Ray Staff

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Ray Staff
Birth name Ray Staff
Origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Mastering Engineer

Ray Staff is a mastering engineer best known for his work with a diverse mix of artists including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Black Sabbath. Most recently he has mastered albums for Muse.

Biography and career[edit]

Joining the legendary Trident Studios (a recording facility originally located at 17, St. Anne's Court in London's Soho district) in 1970, Ray Staff became part of the newly formed Mastering Department contributing to projects such as: David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, and Elton John. Ray moved on to become Trident's first Chief Mastering Engineer.

For Monty Python Ray created the world's first three-sided album by cutting two spirals on one side of the disc, creating the "hidden" third side. This was topped later with a Johnny Moped album for Ace Records, where the first track on the A side was double cut, the two spirals then joined together to play the remaining side of the album.

Whilst Senior Mastering Engineer at Sony's UK Studios Ray became part of the international team developing Sony's proprietary archiving system.

Other classics mastered by Ray Staff include Physical Graffiti and Presence by Led Zeppelin, Crime of the Century by Supertramp, and It's Only Rock 'n Roll by The Rolling Stones.

Recent years[edit]

Ray is regularly featured in Hi-Fi publications for his work on audiophile vinyl releases. He is also much sought after by labels Alchemy Soho[1] from the worlds of jazz, world music, classical and crossover. Ray is also building an increasing number of surround mastering projects to his portfolio, including Gary Moore, Deep Purple, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Alice Cooper released during the past few months.

Discography[edit]

Year Album Artist Role
2012 Life as a Routine
Classical
Hakan Yurdakul Mastering
2002 24 Hour Party People
Soundtrack
Various artists Remastering
1997 Sueños en tránsito Nicole Mastering
2001 37 Brits 2001 Hits: Brit Awards Various artists Mastering
2005 Adam Ant Remasters
Remastered, limited edition box set
Ant, Adam !Adam Ant Remastering, digital remastering
2000 African Fantasy Trilok Gurtu Mastering
1988 African Typic Collection Various artists Mastering
2004 Afterlife Jackson, Joe !Joe Jackson Mastering
2004 Afterlife
Bonus CD
Jackson, Joe !Joe Jackson Mastering
2000 A List, The !The A-List A1 Mastering
1996 Alive at Ronnie Scott's Grimes, Carol !Carol Grimes Engineer
1972 All The Young Dudes Mott the Hoople Mastering
2006 Amaral
Christmas edition
Amaral Mastering
2004 AM-FM Gift, The !The Gift Mastering
2001 Aura Asia Mastering
1996 Authentic Whitehead, Tim !Tim Whitehead Mastering
2000 Balengu Village Wassy, Brice !Brice Wassy Mastering
1997 Beautiful World Carrack, Paul !Paul Carrack Mastering
2002 Becoming Something Else Sugarcoma Mastering
2004 Belle-Issima!: Sweet Memories... Belle Stars, The !The Belle Stars Mastering
1993 Benga Blast! Misiani, Daniel Owino !Daniel Owino Misiani Mastering
2007 Betcha Bottom Dollar Puppini Sisters, The !The Puppini Sisters Mastering
2006 Betcha Bottom Dollar
UK edition
Puppini Sisters, The !The Puppini Sisters Mastering
2001 Biografias Do Amor Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
2001 Bitter Suites to Succubi Cradle of Filth Mastering
1970 Black Sabbath
Japan bonus tracks
Black Sabbath Remastering
1972 Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Black Sabbath Remastering
1998 Black to the Future Masekela, Hugh !Hugh Masekela Mastering
1995 Blue Valentine Morris, Sarah Jane !Sarah Jane Morris Mastering
1983 Born Again Black Sabbath Remastering
2001 British Steel
Bonus tracks
Judas Priest Cut
2002 California Blake, Perry !Perry Blake Mastering
1998 Cappuccino Songs, The !The Cappuccino Songs Tikaram, Tanita !Tanita Tikaram Mastering
1976 Child in Time Gillan Band, Ian !Ian Gillan Band Mastering
1991 Clash on Broadway Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2004 Clash on Broadway
2004 reissue
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2002 Clash, The London Calling, Combat Rock !The Clash / London Calling / Combat Rock Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2000 Code: Brasil - Target: Recipe Various artists Mastering
2001 Coincidências Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
2005 Collection, The: British Steel / Point of Entry / Screaming for Vengeance !The Collection: British Steel / Point of Entry / Screaming for Vengeance Judas Priest Cut, mastering
2004 Collection, The: Clash, The / London Calling, Combat Rock !The Collection: The Clash / London Calling / Combat Rock
2004 long box set
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2005 Collection, The: Clash, The / London Calling, Combat Rock !The Collection: The Clash / London Calling / Combat Rock
2005 small box set
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
1982 Combat Rock Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2005 Concrete and Street Lamps Searson, Jake !Jake Searson Mastering
2003 Conversations with the Unseen Kinch, Soweto !Soweto Kinch Mastering
1998 Convocatoria Gabis, Claudio !Claudio Gabis Mastering
2007 Trinity Revisited
Vinyl
Cowboy Junkies Mastering
2006 Cradle of Filth Box Set, The !The Cradle of Filth Box Set Cradle of Filth Mastering
2003 Crossing the Stone Finch, Catrin !Catrin Finch Mastering
1996 Cuando te vi Partir Puyo, Claudia !Claudia Puyo Mastering
1995 Curse of the Cat People, The: Film Music of Webb, Roy, The !The Curse of the Cat People: The Film Music of Roy Webb Webb, Roy !Roy Webb Supervisor
2005 Dakshina Premal, Deva !Deva Premal Mastering
2003 Damnation and a Day Cradle of Filth Mastering
2003 Damnation and a Day
Japan bonus tracks
Cradle of Filth Mastering
2006 Desafio Malu !Malú Mastering
1991 Direction Ov Travel PTV3 !PTV3 Engineer
1978 Disguise in Love Clarke, John Cooper !John Cooper Clarke Mastering
2005 Disguise in Love
Bonus tracks
Clarke, John Cooper !John Cooper Clarke Mastering
1990 Don't Fret Taylor, Martin !Martin Taylor Mastering
2007 Double Trouble
Bonus tracks
Gillan Mastering
2003 Dream Soldier Desree !Des'ree Mastering
1980 Duke Genesis Mastering
1998 Dum Dum Baby Baby Fox Mastering
1998 Dum Dum Baby
Japan
Baby Fox Mastering
2006 Early Years, The !The Early Years
Bonus CD
Early Years, The !The Early Years Mastering
1998 Educating Rita
Soundtrack
Hentschel, David !David Hentschel Mastering
2006 Eighteen !"Eighteen" Forward, Russia! !¡Forward, Russia! Mastering
2007 Eighteen
6 tracks
Forward, Russia! !¡Forward, Russia! Mastering
2000 El Alquimista (The Alchemist) Martín, Juan !Juan Martín Mastering
2003 Essential Clash, The !The Essential Clash
UK bonus track
Clas, The !The Clash Remastering
2003 Estrella de mar Amaral Mastering
2004 Estrella de mar
Bonus tracks
Amaral Mastering
2003 Evolution: Hits, The !Evolution: The Hits Dead or Alive Remastering
2003 Evolution: Hits, The !Evolution: The Hits
Limited edition
Dead or Alive Digital remastering
2005 Exits Boxer Rebellion, The !The Boxer Rebellion Mastering
1995 Exuberancia Irakere Engineer
2001 No More Shall We Part Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mastering
2002 Film Works Sakamoto, Ryuichi !Ryuichi Sakamoto Mastering
2000 Freedom !"Freedom"
Australia CD
Erasure Mastering
2000 Freedom, Part 1 !"Freedom, Pt. 1" Erasure Mastering
2005 Friend or Foe
Bonus tracks
Ant, Adam !Adam Ant Remastering
1998 Fruit Cocktail Various artists Engineer, mixing
2007 Future Shock
Bonus tracks
Gillan Mastering
2004 Gaze Beautiful South, The !The Beautiful South Mastering
1944 Get with Cab Calloway, Cab !Cab Calloway Cutting engineer
1992 Ghostsongs Shaw, Ian !Ian Shaw Mastering, mixing
1984 Give Daddy the Knife Cindy Naz Nomad and the Nightmares Post production, post producer
1978 Give 'em Enough Rope Clsh, The !The Clash Remastering
2006 Give Me a Wall Forward, Russia! !¡Forward, Russia! Mastering
2007 Glory Road
Bonus tracks
Gillan Mastering
2004 Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs Beautiful South, The !The Beautiful South Mastering
1992 Groovin' Breaux, Zachary !Zachary Breaux Engineer, mastering
1990 Guitar Paradise of East Africa Various artists Mastering
1999 Healing Angel Touched by an Angel Mastering
1978 Hemispheres Rush Mastering
2004 Heroes
Sony
Various artists Remastering
2000 Highland Cathedral Coulter, Phil !Phil Coulter Mastering
2001 History Penguin Cafe Orchestra Remastering
1989 Home Ground Battlefield Band Mastering
1996 Hot Ayers, Roy !Roy Ayers Engineer, mastering
1994 Hot House Reykjavik Jazz Quartet Mastering
1996 I Gotta Right to Sing Montgomery, Marion !Marion Montgomery Engineer, mastering
1999 I Gotta Right to Sing / Nice and Easy Montgomery, Marion !Marion Montgomery Engineer
2007 I Love the Future Caufield Mastering
2004 I Only Wrote this Song for You: A Tribute to Johnny Thunders
Diesel Motor
Various artists Duplication
1995 I Only Wrote this Song for You: A Tribute to Johnny Thunders
Essential
Various artists Mastering
1965 In a Mellow Tone Webster, Ben !Ben Webster Mastering, preparation
1996 In Memory of Thunder Neto, Jose !José Neto Mastering
1986 Indestructible Beat of Soweto, The !The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Various artists Mastering
1995 Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 3: Thunder Before Dawn Various artists Mastering
2005 It Was Not Here Afterthought, The !The Afterthought Mastering
2005 Jazz Warrior Wilson, Abram !Abram Wilson Mastering
2001 Kilas o Mau da Fita Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1991 Kings and Queens of Township Jive, The: Modern Roots of Indestructible Beat of Soweto, the !The Kings and Queens of Township Jive: Modern Roots of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto Various artists Mastering
1996 Kon'ko Man Kunene, Madala !Madala Kunene Mastering
1997 Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space Spiritualized Mastering
2001 Lake of Shadows Coulter, Phil !Phil Coulter Mastering
2006 Last Dance Alps, The !The Alps Mastering
2003 Let Freedom Ring! Baptiste, Denys !Denys Baptiste Mastering
1979 Life on the Ceiling Chapman, Michael !Michael Chapman Editing
2000 Linn Box One Taylor, Martin !Martin Taylor Mastering
2000 The Linn Box: 3 Claire Martin, Claire !Claire Martin Mastering
2006 Live at Montreux 2006 !Live at Montreux Gallagher, Rory !Rory Gallagher Mastering
2006 Live at Montreux 1996 Deep Purple Mastering
2007 Live at Montreux 2002 UB40 Mastering
1991 Live at Ronnie Scott's Irakere Mastering
2007 Live at the Budokan
Special Edition
Gillan Band, Ian !Ian Gillan Band Mastering
1994 Live at the Point Moore, Christy !Christy Moore Mixing
1998 Live Evil
Remastered
Black Sabbath Remastering
2007 Live in Asia Asia Mastering
2004 London Calling
25th Anniversary Legacy Edition
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
2002 Love Is Here Starsailor Mastering
2006 Love that Whirls, The (Diary of a Thinking Heart) (1982) !The Love that Whirls (Diary of a Thinking Heart)
Import Bonus Tracks
Nelson, Bill !Bill Nelson Mastering
2000 Loveboat Erasure Mastering
1996 Lozko Maanam Mastering
2007 Magic
Edsel Bonus Tracks
Gillan Mastering
1997 Majoun Horowitz, Richard !Richard Horowitz Mastering
2000 Maroon Webb Brothers, The !The Webb Brothers Mastering
2004 Meets Scientist in a Midnight Rock Dub, Vol. 1 King Tubby Mastering
2004 Melek Ercetin, Candan !Candan Erçetin Mastering
1989 Mettle Hugo Largo Mastering
2006 Mettle
Bonus tracks
Hugo Largo Mastering
1999 Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames Hardiman, Ronan !Ronan Hardiman Mastering
1979 Mick Taylor Taylor, Mick !Mick Taylor Mastering
2000 Midian Cradle of Filth Mastering
2002 Mods Mayday '79
2 Disc
Various artists Cutting engineer
2001 Moon and the Sky !"Moon & the Sky" Erasure Mastering
1977 Morrocan Roll Brand X Mastering
1977 Motorhead !Motörhead Motorhead !Motörhead Post production
1990 Motorhead !Motörhead
Bonus tracks
Motorhead !Motörhead Post production
2007 Mr. Universe
Bonus track
Gillan Mastering
2005 MTV Unplugged Giorgia Mastering
2005 Multitudes Illapu Engineer
1996 Murder Ballads Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mastering
2007 Music for Astronauts and Cosmonauts Noi, Hubert and B, Howie !Húbert Nói and Howie B Mastering
2005 Music for Films III
Bonus tracks
Eno, Brian !Brian Eno Mastering
1995 Naked Flame O'Malley, Tony !Tony O'Malley Mastering
1994 Nebuchadnezzar Dankworth, Alec !Alec Dankworth Mastering
1978 Never Say Die! Black Sabbath Remastering
1996 N'ga Funk Wassy, Brice !Brice Wassy Mastering
2005 Nice Guy Searson, Jake !Jake Searson Mastering
1963 Night and Day Hayes, Tubby !Tubby Hayes Mastering, preparation
1986 Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 3, A !A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 3 Various artists Mastering
2002 Nil Dunyasi !Nil Dünyası Karaibrahimgil, Nil !Nil Karaibrahimgil Mastering
2006 Nine Forward, Russia! !¡Forward, Russia! Mastering
2001 No More Shall We Part Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mastering
2001 No More Shall We Part
Bonus tracks
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mastering
1996 Normal Family, A !A Normal Family Baby Fox Mastering
2005 Nova Latino, Vol. 4 Various artists Mastering
2006 Now Listen Stevens, Shakin !Shakin' Stevens Mastering
2005 Nude Iconcrash Mastering
2000 Obsession Hadley, Tony !Tony Hadley Mastering
2010 Oh Vanille/Ova Nil
180g audiophile vinyl [2010 Reissue]
Cluck, Diane !Diane Cluck Mastering[2]
2000 Open Mind Matlock, Glen !Glen Matlock Mastering
2001 Origin of Symmetry Muse Mastering
2006 Out in the Sun
Bonus track
Moraz, Patrick !Patrick Moraz Cut
1979 Over the Rainbow Watts, Trevor !Trevor Watts Cutting engineer
2003 Overgrown Eden
Japan bonus tracks
InMe Mastering
1971 Paranoid Black Sabbath Remastering
2004 Pastora Pastora Mastering
2001 De Pequenino Se Torce O Destino Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1998 Perfect Time Brennan, Moya !Moya Brennan Mastering
1998 Philosopher's Stone, The !The Philosopher's Stone Morrison, Van !Van Morrison Mastering
2005 Picture Kino Mastering
2007 Pirate Queen, The !The Pirate Queen
Soundtrack
Schonberg, Claude-Michel !Claude-Michel Schönberg Mastering
2007 Platinum Collection
EMI Bonus Tracks
Garrett, Lesley !Lesley Garrett Mastering
1978 Pleasure Signals Wilding-Bonus !Wilding-Bonus Mastering
2001 Point of Entry
Bonus tracks
Judas Priest Mastering
2001 Pre-Historias !Pré-Histórias Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1979 Product Brand X Mastering
2007 Prog Bad Plus, The !The Bad Plus Mastering
2001 Queima-Roupa, A !À Queima-Roupa Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1997 Quiet Nights Bates, Django !Django Bates Mastering
1996 Rocket Primitive Radio Gods Mastering
1996 Rocket
Edited, clean
Primitive Radio Gods Mixing
1977 Round the Back Cafe Jacques !Café Jacques Mastering
2005 Rush Hour Sean Hargreaves Trio Mastering
1973 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath Remastering
1996 Sabotage
ESM
Black Sabbath Remastering
1993 Sabroso! Various artists Mastering
1989 Sabroso!: Havana Hits Various artists Mastering
2001 Salao de Festas !Salão de Festas Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1982 Scatterlings Juluka Mastering
1981 Scientist Meets the Space Invaders Scientist Mastering
1999 Searchin' / Hot Ayers, Roy !Roy Ayers Mastering
1986 Seventh Star Black Sabbath Remastering
1990 Sheltering Sky, The !The Sheltering Sky Sakamoto, Ryuichi !Ryuichi Sakamoto Mastering
1991 Sheltering Sky, The !The Sheltering Sky
Capitol
Sakamoto, Ryuichi !Ryuichi Sakamoto Mastering
1976 Shouting and Pointing Mott !Mott Mastering
1990 Shumba Mapfumo, Thomas !Thomas Mapfumo Mastering
1998 Silence Between Waves Whitehead, Tim !Tim Whitehead Mastering
2004 Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 7: The Backyard Patio Various artists Mastering, cutting engineer
1998 Slain By Urusei Yatsura Urusei Yatsura Mastering
2001 Smiling & Waving Garbarek, Anja !Anja Garbarek Mastering
2001 Os Sobreviventes Godinho, Sergio !Sérgio Godinho Remastering
1991 Solo Piano Valdes, Chucho !Chucho Valdés Mastering
1983 Sonero Fiol, Henry !Henry Fiol Mastering
1964 Sonny's Blues
Live st Ronnie Scott's
Stitt, Sonny !Sonny Stitt Mastering, preparation
2005 Soul Providence Anderson, Carleen !Carleen Anderson Mastering
1995 Spirit of the Eagle Various artists Mastering
2005 Standard Issue Carroll, Liane !Liane Carroll Mastering
1978 Stižemo Laza & Ipe Cutting engineer
2006 Stranger on the Sofa Adamson, Barry !Barry Adamson Mastering
2005 Strip
Bonus tracks
Ant, Adam !Adam Ant Digital remastering
1997 Suenos en transito !Sueños en tránsito Nicole Mastering
2006 Superbi Beautiful South, The !The Beautiful South Mastering
1996 S'Wonderful Delmar, Elaine !Elaine Delmar Engineer, mastering
2004 Thank You for the Years Bassey, Shirley !Shirley Bassey Mastering
2007 Elements, The !The Elements
Standard version
Second Person Mastering
2007 Elements, The !The Elements
Limited Edition version
Second Person Mastering
1977 Clash, The UK !The Clash
UK version, [UK
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
1979 Clash, The US !The Clash
US Version, US
Clash, The !The Clash Remastering
1995 Violin Player, The !The Violin Player Vanessa-Mae Mastering
2007 Live at Montreux 2006 !Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down To Montreux Deep Purple Mastering
2007 Live at Montreux 2006 !Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down To Montreux
DVD
Deep Purple Mastering
2004 Timeless: Daniel O'Donnell and Mary Duff Odonnell, Daniel and Duff, Mary !Daniel O'Donnell and Mary Duff Mastering
1997 To Have and to Hold
Soundtrack
Various artists Mastering
2000 Trabendo Negresses Vertes, Les !Les Négresses Vertes Mastering
2006 Truth and Lies Searson, Jake !Jake Searson Mastering
2005 Truth and Lies (single) !"Truth and Lies"
Single
Searson, Jake !Jake Searson Mastering
1996 Under Wheels of Confusion: 1970–1987 Black Sabbath Remastering
1994 Unspoken Word, The !The Unspoken Word Freeman, Chico !Chico Freeman Engineer
2006 Until the Next Time Odonnell, Daniel !Daniel O'Donnell Mastering
2002 Up the Bracket Libertines, The !The Libertines Mastering
2002 Up the Bracket Libertines, The !The Libertines
US Bonus Tracks
Mastering
1998 Victim of Circumstance Newton, David !David Newton Mastering
1999 Violin Player, The !The Violin Player
Limited Edition Bonus CD-ROM
Vanessa-Mae Mastering
1993 Virunga Volcano Mapangala, Samba !Samba Mapangala Mastering
2005 Vive Le Rock
Bonus tracks
Ant, Adam !Adam Ant Digital remastering
2007 Wait for Me Pigeon Detectives, The !The Pigeon Detectives Mastering
1995 Waiting Game, The !The Waiting Game Martin, Claire !Claire Martin Mastering
2003 War Child: Hope Various artists Mastering
2002 Warriors
Bonus tracks
Numan, Gary !Gary Numan Original mastering
2001 Welcome to the Madhouse Shy Mastering
1997 Welcome to the World Psycho Motel Mastering
2003 Well's on Fire, The !The Well's on Fire Procol Harum Mastering
2007 When I Fall in Love Garrett, Lesley !Lesley Garrett Mastering
1999 Whisper to the Wild Water Brennan, Moya !Máire Brennan Mastering
2004 Wide Eyed And Legless: The A&M Recordings Fairweather Low, Andy !Andy Fairweather Low Mastering
1983 Work for All Juluka Mastering
2007 Xitintoday
Bonus track
Turner's Sphynx, Nik !Nik Turner's Sphynx Mastering
1978 Zimbabwe Frontline, Vol. 2: Spirit of the Eagle Various artists Mastering

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Mastering: How the pros do it...". Sound on Sound (Cambridge, UK: SOS Publications Group). October 2005. 
  • "Preparing your tracks for mastering". Sound on Sound (Cambridge, UK: SOS Publications Group). September 2005. 

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