Bruce Swedien


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Recording Engineer

Bruce Swedien was working with Quincy Jones when Michael Jackson asked the two if they would work on his upcoming album, entitled “Thriller.” It became the biggest selling album on the planet and in some ways has overshadowed Bruce’s amazing career before and after “Thriller.” As a recording engineer, he set the standard for many methods in audio engineering that continue to this day. He is known in audio engineering circles for pioneering the Acusonic Recording Process, which involves pairing up microphones together on vocals and instruments, and many engineers list Bruce as their personal and professional mentor. Bruce won five Grammys and several TEC Award as well as admiration of those who worked with him, including Quincy Jones who called Bruce his "brother in-arms."