Grammy-winning engineer Mike Shipley dies
Renowned studio engineer Mike Shipley has died, it’s been confirmed.
He started work in the music industry in the 1970s at London’s Wessex Studios, where bands including Queen and the Sex Pistols were based.
Later he went on to work with artists including Def Leppard, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Winger, the Clash, Aerosmith and many others. Last year he won two Grammys for his work on Alison Krauss’ album Paper Airplane, released in 2011.
Kip Winger, who worked with the engineer on his 1993 record Pull, says: “I’m very sorry to hear that the great Mike Shipley has died. He was a dear friend.
“Mike was a kind, generous, funny, supremely talented and skilled person. He taught me how to really make a record. I owe the majority of my studio skill to him.
“In my opinion he was a true genius – a title I rarely give out. This is a tragic loss to the world to say the least.”
Shipley collaborated with Def Lep between 1981 and 1993, engineering their albums High’n'Dry, Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize. Frontman Joe Elliott comments: “I’m devastated to hear of the passing of Mike Shipley. He was a fantastic engineer and a good guy.
“Nothing got past him if it wasn’t up to scratch, hence Leppard’s nick name for him: ‘Bat Ears.’ From High’n’ Dry to the last thing we did together, 1993′s Two Steps Behind, he was a joy to work with. Rest in peace, Shippers.”
Community manager Whitecat of engineers’ forum Gearslutz.com said: “Mike was a Gearslut too – he went by the name ‘shipshape’ here, did an excellent Q&A many moons ago, and still popped in as often as he could all these years later. He was hanging out here as recently as five days ago.
“He will be greatly missed; but his legacy of amazing work will always be regarded as that of a true great in his field.”