Ted Jensen (born September 19, 1954) is an American mastering
engineer, known for having mastered many recordings including the
Eagles' Hotel California, Green Day’s
American Idiot and Norah
Jones' Come Away With Me.
2 Professional career
4 Awards and recognition
5 Selected works
Ted Jensen was born to Carl and Margaret (Anning) Jensen, both of whom
were musicians. Carl had studied at Yale University. Margaret
Oberlin College & Conservatory and
Skidmore College and
was also a pilot. Carl and Margaret met on a train while going to a
choral workshop. Ted has one brother, Rick, and two daughters, Kristen
and Kim. While attending High School, Jensen was building his own
stereo and recording equipment and began recording local bands both in
the studio and at live events. During this time, he recorded several
performances for the
Yale Symphony Orchestra
Yale Symphony Orchestra at
Woolsey Hall in New
Haven and also met Mark Levinson, who was starting an audio equipment
company. Jensen joined up with Levinson and aided in the design and
manufacture some of the early products of Mark Levinson Audio Systems.
In 1975, Jensen left after six years with Levinson to begin his
mastering career in New York City with Sterling Sound.
There were three mastering engineers at Sterling Sound when Jensen was
hired to work in the tape copy room, George Marino, Lee Hulko
and Greg Calbi. One of Jensen's earliest mastering jobs was the
first single by the Talking Heads, "Love → Building on Fire" and
later that year, Jensen mastered The Eagles' Hotel California. The
following year, he mastered Billy Joel's The Stranger, which began a
working relationship with Phil Ramone. Jensen was promoted to Chief
Mastering Engineer at Sterling in 1984, and since then has overseen
several proprietary developments in mastering technology. This
included working closely with Graham Boswell of
Neve Electronics in
the mid-1980s in developing the first all-digital mastering console,
the DTC-1, and as one of the consultants to Apple for Mastering for
iTunes. Jensen also designed some of the studio monitors at
Sterling, including the ones used by Tom Coyne. In 1998, Jensen,
Greg Calbi and Tom Coyne, along with Murat Aktar (Absolute Audio
co-founder) and UK based Metropolis, purchased Sterling Sound from
previous owner, Lee Hulko.
When I start a project, I'm always thinking, 'There's going to be a
point in the next few months where we're going to wind up in Ted's
room' That's when it all counts - Pat Metheny
Sterling Sound is located in New York City, occupying the top
floor of the
Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District. Jensen's
studio is one of the three surround sound studios at Sterling Sound.
It was designed by Fran Manzella, FM Design.
Awards and recognition
Since 1976, Jensen has mastered 16
Grammy Award winners in the
categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best
Engineered Album, Non-Classical. In 2002, Mastering Engineers became
eligible to win Grammys in those categories.
2003 - Album of the Year - Norah Jones' Come Away with Me
2004 - Album of the Year - Evanescence's Fallen
2005 - Album of the Year - Green Day's American Idiot
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Alice in Chains' The
Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - James Taylor's Before
2003 - Jensen received a
Grammy Award - Norah Jones, for Come Away
with Me, which won Album of the Year for 2002.
Ted Jensen's Grammy for mastering Norah Jones' 2002 Album of the Year,
Come Away with Me
Jensen has garnered 23
Mix Foundation TEC award nominations, winning 6
1999 - Outstanding Creative Achievement
2005 - Outstanding Creative Achievement for Record Production/Single
or Track for
Green Day - “American Idiot,” American Idiot
2008 - Outstanding Creative Achievement for Surround Sound Recording
James Taylor - One Man Band
2010 - Outstanding Creative Achievement for Record Production/Single
or Track for
Green Day - “21 Guns” 21st Century Breakdown
2010 - Outstanding Creative Achievement for Record Production/Album
Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
2016 - Outstanding Creative Achievement for Record Production/Album
James Taylor - Before This World
Ted Jensen discography
Ted Jensen has mastered thousands of albums for more than 1,100 pop
and rock artists.
^ a b Jensen, Margaret. "Obituary Notice for Margaret Jensen".
legacy.com. New Haven Register. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
^ Catalogue of the officers and graduates of Yale University. 1921.
Ted Jensen biography". Sterling Sound. Retrieved May 28,
^ "Interview with Mark Levinson" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-25.
^ a b Smith, Ebonie (January 9, 2015). "The Masters Behind the Mix: A
Behind the Scenes Glimpse Into Music Making With Mastering Engineer
Ted Jensen". Atlantic Records. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
^ "George Marino". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
^ "Lee Hulko". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
^ "Greg Calbi". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
^ Boswell. "Prism Sound: A brief history". audio-times.com. Retrieved
^ "Tom Coyne". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
^ "Mix Magazine". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
^ Billboard Sept 26, 1998, p. 148, at Google Books
^ "Billboard December 21, 2002". Google Books. Retrieved 25 April
^ "Worlds Best Mastering Studios". Landr. Retrieved 11 January
^ Manzella, Fran. "FM Design".
http://www.fmdesign.com/2013/mastering/. Retrieved 13 March
2015. External link in website= (help)
^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2003-04-26). Billboard. Nielsen
Business Media, Inc.
^ "Grammy Nominations 2003". SFGate. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
^ "Grammy Nominees 2005". Music Slam. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
^ "Grammys 2014 Nominees". LA Times. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
^ "Grammy Nominations 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January
^ "45th Annual Grammy Awards Winners".
^ "Tec Awards Past Winners".
http://legacy.tecawards.org/tec/past_winners.html. Retrieved 13 March
2015. External link in website= (help)
^ "TEC Awards 2005 winners". Retrieved 2014-06-25.
^ "TEC Awards 2008 Winners".
^ "2010 TEC Awards Winners". Retrieved 2014-06-25.
^ "NAMM Tec Awards". The Street. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
^ "Ted Jensen". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
^ "Artist". Discogs. Retrieved 12 June 2015.