Holiday Greetings from Battery Studios!
Battery Studios is Sony Music Entertainment's New York City based music production facility.
Battery Studios is Sony Music Entertainment’s New York City based music production facility. Located in the former home of the legendary Record Plant Recording Studios, Battery is part of a century long tradition of elite New York music production facilities, and combines the old with the new by specializing in re-mastering, mastering and audio restoration and digitization. Serving not just the diverse needs of Sony Music's current artists and extensive catalog, but also the needs of the music community as a whole. Battery Studios houses the technology to playback almost all existing audio formats and is capable of stereo and surround mastering, transferring, various types of editing and file verification. With a focus on remaining on the forefront of technology, and providing audio of the highest quality, our skilled and experienced engineering and technical staff continues to push the limits of industry standards to create a superior product.
Holiday Greetings from Battery Studios!
Congratulations to Mark Wilder for winning his 5th Grammy for Best Historical Album: Bob Dylan and the Band and for mastering 4 additional winning albums: John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap & Christian McBride and 2 nominees: The King and I and the Gil Evans Project. It was a good year!
Congratulations to Mark Wilder on his 4th Grammy Win: Best Historical Album - Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex & Columbia Albums!
Congratulations to the following Grammy Nominees. All albums mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios!
Bill Withers, Gregory Porter, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLoran Salvant, The New Gary Burton Quartet, and the Christian McBride Trio!
Mark Wilder working on Graham Parker's Another Grey Area
Take a look at Vic Anesini talking about remastering Waylon Jennings - Good Hearted Woman - http://youtu.be/_udPy2KuXwM
We spent some time at Battery Recording Studios with Grammy Award-winning engineer Vic Anesini! Vic has mastered numerous Grammy Winning/Nominated artists. I...
Sean Brennan - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/sean-brennan.shtml
Sean's career in the entertainment industry began with an all-encompassing love of music, which he firmly developed performing as a disc jockey. Already playing to the crowded club scene at 17 years old, Sean became a regular in venues in and around Europe while working in the promotional field for underground British record labels. By the age of 22 he returned to the United States to work with Grammy Award winning producers and remixers, Deep Dish.
Longing to play his own, original music, Sean focused on collecting synthesizers and teaching himself the art of electronic music production. Studying at The Omega Studios School Of Recording Arts in Washington DC further solidified his research into the field of audio recording. Shortly after graduating from Omega, Sean was hired by Battery Studios in New York as a general assistant where he has worked on projects for Iggy & The Stooges, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Gavin DeGraw, Boys II Men, T-Pain and countless other Pop, Hip Hop and R&B artists.
Additionally, Sean works as a freelance engineer and for the boutique vinyl distributor Downtown 161, a leader in American dance music for almost two decades. In his free time, Sean produces and remixes with New York underground music icon, Salvatore Principato, of the seminal 80's band Liquid Liquid and has developed a discography that includes remixes for cult Italo-disco legend Black Devil Disco Club and Japanese experimental trio Nisennenmondai, among many others.
Maria Triana - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/maria-triana.shtml
Maria’s inclination towards music began early. At the age of 5, she started playing violin and by 15, she had already joined the music program of one of the most prestigious universities of Bogota, Colombia. She moved to Boston and graduated from Berklee College Of Music with a dual degree in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. After graduation, she re-located to New York City and started working at Sony Music Studios. As an Assistant Engineer in the mastering department, she had the opportunity to assist, follow and hone her skills by working along some of the best engineers in the business.
Now a Mastering Engineer at Battery Studios, Maria continues to work along side Senior Mastering Engineers Mark Wilder and Vic Anesini. She is equally versed in the analog and digital domains and brings a unique musical sensibility to her work, coupled with a keen ear for detail. Some of her current and past credits include:
Releases and reissues by Bob Dylan
Vic Anesini - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/vic-anesini.shtml
Vic joined Sony during the exponential growth of the compact disc. This gave him the opportunity to apply his talent to the reissue of hundreds of catalogue albums and newer box sets; a truly invaluable experience that has made Vic one of the premier catalogue mastering engineers in the world. This recognition has led to him mastering many current artists and vastly broadened his expertise. Vic's current single/album mastering credits include:
The Derek Trucks Band
Vic has mastered numerous Grammy Winning/Nominated artists. In 2006, he was nominated in the Best Historical Category for mastering the Johnny Cash box set “The Legend”. Vic has served as member of the Board of Governors for the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy® (NARAS).
Tim Sturges - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/tim-sturges.shtml
Tim began his career as General Assistant at Battery Studios, however his informal experience and passion for recording extends back to his days as a student at Middlebury College, working and learning the art of recording with his friends in dorm rooms, stair wells and elsewhere around campus. After graduating in 2003, Tim supplemented his self-taught engineering knowledge with formal instruction at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. It was not until joining Battery Studios in 2005 that Tim was able to truly immerse himself in the experience of working and mixing in a world-class facility. Benefitting from the exposure to some of the recording industry's finest engineers and equipment, Tim's experience at Battery also helped him to develop his skills as an engineer.
He was fortunate to work with artists such as:
...And producers such as:
At Battery Studios current mastering facility, Tim developed a new appreciation for audio engineering by learning how to accurately reproduce, capture, and process historic recordings for re-mastering and re-release. His experience with a wide array of recording formats, combined with his aptitude with industry-standard mastering software such as Magix Sequoia and Steinberg Wavelab, has earned him the attention of reissue producers who desire the highest quality reproduction. He has worked on reissue projects for notable artists such as Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Luther Vandross, and many more.
Tim continues to look forward to meeting the challenges of the evolving recording industry by continuing to serve his clients with his attention to detail, and dedication to excellence in professional audio mastering.
Matt Cavaluzzo - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/matt-cavaluzzo.shtml
Matt Cavaluzzo is a senior engineer at Battery Studios and has worked for Sony Music Entertainment since 1990. He was instrumental in establishing the company’s digital archive program, the first of its kind in the music industry, and has held the position of Archival Audio Engineer since the program’s inception in 1994. Matt’s transfers for the program and subsequent use in projects has earned him five Grammy nominations:
Soundtrack for a Century
Lady Day The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia
Charlie Christian: Genius Of The Electric Guitar
The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Woody Herman and his Orchestra
The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions 1936-1940
...And one Grammy win:
Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia
Matt is experienced in techniques for transferring and preservation of a wide range of audio media from early disc/metal master recordings on through the analog and digital tape eras to present day digital audio. Matt’s studio encompasses a vast array of equipment including Studer 820 ¼”analog tape deck (mono, stereo, and quarter track capable), Studer 820 ½” analog tape deck, Studer 807 ½” 3 track deck, Studer 807 ½” 4 track deck, Studer 827 1” 8 track deck, Studer 827 2” 16/24 track deck, Sound Stream digital tape system, Mitsubishi and Sony dash decks, Rockport Technologies turntable, BE broadcast turntable modified for playing metal disc masters (both positives and negatives), Sequoia DAW, Pro-Tools DAW.
Mark Wilder - http://www.batterystudios.com/engineers/mark-wilder.shtml
A career spanning more than thirty years, Mark started his journey at Vanguard Records as a staff engineer. Although some of the sessions during this period were done in early, cutting edge digital platforms, much of his work at Vanguard was in the analog domain, whether it was recording, mixing or editing. Working with a wide assortment of artists, engineers and producers, afforded Mark a deep foundation in recording as well as mixing.
At the dawn of the Compact Disc era, Mark moved to Polygram Records, a co-developer of this new technology. The growth of the music industry, due to this innovation, required Mark to develop a very different skill set than what he had acquired at Vanguard. Since there were no recording studios at Polygram, Mark began to hone his skills in digital editing and mastering, tape restoration and transfers.
With a tip from a friend, Mark applied for his dream job at Columbia Recording Studios. Since accepting the position, Mark has spent the last 24 years as a Senior Engineer at Sony Music. At times a “jack of all trades”, splitting his time between the studio and mastering, Mark turned his attention strictly toward mastering in the mid 90’s. This focus helped garner him 7 nominations and 3 Grammy’s as well as a Spanish Oscar for his work on “Calle 54”. Not only can his work be found on Compact Discs, but Mark has also mastered music for DVD, Broadcast and Cinema.
Some of his most recent projects include:
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