Bob Ludwig

Gateway Mastering Studios

Bob Ludwig is a 12x Grammy, 2x Latin Grammy, Les Paul Award and 18x TEC Award winner.

Ludwig is a classical musician by training, having obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York, where he was also involved in the sound department and played Principal Trumpet with the Utica Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by Phil Ramone when he came to Eastman to teach a summer recording workshop, he ended up working as his assistant for the course. Phil asked him if he would like to work at A&R Recording. Together as Phil’s assistant they did sessions on projects with The Band, Peter, Paul & Mary, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach etc.

After a few years at A&R, Ludwig received an offer from Sterling Sound, becoming their first employee, where he eventually rose to become a Vice-President. After seven years at Sterling, he moved to Masterdisk, where he was VP and Chief Engineer. In 1992, Ludwig started his own record-mastering facility in Portland, Maine named Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc.

Discogs has >5,800 credits for Bob including Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Phish, Megadeth, Metallica, Gloria Estefan, Rush, Journey, Queen, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bee Gees, Madonna, Supertramp, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Elton John, Sting, The Police, Disney’s “Toy Story”, “Frozen I & II” soundtracks and Daft Punk and for classical artists, such as Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, John Adams, Steve Reich & Laurie Anderson to name a few.

Bob was a former co-chair of the Recording Academy’s P&E Wing Steering Committee and currently a member of the Advisory Council of the P&E Wing.

Ludwig holds an APRS Sound Fellowship and as well as being a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. He was awarded the AES Gold Medal in 2015.

The University of Southern Maine and Bates College have awarded Bob Honorary Degrees.

Photo: Peter Lühr