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The March 2014 issue of Mix features Joe Palmaccio
discussing mastering and its community

 Please click HERE to read the MIX article

The April 12 2014 Billboard Country Album Chart has
"Out Among The Stars" as #1.  Mastered here:

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Out Among the Stars
In 1980, Columbia Records paired Johnny Cash with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a new sound for Johnny.  These never released recordings from those sessions feature a young Marty Stuart on guitar and fiddle, plus duet partners Waylon Jennings and June Carter Cash.
These forgotten tracks were discovered in 2012 and were completed in 2013 by Johnny and June's Son John Carter Cash.  Legacy/Sony has scheduled the release of this entirely new album for March 25, 2014.


Check out this feature article in the June 2013 ProSoundNews

Please click HERE to read the full article in the online edition
GO TO PAGES 24 and 32


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Check out what you missed with our April 2013 and June 2013 editions...see who's been in the studio, where you can catch PapaJoe drumming, and much more!


Joe Palmaccio on "Music Business Radio"

Joe joined author and music market expert David Hooper on Jan 22, 2013, at Nashville's Lightning 100 studios (WLRT), to record an hour long episode focusing on Joe's career and his current thoughts on mastering.  "Music Business Radio" is a music industry talk radio show for everyone in or interested in the music business, including songwriters, musicians, music executives, promoters, and managers.
  Joe's air dates were March 24 and March 25 2013. 

You may hear or download the entire interview by
clicking here

Find out more about Lightning 100 here.  Connect with the Music Business Radio blog here and see David's notes from the interview.  You may also subscribe to the podcast here.

The Motor Tom rolls into our station

Producer/musician Gregory Lattimer with NOW Records just completed some tracks for NYC's The Motor Tom at The Place.  The New York Deli blog describes them as, "for people who: take the subway; played videogames in the 90s; don't get The Lumineers; like underpants."  Our Alex is only 2 for 4 on that, but still totally digs them.  Check out their sound!



Mastering Panel at  SXSW!  March 15 2013  2-3pm

Modern Mastering Matters


Artists have myriad questions when it comes to mastering their music. In spite of an overabundance of information, many find myths, half-truths, contradictions and misleading statements when researching the topic. From the mundane, “What is mastering?” to the abstruse “What’s an ISRC?” Engineers and artists share common ground in how they brand and capitalize their respective businesses and careers. This understanding is often at the core of a creative relationship. A grounded discussion on the technical and creative possibilities will address what to expect from mastering today.

Questions Answered

  1. Have changes in music consumption diminished the importance of music mastering?
  2. How are the quality and cost of mastering valued through the lens of music as a commodity?
  3. How does an artist effectively use mastering to prepare deliverables to a variety of distribution protocols?
  4. What are the advantages of combining analog and digital processing tools to realize the artistic and musical vision of a modern recording?
  5. Is music mastering mysterious wizardry or something else entirely?


Joe Palmaccio, Gavin Lurssen, Michael Romanowski, Andrew Mendelson


We just love this love...

Thanks to client Dougie Crosbie in Scotland for sending us this press clipping from The Sunday Post.  We love the compliment that Joe is "one of the industry's biggest hitters" and, yes, we are pleased to add Dougie to our "impressive list" of clients.  Go Dougie!


New for 2013:  More pricing option$

As we increase our involvement in the indie music scene, we see that many of you out there would appreciate an even easier, faster and less expensive mastering option.  So, voila!  We are rolling out the "Easy Does It" plan.  It offers Joe's full mastering talent, equipment, and attention, but in a single budget friendly step.  Check it out on our Pricing page!

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If you are lucky enough to be in Anaheim Thursday Jan 24, stop by to hear Joe Palmaccio on the "Mysteries of Mastering in an Expanding World of Formats" panel at 4:30.  Also appearing on the panel are Gavin Lurssen, Andrew Mendelson, and Michael Romanowski.  Bring your questions!
For a full schedule of H.O.T. Zone activities click HERE. 
Also, keep your eyes peeled, because Joe will be walking the floor Thursday and Friday.  Say hi!


Released September 18 2012 

Can you believe it has been a quarter century since Michael Jackson's first solo world tour?  To celebrate BAD's 25th anniversary, Legacy has released a collector's package of newly mastered material from that historic tour. Joe Palmaccio mastered the CD of the Wembley Stadium performance
of July 16,1988 which has the distinction of being Michael Jackson's first ever released live CD.


Follow us and what's cool in the music biz on our NEW Twitter site!



The Pros at the Chiisaicon

The Eric Stuart Band
took the stage at Kentucky's Chiisaicon July 8 2012 for an "unplugged" set.  Featured are guitarist Dave Franey, the man himself Eric Stuart, and our Joe Palmaccio.  Eric is known in the animation world for his lead voice work in Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh!  Should you attend an anime con, be sure to look for this band playing Eric's original music.  You may also contact us to see about booking the ESB for your event.  Eric's music is available on iTunes.

Arctic Cool

Kjetil Linnes,
with Cinematic World Records, released his latest album May 30 2012.  As if being from the Arctic Circle isn't enough to make you cool, he is also the bass player with The Norwegian Beatles.  You can hear the Fab Four's influence with his catchy romantic tunes, but the voice is all his.  The album is available on iTunes.

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for the RAYMOND MYLES movie project
ends March 22 2012!
Join Joe Palmaccio and The Place...For Mastering in supporting this worthy project.
Please visit Kickstarter for more information.

MTSU Students Welcome Joe 

Joe Palmaccio was a guest lecturer at an MTSU AES Student Society event in Murfreesboro TN on February 16 2012.  It was his extreme pleasure to share his experience and actively interact with the 60 dedicated students who attended.  Joe is grateful for every opportunity he has to educate and inspire the next generation of audio production professionals.



New CD Reviews Audiophilereview.com
By Steven Stone | January 13, 2012 6:06 AM

Title: Jeff Black - Plow Through The Mystic

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, roots, Americana

Description: With his rich baritone voice, and superlative songwriting chops, Jeff Black ranks among the elite of contemporary singer/songwriters. Backed by the likes of Sam Bush on mandolin and Jerry Douglas on resonator and lap steel, Black handles all the guitar parts as well as piano, banjo, bass, and percussion. The overall sonics here are worthy of the talent in front of the mics. With a big acoustic bass, lots of acoustic percussion, and a near-perfect mix of immediacy and "natural" ambience, if this album doesn't sound good on your system, something in your stereo is broken.

Rating (0- 10): Overall 9, Sonically 9  (mastered by Joe Palmaccio at The Place...For Mastering)

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Lost for 50 years, these newly discovered concerts, featuring an hour and 45 minutes of performances, were filmed at the 1961 Antibes Jazz Festival in France and show Ray Charles in his prime period with the original Raeletts and his most legendary band (including David "Fathead" Newman and Hank Crawford.) These first concerts he ever gave in Europe, opened the door for Ray Charles to become one of the most revered international stars America has ever produced. The original 16mm films have been newly transferred and digitally restored and remastered, capturing Ray Charles at the peak of his powers, the very essence of "genius". This film was produced by the GRAMMY-nominated filmmakers at Reelin' In The Years Productions.
Joe Palmaccio attended the film's Oct 20 2011 Hollywood premier as a special guest.  Here he is pictured with Reelin' in the Years Director David Peck on the left and Producer/Art Director Tom Gulotta to the right.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Reelin’ In The Years Productions are proud to announce the
October 25 2011 worldwide release of
Ray Charles - Live In France 1961 on DVD.

The newly discovered concerts, featuring an hour and 45 minutes
of performances, were filmed at the 1961 Antibes Jazz Festival in
France and show Ray Charles in his prime period with the original Raeletts
and his most legendary band (including David “Fathead” Newman and Hank Crawford.)
These concerts, Ray’s first-ever performances in
Europe, helped him become one of America’s most beloved international stars.
Issued with the full cooperation of the Ray Charles Estate, the
concerts have been newly transferred from the original 16mm films and
have been digitally restored and remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio.

Please click here to see the phenomenal trailer!


For those about to rock...

The Place...For Mastering had the supreme pleasure to master the induction ceremony collection for the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame iTunes store
The collection is a true who's who of rock royalty including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Green Day, Jackson Browne, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, James Brown, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, and dozens more.

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"Hank Williams: The Legend Begins"  released Sept 13 2011

Time Life announces the release today of newly discovered and meticulously restored recordings of young Hank.  The first songs will take you back to 1938 and 1940 when Hank was a teenager doing home recordings which have never been heard before.  From 1949 is a collection of songs from his "Health and Happiness" radio shows.  All have been meticulously restored and mastered by Joe Palmaccio.  The 3 CD set may be purchased at Amazon.com as well as retail outlets.



Joe Palmaccio chairs AES NYC 2011 Mastering Panel

Joe will chair the stellar workshop "Mastering in an Ever Expanding Universe"
at the Audio Engineering Society convention
on Saturday October 22 at 2pm
at the Javits Center, New York City

Panelists scheduled to appear are:
Adam Ayan (Gateway Mastering), Dave Kutch (The Mastering Palace), Garvin Lurssen (Lurssen Mastering), Andrew Mendelson (Georgetown Masters), Michael Romanowski (Romanowski Mastering), and Mark Wilder (Battery Studios).
The workshop will look at how mastering continues to evolve in both form and function.  Technique, technology, best business practices, and aesthetics will be discussed in an open forum style.  Attendees will be able to participate and interact with the panelists.  Audio samples and visual aids will accompany the workshop. 

Please visit AES.org for more information.

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Joe Palmaccio successfully completed the 2010-2011 Class of Leadership Music in Nashville.  Each candidate chosen to participate in the Leadership Music Program is considered an established leader and the top candidate in their given profession.  Candidates come from very diverse professional and personal backgrounds in both the creative and business segments of the industry, as well as a community partners from the non-profit, business, educational or legislative communities.  The nine-month program is a big time commitment, for the first and last meetings are weekend retreats, and between are six monthly meetings which average 12 hours each.  Joe is honored that he was selected to serve as co-chair with Jeff Balding and David Hamilton to organize the next class' Studio Day.


Starlifter takes off

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America's variety show group, Starlifter, mastered its album "Many The Miles" with The Place...For Mastering in May 2011.  Starlifter, its inspirational name taken from the C-141 transport jet, is a component of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, which is the musical ambassador of the Air Mobility Command. 
In any given year, the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America and its component units perform more than 400 engagements for over one million people.  Its present home is Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

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In the Swing

Friday May 27 2011 was the studio day for the Nashville Engineers Relief Fund golf outing.  The Place...For Mastering sponsored a team which, miraculously, won trophies for its outstanding play.  Joe wishes to thank Jon Michael Brady of Drum Paradise, engineer Ronnie Thomas, and drummer Doug Meech for playing with him on the team.

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Joe drums up charity dollars

When Joe isn't living the dream of world class mastering, he's living the dream of live drumming.  Every Wednesday in March, he is playing with Eric Stuart at The Basement to raise money for Happy Tales, a local no kill animal shelter.  Please come by to support this great cause and hear some great original music. 
Note to anime fans:  Yes! this is the same Eric Stuart who voiced James in the Pokemon series.


Joe Palmaccio will be a panelist at two workshops at this year's Audio Engineering Society convention in San Francisco:

W8 - Mastering: Art, Perception, Technologies–1

Friday, November 5, 11:15 am — 12:45 pm

This is a continuation of the Mastering panel from AES 2009 in New York. We will discuss the state of Mastering in 2010. Mastering engineers use technology to achieve the desired results.

But what gets little or no discussion is the perceptions and approaches that cause the engineer to make those choices. In this two part series, we want to talk about the art of perception and technology as it pertains to the Mastering industry in 2010 and the future. This particular discussion will focus on mastering technologies and the stateof mastering today and looking forward.

W16 - Mastering: Art, Perception, and Technologies–2

Saturday, November 6, 4:45 pm — 6:15 pm

This is a continuation of the Mastering panel from AES 2009 in New York. We will discuss the state of Mastering in 2010 by Mastering Engineers. Mastering engineers use technology to achieve the desired results.

But what gets little or no discussion is the perceptions and approaches that cause the engineer to make those choices. In this two part series, we want to talk about the art of perception and technology as it pertains to the Mastering industry in 2010, and the future. In this session, we will talk about perception and the art form of mastering, and how decisions are made based on our approaches and perception in the mastering environment.

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Star Gazing

The Oct 28 2010 issue of Rolling Stone magazine reviewed "The Complete Mother's Best Recording...Plus!" which contains vintage recordings meticulously restored and mastered at The Place...For Mastering.  We very much appreciate the many stars.


NOW SEPTEMBER 13 and 14 2010
due to Nashville flooding

Mix Nashville 2010

Be sure to check out this great event and look for Joe as a panelist:

"The Power of Collaboration"  September 13 at 11am
Learn how to take your production skills to the next level through a collaboration of audio applications, engineers, arrangers, musicians, studios and your laptop.
Moderator: Russ Long
Joe Palmaccio, multi-Grammy-winning mastering engineer, The Place...for Mastering
Gary Burnette, guitarist/producer/engineer

Neilson Hubbard, musician/producer

Chris Mara, indie rock producer

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Quick...what is the northernmost city in the world?  Moscow? Stockholm? Not even close.
Alta, Norway is the human top of the world and is home to the electronica team Power to the Robots.
We recently completed mastering their project and wish to congratulate them on winning a music contest that made the EP possible.
  Kjell Rune Myrland at Lydarkitekten Studio engineered the album and all mastering was done remotely through our dedicated dropbox.


GOLF FUNdraiser  
2010 Golf Outing
The Audio Masters Benefit Golf Tournament was held May 27 and 28 at Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville.  Joe Palmaccio (second from right) sponsored The Place...For Mastering team.  His ace players included fellow mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, drummer Doug Meech, and Drum Paradise owner Harry McCarthy.
For more than a decade, the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund has given assistance to audio professionals in times of crisis, whether the cause is illness, injury, fire or now, flood.  NERF assistance is focused on providing immediate relief for essential living expenses such as
food and shelter.  The annual Audio Masters event is the primary funding vehicle for NERF.



The AES Nashville Section and Mike Curb College of Entertainment Music
Business, in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society, Inc., are
The Nashville Recording Workshop and Expo

March 5 - 6 , 2010, at The Curb Event Center at Belmont University.
Saturday, March 6 2010, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Joe Palmaccio will appear as a panelist on:

"Recording Lifeline: When It´s Time to Call for Professional Help"


127th AES Convention - Workshop W4
Friday Oct 9 2009  2:30-4:00

Joe Palmaccio Co-Chaired Workshop - W4 "Mastering in an Ever Expanding Universe - 2009 and Beyond" at this year's Audio Engineering Society convention in New York City.  The workshop was a rousing success discussing the latest mastering trends with the standing room only crowd.  Other panelists included: Gavin Lurssen, Vic Anesini, Michael Romanowski, Mark Wilder and Andrew Mendelson.


If we had a nickel...

...for every time Ms. Swift's new single played on the radio, well, we'd think about taking a couple of days off. 
The Place...For Mastering is proud to have mastered the POP version of "You Belong With Me".
The single ranked #1 on the Oct 3 2009 Billboard Radio Songs chart. 

Great Cause, Legendary Event

Friday, May 22 2009, The Place...For Mastering sponsored the 14th hole at the Audio Masters Golf Tournament at Nashville's Harpeth Hills Golf Course.  The annual event benefits the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund.  This was The Place's first time to sponsor a hole...and it won't be the last.  It was the best day at "work" ever!

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In 1951 Hank Williams was at the zenith of his popularity when his Mothers Best Flour morning radio show on WSM radio was recorded and broadcast.  Finally, more than 50 years later, those recordings have been released on CD.  Joe Palmaccio at The Place...For Mastering spent nearly two months lovingly restoring and mastering the 54 tracks that also feature Hank's warm and entertaining banter during the shows.  Now everyone can turn back the clock and tune into history.

Check out the LA Times story and review. 

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We MOVED!  Now in Berry Hill

What did you do over summer vacation?  The Place...For Mastering moved into a new space in the Berry Hill section of Nashville.  We are more convenient than ever for our Nashville clients and have more space to accommodate our growing clientele.  If you have time to stop in, give us a call and we'll give you directions!

AC/DC No Bull on rampage

On Oct 16 2008 the RIAA certified AC/DCs "No Bull" DVD
5x multiplatinum

Joe Palmaccio mastered this project with producer Al Quaglieri at The Place...For Mastering in Nashville.

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Delicious Sound
We're delighted to announce the summer 2008 release of LoveKrafty's new album Rad i/o on the Muddy Sunshine label. 
For this most refreshing album, the artist poured his background of England, New York City, Atlanta, Nashville, and Los Angeles into a cocktail shaker, then added a dash of Beatles and whispers of electronica, rock, and blues.  We highly recommend Rad i/o both shaken and stirred.
Enjoy a sip at www.lovekrafty.com.

2008 Blues Music Award
Breakin' it UP, Breakin' It DOWN
won Historical Album of the Year at the 2008 Blues Music Awards on May 8 in Tunica Mississippi.  The album features live performances from 1977 by Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and James Cotton.  Joe Palmaccio at The Place...For Mastering mastered the Legacy Recordings project.  The producers were Bob Margolin, Steve Berkowitz, and Al Quaglieri.

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AC/DC multi multi PLATINUM

AC/DC's longform video Family Jewels has been certified 10xPlatinum by the RIAA. 
The band's video box set Plug Me In has exceeded the 5xPlatinum mark. 
Both projects were mastered by Joe Palmaccio with producer Al Quaglieri for Legacy/Columbia.


Taylor Swift crosses over with POP RADIO SINGLE
The response to singer/songwriter Taylor Swift's original country version of "Teardrops on My Guitar" was so great that the single was remixed into a pop version.  The Place mastered the pop single which blanketed pop radio.  You go girl!

Love, Luther
on New York Times and USA Today best of season lists

This October, the first career spanning collection of Luther Vandross' music featuring 56 songs on 4 CDs was released.  This memorable package also includes a deluxe 60 page book with rare photos and memories from the Vandross family album.

Lori McKenna
Unplugged at Studio 330

This amazingly gifted songwriter offers a cutting performance of her work which has left quite an impression on The Place.  This EP accompanies the CMT music television episode.

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Sara Evans
Greatest Hits

RCA Nashville released this much anticipated album
October 9 2007. 
The well-crafted original hits plus 4 impressive new tracks filled The Place with a joyful sense of fun.  Crank it up at your place!

The Ike & Tina Turner Story 1960-1975
on New York Times and USA Today best of season lists

Time Life released Oct 2 2007 The Ike and Tina Turner Story: 1960-1975.
The Place is pleased to help release more soul into your CD player.



Audio Engineering Society 2007 convention in NYC
Joseph M. Palmaccio co-hosts Mastering Panel

We hope you got to visit Workshop W9 "Mastering For New Media" which Joe co-hosted with Gavin Lurssen of LA's Lurssen Mastering. 


3 x 16 = 48 Greatest Hits

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The Place is pleased to contribute to Legacy's 16 Biggest Hits series with these three newest titles.

Christmas is in the Air

In September, The Place started trimming its tree with Kellie Pickler's single Santa Baby for BNA and Hear Something Country Christmas 2007 for SonyBMG Nashville.

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Cork band pops!  FRED

You know a song that sticks in your head for MONTHS?!?  We do.  Thanks for the insanity, Fred.
The Place mastered the Irish band's mentally contagious single Good One in April for its June release.  Damn You Hollywood is their newest single which we handled with great care. 


The BUZZ in South Korea

The Place mastered the single "Love is from the Heart 2" for Buzz who is making a big splash on the Korean rock scene.  The track was recorded by Sukyoung Koh and mixed by Hyunjung Koh in Seoul.


Making Muddy Waters Clearer

Producer Al Quaglieri visits The Place to oversee the SonyBMG/Legacy project "Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down" featuring live performances by Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and James Cotton.  Look for its release June 2007.


Billboard #1

The Place mastered the Billboard Number 1 Country Album for the week ending Feb. 17 2007: 
Totally Country 6.

2007 GRAMMY AWARDS  announced  Feb 11, 2007

Joseph M. Palmaccio mastered the Grammy winner Best R&B Performance by A Duo or Group with vocals:  "Family Affair"  (Sly and the Family Stone) John Legend, Joss Stone with Van Hunt