Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Iamthewalrus, Jul 28, 2003.
Who do you people think are some really outstanding CD remastering engineers other than Steve.
I dig Dennis Drake...Still treasure his early 80's work that I own!
Very early Bill Inglot in his quest for Stereo Day's at Rhino...and most of the rest to be mentioned in this thread...
Ken Perry. Attached is a scrap of a picture of my grandfather and grandmother just before leaving Ireland in 1926. The British wanted to get their mitts on him. He was the last surviving member of the Killkenny Flying Column which played a part in the Easter Uprising.
Dennis Drake is good. Bob Ludwig and Doug Sax generally get high marks too.
Oh, and another thing, while on the topic of sound engineers; Years ago someone with some cash wanted to pay to have my best crank telephone calls transferred to compact disc. These were cruddy standard tapes recorded on a seventies cheap non-stereo 'kitchen table' cassette recorder. Sound wasn't great but clear, even though a lot of the calls had used a suction magnet to get them down on tape. A sound engineer friend of mine did the 'cleaning-up' but, by God, I am so happy I didn't let him 'clean up' too much. If I'd had let this eager beaver have his way he would have eliminated everything. All the precious noise that makes the calls sound what they are, real, would have been lost by this insensitive jerk who thought that if it's clean, it's good.
Try these threads on for size...
Thread on Mastering Engineers
Top 10 Engineers
My Top 5:
First place: Steve Hoffman (who else!)
Doug Sax, Bernie Grundman, Erik Labson, Gavin Lurssen.
He has done some great work over the years. Two of his recent SACD efforts, James Taylor's J.T., and Ryan Adams Gold are absolutely Steve-worthy.
Other than most of the ones already mentioned, I like Vic Anesini and Mark Wilder's work at SONY Legacy. I like Gary Nichols Steely Dan work at MCA. For jazz I like Rudy VG though I know not all agree with that. I have been happy with the Ron McMaster work at Blue Note. I can't believe I even have an answer for this question. Pre-SH, I never even noticed who did the engineering. I think most people don't understand "identical" CDs could sound different. In a used CD store in Syracuse last week, the cerk seemed baffled when I asked him if he had any more used copies of Close To The Edge even though there was a perfectly clean (older) used copy sitting out.
er, I mean "clerk" Damn those aging eyes.
Great mastering engineer... but I was very disappointed about the Linda Ronstadt box set... apparently he worked with tape copies.
And Bob Ludwig.
Joeseph M. Palmaccio
...and here's a name that has never been mentioned here: Tom Ruff
Hank Williams at Mastermix here in Nashville.
Bob Irwin's not a mastering engineer, he produces re-issues, whatever the heck that means.
I never knew what that meant either. Never used it as a credit.
He must do something though. He's all over those Sony Legacy re-issues.
Oh, yes he is! He mastered the Lee Dorsey CDs.
Perhaps "reissue producer" sounded sexier than "tape wrangler". In any case, he must be doing something right since I like so much stuff with his name on it.
I bet he has something to do with which tapes are being used, bonus track selections, whether it would be re-mixed or not, etc...
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