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Legendary Recording Engineer, Bruce Swedien Visits IPR

Recording Engineer, Bruce Swedien’s Recent Visit to Minneapolis and IPR, The Institute of Production & Recording

“We need to teach young people, most of all, that music is the only true magic in life. Once you get that firmly in their mind, everything else will fall into place.”

– Bruce Swedien

Swedien’s Visit to Minneapolis and IPR

This September, Bruce came back to visit Minneapolis and speak at the historic studio known today as Creation Audio.  Before leaving Minneapolis to return home, he took a couple of hours out to join us for a tour of IPR’s new facility on First Avenue and a private Q&A with IPR Audio Production & Engineering students. A small clip from his visit can viewed in this article or viewed on IPR’s YouTube channel.

Swedien’s Place in Minneapolis Music History

If you don’t yet know who Bruce Swedien is, you certainly know his work. While Bill Putnam’s Universal Recorders in Chicago is often credited as being the place “where Bruce got his start”, Bruce is embedded deeply in Minneapolis musical history.

Bruce's Biography Pic from his Official Website

Bruce’s Biography Pic from his Official Website

Born in Minneapolis, Bruce’s early career in recording started like many young engineers. Throughout his years as a student at Minneheart Academy High School he recorded during his spare time in a basement studio. Later, as an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Bruce worked for the Schmitt Music Company. There he operated the recording facility and eventually bought out the business and equipment, opening his own studio on Nicollet Avenue, Swedien Recording.

His Career Today

Today, Bruce is among the most aclaimed and respected recording and mixing engineers in the world. He is best known for his work with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, on records such as Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, but his client list is a who’s-who of popular music history ranging from Paul McCartney, B.B. King and Count Basie, to Curtis Mayfield, Natalie Cole and Jennifer Lopez.

Bruce’s complete discography can be seen on Discogs and his full biography is available on his website,, where he offers a private workshop for a select few.

More Reading on Swedien’s Life and Work

In addition to his career as an engineer, Bruce has written several books including “Make Mine Music”, “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” and the upcoming title “The Bruce Swedien Recording Method”.  We also had an opportunity to meet Bruce’s amazing wife and partner in life, Bea Anderson Swedien, and chat a little bit about her book “Under the  Red Blanket”.

A fantastic article on Swedien’s recording of Michael Jackson was published in the November 2009 issue of Sound on Sound and is definitely worth a read for any aspiring engineer.



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