Mark Linett

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Mark Linett
Occupation(s)Record producer, audio engineer
Years active1970s–present

Mark Linett is an American record producer and audio engineer who is best known for his remixing and remastering of the Beach Boys' catalog.[1][2] Since 1988, he has been the engineer for Brian Wilson's recordings.[3] He has also worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Los Lobos, Rickie Lee Jones and Randy Newman.[4] Linett is based in Glendale, California, where he owns a home studio, Your Place or Mine Recording.[5]

Linett created the first true stereo mix of the Beach Boys' 1966 album Pet Sounds[6] and has co-produced many of the band's archival release, including The Pet Sounds Sessions (1997), Endless Harmony Soundtrack (1998), Hawthorne, CA (2003), and The Smile Sessions (2011).[7] In addition to winning two[needs update] Grammy Awards, he was nominated for Best Engineered Album for his work on Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004).[2] In 2014, Linett made a cameo appearance as Chuck Britz in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy.[8]

To create remixes of the Beach Boys' catalog, Linett uses ProTools as his DAW of choice, although he keeps analog tape machines for the purpose of transferring to digital.[9] Since 2000, producer Alan Boyd, the band's archive manager, has been his longtime partner for such projects.[10]


  1. ^ "Mark Linett - Remixing The Beach Boys". Sound on Sound. July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Christman, Ed (March 11, 2011). "Beach Boys Engineer Mark Linett Talks 'Smile' Release".
  3. ^ Britt, Thomas. "The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions, PopMatters". Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Owsinski, Bobby (November 1, 2004). The recording engineer's handbook. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. xiii. ISBN 978-1-932929-00-3. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  5. ^ Baccigaluppi, John; Crane, Larry (May–June 2005). "Mark Linett". Tape Op.
  6. ^ Linett, Mark (1997). "Notes on Recording and Mixing". The Pet Sounds Sessions (Booklet). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records.
  7. ^ "Beach Boys Producers Alan Boyd, Dennis Wolfe, Mark Linett Discuss 'Made in California' (Q&A)". Rock Cellar Magazine. September 4, 2013. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013.
  8. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (May 29, 2015). "Finding Beach Boy Brian Wilson". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Bonzai (April 20, 2014). "Interview with Mark Linett". Barefoot Sound.
  10. ^ Taber Times (July 15, 2021). "'Feel Flows' — The Beach Boys re-imagined this summer". Taber Times. Retrieved July 18, 2021.

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