Alan Silverman

Adjunct Instructor

Alan Silverman

Alan Silverman has mastered numerous Grammy Award winning records, including world music phenomenon Lagrimas Negras, nominated for Record of The Year, Album of The Year, and Best Engineered Record. Alan began his engineering career in the '80s assisting at Electric Lady Studios working with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Hall and Oates, and Foreigner. He then moved on to engineer at A&R Recording Studios, working with legendary producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin, and artists Billy Joel and Judy Collins. There he also did session work on orchestral film scores for directors David Mamet, Richard Attenborough, Francis Coppola, and Frank Oz, and for major film composers Elmer Bernstein and Ralph Burns. 

When the studio closed in the early '90s, Alan began working freelance, producing records as well as continuing to record scores for feature films, including The Fantasticks, Kinsey, and Disney’s Casanova. He later worked as music supervisor for Sesame Workshop, producing music and directing Muppet performers and celebrities for the Sesame Street network television specials Elmopalooza and Cinderelmo.

Alan turned to full-time mastering in 1996 and celebrated mastering his 70th Grammy Award project in 2016. He received critical acclaim for re-mastering the RCA and MCA back catalogs of the British super group The Kinks, for his remixing of the soundtrack for the Americana cult-classic Heartworn Highway, featuring Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt awarded by Stereophile as one of the “66 Best CDs of All Time,” and for an SACD featuring Norah Jones. He has recently co-produced/mixed a top-100 charting album for Judy Collins featuring guest artists Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Brown, and Don McLean, and continues to master independent and major label projects across all genres for US and international clients at Arf! Mastering.

In 2015, he remastered Keith Richards’ solo albums Talk is Cheap and Main Offender for their first-ever digital release. Artists who have mastered their records with Alan include Billy Joel, JD Souther, Jewel, Ivan & Alyosha, Medeski Martin & Wood, Madeleine Peyroux, Richie Furay, Joey Alexander, The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera, and Maggie Rogers.

 Alan is active in the Audio Engineering Society and has chaired workshops in high-resolution mastering at the Society's national conventions. He teaches the art of mastering to undergrads at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, and to masters students in the Music Tech program at NYU|Steinhardt.