Chris Lord-Alge

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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 Lord-Alge is known for his use of dynamic range compression.[1] He is also known for collaborating with Howard Benson, who has produced the plurality of the albums Lord-Alge has mixed.[2]

Chris Lord-Alge gained notoriety while working at Unique Recording Studios in New York City in the 1980s, at which place he mixed 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.".[3] 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.[4]

Chris and his brother Tom are known inside the music industry for crafting their mix with an abundant use of dynamic compression[5] for molding mixes that play well on small speakers and FM radio, thus somewhat contributing to the loudness war.

In early 2010, Waves Audio released the "CLA Artist Signature Collection",[6] 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).[7] Slightly before that, Waves had also 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 Chris' favorite dynamics units.[8] It is assumed that Waves were unable to get a license to produce authorised versions of the 1176, LA-2A and LA-3A as their current manufacturer and owner, Universal Audio, already produced their own range of audio plug-ins modelling these units; so they branded them under CLA's name instead.[9]

List of Grammy Awards [10][edit]

Year Work Role Award
2010 American Idiot 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Secrets of the Mix Engineers: Chris Lord-Alge". Soundonsound.com. May 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge". radioswisspop.ch. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge | Credits |". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Dark at the End of the Tunnel | Credits |". allmusic.com. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "TOM LORD-ALGE: From Manson To Hanson". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Waves CLA Artist Signature Collection |". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Waves CLA Classic Compressors (Mac/Win) Review". emusician.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Definitive 1176 Compressor Plugin Roundup". sonicscoop.com. March 6, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Chris Lord-Alge". GRAMMY.com. November 19, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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