Trutone’s owners — Carl and Adrianna Rowatti – elected to build their 1500 sq. ft. digital/analog mastering facility into their home after Sony BMG acquired their aforementioned midtown complex. Today, the fully floating room accommodates highlights like a brass- face Fairchild 670 compressor, while vinyl aficionados will take notice of a Neumann SP-77 mastering console, and Neumann lathe with SAL-74B cutting rack/SX-74 cutter.
In addition to prestigious vintage gear, the studios is also equipped with the considerable experience of Carl Rowatti, whose credits include Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Yung Joc, Cassie, Whitney Houston, Pavarotti, The Killers and the Rolling Stones. “Mastering has always been important,” he notes, “but now it’s becoming increasingly critical as so many mixes are produced in far-less-than-ideal conditions.
Recent projects for Trutone have included digital or vinyl projects for Elliot Smith, Taylor Bright, Grant Hart, The Gentle Giant and Nicole Martin. But a definite highlight had to be 2009′s assignment to master the special vinyl edition of Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (Pictured), a 40th Anniversary re-release of The Rolling Stones’ landmark Madison Square Garden live album. Issued by ABKCO Records, the special package included not only the original 1970 album and unreleased material from the Rolling Stones, but previously unreleased sets from B.B. King, and Ike & Tina Turner.