Neil Dorfsman

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Neil Dorfsman
Birth nameNeil Eric Dorfsman
Born (1952-05-31) May 31, 1952 (age 71)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Record producer, audio engineer, mixer
Years active1977−present

Neil Dorfsman (born May 31, 1952) is an American sound engineer and record producer, best known for his work with Dire Straits, Bruce Hornsby, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney and Sting. He won Grammy Awards for Best Producer for Bruce Hornsby's Scenes from the Southside (1988) and Sting's ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987), a Grammy Award for Best Engineer for Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms (1985), as well as a nomination for Best Engineer for Dire Straits's Love Over Gold (1982). Further, he recorded two tracks on Sting's Brand New Day (1999), which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Album. He mixed the East Village Opera Company's Olde School, which received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. In 1988[1] and 1998, Dorfsman won a TEC Award for Engineer of the Year.

Other popular artists Dorfsman has worked with include Björk, Paul Brady, Def Leppard, Bonnie Tyler, They Might Be Giants, Richie Sambora, and Tears for Fears.[2]

Dorfsman was born in Manhattan and grew up on Long Island.[3] His career began at Electric Lady Studios in 1977, where he was trained by Eddie Kramer.[4] After two years, he moved to Power Station Studios, where he became a staff engineer in 1979. His big break came in May, when he was assigned to take over for Bob Clearmountain, who had a prior commitment, on album number 5 for Bruce Springsteen. One year and 60+ songs later, the recording was finally completed for the double album, The River.[5]

In the last decade, Dorfsman has made his residence in the San Diego area of California.[6]

Selected works[edit]

Neil Dorfsman has worked on over 300 albums[7][8]


Box Sets/Catalogs


  1. ^ "The TEC Awards 1988 Winners". Archived from the original on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  2. ^ "Neil Dorfsman - Producer / Engineer / Mixer". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ "Neil Dorfsman". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ "CLASSIC TRACKS: Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing'". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  5. ^ Droney, Maureen (October 2003). "Classic Tracks: Bruce Springsteen's "The River"". Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Neil Dorfsman : SonicScoop – Creative, Technical & Business Connections For NYC's Music & Sound Community". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ "Neil Dorfsman". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Credits". Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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