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Grammy Award, 3x Latin Grammy Award, and TEC Award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan works at Gateway Mastering & DVD in Portland, Maine. Protégé of mastering guru Bob Ludwig, Adam’s diverse list of credits includes projects for such artists as Nirvana, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, Sarah McLachlan, and Rascal Flatts, to name a few. Adam has mastered several Grammy Award winning recordings (in the double digits!), and has over 70 Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum projects to his credit to date. Many of the recording industry’s best producers, engineers, and artists rely on Adam’s ears and expertise to fully realize their artistic vision.
In 2006 Adam won his first Grammy Award in the category of “Best Historical Album” for his mastering work on the Jelly Roll Morton box set “The Complete Library Of Congress Recordings By Alan Lomax.”
In 2007, Adam won 2 Latin Grammy Awards in the categories of "Best Engineered Album" and "Album Del Ano (Album of the Year)" for his mastering work on the Juan Luis Guerra album "La Llave De Mi Corazon". His win in the category of "Best Engineered Album" marked the very first time a mastering engineer had been awarded a Grammy in that category!
Adam was nominated again in 2008 (the 50th Annual Grammy Awards) for a Grammy Award in the prestigious "Album of the Year" category for his mastering work on Vince Gill's latest release "These Days."
In 2009, Adam won his first TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award in the category of "Surround Sound Recording" for his 5.1 surround mastering work on the Foo Fighters DVD/Blu-Ray release "Live At Wembley Stadium".
Adam has also been nominated for several other TEC Awards, including nominations for his mastering work on projects for Nine Inch Nails, The Barenaked Ladies, Dream Theater, and Rascal Flatts.
In 2010, Adam won a Latin Grammy Award in the category of "Album Del Ano (Album of the Year)" for his mastering work on the Juan Luis Guerra album "A Son de Guerra”
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Apart from being an extremely busy mastering engineer; Adam is also an active member of the local community. He 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 (www.portlandmusicfoundation.org). 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.
You can also find more information about Adam at www.adamayan.com & www.myspace.com/adamayan.
Portland based band Loki were interviewed on Mark Curdo's Spinout show on WCYY recently, where they discussed their new EP "Ebb & Flow" . Here is an audio excerpt from the interview where they discuss their decision to use producer Jonathan Wyman and Gateway's Adam Ayan for their production.
Adam wrote an article for Mix Magazine, on behalf of the NARAS Producers & Engineers wing, explaining how to best label your sources before sending them for mastering. The title of the article is “Labeling Your Masters – More is Better.”
Recently, the University of Southern Maine wrote a news story about Adam and his work at Gateway Mastering, his work with the Portland Music Foundation, and his part time faculty role at the USM School of Music. Check it out!
The University of Southern Maine’s own weekly newspaper The Free Press recently wrote an article about Adam. Check it out!
Adam was recently featured in a press release from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Adam is an alumnus of the UMass Lowell Sound Recording Technology program, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, for his mastering work on the Vince Gill album “These Days”.
Adam was recently featured in an article in the Lowell Sun. Rachel R. Briere of the Lowell Sun wrote about Adam’s recent Grammy nomination and his connection to Lowell and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
PDF of Port City Life article
PDF of Portland Press Herald article
PDF of Mix Magazine Article, December 2001 (Paul Verna)
PDF of Billboard Magazine Article, January 19th, 2002 (Studio Monitor - Christopher Walsh)
Adam's Latest News
3 of the top 5 on the Billboard 200 mastered at Gateway!
Gateway Mastering is well represented on the Billboard 200 chart!
Adam Ayan is featured on iZotope's website for their "Stories From A Pro" series.
Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week in a row!
Carrie Underwood's latest release "Blown Away" debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200!
Tim McGraw's latest release "Emotional Traffic" debuts @ #1!
54th Grammy Award nominations
Adam Ayan will be serving on the "Mastering In An Ever Expanding Universe" workshop at the AES!
Adam Ayan speaking with Phil Ramone and Frank Filipetti at the AES in NYC!
Projects recently mastered by Adam Ayan:
A Perfect Circle “Amotion” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Bad Religion “New Maps Of Hell – Deluxe Edition”
Barenaked Ladies “Barenaked Ladies Are Me: Deluxe Ed. 5.1” *TEC Award Nominee*
The Bodeans "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams" (remaster)
Bon Jovi “Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore (duet with Leann Rimes)” Single
Brooks & Dunn “Cowboy Town”
Counting Crows “August and Everything After – Deluxe Edition” (remaster)
Carrie Underwood "Play On" *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Carrie Underwood “Some Hearts” *Certified 7X PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Carlene Carter "Stronger"
Colin Devlin "Democracy Of One"
Colin James "Rooftops and Satellites"
Dave Mason "26 Letters, 12 Notes"
David Rhodes "Bittersweet"
Dream Theater “Score: XOX” *TEC Award Nominee* *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Faith Hill “The Hits”
Foo Fighters “Live at Wembley Stadium” *TEC Award Winner*
Gomez “Live Session – Itunes Exclusive EP”
Incubus"Monuments & Melodies"
Incubus “Look Alive”
Irma Thomas “After The Rain” *Grammy Award Winner!*
Irma Thomas “Simply Grand” *Grammy Award Nominee!*
Jack Savoretti "Harder Than Easy"
John Hiatt “Same Old Man”
Juan Luis Guerra “La Llave De Mi Corazon” *6 x Latin Grammy Award Winner!*
Keith Urban "Defying Gravity" *Certified GOLD by the RIAA!*
Keith Urban “Greatest Hits: 18 Kids” *Certified GOLD by the RIAA!*
Kellie Pickler “Kellie Pickler”
Kelly Clarkson “My December” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Kimberly Caldwell "Without Regret"
LeAnn Rimes “Family”
Lori Mckenna “Unglamorous”
Luis Fonsi "Palabras del Silencio" *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Madonna "The Sticky & Sweet Tour" (CD/DVD)
Manu Chao “La Radiolina” *Certified GOLD by the RIAA!*
Martina McBride "Shine"
Martin Sexton "Sugarcoating"
Melissa Auf der Maur "Out Of Our Minds"
Megadeth “That One Night – Live In Buenos Aires” *Certified GOLD by the RIAA!*
Neil Sedaka "The Music Of My Life"
Nine Inch Nails “With Teeth” 5.1 Surround *Certified GOLD by the RIAA!*
Nirvana “With The Lights Out” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Nirvana “Sliver: Best Of The Box”
Nirvana “Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!” *Certified 3X PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Paul Westerberg “Open Season Soundtrack”
Phish “Live In Madison Square Garden ‘95”
Rascal Flatts "Unstoppable" *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Rascal Flatts “Me & My Gang” *Certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA!*
Rascal Flatts “Still Feels Good” *Certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA!*
Rolling Stones “Rarities: 1971-2003”
Rolling Stones “I’m Free” remixes by Moby, Fatboy Slim, The Postal Service, & Hot Chip
Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)”
Reba McEntire “Reba Duets” *Certified Platinum by the RIAA!
Rufus Wainwright "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu"
Sarah McLachlan “Mirroball: The Complete Concert”
Sarah McLachlan “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Legacy Edition”
Steven Curtis Chapman "Beauty Will Rise"
Sugarland “Love On The Inside” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Stone Gods “Silver Spoons & Broken Bones”
Teddy Geiger “Underage Thinking”
Tim McGraw “Let It Go” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Tito El Bambino "El Patron" *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!*
Tokio Hotel “Zimmer 483”
Vince Gill “These Days” *Certified PLATINUM by the RIAA!* *Grammy Award Winner!*
Year Long Disaster "Black Magic; Mysteries Revealed"