An Evening with Jack The Bear
Tony "Jack The Bear" Mantz is one of Australia's best known and most loved mastering engineers, with a history that spans back to before many SOS students were born! Come along for a rare talk with "Bear" about mastering, how you can make your music sound better at home, and other tips on following your passion for sound.
Owner and founder of Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering. Mastering has taken up the majority of Tony’s career since starting work in the music business in 1981. He’s had a stint at recording and mixing, and a concurrent career in radio on Toronto’s CFNY as an announcer, as well as Melbourne’s Triple M, but thankfully found mastering as his calling.
Tony’s been lucky enough to have travelled extensively around the world, meeting and learning from some of the best in the business, and was trained in the art of vinyl mastering by Rick Essig at Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs, NYC. This was the same studio that that produced the likes of Tom Coyne and Herb Powers.
Tony (Jack, to most people) started freelance mastering work in 1990. In 1999 shop was set up at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios, and after establishing himself as one of the country’s most sought after engineers, he made the break in early 2006 to build his dream facility.