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Thomas Fine

Thomas Fine

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Archiving/Restoration
  • Recording Industry - Mastering Studio
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Libraries, Governments, Cultural Institutions - Archive/Restoration
  • Other: Mastering

Job Duties:

  • Owner/Director
  • Author/Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Researcher

About

I am the owner and engineer of my transfer and mastering studio. Clients have included Decca Classics/Universal Music Group (Mercury Living Presence), the State of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University), Oregon State University, Poets House (NYC), the Shelburne (VT) Museum and numerous individual musicians and collectors. I also performed analog-to-digital transfer work for the Netflix documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" My original client, the work that got me started in professional audio, was Audible Inc. I am expert at both analog-to-digital transfers and digital restoration/cleanup, as well as mastering music recordings for commercial release. My studio includes facilities to transfer analog-to-digital all tape and grooved disk formats, and I have worked with all of them.

Education Background

B.A. from Colgate University, 1988

Employment History

I have owned and operated my studio business since 1996. I also worked for 28 years as a professional journalist, author and editor. As part of that work, I have also done consulting with digital mapping/GIS projects. I've written numerous audio-related articles, published in the ARSC Journal, TapeOp Magazine and online. I've also written numerous music reviews for Blackgrooves.org (Indiana University), and presented about historical audio topics at ARSC and AES Conferences and Conventions.

Related Experience

My father was a founding AES Member and Fellow. I grew up in a family closely tied to the professional recording and music fields. I started experimenting with tape recorders as a child and have evolved my knowledge from needle-drops, sel-sync and razor blade editing to modern digital audio workstations.

Why Am I An AES Member?

The AES is a useful professional association, and a family tradition.


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