Video: Legendary Producer Chris Lord-Alge

If you’re not too familiar with the world of pro-audio, you might think you don’t know Chris Lord-Alge. However, the odds are overwhelmingly stacked that you’ve heard his work.

One of the most prolific engineers of all time, Lord-Alge has worked with legions of stars like Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Cheap Trick, and Carly Simon. I could keep saying names, but the list would take up the rest of the article.

Renowned for his pioneering use of compression, the effect has become something of a trademark in the punchy Lord-Alge sound. He trades so heavily in compression, in fact, that he mentions 22 Urei 1176s in his personal collection. “It’s like plugging into a guitar amp.”

While he retains a core love for analog production, Lord-Alge has also expanded into the digital realm. His collaboration with Waves Audio produced a formidable collection of plug-ins that channel his original favorites. “They proved to me they could take my favorite stuff and sound reasonable in a digital domain”

Most recently, the studio wizard worked with Cheap Trick on their latest album “Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello.” Remarking on the fun rock n’ roll feel of the album, Lord-Alge says “The techniques I use are just to make it sound as much like a live band as possible.” While he was able to really tap into the rowdy sound of Rick Nielsen and company, the legendary engineer is balanced in his approach to recording an artist. 
“You have to use a different approach for each one, but generally it’s all music and it’s all about balance and style.”

Check out the video above for the full interview.

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