When Waves first released its SSL 4000 Collection, we wanted input from an experienced SSL user. Who better to turn to than master mixer to the superstars, Chris Lord-Alge? After hearing our plug-ins, Chris said, “I’m proud to share my secret presets with SSL 4000 users. These are the best models I’ve ever heard.”
Chris Lord-Alge is not only known for his talent, speed, and efficiency when mixing a record but also his passion for music, sense of humor, and personal approach. Today, Chris is one of the most successful, in-demand mixers in the business. Along with his brother, Tom, Chris has become a mixer to Rock & Roll royalty; their combined credits are a virtual catalog of hits from the past 20 years. His long list of credits include artists as varied as Sheryl Crow, Hoobastank, Tim McGraw, Audioslave, Snow Patrol, Brian Setzer, and Eric Clapton.
According to Chris, “It’s in our blood. We have the gene.” Chris grew up in New Jersey, the son of musical parents. At an early age, his mother got him an apprenticeship at H&L Studio. According to Chris, the moment he stepped in the studio, he was hooked.
As his success grew over the years, he began producing as well as mixing. After producing several albums, including classics by Joe Cocker and Peter Frampton, Chris realized he just wanted to mix: “There’s definitely less grief with mixing than with producing.”
When Chris looks back on his career, some of his personal favorites include his work with Tina Turner and Jude Cole, as well as Green Day’s Grammy®-Winning American Idiot album.
Rob Cavallo, Sr. Vice President of A&R at Warner Brothers, says of Chris, “He listens very well. You ask him to try something on a mix, and he’s reaching for the EQ before you even stop speaking.”
Tina Turner once commented, “[Chris’] mixes have saved many of our tracks. It’s a pleasure to work with Chris, and he has a great sense of humor and self-confidence.”
Chris Lord-Alge shares his thoughts and free presets!