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About Richard Morris


Richard’s career in mastering began in 2002 when he was hired at Sterling Sound in New York City.

“On my first day of work at Sterling Sound, David Byrne strolls in and somehow gets completely confused about how to make coffee. So I help him out, no big deal… OK, I see how it is here!” Several hundred superstars, many long hours and a few years later, Richard graduated to mastering in the Sterling rooms after hours. Early sessions were generated by his connections with some of Brooklyn’s best bands of the 2000’s.

Richard recalls, “It takes awhile for any mastering engineer to feel legit, but when my first clients came back again I really started to own it.” Equally important were early referrals. “When you’re work on the long tail, as most of us do, word of mouth is crucial. Being a working musician is really helpful, too, in that respect. Nobody is handing out mastering gigs!”

This thought was fresh in his mind when he jumped at the opportunity to join Scott Hull Mastering as an engineer in 2007. “Scott took a chance on me, which I will always be grateful for. He opened up a room and said, ‘Have at it, you’re on your own – pass or fail - welcome to New York!” When Hull acquired Masterdisk a year later, Richard followed. “It was interesting to work at Sterling’s ‘rival’ studio. I acquired a good deal of NYC mastering lore!”

His clientele, meanwhile, expanded globally. Folk, rock, and jazz albums came in from France, Argentina, and Spain…even exotic Canada! Texas troubadours and California dreamers found him, Catskills roots-rockers and Virginia fiddlers, too. Many connections came from social media networking. In 2009 “The Felice Brothers” received a Country Album of The Year award from the BBC.

Through a mutual friend Richard met Tom Ruff, a GRAMMY winning mastering engineer with a studio in Asbury Park, NJ. This seaside city, with its storied musical legacy, is located near Richard’s hometown on the Shore, where he returned to raise a family.

“Tom gave me a great welcome at Asbury Media. It’s been a very easy-going relationship, and the pace here is different than in NYC. I find it has helped me focus on listening, which is, really, the most important part of the job.” The studio offers a light, open vibe with sea breezes and an ocean view, and clients enjoy staying after sessions to enjoy Asbury Park’s nightlife.

In 2011 Richard participated in the city’s hosting of a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street: “New Harmonies: Celebrating America’s Roots Music”. He performed alongside Jersey music legends such as Max Weinberg, Southside Johnny, Chico Rouse, and others at a benefit concert for the Asbury Park Music Heritage Foundation, sponsored by the GRAMMY Museum.

He continues as a member of Brooklyn’s M SHANGHAI STRING BAND, http://www.mshanghaistringband.com, playing mandolin, writing songs, and performing in a monthly residency at The Jalopy Theater and School of Music and at venues nationwide. In its ten years of creating original music, the band has received accolades from Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The Albany Times Union, and The New York Times, and thousands of loyal fans.

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