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Doug Sax (26 d'abril de 1936 - 2 d'abril de 2015) va ser un enginyer de masterització estatunidenc, de Los Angeles, Califòrnia. Va masteritzar 3 dels àlbums dels The Doors, incloent-hi el seu àlbum de debut de 1967; sis àlbums de Pink Floyd, incloent el The Wall; el disc guanyador de múltiples Grammay Genius Loves Company de Ray Charles el 2004, i el 36è àlbum d'estudi de Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night el 2015.

Infotaula de personaDoug Sax
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Sax in 2014
Naixement Douglas Sax
26 d'abril de 1936
Los Angeles, Califòrnia, U.S.
Mort 2 d'abril de 2015(2015-04-02) (als 78 anys)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Causa de mort Càncer
Ocupació enginyer de masterització
Artistes relacionats Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa

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Sax was born in Los Angeles on April 26, 1936 to Mildred and Remy Sax. While attending Fairfax High School in West LA, Sax played the trumpet alongside trumpeter Herb Alpert. Upon graduation, Sax attended UCLA and then was drafted into the Army where he played trumpet in the 7th Army Symphony from 1959-1961.[1]


From an early age, Sax was interested in recorded sound, and although he had established a career as a symphonic trumpeter, on December 27, 1967, along with Lincoln Mayorga, a friend from junior high who had become a music arranger and pianist for Capitol Records, and Sax's older brother Sherwood (Bert), an engineer, he opened The Mastering Lab. One of the first big albums Sax mastered at The Mastering Lab was The Doors' debut album which was inducted into the Library of Congress on March 25, 2015.[2]

The Mastering Lab uses equipment designed by Sherwood, which features handcrafted electronics, from the tape machines to the equalizers, compressors / limiters, A/D - D/A converters, and monitoring amplifiers.[3] That, combined with his ears and expertise, helped Sax forge a long and successful career at The Mastering Lab.[4] In 1970, Sax and Mayorga founded Sheffield Lab Recordings, an audiophile label which produced direct-to-disc classical and jazz albums.[5][6]

By 1972, Sax was mastering 20% of the top 100 chart in Billboard magazine. Albums mastered by Sax and released in 1971 included such titles as The Who's Who's Next, Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers and the Eagles' debut album. During his career, Sax cut thousands of LP masters with his custom designed, all-tube signal path including the reissue of the Slayer thrash metal group's Vinyl Conflict box set and Pantera vinyl reissues, the Eagles' Greatest Hits, and Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.


Sax died on April 2, 2015, aged 78, from cancer in Los Angeles.[7]

Recording engineer and producer Al Schmitt released a statement on Sax's death:

« Sorry to say but one of my dearest friends and in my opinion the greatest mastering engineer in the world passed away this morning. He mastered all of my recordings and I don't know what I will do without him. He taught me so many things. I will miss his silly jokes and the great lunches we had whenever I was mastering with him. I love you Doug Sax, mastering in heaven just got a lot better. »


Grammy Awards

TEC Awards

Sax has been nominated seven times for the Mix Foundation TEC Awards for Creative Achievement, winning twice for:

AES (Audio Engineer Society) Lifetime Honorary Membership Award[12]

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  6. «Sheffield Lab History». [Consulta: 20 març 2015].
  7. Legendary Mastering Engineer Doug Sax Has Passed Away, analogplanet.com; accessed April 5, 2015.
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  10. «Mix Foundation TEC Awards 2002». [Consulta: 20 març 2015].
  11. «Mix Foundation TEC Awards for 2005». [Consulta: 20 març 2015].
  12. «Oral History - Doug Sax». [Consulta: 20 març 2015].

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