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Bob Ludwig

Often described as “a mastering engineer’s engineer”, Bob Ludwig has been universally recognized for his outstanding talents and his passionate pursuit of the latest recording technologies. With nearly a dozen GRAMMY® Awards to his credit, his work has spanned virtually every music genre, including such well-known recordings as Babel, Beyonce (surround mix), Brothers In Arms, The Layla Sessions, Morning Phase and Random Access Memories.

A Mastering Engineer's Engineer

Bob Ludwig is a 11x Grammy, 2x Latin Grammy, Les Paul Award, AES Gold Medal Recipient and 18x TEC Award winner.


The Sound of The Engineer

Bob 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. Inspired by Phil Ramone when he came to the school to teach a summer recording workshop, he ended up working as his assistant for the course. Phil asked him if he would like to work at A&R Recording. Together, they did sessions on projects with The Band, Peter, Paul & Mary, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach etc.

After a few years at A&R, Ludwig received an offer from Sterling Sound becoming their first employee, where he eventually rose to become a Vice-President. After seven years at Sterling, he moved to Masterdisk where he was Vice President and Chief Engineer. In 1992, Ludwig decided to take more control over his career by starting his own record-mastering facility in Portland, Maine named Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc..

His mastering credits are extensive, and include albums for many major classical artists, such as the Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich and rock acts, including Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Phish, Megadeth, Metallica, Gloria Estefan, Nirvana, The Strokes, Queen, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Madonna, Supertramp, Will Ackerman, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Elton John, Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack and Daft Punk to name a few.

Bob was a former co-chair of the Steering Committee and currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Producers and Engineer’s Wing of The Recording Academy. Ludwig holds an APRS Sound Fellowship and as well as being a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. He was awarded the AES Gold Medal at the 2015 AES convention.

True Legends.

Al Schmitt

Recording Engineer

Capitol Studios

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Bob Ludwig

Mastering Engineer

Gateway Mastering Studios

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