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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: January 23, 2018

Mastered in Maine: Some of Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan’s best work

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

With the 2018 Grammy Awards happening on Sunday night we’ve got music on our minds. In fact, there are some exciting Maine connections to the awards this year that make them all the more worth watching.

We thought it would be fun to assemble a gallery of some of the albums mastered by Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland.  From Ray Routhier’s 2016 story we learned that mastering is the last creative stop a recording makes on the way to public consumption. After the music and vocals are recorded and mixed, the recording is sent to a mastering engineer, whose job it is to listen with a finely trained ear and make hours’ worth of small adjustments aimed at improving clarity, definition and overall sound.

And now…onto the gallery!

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