“Everything sounds great
… it sounds like a finished record to me!”
Matthew Barber Toronto, ON
“Hi Janet! The masters sound absolutely amazing. I can’t properly express how happy we are with the way these songs sound. It’s almost as if Phil was able to rewrite our songs thru his mastery. We were all drawn into the songs as if we had never heard them before. Please give your husband a big kiss for us! 😉
We will recommend you to everyone we know. You have always made me feel warm & welcome. We will be back as long as you will have us. Thanks again for the wonderful job.
From The Ruins
“it sounds fantastic and like a finished record indeed.
thanks so much for all your hard work on this.”
Noah Reid Toronto, ON
“this is sounding awesome phil. it’s loud enough i think.
damn right – loving this,
“Phil has a way of shaping a session. It is hard to explain but he always gets me to play what I didn’t think I knew. He encourages rather than directs and although sessions with Phil can be gruelling, they are always exciting and very rewarding. He is a terrific musicians and producer. The material itself inspires. I love this song”
electric guitar solo
on Sills and Smith’s ‘They Don’t Come Knocking’
“Hey Phil, I thought the first master sounded tremendous. This sounds “tremendouser.” My NAD amplifier and PSB speakers are purring like kittens and totally diggin’it. Holy Cow! Seriously, one of the best recorded and produced albums I’ve ever heard and I’ve heard thousands and thousands across all genres. Congratulations to you for your truly unique genius. You can dispatch this to Chris Saracino at Standard Media, with my blessing.”
Sills and Smith
upon wrapping the production and mastering of
Echoes In Time
“Such a great studio… and awesome producer/engineer”
“love that thing … your place.”
Purple – et cetera
“Thanks so much Janet!
The label deal is on !
Will keep in touch so that we can lock in dates.
Such a pleasure working with you guys !
Kolkata West Bengal
“Recording music at your bova sound with Jesse Stewart was a very inspiring experience.”
“Hello Janet & Phil!
I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful work on my album, and your kindness and hospitality. I’m so happy to finally have a complete album on a CD; I’ve been listening to it on repeat since (and it sounds fantastic!).
I look forward to working with you again when my next album materializes.
Alanna Sterling Ottawa
“Wow! I love that fairy dust…..
It’s really exciting to hear these songs blasting out like that.
They sound beautiful!”
“Great great job Phil….
Wow..,sounds like 1971…this is a good thing. Great playing too the both of you.
I would love to play anywhere with you both.
Take care and again, fantastic.
“Just listened to the tracks. They sound great!”
Jesse Stewart on Kevin Breit session
“Thank you so much!
it’s an amazing work, we are truly grateful
the band sends big hugs to bova sound!”
Viña del Mar
“Great and absolutely enjoying the rough mixes. Can’t wait to hear what Kevin, Roddy and Raphael will do with these tunes.
Sills and Smith
“Really loving this guys. Awesome work Phil. Bova dust inhaled-it’s a better day.
Mark Lalama Fenwick
“Wowza. The record sounds simply gorgeous!!! warm. rich. sweet. like butta!!!!! Thank you Phil and Janet ~ your bova dust has brought a depth and shimmer and warmth and beauty to every breath and beat and nuance …
in true gratitude,”
Pamela Gerrand Stratford
“Thank you so so much for everything! It sounds amazing and it has been nothing but a great experience with you all. Will definitely be telling all of our musician friends about you guys.”
The Red Rails
“Loving these! I’ve had a chance to listen to them on a bunch of speakers, and even with my friend Carlin, and we both agree that they sound fantastic!”
“Hi Phil. I just wanted to say how much I liked your mixes and production on the tunes. Great working with you and look forward to being able to do it again.”
“everyone did such a great job on this thing, and i can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.”
Vancouver on Tara Holloway’s ‘Little Ghosts’ production
And you guys are both such TROOPERS!!!!!!!!!
Phil- An heroic finish, THANK YOU SIR!
(still downloading- can’t wait!!!!!)
Tara Holloway Ottawa
“this week is evidence supreme that I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to. simply put, the recording process just doesn’t get any better than this… well crafted songs, world class singer in Tara Holloway and world class engineer/producer in the guise of Phillip Victor Bova, amazing food all hours of the day prepared by one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met, just divine, Janet Kirby, proper gear for headspace put me where I need be, and this lovely dog, Tasha, sweet lil dickens is also deaf. we connected. snowing like a winter wonderland. and Tara helped me find the badass winter wear… big ass shit that is supremely crafted. reconnected with a person who is very very dear to my heart, Maria Del Mar. Canadian women are S E X Y and SMART. it doesn’t get any better than this. i am the happiest white man on Earth. ooga booga. -d”
Dony Wynn ~ on Tara Holloway session 11/13
Received the masters. They sound so great! Thanks again so much.
You guys have been so helpful and accommodating …”
“i think its safe to say we, as a collective, raised the bar consideraly yesterday. incredibly satisfying, that. lifeblood. Thank you, Phil, and your lovely wife, Janet, for accepting me into your home to get this fabulous work done. yesyesyes. onward. -d” Dony Wynn ~ on Tara Holloway session 11/13 Austin, TX
“Tracks have been successfully downloaded! On to the next step.
Thanks again for your efforts and awesome work.”
“Thanks so much and again you did a great job of capturing the sound we were looking for,” Curtis Chaffey The Split Ottawa / Almonte
“Thank you for all your hard work! The album sounds amazing!”
The Broken Mirrors
Super happy with today’s work in the studio at Bova Sound
Fluffy Little Cowboys Ottawa
“Thanks Phil! It was a great pleasure to be there. I’m totally excited with the way “Justify” sounds now “
“I just want to tell you I am very happy with the end results.
My greatest critic is very pleased with the results.
I really appreciate all of the work and the great experience I had.
Thanks again for making me sound so good”
Floyd Hutchinson Ottawa
All I can say is I “f%$#ing” LOVE it!
Awesome, awesome job.
I love the mix, the drum samples you swapped in, and I also love the little arrangement tweaks you did here and there. Very sweet!
Really, really super job. Masterfully mixed!
An excellent piece of work.
Thank you so much!!”
Bernard Frazer Mississippi Mills
“Hey Phil: I was quite blown away by what I heard yesterday! This album will be quite a musical journey when completed! You are doing a brilliant job getting the most of out of all the players.
Sills & Smith Ottawa
Minutes, days and months keep passing!
I keep following your Facebook posts – wow! Are you busy! Good for you and Jan!
I accidentally came across this website tribute to Dario –
Check out the video “Music Mondo” (I never saw the final cut) – you’ll probably recognize a few faces
Most importantly, listen to Caribbean Tango (early on the show) – I’m sure you’ll recognize the engineering genius behind it. More importantly, I vividly remember the exact day in the studio. I had my old blue ‘Pans’ and you note-by-note directed me through an amazing solo in that song. It was my mallets but, your musical genius!
Bob Libbey Ottawa
Thank-you so much! You two have been really great to work with, you’ll definitely be hearing from me in the future. I’m really excited to hear the Motherhood stuff. Hope all is well until next time (and after that also)
Maiden Names and Motherhood Fredericton
“Thanks for the great work, we are extremely pleased with the sound.”
The Split Ottawa/Almonte
“Thank you very much for a successful and fun weekend!
The ease with which Jack and I performed was a direct result of how comfortable you made us feel. Phil you are a pleasure to work with and totally on the same page as us.
Janet, your soup is legendary.
Thanks again, be in touch soon.”
The Ticket Ottawa
“hope everyone there is doing swell. thanks for doing an incredible job. i’ve shared the tracks with fellow musicians and everyone is in awe! nice work
Thanks again! Y’all rule :-)”
“Alan Neal, CBC radio one Host tweets from the 2012 Juno Awards ~ “Feist tells me backstage: Bova Sound saved the day on this album”
“Always a great experience working at Bova Sound and Janet’s cooking is superb!”
“Deep appreciation to Phil and Janet at bova sound for your brilliant work in mastering the album
‘The Sound of the Dove’”
Pamela Jane Gerrand Stratford
“What a beautiful job you’ve done Phil! I am about to jump in the truck and
drive to Ottawa to plant a heartfelt, yet mindfully quiet, kiss on each of
your elephantastic ears.”
Mark Lalama Fenwick
“Bova Sound did a superb job on our new record! We are thrilled that we got a chance to work with them and they lived up to and surpassed all of the good things we had heard about them. Phil worked his magic and gave the record the warmth and fullness that we were looking for! We’ll definitely be working with them again.”
-Kim Vincent The Red Rails Ottawa
“re: Tara Holloway ‘Little Ghosts’
This Life is a hit. It has to be.
It is moving, mysterious, engaging… simply gorgeous from every perspective.
The production is off the charts.
A brilliant piece of work, Phil.
Reminds me of Dan Lanois… and T Bone Burnett.
“What an experience recording with Phillip Victor Bova at his studio in Ottawa! Learned a great deal and got the chance to wield an authentic Hammond organ! Can’t wait to hear the final product!” Josh Hofman Yo Mama Ottawa
“Thank you Phil for your excellent work.” Gillian Kirkland Ottawa
“Janet and Phil
It has been an absolute honour working with you.
Wow! Sounds so good and we could not have done this without you.
It wouldn’t be sounding half as good as it does now.
We can’t thank you enough.
Thanks so much. I am already looking forward to the next time we get the chance to work with you both!”
“Jack said it all. The masters sound amazing!”
The Ticket Ottawa
“Thank you so much for all the hard work and kind words!
I was actually in Charleston, SC for Bandi’s wedding and got to meet Livy Connor. We were both talking about how amazing you two are. Truly fantastic people!
I will await the cd’s! So excited to finally put this out!”
Adam Newman Everywhere USA
Rod & I are also so pleased with Phil’s mastering work – it has really brought the CD to life; it sounds great!
We listened to it in the car, on our stereo & the computer.
Please pass on our thanks to Phil, and thank you for making the process so easy & efficient.”
Christy Scharf Ottawa
“Thanks again for your awesome work on this Phillip. Hope you’re well
“What a fun time!”
“New music from my band @theRedRails coming very soon! Masters from @bovasound are incredible. #newmusic”
The Red Rails via twitter
“Thanks Janet, it sounds fantastic…great job as usual :)” Judy Black Cherry Ottawa
“We’re pleased with the mastering (extremely so), and it would be great if you could send that .wav file along to Chris at Standard Vinyl at your earliest convenience.
We’re so impressed with the work you did, you made our wildest dreams come true!
“Janet, first off … IT SOUNDS AMAZING! Wow!
The Red Rails Ottawa
“Thank you sir! Very happy!” Michael Peterson Tilda Ottawa
a note received by Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake re: their release of ‘Timelines’ “Jesse (Stewart) first of all, please cc Phil Bova. I just listened to your new release “Timelines”. Congratulations! It’s a masterpiece. Performance and sound are stellar. Knowing the source material I am mezmerized by the mastering! Phil! As a percussion album it ranks right there with Velez’ “Rhythm Of The Chakras,” Lockett & Hirota’s “Tabla To Taiko” and a little album entitled “Stunderthorm” (that had to be now :-). It’s a wonderful production! Hamid will be happy with this recording. So am I, and I give the credit to Phil. I mean that! ~j” Johannes Welsch Dunrobin Sonic Gym Dunrobin
“Thanks again for everything, we appreciate the kind words and like I said before everybody really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Will Thorne-Morri Big Moan Ottawa
““It’s Christmas in May!!! Just got my CD Masters in the mail from Bova Sound! A million thanks to Phillip Victor Bova for doing such an incredible job and to Janet for being so kind.
CD Release show is JUNE 15th at Gage Hall, Charleston, SC 8:00pm… save the date!”
“YES!!! This is awesome!!!
The last file you sent me is beyond perfect. I love it, thanks so much for your hard work and for handling my requests!!!
Thanks!!!! So excited that the record sounds so good!!!”
Dave Halabisky Halabisky’s Uprising Paris, France
“You’re the best! Thanks Janet and Phil!!” JA Little Suns Montreal
“You guys are the best. I’ve been so lucky to meet such wonderful people to work with every step of the way. I have nothing but great things to say about Bova Sound to everyone I’ve told about the album.
Best wishes to you from me and Bandi,”
Livy Charleston, SC
“Everything sounds great! The timing and crossfades are perfect. Thank you! I am so excited! I am very much looking forward to sharing it with the world.” For Esmé Toronto
“I love you guys, most patient masterers of the year goes to … ;)” l e o n candle recording Toronto
“Hello from Boston
The album sounds great ! I am very happy with it!’
Nischay Parekh Boston, MA and Kolkata India
“Excellent mastering job Phillip Victor Bova” Chris Shreenan-Dyck Los Angeles, CA
“Hey! We’ve listened to it a few times through on a few different speakers and while driving, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Thanks again.” Will Big Moan Ottawa
“We listened through last night – you all did an amazing job. The instrumentation is so clean and clear- I am so impressed with how all the space in between each instrument has been cleaned up so that all the parts shine. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” Livy Conner Charleston, SC
“I’m on tour for the next couple weeks and can’t wait to come to Bova Sound! Talk soon.” Afie aka Bahamas ’round the world
“Hey Janet, digging this for sure. Thanks so much.” JA Little Suns Montreal
“I left a message with Phil: killing.
and, you, thank you for your usual high grade hospitality and joy,
tbw ” Ottawa
“thank you guys so much, this is perfect!
we are good to go on my end!” l e o n candle recording toronto
“You did an amazing job and we’ll be sure to recommend you to our friends. Thanks,” Jacob A Self Toronto
“wow. great job! i’m crying. i love it. thanks for your kind words and great work. regards,” caroly Toronto
“It’s perfect I’m very happy about how it sounds. The songs all sound cohesive, and they’ve been colored quite beautifully by your work. Thank you. Happy, very happy” Scott Poplar Pines Halifax
“Jeez, I spent two days at your wonderful studio, a real pro place with a nice, warm, modest footprint….best of all worlds. And a freaking grand piano…not an upright, either, ready to go in an adjacent room. They say that one of the detriments of smaller studios (and you’ve owned big box ones so you know the deal) is that legit pianists must perform on digital units (however good they’ve become). Well, I couldn’t believe when I snuck into the other room….a real mother grand piano….” T. Bruce Wittet Ottawa
“Hi Janet, First off, I just wanted to say to you and Phil that the mixes are sounding super sweet to our ears. I especially like what you did with Give Thanks and the vocals by A K U A. David Switchenko saxsyndrum Montreal
“HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO EXCITING. ok I listened to the master like 76 times and I’ve been like rocking and weeping thats how good it is completely unexpected didn’t think mastering made things sound so insanely different.” Erin Saoirse Adair Ottawa
“Great Great Work! Thanks a million guys, truly special. Amazing, c. ” Zeus Toronto
Can’t wait to hear it all!
You guys are amazing.
Thanks for everything.
jB” James Bunton Toronto
“Excellent work guys, thanks again!! Can’t wait for that vinyl ;”
l e o n candle recording Toronto
“Thanks once again for making my first foray into professionally mastered music so awesome. Working with you guys has really been a wonderful experience.” Cheers, Ben Levitan Montreal
“Hi Janet, It was great talking with you. We can’t overstate how great it is to be working with you guys on this project. This is beyond exciting! My stomach knots have been replace with glee!!!” Kevin George Wool on Wolves Edmonton
“the cd sounds awesome & we’ll be recommending you to anyone looking to get mastering work done.” Bryan Richmond Switch Barrie
“Thank you Janet for being so kind in our communications and thank you Phillip (Victor Bova) for doing such great work with this album, it means so much to us. best wishes” Livy (Conner) Charleston, SC
“We are very impressed with your sound and were wondering if you had any time in the near future to master our record? We’d love to get your hands on the job.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Jessica The Golden Dogs Toronto
“Thanks again for the session. Good feelings!” Sarah Hallman Ottawa
Thank you so much for your patience!
We are all exceptionally happy with how well these masters sound. Thank you so much. It’s very exciting!
This sounds fantastic and fits exactly within what our vision for the master was.
All the best,
Wool on Wolves Edmonton
always so quick to respond =) love it!
thanks! looks like we’re golden now.
that works beautifully for me!”
Nevado Records Toronto
“Thanks for everything you and the phils did to make this record happen.
Craig Pedersen Ottawa
“And if I haven’t said it before, It’s so lovely to work with both of you … Very “easy” and pleasant just the way I like.
I’ve really been blessed with meeting and working with such amazing people on this album. It has made the experience that much more … amazing. So happy I went with Bova! Though I’m sure it wasn’t coincidental ;)”
Adam Newman Everywhere USA
“Well, first off, things sound great. It’s exactly what we are going for – they sound full, smooth, louder, with some extra energy and clarity that just didn’t exist before. There is an openness in the top end, and a firm and solid foundation in the low end, and we are very happy with how things are sounding! And on a number of systems and headphones to boot!!”
“You guys are so tight, I’m going to start calling you the Bova constrictors.
John Lavery” disappeared en route to Betelgeuse …
“i hope you’re all very well.
it’s always so nice when I see a note from you, i can feel the warmth and goodness, and it’s much appreciated.
my very best – as always –
land of talk / stars / memphis Montreal Canada / New York, NY USA
“Thank you very much for welcoming me and for your good service, for sure you will see me again and again. Thanks.”
Elage Mbaye Ottawa
The boys and i are all very happy with the cd. Great job and was
perfect for our sound and budget demands. hopefully i will be through your
doors again in the near future with another little something that needs
mixing. take it easy,”
michael hanlon Ottawa
“Everything sounds amazing as usual, all is sonically grand on the reference!
This is the one.
Thanks and best,
Danielle” Duval Toronto
“Thanks you guys for just being who you are …
Purple Val des Monts
“Merry Christmas Bovas!!!
Thanks for all your hard work on our album as well as your warm hospitality!
“We’ve received the new mix and i got to admit that it is excellent !!! At last, i saw the movie thanks to the sound !
Thanks you very much for your beautiful work.
David Unger Paris France
Please pass along my extra special thanks to Phil here … and to you as well.
All the best,
robbie lackritz Toronto
“I believe you guys mastered this record and i don’t know what the mixes sounded like, but i have to say WELL DONE … What a stunning album both musically and sonically!
Respect from a peer in the business…
Eric Hillebrecht” New York, NY
“My God! These sound incredible!! Amazing job!!
Thanks for doing this so quickly on short notice.
Beware the deadly bovaconstrictor!!
mike” o’brien zeus Toronto
“Elvis has entered the building! Successful download and matching!
It’s so nice working with proferssionals ….
David Martin, Ph.D.” Ottawa
“Thanks for the info. I appreciate all over your help over the last few years. ”
Caleb Abbott Ottawa
I am a musician from India. I will be recording a record over the next year. I am a fan of your studio and the artist’s that have worked with you guys. I would like my music to be mixed and mastered there if possible.
Please let me know your rates.
“Hi Janet, it was great to meet you guys! Your studio is very dreamy. Thanks for all the info, it’s really kind of you to care.
… Anyway … great to meet you two, you’re a lovely couple.
Mitchell Fillion | Southern Souls ” Toronto
“we officially love you
this can’t sound any better!
we know it was a “cheap” recording hajahja just 4 guys playing in chile
and you guys did an explendid job!
i’m over-exited! amazing work…
tons of hugs of each and everyone who worked in this!”
Nelson We Have The Place Surrounded Viña del Mar, Chile
Just wanted you both to know how much I enjoyed recording there last
weekend. Great sounds, I love the room, the house smelled wonderful, and
you folks are swell indeed. And thank you so much for the best coffee
ever and a bowl of soup I shan’t soon forget. I’m looking forward to
another session in March (when, with luck, I finish tracking).
Dave Merritt Ottawa
“Yep, I think we have it.
Deaner” Gallery Studio Ottawa
“Thanks so much Janet and Phil!
We are thrilled!
Ryhna” Envision Management Montreal
“Sounds perfect guys!
Beautiful ending on Margaret Downe. Amazing.
Aidan Knight Victoria
“First off I would like to say that we are as ever very excited about the Zeus/Bova Sound entanglement. It is a great breath of fresh air for us to have a house that gets what were up to.
Thanks You Guys. Talk soon.
c.” zeus Toronto
After plenty of listens on multiple systems, it’s safe to say that I love it! All sounds great so let’s go ahead with making the final disc.
Thanks and congrats to Phil on the amazing work.
“thanks so much for your warm hospitality and professionalism. Still the best cup of tea I ever had.
jason collett Toronto
“Thanks for the hard work folks, Really excited here.”
Thanks for your kind hospitality last night. Stephanie and I much enjoyed discussing the Hank project with Phil and Philip. She was impressed by their good natures, intelligence, and articulateness.
We’ll send you the video clip for approval once Stephanie has assembled it.
All the best,”
Graham Young Ottawa