline and many top Latin artists and dance club DJ’s. In fact, we just purchased three additional lathes from the Hit Factory. The closing of that legendary studio has also provided us with another top engineer,” Rowatti concludes. “Tippy Tarochione (pronounced tar-g-on-e).” In his nearly seven years at The Hit Factory, he’s engineered for such artists as: Usher, Pink, Ludacris, Amerie and Glenn Lewis. He’s bright and talented, and he really rounds out the Trutone family.”
Trutone Mastering is located at 321 West 44th Street, in the former home of the historic Record Plant studios. Visit www.trutone.com for more information.