Clif Norrell

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Clif Norrell
  • Recording engineer
  • mixer
  • producer
  • musician
  • mastering engineer
Years active1987–present

Clif Norrell is a Grammy-nominated American record producer, recording engineer, music mixer, and musician. He has worked with many prominent artists including Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, No Doubt, Rush, Faith No More, Shania Twain, Mick Jagger, Dave Grohl, Sting, Paul McCartney, Gavin Degraw, Joss Stone, Selena Gomez and The Police.

Neil Peart, drummer of Rush, remarked "Clif's experienced and sensitive ears helped to translate the sounds we imagined into the sounds we heard (no small feat!)".[1]

Norrell was nominated for two Grammy Awards[2] and two TEC Awards[3] for his engineering work on Springsteen's 2012 album Wrecking Ball and its single "We Take Care of Our Own", as well as an additional TEC Award nomination for his work on Sting's album 57th and 9th. Norrell has been featured in many articles, books, and music conferences.[4][5][6][7] Norrell also mixed the first commercial music-only release in Dolby Atmos immersive sound format for the 25th Anniversary edition of R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People album.[8]

Early career[edit]

Starting with a long background as a trained trumpet player and guitarist, Clif began his studio career at the legendary Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, the world's most awarded recording studio, in the mid 1980s under the mentorship of renowned audio guru Allen Sides. Throughout his years there as staff engineer, Clif honed his skills while working with superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Beastie Boys, Van Halen, and many others. He also learned his craft by working with such legendary producers and engineers as Arif Mardin, Glyn Johns, Andy Johns, Norman Granz, and many other top contemporary producers. Starting out in the era when analog recording technology was at its peak and digital technology was just starting to be more widely used in studios, Norrell continues to incorporate vintage analog tape recorders and processing together with the latest in digital audio advancements to achieve the sound and feel he and the artists envision for each project.

Partial discography[edit]

Artist Project Credit Year
R.E.M. Automatic for the People Engineer, Mixer 1992
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Engineer 2012
Jeff Buckley Grace Engineer 1994
Ghost Prequelle Engineer 2018
Weezer Pinkerton Engineer 1996
Rush Test For Echo Engineer 1996
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime Engineer 1995
Anouk Hotel New York Producer 2004
Shania Twain Now Engineer 2017
SuperHeavy SuperHeavy Engineer 2011
Sting 57th and 9th Engineer 2016
Sting At The Movies Mixer 1999
Miley Cyrus Breakout Mixer 2008
Miley Cyrus Start All Over Mixer 2007
The Replacements All Shook Down Engineer, Mixer 1990
Echo and The Bunnymen Evergreen Mixer 1997
Needtobreathe Rivers in the Wasteland Engineer 2014
RDGLDGRN RDGLDGRN LP Engineer, Mixer 2013
Noisettes What's The Time Mr. Wolf Producer, engineer, Mixer 2007
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls Engineer, Mixer 1989
Indigo Girls Nomads Indians Saints Engineer, Mixer 1990
Widespread Panic Ain't Life Grand Mixer 1994
Widespread Panic Bombs and Butterflies Mixer 1997
Rollins Band Come in and Burn Engineer, Mixer 1997
Rollins Band Get Some Go Again Engineer, Mixer 2000
Rollins Band The Only Way To Know For Sure Producer, engineer, Mixer 2002
Rollins Band Nice Engineer, Mixer 2001
No Doubt "Making Out" from Rock Steady Engineer 2001
The Refreshments Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy Producer, engineer, Mixer 1996
Billy Idol The Devil's Playground Engineer 2005
Selena Gomez Kiss and Tell Mixer 2009
Selena Gomez "Live Like There's No Tomorrow" from A Year Without Rain Mixer 2010
Serena Ryder Live Mixer, Mastering Engineer 2002
Little Birdy Hollywood Engineer, Mixer 2006
Skunk Anansie Post Orgasmic Chill Engineer 1999
John Hiatt Perfectly Good Guitar Engineer, Mixer 1993
A.R. Rahman Infinite Love Mixer 2012
Anvil Juggernaut of Justice Mastering Engineer 2011
The Jayhawks Tomorrow the Green Grass Engineer 1995
Pixies Debaser Mixer 1989
Gavin DeGraw Sweeter Engineer 2011


  1. ^ "Test For Echo Tourbook - Cygnus".
  2. ^ "2013 Grammy Nominations: The Full List".
  3. ^ "28th Annual TEC Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement". Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "SXSW -Shorties Session: The Studio Experience".
  5. ^ Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros by Rick Clark.
  6. ^ "API Works – Clif Norrell".
  7. ^ "Recording Henry Rollins – AudioTechnology Magazine" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Spatial audio is the most exciting thing to happen to pop music since stereo". Ars Technica. Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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