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Jimmy Douglass

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Jimmy Douglass (aka The Senator) is an American, four-time Grammy - winning recording engineer and record producer, whose prolific career has spanned more than four decades. In the early 1970?s, he started his studio career at New Yorks Atlantic Records, as a part-time tape duplicator, while still attending high school. There he learned how to operate the studios custom 16-channel console. He was trained by some of the greatest engineers, producers and record-moguls who have worked in the business: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun. Mr. Douglass worked with such legendary Atlantic Recording as Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Foreigner, Led Zepellin, AC/DC and many others. During the 1980?s, Douglass continued to hone his engineering skills while also taking on the role as producer. He engineered and produced established artists including The Rolling Stones, Slave, Odyssey, Roxy Music, and Gang of Four. In the early 1990s, Jimmy worked principally on jingles and post- production. This style of work taught him the importance of working efficiently and capturing the vibe which would greatly benefit him in the years to come. In 1994, he began working with up and coming contemporary R&B/hip hop producer Timbaland serving as his main engineer for more than a decade. They would eventually collaborate on classic projects, working with artists such as Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Ginuwine and Jay-Z . In 2000, Douglass continued engineering and mixing more Timbaland-produced projects including Snoop Dogg, Bjork and Grammy-winning albums for Justin Timberlake. Among the artists he has mixed are Rob Thomas, Sean Paul, Kanye West, Ludacris, Al Green, John Legend, and Duran Duran. Douglass is best known for bringing unconventional techniques into the studio and encouraging artists to transcend genre restrictions. He is credited with bringing a raw edge to sound and specifically bringing a heavy funk bass sound into rock music. His hard work and immense talent has carved a place for him among the most respected engineers and mixers in the world.

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