Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Roger Nichols

The music industry lost a recording legend last week. Roger Nichols was a Grammy award-winning engineer and producer who worked on some of the best sounding albums of all time. Among my favorites are his recordings for Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. Those who have taken the Critical Listening class at UCI know how good these recordings really are. Roger was also a digital recording pioneer - arguably one of the first to use direct-to-disk non-linear editing systems and an early adopter of the pioneering 3M digital recorders. He was also a pioneer in helping usher out crappy "comp" monitors off the meter bridge - replacing them with ultra-linear near-field speakers.

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