What’s in the Outboard Digital Effects rack of…

Bob Clearmountain

Bob Clearmountain almost single handedly defined the sound of the 1980s with his amazingly ‘live’ sounding mixes. To this day he turns out incredible mixes and uses racks full of vintage digital effects in the process.

Bob Clearmountain mixed so many top albums during the 1980s from the top performers of the time such as Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis and the News, INXS, Crowded House, Bruce Springsteen and many many more.

The stand out albums for me were Bryan AdamsReckless‘ and towards the end of the 1980s, a little band from Scotland called Deacon Blue released their album  ‘When the world knows your name‘ which spawned a world wide hit with ‘Real Gone Kid‘. Those two killer albums for me are brilliant mixes and  define Bob’s mixing style.

Many followed in his foot steps, including Chris Lord Alge who openly admits his admiration for Bob Clearmountain. Below are the effects that help him produce those spectacular mixes.