Tom Coyne (music engineer)

Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound
Background information
Born Union, New Jersey
Occupation(s) Mastering Engineer
Associated acts Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Adele, Sam Smith, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Marc Anthony, Shila Amzah

Tom Coyne is an American mastering engineer.


Tom Coyne was born and bred in Union, NJ. He graduated from Roselle Catholic High School in 1972. 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, ON.[1] In the six months Coyne worked at Dick Charles,[2] 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,[3] assisting under Dominic Romeo,[4] known for cutting 45's for The Rolling Stones, The 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 and 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, Tribe Called Quest and De la Soul. In 1994, Coyne was offered a job by Lee Hulko who now owned and operated Sterling Sound.[5] In 1998, Coyne, Ted Jensen, Greg Calbi, Murat Aktar (Absolute Audio co-founder) and the UK based Metropolis bought Sterling Sound from Lee Hulko.[6][7]

Awards and recognition

Coyne has won four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award and has over 35 category wins.[8]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
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 Red Album of the Year Nominated
2015 Beyoncé Nominated
In the Lonely Hour Nominated
"Shake It Off" Record of the Year Nominated
"Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)" Won
2016 "Blank Space" Nominated
"Can't Feel My Face" Nominated
"Uptown Funk" Won
1989 Album of the Year Won
Beauty Behind the Madness Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 Ciclos Album of the Year Nominated
2012 Independiente Nominated
Déjenme Llorar Nominated
2013 Corazón Profundo Nominated
"Vivir Mi Vida" Record of the Year Won
2014 3.0 Album of the Year Nominated
Más Corazón Profundo Nominated
2015 Creo en Mí Nominated
Sirope Nominated
2016 "Duele el Corazón" Record of the Year Nominated
Conexión Album of the Year Nominated


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.[9]

Selected works


  1. "Billboard Special Supplement S-1 12/21/2002". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. "Dick Charles Recording". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. "Mix Magazine". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. "Dominick Romeo". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. "Sterling Sound Billboard Celebrating 33 1/3 years in the business - Special Supplement S-1 - S-15". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  6. "Mastering Pros Plan NYC Studio". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  7. "Phil Demetro Interviews Mastering Legend Tom Coyne". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  8. "Tom Coyne-Biography". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  9. Manzella, Fran. "FM Design". Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  10. "Congratulations, Taylor Swift: You'll be the only platinum artist of 2014". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
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