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BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN

We’ve saved one of our biggest ever studio engineer interviews for this special anniversary issue of MusicTech. We speak to Bob Clearmountain about mixing some of the most iconic artists of our time…

It’s traditional in this kind of interview to open up with a ‘xxx has worked with some of the biggest names of our time’ quote, but with Bob Clearmountain you get the impression that such a throwaway line wouldn’t be doing the man justice. Besides, it might be easier to list the people he hasn’t worked with, such is the length of the man’s CV and the time that he has been working in a recording studio environment.

Bob started working as an engineer in the early 70s at New York’s Media Sound Studios, before becoming chief engineer at the iconic PowerStation Studios. Since the 80s, he has worked as an independent engineer with artists including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Chic, Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Ferry, Robbie Williams, Elton John, The Kinks… the list really does go on. He’s also worked on such high-profile productions as Live Aid and The Concert For New York City. He runs one of the finest studios money can buy – as you will see from some of the shots accompanying this interview – with one of the most extensive kit lists. There’s plenty to talk about then, so let’s get straight to it…

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It’s celebration time here at MusicTech as we reveal our 150th issue! quite a milestone we’re sure you’ll agree. What an issue we’ve got to celebrate. First we’ve compiled the 150 best gear, studios, quotes and tips from the last 150 issues of MusicTech and we sit down for chats with studio legends Tony Visconti and Bob Clearmountain. We’ve also got a whole host of tutorials, reviews and a brand new feature looking at the six ways to save time when recording.
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