AES New York 2013 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: Arf! Mastering - New York, NY, USA
Secondary Affiliation: NYU|Steinhardt Dept.of Music Technology
AES Member Type: Member
Alan has mastered numerous Grammy Award CDs, including world music phenomenon Lagrimas Negras, nominated for Record of The Year, Album of The Year, and Best Engineered Record at the Latin Grammy Awards. Alan began his engineering career in the '80s assisting at Electric Lady Studios working with producer Mutt Lange, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Hall and Oates, and Foreigner. He then moved on to engineer at A&R Recording Studios, working with legendary producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin, and artists Billy Joel and Judy Collins. At A&R he also recorded and mixed music scores for films by directors David Mamet, Richard Attenborough, Francis Coppola, and Frank Oz, and for major film composers Elmer Bernstein and Ralph Burns.
When the studio went dark in the early '90s, Alan began working freelance, producing records for Judy Collins as well as continuing to record scores for feature films, engineering the soundtrack of the United Artists musical adaptation of The Fantasticks. He later worked as a music supervisor for Sesame Workshop, producing music and directing Muppet performers and celebrities for the Sesame Street network television specials Elmopalooza and Cinderelmo. Alan turned to full-time mastering in 1996 and celebrated mastering his 45th Grammy Award project in 2012. He received critical acclaim for re-mastering the RCA and MCA back catalogs of the British supergroup The Kinks on hi-resolution SACD, for his restoration of the soundtrack for the Americana cult-classic Heartworn Highways, and for an SACD featuring Norah Jones. He still returns to recording on occasion, recently engineering the orchestral scores for the films Kinsey and the Disney Company's Casanova. He has just co-produced a new album for Judy Collins, and the opening title song for a major motion picture, "And So It Goes," from director Rob Reiner. Recent mastering projects include releases by Keith Richards, Earl Klugh, JD Souther, and Ivan & Alyosha.
Alan is active in the Audio Engineering Society and has chaired workshops in high-resolution mastering at the Society's national conventions. He teaches the art of mastering to undergrads in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, and to graduate students in the Tonemeister program at NYU-Steinhardt.
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Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album “Jump for Joy” (Presenter)