Tom Coyne (music engineer)

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Tom Coyne
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Coyne at Sterling Sound in 2014
Background information
Birth nameThomas J. Coyne
Born(1954-12-10)December 10, 1954
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 62)
Occupation(s)Mastering engineer

Thomas J. Coyne (December 10, 1954 April 12, 2017) [1] was an American mastering engineer. [2]


Early life and career

Coyne was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Union, where he graduated from Roselle Catholic High School in 1972. [3] He attended Kean College where he received a degree in Commercial Design. Following college, Coyne's first job was at Dick Charles Recording where Lee Hulko, former owner of Sterling Sound, got his first job in the states after arriving from Thunder Bay, Ontario. [4] In the six months Coyne worked at Dick Charles, [5] he watched Dick master records on the lathe and soon began cutting his own after hours. Coyne then was hired at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, [6] assisting under Dominic Romeo, [7] known for cutting 45s for The Rolling Stones, The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli and Dionne Warwick among others. For the next ten years, Coyne primarily cut records for dance bands with his first big record being "Ladies Night" by Kool & the Gang. In 1989, Coyne was hired by The Hit Factory where he spent another five years mastering mostly Hip-Hop and R&B records by artists such as Black Box, Billy Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. In 1994, Coyne was offered a job by Lee Hulko who now operated Sterling Sound. [8] In 1998, Coyne, Ted Jensen, Greg Calbi, Murat Aktar (Absolute Audio co-founder) and the UK based Metropolis bought Sterling Sound from Lee Hulko. [9] [10]


Coyne died on April 12, 2017, from multiple myeloma at the age of 62. [11] [12] [13]

Awards and recognition

During his career, Coyne won ten Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award and had over 35 category nominations. [14] [15]

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce Album of the Year Nominated
2012 21 Won
2013 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Record of the Year Nominated
2014 The Heist Album of the YearNominated
Red Nominated
2015 Beyoncé Nominated
In the Lonely Hour Nominated
"Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)"Record of the YearWon
"Shake It Off"Nominated
2016 "Uptown Funk"Won
"Blank Space"Nominated
"Can't Feel My Face"Nominated
1989 Album of the YearWon
Beauty Behind the Madness Nominated
2017 25 Won
Purpose Nominated
"Hello"Record of the YearWon
"7 Years"Nominated
2018 "24K Magic"Won
24K Magic Album of the YearWon
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Won
2019 Colors Won

Latin Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2009 Ciclos Album of the Year Nominated
2012 Independiente Nominated
Déjenme LlorarNominated
2013 Corazón Profundo Nominated
"Vivir Mi Vida" Record of the Year Won
2014 3.0 Album of the YearNominated
Más Corazón Profundo Nominated
2015 Creo en MíNominated
Sirope Nominated
2016 ConexiónNominated
"Duele el Corazón"Record of the YearNominated


Sterling Sound is located in New York City, occupying the top floor of the Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District. It was designed by Fran Manzella, FM Design. [16]

List of works mastered by Tom Coyne




A vinyl record mastered by Coyne Sometimes by Britney Spears US vinyl.jpg
A vinyl record mastered by Coyne



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