Legendary Mastering Engineer Greg Calbi Talks Making Records

Greg Calbi, mastering engineer at Sterling Sound here in New York City, is basically the definition of “been around the block.” A former tape op at the Record Plant, Calbi was running cables on sessions for guys like Lou Reed and John Lennon years before he went on to work on albums for Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Johnny Winter, the Ramones, and literally thousands more (including at least one metal notch I’m aware of – Anthrax’s Attack of the Killer B’s).


But Calbi is no “glory days” engineer – as is common with mastering engineers in particular, he not only remains active, but has also worked on some amazing-sounding albums of recent times, including the last releases by St. Vincent, Future Islands, and Sleater-Kinney.

So you obviously want to watch this video interview, courtesy engineering-software giant iZotope, in which Calbi talks about his life, career, and thoughts on making records.

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.

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