Bob Ludwig began his professional career in 1967 at A&R Recording as an assistant engineer working with Phil Ramone, Roy Halee (who worked there for a short time), Don Hahn, Roy Cicala, Shelly Yakus, Elliot Scheiner and other A&R Recording staff engineers. Bob learned the art of vinyl record mastering at A&R with Mr. Ramone as his mentor. He started on the fixed-pitch mono Neumann lathe and worked his way up to the first stereo Neumann computer controlled lathe owned by an independent studio. He was the first engineer in North America to audition the revolutionary SX-68 cutter head Steve Temmer brought over from Germany. His first big single was “Kentucky Woman” by Neil Diamond.
Bob seems to hold the largest number of mastering credits of all engineers employed in the industry' with 41 pages of credit listings on allmusic.com. Bob has won a Latin Grammy Award for Alejandro Sanz’s Album of the Year and won a Grammy Award for Best Surround Recording (Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 20th anniversary edition). Bob has mastered countless Gold and Platinum records. He was the first person to be honored with the Les Paul Award when it was first established in 1991 for "...individuals who have set the highest standards of excellence in recording and sound production over a period of many years". Bob won numerous Pro Sound News Mastering Awards and Mix Magazine’s TEC Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement, Mastering Engineer” an unprecedented 15 times. Gateway Mastering Studios won the TEC Award for Mastering Studio 9 times including this year's awards.
Bob moved to Maine in 1993 with his wife Gail and started his own studio so he could be in control of his own destiny, including the gear he wanted, the designs and room acoustics he wanted, and the ability to service his clients with total integrity.
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