Our Industry lost a legend yesterday, Doug Sax founder of The Mastering Lab and co-founder of Sheffield Labs. I never met Doug, but getting to know his mastering assistant Jett Galindo and Jaymes Quirino the studio manager you knew that Doug was a special person. Good People surround themselves with Good People. Doug was supportive of SoundGirls.Org welcoming us to tour the Mastering Lab and providing our members with information and wisdom about Mastering. We offer our support to everyone at The Mastering Lab. Karrie
This is the beautiful and loving tribute to Doug that Jett wrote and has allowed us to share it with you.
Thank you for sharing your passion for life to us. Your love for the pure & finer things in life went beyond sound and music.
You loved driving the longer, less driven scenic back roads when coming back to work from lunch. I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed the English vocabulary as much as you did–proof being the occasional appearance of your favorite Random House Dictionary in the mastering room every time I stared blankly when you say your complex-word-of-the-day. You meticulously scoured the internet to find one specific brand of everyday product that’s the best of its kind–from your choice of dishwasher to glassware/cutlery. You especially strived for the best when it came to food, drinks & spirits–even when it meant having an accurate A/B blind test between two bourbon whiskeys, or going through different rounds of coffee beans & grinders, all for the sake of achieving the best coffee experience (the “Sax Select”). Thanks to you, I might be well on my way to becoming a connoisseur for coffee, lox & bagels, bourbon, rotisserie chicken, soups, and deli meats, among other things.
You enjoyed living, and you welcomed others to experience it with you.
These past two years of working for you at the lab have been nothing short of satisfying, inspirational and life-changing. I am grateful and humbled to have had the chance to witness you do your magic in the studio. You are the quintessential mentor and trailblazer, and today’s crop of brilliant mastering engineers in the industry is a testament to that.
May your legacy live on through your body of work and through the musicians, producers and engineers you have touched through the decades.
Cheers to you, Doug. You are dearly missed.
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