Howdy gang. I’m curious to know which records or engineers in particular inspired you to take up recording/mixing/mastering. I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Wagener despite all of his stuff sounding really '80s, I loved the sounds he coaxed out of the guitars. I always loved Bob Ezrin’s bombastic style as well, but I’d have to rank the team of Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero as #1. They did so many great rock records in the '80s and '90s and no two records sounded the same. They avoided the trends of the time, the huge reverb and the flashy electronic drums. Even if they did more than one record with an artist you couldn’t tell it was the same two dudes. The three albums they did with Tesla sound completely different from each other, and don’t sound anything like Appetite for Destruction which they were also responsible for. Malmsteen’s “Odyssey” record sounded more trendy because the album was more trendy, and Trash by Alice Cooper may have been a bit polished but it was perfect for the sound he was going for. They’d do stuff like that and go the opposite direction with an earthy sounding album with Soundgarden “Louder than Love”. Huge influence right there.
Barry Diament is another influence of mine. I’ve had the chance to speak with him before, couldn’t be more humble despite being responsible for mastering the entire Led Zeppelin catalog (except IV), the entire AC/DC catalog up to “Who Made Who” (execpt '74 Jailbreak & Fly on the Wall), the Bob Marley reissue discs on Tuff Gong, a bunch of Yes albums, the aforementioned Appetite for Destruction. He taught me to think about audio in ways I’d never thought of before. He’s got a blog here. What are your stories? Who are your audio heroes?