Chris Lord Alge is a five time Grammy Award winning producer/engineer/mixer who’s name started to appear on hugely successful albums in the mid 1980’s by artists such as Stevie Nicks, Carly Simon, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck and James Brown, and has been the go to mix engineer for most of the 1990’s onwards. (A great interview of his mixing style here)
Chris has worked with some of the biggest names in the business such as Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Joe Cocker, Pat Benatar, Hall & Oates, The Cars, U2, Savage Garden, Jude Cole, Sade, Tina Arena, Michael Buble and Madonna to name but a few. Perhaps his greatest partnership has been with Green Day where his mixes are so clean and dynamic.
Until a few years ago Chris Lord Alge mixed in a rather unconventional way, by transferring every Pro Tools session that came into his studio, over to his Sony PCM-3348 DASH digital multitrack first, and then mixing through his SSL console. He has since retired the Sony due to lack of available tape and his satisfaction with the sound from his new Focusrite RedNet system.
Chris Lord Alge is famous for his massive collection of outboard analog effects, in particular vintage compressors. He is almost just as famous for his choice of prime reverb, the Sony DRE-2000. Along with his brother, they are the only big name mix engineers still using the old Sony DRE-2000. Along with the Sony however are a few other choice digital effects as shown below.
Chris Lord Alge added his mixing mastery to the Charles Fischer produced hit single for Savage Garden in 1997.
Green Day’s American Idiot highlights Chris Lord Alge’s ability to get a huge sound from a simple three piece band, and keep it sounding defined.