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Merrimack Valley Magazine recently interviewed/profiled Adam for their January 2014 issue. Check it out here.

 

Portland's NBC affiliate WCSH-6 ran a great interview with Adam on their nightly show "207". Check it out here.

 

The Portland Press Herald recently shot a Kimball & Keyser video profile with Adam and posted it on their website:

 

Adam was recently interviewed by the University of Southern Maine's "The Free Press" about his mastering career, as well as Topics in Music Technology, the class he has taught at USM's School Of Music for 13 years to date. Check it out here:

USM Gets a Grammy Grade Education

 

Less Noise More Soul

 

Adam contributed an essay to the newly released Hal Leonard publication "Less Noise More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music". Edited by David Flitner.

 

 

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Adam is featured on iZotope's website for their "Stories From A Pro" series.

 

 

Adam was interviewed for/included in a 30 second TV spot for the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (his alma mater!). Included is Adam's bio at UML's website.

 

Adam gets a Profile on the UMass Lowell website!

 

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery's debut album "Clear As Day" hit #1 on the Billboard 200! Adam mastered "Clear As Day" this summer at Gateway!

 

Adam was interviewed for a feature in Mix Magazine's May 2011 issue. The theme was collaboration, and the title of the article (The Age of the "6 Word Email") is in part derived from a quote of Adam's!

 

Merging Technologies (the maker of the Pyramix DAW, Gateway's DAW of choice), recently quoted Adam on their website. Merging posted a news story on their home page, quoting recent Grammy Award winning Pyramix users.

 

UMass Lowell recently published an online story about Adam, and his fellow alumni Mark Donahue. The story focuses on Adam's Grammy Award wins, as well as his experience as a Sound Recording Technology student at UMass Lowell.

 

Gateway Mastering recently adopted the Sonoris DDP Player (aka the 'Gateway Player') as it's downloadable CD reference burning software of choice.

Adam was recently quoted on Sonoris' website explaining why the Sonoris Gateway Player is Gateway's downloadable CD burning software of choice.

 

Adam recently remastered Pearl Jam's "Vs" and "Vitalogy", both of which will be released on March 29th, 2011. Amazon.com's "Product Description" of "Vs" makes mention of Adam's remastering!

 

Adam was recently profiled in Maine the Magazine's November/December issue. Here's a photo of Adam from the article:

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Adam has won another Latin Grammy, this time in the category of Album del Ano/Album of the Year as part of the production team (mastering engineer, of course!) on Juan Luis Guerra's latest release "A Son de Guerra"!

Juan Luis won a total of 3 Latin Grammys for "A Son de Guerra", in the categories of: "Album del Ano", "Best Contemporary Tropical Album", as well as "Best Tropical Song" for the album's first single "Bachata en Fukuoka".

Congratulations to Juan Luis and all of the musicians and engineers involved in the making of "A Son de Guerra"!!

 

Adam is nominated for a Latin Grammy! The nominees for the 11th annual Latin Grammys were announced, and Adam Ayan was nominated for his work with Juan Luis Guerra! The nomination is in the Album of the Year/Album del Ano category, for Juan Luis Guerra's latest release "ASonDeGuerra". Adam was the mastering engineer on "ASonDeGuerra", which earns him this nomination as part of the production team.

Adam won 2 Latin Grammys in 2007 for mastering Juan Luis Guerra's last album "La Llave De Mi Corazon". That year Juan Luis won a total of 6 Latin Grammys and 1 Grammy Award for "La Llave De Mi Corazon"!!

Juan Luis is also nominated in 3 other categories this year: "Best Contemporary Tropical Album", "Best Tropical Song" (for the album's first single "Bachata En Fukuoka"), and "Best Short Form Music Video" (also for the album's first single "Bachata En Fukuoka").

Tito El Bambino, also a client of Adam's, is nominated as well in the "Best Tropical Song" category for his single "Ti Pido Perdon".

 

Local alt weekly The Portland Phoenix (part of the legendary Boston Phoenix), recently named Adam Ayan among "Portland's Most Influential". Apart from being an extremely busy mastering engineer; working with the music industry's biggest artists and earning Grammy Awards and TEC Awards; Adam is also an active member of his community.

Adam has served on several task forces and committees for the City of Portland, including most recently City Hall's "Creative Economy Steering Committee", which among other things has helped the City Of Portland found a new non-profit called the Portland Creative Corporation, whose mission is to help promote and support Portland's creative economy. Known in the community as a supporter and activist for the Portland music scene, Adam also founded the Portland Music Foundation in 2006. The PMF is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to help support, organize, connect, and nurture Portland's thriving music community. Adam served as the PMF's de-facto leader and Board President for it's first 2 and a half years of existence, and now serves as an active member of the PMF's Board of Directors.

Adam is also part time faculty at the University of Southern Maine's School of Music, teaching a digital audio course called "Topics In Music Technology" for the past 8 years. His involvement with USM's School of Music helps bridge the gap between academic world at USM, the professional music world, and Portland, ME's music community.

 

Adam Ayan masters Carrie Underwood's #1 debuting album "Play On", and Steven Curtis Chapman's #1 album "Beauty Will Rise"!. Carrie Underwood's new release "Play On" debuted this week (November 12, 2009) at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 318,000 copies. "Play On" also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, and "Cowboy Casanova", the first single from "Play On" also reached #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart! In the same week, Steven Curtis Chapman's latest release "Beauty Will Rise" debuted @ #1 on the Billboard Christian album charts! Adam Ayan mastered "Beauty Will Rise", produced by Brent Milligan and Steven Curtis Chapman.

 

Luis Fonsi wins a Latin Grammy Award for "Song Of The Year"! Luis Fonsi won a Latin Grammy in the prestigious "Song Of The Year" category this week at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. Luis won for his hit single ""Aqui Estoy Yo", and shares the award with co-songwriteres Claudi Brant & Gen Rubin. Adam Ayan mastered ""Aqui Estoy Yo", as well as Luis Fonsi's latest album "Palabras del Silencio", mixed by Sebastian Krys.

 

Adam has won his first TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award! The award is for "Outstanding Creative Achievement" in the category of "Surround Sound Production" for his mastering work on the Foo Fighters DVD/Blu-Ray release "Live At Wembley Stadium". The 25th Annual TEC Award winners were announced Saturday October 10, 2009 in NYC.

 

The 10th Annual Latin Grammy Award nominations have been announced! Recent projects for the artists Luis Fonsi and Tito "El Bambino" (mastered by Adam Ayan!) have received 2 Latin Grammy nominations each! Luis Fonsi is nominated in both the prestigious "Cancion Del Ano" (Song Of The Year) and "Grabacione Del Ano" (Record Of The Year) categories for his hit single "Aqui Esto Yo", from the album "Palabras Del Silencio". Tito "El Bambino" is nominated in the category of "Mejor Album de Musica Urbana" (Best Urban Music Album) for his latest album "El Patron"; as well as in the category of "Mejor Cancion Tropical" (Best Tropical Song) for the song "El Amor", the first single off the album "El Patron".

The Latin Grammy Awards will be held in Las Vegas on November 5th, 2009. Best of luck to the nominees!

 

Adam is nominated for a TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award! The nomination is for "Outstanding Creative Achievement" in the category of "Surround Sound Production" for his mastering work on the Foo Fighters DVD/Blu-Ray release "Live At Wembley Stadium". The 25th Annual TEC Awards are scheduled for Saturday October 10, 2009 in NYC.

 

Adam was quoted in the EQ Magazine, April 2009 column "Roundup: Mastering Tools - The Masters on Mastering". Adam discusses his favorite mastering tools, his Pyramix workstation, and SPL DMC analog console. Also, check out Adam's SPL user story.

 

Adam was quoted in the Sound Stage A/V, December 2007 article "His Master's Voice". Adam chimes in on the art of mixing and mastering.

 

Adam was quoted in the Mix Magazine, December 2007 article "Critical Listening". Adam and several other mastering engineers discuss the art of critical listening as it pertains to mastering.

 

Adam wrote an article published in Mix Magazine, December 2006, on behalf of the NARAS P&E Wing. The article is titled "Notes from the P&E Wing: Labeling Your Masters, More is Better", and focuses on the need to properly label your mixes and source masters...fun!

 

Adam was mentioned in a press release for the band Rush, announcing the remasters of 4 of their Atlantic Records releases. Adam of course did the remastering, and was honored to be included in their press release! It was originally published at Rush.com, as well as several other music related publications.

 

As part-time faculty member at the University of Southern Maine's School Of Music, Adam has had the pleasure of teaching the basics of audio and recording to the eager students of his "Topics in Music Technology" class. USM's website ran a feature on Adam in July 2008 entitled "Master of Possibilities" , and the USM newspaper the Free Press, also ran an article called "Grammy-Winner and Community Activist is Music Technology Prof" in March 2008. Adam has now taught "Topics In Music Technology" for 8 years, and hopes he has not drove his students too crazy...

 

Adam's alma-mater, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, issued a press release in February 2008 called "Two Alums Up for Grammys at the Weekend's Awards Ceremony", announcing Adam's recent Grammy nomination, as well as the nomination of fellow alum Mark Donahue. The press release then followed by a news story in the Lowell Sun, "Alumni Get Shot at Grammy Glory" and a feature in the Umass Lowell Magazine.

 

Adam was featured in a TC Electronics 'user story', titled "System 6000: Working With an Icon".

 

For more press articles, please visit Adam's page at Gateway Mastering's website.