Bruce Swedien

Bruce Swedien (born April 19, 1934)[2] is an American audio engineer and music producer. He is known for his work with Quincy Jones. Swedien first came to recognition for his work in 1962 on Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons "Big Girls Don't Cry".

Bruce Swedien
Swedien in 1998
Swedien in 1998
Background information
Born (1934-04-19) April 19, 1934 (age 86)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
  • Audio engineer
  • Songwriter
  • Record producer
Years active1959–present
Associated acts

Minneapolis-born Swedien is a five-time Grammy Award winner.[1] He recorded, mixed, and assisted in producing the best-selling album in the world, Thriller (1982) by Michael Jackson. He also recorded and mixed for jazz artists such as Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, The Second Coming, and Jeff Oster.[citation needed]


His pop work includes Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Mick Jagger, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Lopez,[3] Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Rufus, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, Donna Summer, and Sarah Vaughan. He worked on the scores for Night Shift, The Color Purple and Running Scared.[citation needed]

On November 10, 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden for his achievements as a sound engineer. Swedien also held "masterclasses" at the Swedish National Radio for practicing sound engineers.[4]

Later yearsEdit

On August 30, 2015, he was presented the Pensado Giant Award at the second annual Pensado Awards held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.[5] The award was presented by Quincy Jones.[citation needed]

He started his studio career in Chicago, working at Universal Studios under chief engineer Bill Putnam.[6] He first met Jones when the other man was vice president for Mercury Records in Chicago. The two worked on albums for artists like Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. Swedien later moved to Brunswick Records in the late 1960s and 1970s where he ran and developed the label's studios and sound. The label was responsible for numerous R&B and pop hits during that time, with artists such as The Chi-Lites, Tyrone Davis and Jackie Wilson.[7]

Swedien is noted for pioneering the "Acusonic Recording Process", pairing up microphones together on vocals and instruments, a technique enabled by synchronizing several multi-track recorders with SMPTE timecode.[8] This achieved an enhanced roomy ambient sound, some of which is evident on albums produced in collaboration with Jones on such tracks as George Benson's "Give Me the Night", and the Michael Jackson albums on which he had worked.[9]


  1. ^ a b "In The Studio with Bruce Swedien - The Official Website for Grammy Award Winning Engineer and Producer Bruce Swedien..."
  2. ^ Google - Bruce Swedien age Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Swedien Works with Jennifer Lopez".
  4. ^ Sweeney, Daniel. [An incredible new sound for Engineers], Acoustic Sciences Corporation; retrieved March 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "All Recording - ProSoundWeb".
  6. ^ "Universal Audio".
  7. ^ Swedien, Bruce & Bill Gibson (2013). The Bruce Swedien Recording Method. New York: Hal Leonard Books; ISBN 978-1-4584-1119-8
  8. ^ ">The Acusonic Recording Process< - Gearslutz Pro Audio Community".
  9. ^ Sweeney. Daniel ["History In The Making], Acoustic Sciences Corporation, November 7, 2012.


  • Swedien, Bruce (2003). Make Mine Music. Norway: MIA Musikk;ISBN 82-996756-1-8.
  • Swedien, Bruce (2009). In the studio with Michael Jackson. New York: Hal Leonard Books; ISBN 978-1-4234-6495-2.

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