Grammy-winning engineer Gene Paul, son of legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, has spent decades in the studio creating some of the most memorable recordings in modern music. From Grammy winners Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack to Maria Schneider and Norah Jones, his ability to capture the artist's intention and translate it into music has made him one of the most sought-after mixing and mastering engineers in the business.
Maria Schneider - “The Thompson Fields”
Norah Jones - "Feels Like Home"
Roberta Flack - “Killing Me Softly"
Aretha Franklin - “Young, Gifted and Black”
The Average White Band - “AWB”
The Modern Jazz Quartet - “The Complete Last Concert”
Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer with creative ideas. Sometimes it’s what you don’t do that counts.
At home in my Dad's studio. Classic Pop and Jazz from the 1950’s. Worked at Atlantic Records from the 1960’s thru 1980’s so R&B, Jazz, Country and Pop was an every day meal. Now anything goes Classical to Rap.
My Dad Les Paul, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Rudy Van Gelder, Aretha Franklin, Muscle Shoals & Motown.
Arif Mardin and I were mixing an Aretha song for days, and just could not get the feel right. We received a phone call that maintenance wanted to come in and change a light bulb, so let’s take a break… He came in with his ladder and was up there changing the light. When he asked who was that singing, we replied Aretha, and he mentioned he wished he could hear her a little louder. We turned Aretha up and that was the finished mix and a Grammy winner “Young, Gifted and Black.”
Sometimes an artist's music has a special DNA, ask questions and don’t bend it just because you can.
It’s been around 10 years using 'phones. Although we have a wonderful speaker system, headphones give me the intimate view of the mix that helps with my creative mastering decisions.
WOW…….. Wonderful experience, a joy to hear the sound without an opinion. If you want a personality, then put it in when you record. What a concept.
My Dad told me the most important part of recording is to listen on an accurate monitor. And you have that.