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Case Studies


Tim Martyn


Owner, Phoenix Audio LLC

Chief Engineer & Technical Director,
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood

"Since 2004, virtually every recording I have made has utilized RME AD converters, specifically the ADI-8-DS. This includes recordings of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony. It also includes Sharon Isbin's "Journey to the New World" album on Sony Classical, which won the Grammy© award for “Best Instrumental Soloist Without Orchestra” in January 2010. The RME converters have an amazingly transparent, open and airy sound, which can translate into extraordinary results with all kinds of music. Moreover, from a user standpoint on the road, they have proven to be virtually bullet proof - powering on each and every time with all of the last session's settings intact. I recommend these converters highly to anyone interested in making fine hi-resolution recordings."

Tim Martyn has been involved in classical recording throughout his career, both as a producer and an engineer, and lists among his credits hundreds of recordings with such artists as Sarah Chang, Pinchas Zukerman, Elly Ameling, Itzhak Perlman, and many others. Mr. Martyn is a two-time Grammy© Award recipient for his work on recordings with Sharon Isbin and Evgeny Kissin. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in performance from the Juilliard School.

In 1985, Mr. Martyn was appointed Senior Audio Engineer and Technical Director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood festival, a position he still holds today. He has produced and engineered projects for RCA/BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony Classical, and EMI/Angel. He founded Classic Sound Inc. in New York City in 1987, and Phoenix Audio in 2001, as classical remote recording and post-production facilities.

Recent projects include the Vivaldi Four Seasons with Sarah Chang and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI), the Carnegie Hall Schubert Recital with Evgeny Kissin and James Levine (Sony/BMG), and Mozart Piano Concertos with Jonathan Biss and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI). Recent post-production credits include the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Evgeny Kissin and Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI), Renée Fleming’s Homage album of opera arias with Valery Gergiyev and the Mariinsky Orchestra (Decca), Mozart and Schumann Piano Concertos with Evgeny Kissin and Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI), and Evgeny Kissin’s solo Russian piano album (Sony/BMG). Mr. Kissin’s solo album won the 2005 Grammy© Award (Best Classical Performance without Orchestra). Mr. Martyn won the 2009 Canadian JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year (Solo/Chamber Music) for the album Homage with violinist James Ehnes.


Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tim Martyn