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Angelo Montrone

Wrong Angelo Montrone?

President, Producer, Songwriter

Local Address: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States
Majestic Music Factory
 
Background

Employment History

  • Vice President
    A&R
  • Or Music's Director
    A&R
  • Vice President for A&R
    One Haven
  • Executive
    One Haven

Board Memberships and Affiliations

27 Total References
Web References
Audio — scot hacker's foobar blog
birdhouse.org, 31 Mar 2011 [cached]
What's unusual is that the vice president of a major label (Angelo Montrone of A&R) recently wrote an embattled plea to an industry newsletter, basically asking engineers to stop the madness.
Or Music Website
www.ormusic.com, 20 Mar 2005 [cached]
Angelo Montrone - Director of A&R, Or Music LLC | angelo@ormusic.com
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Angelo MontroneDirector of A&R, Or Music LLC
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Angelo was also responsible for bringing critical favorites The Story to Elektra and subsequently bringing Jennifer Love Hewitt to Atlantic Records.
MAGPIE » 2006 - Arthur Magazine blogs for you...
www.arthurmag.com, 2 Oct 2006 [cached]
The letter was written by Angelo Montrone, a vice president for A&R (the folks who scout and sign music acts) for One Haven Music, a Sony Music company.
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For those already confused, Montrone was essentially saying that there are millions of copies of CDs being released that are physically exhausting listeners, most of whom probably don't know why their ears and brains are feeling worn out.
He continued, citing an album that proved very popular with Austinites.
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"I wasn't able to go to that mastering session for the second one," Montrone says from his New York office.
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"It becomes part of (a mastering engineer's) reputation," Montrone says."Suddenly, you become known for your really loud records.Unless you specify that you don't want it to be loud, they just make it loud.It's become the standard now.
"And it's infected other steps in the chain," Montrone continues.
Mixing engineers often make spec mixes of songs to try and win the bid to mix a particular song or album."Mixing engineers will turn in spec mixes of tracks that they just slam the heck out of because they think that will get them the gig," Montrone says.
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"I definitely think it's a contributing factor," Montrone says.
ProSoundNews Online Daily - Or Music New At Avatar, Open During Tech Tour
prosoundnews.com, 30 Sept 2005 [cached]
"We are very excited to have a home at Avatar, with whom I personally have had a close working relationship for the last 15 years," said Angelo Montrone, Or Music's director of A&R.
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I have been doing for years," added Montrone, "and then be able to do overdubs, editing, mixing and mastering in our room.
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Montrone continued, "For instruments we have 14 vintage tube guitar and bass amps by Fender, Ampeg, Marshall, Silvertone etc.My own small collection of vintage guitars including Fender Strats and Tele's from the 50's and 60's as well as a 40's Martin Acoustic, is available to our artists.For vintage keyboards we have a Memorymoog, Prophet 5, Oberheim Matrix 1000, mini moog and Roland MKS-70.We also have a host of modern keyboards including Roland Fantom, JD-990, D-550, Yamaha Motif, TX816, as well as soft synths such as Reason, Sonik Synth and Kontakt."
Finally, Montrone described, "Even our electrical system has been painstakingly scrutinized.We are using a massive Equitech 50amp toriodal Q transformer, supplying balanced power through some of the highest quality power cables available, JPS 30amp in wall wire.Through listening tests, I have found that delivering clean power through larger than normal cables enhances the sound of the gear."
As a producer, keyboard programmer, arranger and songwriter, Montrone's been cutting tracks at Avatar (and Power Station before that) since 1991, working on albums for Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Joe Sample, Jennifer Love Hewitt and more.
Dubai Bands - The Dubai Music Scene and Gear Reviews
www.dubaibands.com, 6 Sept 2012 [cached]
Angelo Montrone, an executive at One Haven, a Sony Music company, said the technique was "causing our listeners fatigue and even pain while trying to enjoy their favourite music".
In an open letter to the music industry, he asked: "Have you ever heard one of those test tones on TV when the station is off the air? Notice how it becomes painfully annoying in a very short time? That's essentially what you do to a song when you super-compress it. You eliminate all dynamics."
Mr Montrone released a compression-free album by Texan roots rock group Los Lonely Boys which sold 2.5 million copies.
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