The engineer behind countless great records.
Legendary mastering engineer Tom Coyne has died according to multiple sources and many artists already publicly mourning him. His credits include Beyoncé, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse’s ‘Frank’ and many of the greatest hip-hop albums of the ’90s.
Rest In Peace to Tom Coyne…One of the most Legendary Mastering Engineers of our Era for HIP HOP Labels and Black Music Period…
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) April 13, 2017
Man this hurts. The only dude I let master all of my product #TomCoyne passed away today. Coming to his mastering studio was always my fav part of making records. He was so patient w me ESPECIALLY the way the I get down with sequencing and segue timing on albums. He knew I placed songs in rhythm like they were being spun at a club so damn near every Roots album would take an unusual 40 hour process. Not to mention all of those album intros listen to #ThingsFallApart's "Act Won" intro w MoBettaBlues dialogue—it was his idea to match the Roots commentary w Denzel/Spikes dialogue "if we had to depend on black people to eat we would starve to death/everybody wake up" "you see everybody but our people/ghead w yourself" "it incenses me/BDAHADAHDADHADA!!!!!"—he suggested it would be cool if you guys had sound bites from your own work that mirrored what the dialogue was saying. But man ALL my records and Common's albums and D'angleo—-matter of fact I forgot we used Tom because he friggin did all the classic records. His ears were bar none THE BEST. All of #KoolAndTheGang's post Ladies Night albums, #BillyOcean's Suddenly album. #Whodini's Escape & the 1st #FatBoys lp. #SexPackets by #DigitalUnderground. #BDP's #Edutaiment & #SexAndViolence all the #DeLa classics all the #Tribe classics #93ToInfinity #Reachin #WolfInSheepsClothing #BlowoutComb #ReturnToThe36Chambers #LiquidSwords #OnlyBuilt4CubanLinx (his stories from this mastering session about them acting out THE ENTIRE Killer movie will be the GREATEST studio story I've ever heard) #MrSmith #ItWasWritten #Embrya #12Play #LoveDeluxe #MamasGun Brittany Robyn Beyonce 1Direction, Maroon5, Macklemore & Ryan, Pink, Mary J, Ronson, Taylor Swift—I forgot even Hamilton!!! This guy was the pair of ears we trusted to bring the music to you. Much love to his family and his children. For friggin at least 20 albums I've driven you crazy & learned so much about how people hear music (tip: most of the time we'd use a cheap clock radio speaker because if it sounds great on Horrible equipment then imagine how it bumps elsewhere!) thank you for all the lessons you've taught me Tom Coyne!!!! Music Will Never Be The Same Again.
“For anyone who read and concentrated on album credits and why they were there, Tom Coyne was someone who many trusted for expertise and ears,” wrote journalist John Book in a tribute on Twitter.
Coyne’s credits are far too long to list here, but include three of the best Wu-Tang solo records, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… and GZA’s Liquid Swords, as well as other albums by Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Usher, Erykah Badu, Common, Sade, Big Pun, D’Angelo and Prince Paul. His credits also include many pop artists such as George Michael, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, R Kelly, Britney Spears, Adele, Mark Ronson.