Monday, June 4, 2012
Mastering Engineer George Marino Passes Away From Lung Cancer - Rock In Peace!
Do you still own CD's, Tapes or Vinyl? Well, if you look at some the liner notes of your favorite albums, it is very likely that you will find George Marino credited as Mastering Engineer. Marino, who mastered hundreds of albums in a career of nearly 40 years at New York’s Sterling Sound (one of the top post-production studios in the world), passed away today. Marino died following a year-long bout with lung cancer. Our condolences go out to Marino's family, friends and colleagues over at Sterling Sound.
“Today Sterling Sound and the music industry as a whole has suffered a tremendous loss,” Sterling Sound issued via statement. “Senior Mastering Engineer George Marino lost his battle with cancer this morning. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. George was family to us all and we will miss him dearly.”
Here are some of the albums that Marino mastered:
- Metallica‘s ‘Black Album’
- Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’
- AC/DC‘s ‘Back In Black’
- Guns N’ Roses' ‘Appetite for Destruction’
- Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery When Wet’
- Journey‘s ‘Frontiers’
- Mötley Crüe‘s ‘Dr. Feelgood’
- Kansas' ‘Point of Know Return’
Mastering, a form of audio post-production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). Recently, the format choice includes using digital masters although analog masters, such as audio tapes, are still being used by the manufacturing industry and by a few engineers who have chosen to specialize in analog mastering.
Marino joined Sterling Sound in 1973 after a few years at the Record Plant. He began his career in 1967 as a librarian and assistant at Capitol Studios before moving on to the mastering department. He won three Grammy awards, most recently in 2011 for Arcade Fire‘s ‘The Suburbs,’ which won Album of the Year. Rock In Peace Mr. Marino!