Featured KRK User Ed Cherney

Grammy and TEC award winning producer and engineer

Ed Cherney

Although modest about his accomplishments and even though he downplays his longevity as a mixer, engineer, arranger and producer - clearly when Ed Cherney drops names, jaws tend to drop as well.

  • Bob Dylan
  • Jackson Browne
  • Eric Clapton
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Iggy Pop
  • Jann Arden
  • Ry Cooder
  • B-52's
  • Bob Seger
  • John Mayer
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Doobie Brothers

Ed is a multiple Grammy winner, TEC Award winner, Emmy Nominee, his discography spans many pages and he has seen success across multiple genres including country, rock, pop, R&B, live broadcasts, soundtracks, film scoring and 5.1 mixes.

Chicago was where it all started, and his entry position was as an Apprentice Engineer where he assisted with groups like the Ohio Players, Tyrone Davis, The Chi Lites, and every kind of music used in jingles...from Polka Music, to Jazz, Rock, to Big Band, to Opera and back to Rhythm and Blues again. After moving to California, one of his first assignments as an assistant engineer at Westlake Studios was Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, making Michael Jackson's Off The Wall. "It was a great time to work in a studio and in Los Angeles", he says. "There was a lot of great music going on and lots of opportunities....the Golden Age of studios, musicianship, music production and audio. And the hang was spectacular." This all happened within a matter of weeks of moving west! Did someone hit the Fast Forward button?

Ed working with his equipmentWhen it comes to building a mix, Ed's approach is anything but fast. He takes pride in crafting something that is absolutely and totally unique to the artist he is working with. Ed explains, "One of my mentors and a great engineer, Bruce Swedien, really stressed to me early on that you should try to listen with your heart and not just your ears. Nobody leaves the studio dancing to the equipment."

According to Ed the worst thing you can be is boring. "My favorite records have always been event driven. Something that catches your ear every 8 or 16 bars.....I don't want to put the listener to sleep, that's for sure." He adds, "You need to find your own, unique voice and perspective, that thing that hopefully sets you apart from everybody else, that thing that people can only get by calling you."

And why has Ed chosen KRK E8Bs?

"I sometimes want to be able to turn the speakers up loud. In many commercial recording studios, there are big speakers mounted in the wall. Sometimes they may not sound very good, and sometimes when you turn them on it can be a very bad surprise. I was looking for a pair of speakers that were consistent, and were easy to carry with me, that had enough power to allow me to turn them up and be able to fill the control room with music, but also a speaker that I could turn down and get musical balances, and know that what I was hearing in the studio I was also taking home. And it was a speaker I just bonded with right away."

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