Bob Ludwig

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Bob Ludwig
Background information
Birth name Robert C. Ludwig
Born 1945
South Salem, New York, USA
Occupation(s) mastering engineer, musician
Associated acts American Music Club

Bob Ludwig (Robert C. Ludwig; born c. 1945) is an American mastering engineer. He has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all of the major record labels, and on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk[1] resulting in over 3000 credits.[2]


At the age of eight in South Salem, New York, Ludwig was so fascinated with his first tape recorder he used to make recordings of whatever was on the radio. Ludwig is a classical musician by training, having obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York, where he was also involved in the sound department and played principal trumpet with the Utica Symphony Orchestra.[3] Inspired by Phil Ramone when he came to the school to teach a summer recording workshop, he ended up working as his assistant. Afterwards, he was contacted again and offered work with Ramone at A&R Recording. Together, they did sessions on projects with The Band, Peter, Paul & Mary, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.

After a few years at A&R, Ludwig received an offer from Sterling Sound, where he eventually became a vice president. After seven years at Sterling, he moved to its larger direct competitor, Masterdisk, where he was vice president and chief engineer. In 1993, Ludwig decided to take control over his career by starting his own record mastering facility in Portland, Maine, named Gateway Mastering.

His mastering credits are extensive, and include albums for many major classic artists, such as the Kronos Quartet, and rock acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Phish, Megadeth, Metallica, Gloria Estefan, Nirvana, The Strokes, Queen, U2, Guns N' Roses, Richie Sambora, Tool, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Madonna, Supertramp, Will Ackerman, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Elton John and Daft Punk.

He has occasionally undertaken long projects, such as remastering the entire back catalogues of Rush, Dire Straits, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones,[4] Ludwig cites his most musically satisfying projects as: the CD reissue of Music From Big Pink (The Band), There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly and the Family Stone), Led Zeppelin II|II, Painted from Memory (Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello), Spirit (Jewel), Loreena McKennitt, and Ancient Voices of Children (George Crumb). Ludwig still actively influences the music industry. As a judge for The 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Annual Independent Music Awards, his contributions helped assist the careers of upcoming independent artists.[5]

Ludwig is active in the Audio Engineering Society and is a past chairman of the New York AES section. He is on the steering committee of the Producers and Engineer's section of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[6]

Involvement with American Music Club

Ludwig was the mastering engineer for American Music Club’s 1991 Everclear album (at Masterdisk), 1993 Mercury album and 1994 San Francisco album (both at Ludwig's Gateway Mastering studios).


  1. "Bob Ludwig". Gateway Mastering. Retrieved 2016-09-13. [unreliable source?]
  2. "Bob Ludwig". All Music Guide. All Music Guide. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. Anderman, Joan (2001-11-08). "Sound judgment - Music stars find a master's touch in Maine". Boston Globe. pp. D1. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
  4. Murphy, Steve (December 2002). "Remastering the Rolling Stones" (PDF). Pro Audio Review. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  5. PRLog
  6. "Recent Activities". McGill University. Archived from the original on 2006-08-23. 

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