School of Music

Adam Ayan

Adjunct Faculty in Music Technology
Adam Ayan

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Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music - Music Performance with an Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts at Lowell.


Adam Ayan is a Grammy Award, 4x Latin Grammy Award, and TEC Award winning mastering engineer who works at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, ME. 

Adam has had the pleasure of mastering thousands of recordings in his career. His credits are diverse and exemplary – including recordings for superstar artists such as Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Lana del Rey, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, the Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones, Kelly Clarkson, Barbra Streisand, Juan Luis Guerra, Rush, Rascal Flatts, Pearl Jam, The Animals, and Keith Urban to name a few.

Adam has mastered several Grammy Award winning recordings (33 to date!), many #1 singles and albums, and has over 100 Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum projects to his credit to date.

Many of the recording industry’s best producers, engineers, and artists rely on Adam’s ears and expertise to fully realize their artistic vision.

Adam has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at USM's School Of Music since 2000 - creating the curriculum for and teaching classes in digital audio and music production.




Areas of Expertise

Award winning mastering engineer.

Recent Publications

"Modern Recording Fidelity and the Digital Download World" - Adam contributed this essay to the book "Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music"

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Books (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617130982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617130984

The book is available through major retailers.

Creative Activity

Credits / Discography

Awards and Recognition

Grammy Awards - Statuette Wins and Nominations

2005 – Grammy Award – Best Historical Album – Jelly Roll Morton “The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax”

2007 – Latin Grammy Award – Album of the Year– Juan Luis Guerra “La Llave de Mi Corazon”

2007 – Latin Grammy Award – Best Engineered Album – Juan Luis Guerra “La Llave de Mi Corazon”

2007 – Grammy Award Nomination – Album of the Year – Vince Gill “These Days

2010 – Latin Grammy Award – Album of the Year – Juan Luis Guerra “A Son de Guerra”

2015 – Latin Grammy Award – Album of the Year – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 “Todo Tiene Su Hora”


TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Award – Wins and Nominations

2012 – TEC Award Nomination – Record Production/Single or Track – Carrie Underwood “Good Girl”

2009 – TEC Award – Surround Sound Production – Foo Fighters “Live at Wembley Stadium”

2007 – TEC Award Nomination – Surround Sound Production – Barenaked Ladies “Barenaked Ladies Are Me”

2007 – TEC Award Nomination – Surround Sound Production – Dream Theater “Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour live with the Octavarium Orchestra”

2007 – TEC Award Nomination – Record Production/Single or Track – Rascal Flatts “What Hurts The Most”

2006 – TEC Award Nomination – Surround Sound Production – Nine Inch Nails “With Teeth”

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Professional Activity

Adam and Gateway Mastering got a great mention in the March 2016 issue of Mix Magazine. The Mix Regional/New England column gave a nod to some of the work Adam has done recently with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandAce FrehleyEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Mavis Staples. Check it out here.

Adam was recently interviewed for the local TV show Bill Green’s Maine. Bill and Adam discussed mastering, music, Adam’s career and marathon running. The piece ran on Maine’s NBC affiliate WCSH6, and you can see the piece online here.

Adam was recently interviewed for Electronic Musician magazine! He was interviewed by Sarah Jones for her “Five Questions” column. It ran on the back page (!) of the January 2016 issue, and can now be found online here.

Adam was interviewed for Electronic Musicians’ “Rockstar Holiday Gift Guide.” It appeared in the November 2015 issue, and can be read online here.

Adam was recently interviewed for Jonathan Roye’s MixNotes Blog. Check it out here.