In 2002, Ryan Smith joined Sterling Sound, after working as a recording engineer at Right Track Recording for many years. Initially, he worked under Chief Mastering Engineer Ted Jensen on projects and reissues ranging from Green Day and Slip Knot to Talking Heads and The Beatles.
In 2006, Ryan was promoted to Senior Mastering Engineer and began a collaboration with the late George Marino. Under George’s tutelage, Ryan learned the craft of vinyl mastering. After George’s passing in 2012, Ryan became Sterling’s sole mastering engineer to continue cutting pure analog vinyl (cut directly from analog tape).
Ryan’s mastering wheelhouse includes not only CD and vinyl mastering, but 5.1 surround mastering for DVD as well. DVD credits include Beyoncé, Green Day, Bon Jovi and Rihanna.
Ryan has built an impressive discography of projects and reissues such as the complete AC/DC catalog (Mastered for iTunes), the complete Aerosmith catalog (MFiT), and the complete Stevie Ray Vaughn box set.
Ryan holds a music degree from the DePauw University School of Music in Saxophone Performance. Prior to joining Sterling, he made the rounds as an assistant engineer at a variety of New York recording studios. In 1999, he joined the prestigious Right Track Recording’s staff, where he worked closely with a long list of legendary producers and engineers such as Phil Ramone, Arif Mardin, Frank Filipetti, and Russ Titelman. While there, Ryan worked on countless projects for a wide range of artists from James Taylor to Jay Z.
Ryan lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Shannon, and their two sons, Kieran and Jonah.