Tom Lord-Alge

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Tom Lord-Alge
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Background information
Birth name Tom Lord-Alge
Born 1963
Origin New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s) Mixer, producer, engineer

Tom Lord-Alge (born 1963)[1] is an American music producer, engineer and mixer.[2][3] Having begun as an engineer and producer, he now works almost exclusively as a mix engineer.[4] Lord-Alge received two Grammy Awards for his work on Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life (1986), and "Roll With It" (1988)—both winning in the Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical category. Lord-Alge's third Grammy was for Santana's "Supernatural" (1999), which won Album of the Year. Lord-Alge has mixed records for Ween, U2, Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews Band, Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Oasis and Marilyn Manson, among others.[5]

Career

Tom's first major project was engineering Steve Winwood's Grammy winning album Back in the High Life (1986), and he went on to engineer Winwood's Grammy follow up Roll With It in addition to co-producing its number one hit song "Higher Love". He then left Unique Recording to work as a freelance engineer and mixer.[4][6]

Tom's turning point as a mixing engineer was in 1993 after mixing Crash Test Dummies' "God Shuffled His Feet", featuring their hit "Mmm mmm mmm mmm". Shortly thereafter he mixed Live's multi-platinum "Throwing Copper", which to date has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[7] The success of these albums marked the beginning of Tom Lord-Alge's professional career as a mix engineer. Tom mixed out of South Beach Studios in Miami prior to it closing,[8] and is represented exclusively by Global Positioning Services Management in Santa Monica.[3][6]

Like his brother Chris Lord-Alge, Tom is well known for his extensive use of compression in mix down as both a creative and functional technique.[4]

Personal life

Tom is one of five brothers - two of whom are audio and mix engineers, namely Chris Lord-Alge and Jeff Lord-Alge. Their mother (Vivian Lord) was a jazz singer and pianist, while their father sold jukeboxes for a living. After doing live sound engineering for some time, Tom joined his older brother Chris at Unique Recording in New York City in 1984. Tom began working as an assistant to Chris, who was then a staff engineer, and later became staff engineer until 1988. Tom credits Chris as being a strong influence on his early development as an engineer and mixer.[4]

Involvement with American Music Club

Lord-Alge mixed "Wish The World Away" on American Music Club's 1994 San Francisco album.

Selected Discography

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