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Chris Lord-Alge

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Chris Lord-Alge
BornMay 1963 (age 60–61)
GenresRock, Pop
Occupation(s)Mix engineer
Years active1986–present

Chris Lord-Alge is an American mix engineer. He is the brother of both Tom Lord-Alge and Jeff Lord-Alge, both of whom are also audio engineers. Chris and Tom are known for their abundant use of dynamic compression for molding mixes that play well on small speakers and FM radio.[1][2] Lord-Alge frequently collaborates with Howard Benson, who has produced the plurality of his mix discography.[3]


Lord-Alge worked at Unique Recording Studios in New York City in the 1980s. While there, he earned recognition for mixing James Brown's Gravity album (which included the hit song "Living in America"), the Rocky IV soundtrack, Prince's Batman soundtrack, Joe Cocker's Unchain My Heart album, Chaka Khan's Destiny album, Carly Simon's Coming Around Again album, Tina Turner's Foreign Affair album and 12" remixes of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita", the Rolling Stones' "Too Much Blood", and Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark", "Cover Me", and "Born in the U.S.A.".[4] In 1989-1990, brothers Chris and Jeff Lord-Alge collaborated on the Oingo Boingo album Dark at the End of the Tunnel, with Jeff Lord-Alge and Bill Jackson recording and Chris Lord-Alge mixing.[5]

Lord-Alge continued to mix for Turner throughout the 90's.[6] During this time he also provided mixing services for Neil Diamond's Tennessee Moon.[7] In 1997, he mixed Green Day's Nimrod, marking the beginning of a continued relationship with the band, mixing the Grammy-winning albums American Idiot (2004) and 21st Century Breakdown (2009).

The 2000's saw Lord-Alge lending his touch prolifically for other pop punk bands, mixing for Billy Talent, Simple Plan, and My Chemical Romance.[7] In the 2010's, Lord-Alge mixed on Celine Dion's Loved Me Back to Life, her first album after a seven-year hiatus, as well as Muse's The 2nd Law, a foray into more electronic textures.[8][9]

Partnership with Waves Audio[edit]

In early 2010, Waves Audio released the "CLA Artist Signature Collection", a collection of six application-specific audio plug-ins for vocals, drums, bass, guitar and the last two of them called "unplugged" (designed for acoustic elements) and "effects" (a collection of six different effects).[10][11] Waves had previously released a bundle of CLA-branded compressors, featuring the CLA-76 (UREI 1176LN), CLA-2A (Teletronix LA-2A) and CLA-3A (UREI LA-3A). These are among Lord-Alge's favorite dynamics units.[12]

List of Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Work Role Award[13]
2010 American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording mixing/engineering Best Musical Theater Album
2009 21st Century Breakdown mixing engineer Best Rock Album
2005 Boulevard of Broken Dreams mixing engineer Record of the Year
2004 All Things New mixing engineer (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 12) Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
2004 American Idiot mixing engineer Best Rock Album


  1. ^ "TOM LORD-ALGE: From Manson To Hanson". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "Secrets of the Mix Engineers: Chris Lord-Alge". Soundonsound.com. May 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge". radioswisspop.ch. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge | Credits |". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dark at the End of the Tunnel | Credits |". allmusic.com. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Tennessee Moon - Neil Diamond | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved February 17, 2022
  8. ^ Loved Me Back to Life - Céline Dion | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved February 17, 2022
  9. ^ The 2nd Law - Muse | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved February 17, 2022
  10. ^ "Waves Chris Lord-Alge Artist Signature Collection Includes Six Audio Processing Plugins". Gearwire. September 28, 2012. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Waves CLA Artist Signature Collection |". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Waves CLA Classic Compressors (Mac/Win) Review". emusician.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge". GRAMMY.com. November 19, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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