December 6, 2012

Portlanders once again have Grammy touch

Several artists who were nominated for Grammys on Thursday use Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan to master their recordings.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

Because of Gateway Mastering in Portland, Mainers usually have a rooting interest in the Grammy awards.

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This February 2006 photo shows Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan, right, mastering engineers in the recording industry, whose Gateway Studios list clients like Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton. With Grammy Award nominations being released on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, the duo once again showed they have the magic touch.

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It's no different this year.

When the nominees for this year's awards were announced Wednesday night – on a CBS TV special – several had recordings that were mastered at Gateway by either Bob Ludwig or Adam Ayan.

Ludwig is especially well known in the business, having mastered recordings for everyone from the Doors and The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay during the past 40 or so years.

Some years, Ayan and Ludwig can count more than 30 nominations for recordings they mastered.

Mastering, by the way, is the final tweaking of sound in the process of making a record, and Ludwig and Ayan apparently have the perfect ears for their work.

Both Ayan and Ludwig said they will have to look over the list of all the nominees before knowing for sure how many of their recordings or artists got nominations.

But based on a quick survey of some of their recent clients, we learned quite a bit Wednesday night.

Country newcomer Hunter Hayes was nominated in the best new artist category. His self-titled album was mastered by Ayan at Gateway.

Ludwig scored two hits in the best rock performance category: "Charlie Brown" by Coldplay and "We Take Care Of Our Own" by Bruce Springsteen. Both songs are from albums that Ludwig mastered at Gateway

The same two artists were nominated in the rock album category: Coldplay for "Mylo Xyloto" and Springsteen for "Wrecking Ball."

In the best country solo performance category, there were two of Ayan's clients: Hunter Hayes for "Wanted" and Carrie Underwood for "Blown Away."

Hayes' self-titled album was nominated in the best country album category as well.

The Grammy Awards will be presented Feb. 10. 

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:


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