Award Winning Mastering at Imaginary Road

Tom Eaton, recording and mastering engineer
FIVE of the top 15 CDs on the Zone Music Reporter Charts for November and December 2017 were mastered by Tom Eaton/Imaginary Road Studios

“I have worked with some of the best recording and mastering engineers in the world in the last 30 years. The thing that separates one from another isn’t MORE knowledge or access to the shiniest equipment – – it is commitment. Tom Eaton is a great engineer by any measure. However, it is his commitment to making every single project he touches excellent that puts him at the top of the list for me. His loving and passionate work on my recording “Kiss The Quiet” was wonderful and he gave me important creative feedback that improved the final product enormously. I am so happy to call Tom a friend but I am truly grateful to be able to collaborate with the rarest of artisans.

Michael Whalen
Emmy® Award-winning composer, music supervisor and
internationally known recording artist.

Since 2012 Tom has  mastered:

54 of the Top Ten  ZMR albums

15 number 1 albums

33 top 3 albums

44 top 5 albums

“I’m thrilled with what you did with my music!  Absolutely outstanding!  I couldn’t be more pleased!  I feel that you really connected with my aesthetic on this, highlighting the subtleties and correcting what I wasn’t able to achieve on my end.   On my 1st listen, with pen in hand for corrections/modifications, etc….  and when the album ended not a word written… enough said…”

David Wahler

“I was fortunate to work with Tom Eaton on mastering my third release, Soothe. I knew Tom as the recording engineer, mastering engineer and co-producer (with Will Ackerman and myself) for my second release, Dreaming of Now. Tom not only elevated the sound of my album via the mastering work. But prior to that, he worked with myself and Todd Boston to make sure we were making the correct choices in the actual mix.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more experienced and brilliant partner at your side when you’re taking all your good work and mastering it than Tom Eaton and Imaginary Road.”

Composer and Guitarist
Winner, Best Instrumental Album, ZMR Music Awards

“I’ve been part of released recorded music for 50 years, and certain things have seeped in over this time, one of which is the importance of quality mastering.

Mastering is the last chance to armor your creation, to assure the sonics of your music will sound as great as possible across the widest array of playback systems, including broadcast. A mastering engineer with elite trained ears, taste, and state of the art technology is a necessity. In my experience, Tom Eaton of Imaginary Road Studios deserves the label…Mastering Engineer.

Tom mastered my last record, and he’s booked to master my new one…so I’m good.”

Erik Scott
Best known for working with Alice Cooper, Flo & Eddie, Pops Staples, and Sonia Dada.
Erik Scott is an independent Producer/Composer who has released
four Award-Winning albums in the past decade, among them the
Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 2017 ZMR Award Show.


“Tom Eaton’s skills as a mastering engineer are second to none.  He does not have a cookie cutter approach to mastering; to him, every project is different and he will take a different approach each time.  The end goal for Tom is to make the music sound its absolute best, and he achieves that goal- every time.”

Jeff Pearce
multiple ZMR Award winner and Billboard charting artist

“Tom Eaton. Wow. Just wow. This is the Sensitive Chaos Walk a Beautiful World album I’ve been hearing in my head for three years and you’ve uncovered the soul of it. Respect! Respect! It sounds amazing. You have tamed the gnarly parts of the mixes and glued it all together. All the performer’s parts are so clear and detailed. And I love the way you have sculpted the sonics to make the melodies flow together so naturally. I’m ecstatic!”

Jim Combs
ZMR-nominated composer and producer


What does it take to master a record?

Insight and vision? Definitely.
The ability to hear the album as complete? Absolutely.
Impeccable ears? Without a doubt.
Deep skill in the use of today’s amazing studio tools? Mandatory.

Tom Eaton has all of that, and so very much more. If you want someone to put that sweet deep finish over your hard fought music, to cast it in amber for the ages, he is the MASTER.

That IS why they call it mastering, right???

Jeff Oster – Flugelhorn and Trumpet Artist

Multiple winner ZMR Album of the Year,
Best Contemporary Instrumental and Chill/Groove Albums
2X Winner – Independent Music Award (Best New Age Song)

Tom Eaton has become my go to Mastering Engineer for my personal albums as well as for client projects.  His attention to detail and quality is second to none and the results are always beyond my expectation!

Todd Boston
Billboard Top 10, ZMR Award Winning Composer, Producer, Musician.
Recording artist on multiple Grammy nominated albums.