Tom Coyne, American Grammy award-winning music engineer, Died at 62


Tom Coyne was born on December 10, 1954, in Union, NJ and died on April 12, 2017.

He was an American mastering engineer.

Tom Coyne graduated from Roselle Catholic High School in 1972.

Coyne attended Kean College where he received a degree in Commercial Design.

After college, his 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.

During the six months Coyne worked at Dick Charles he watched Dick master records on the lathe and soon began cutting his own after hours.

Then, he was hired at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, assisting under Dominic Romeo, known for cutting 45’s for The Rolling Stones, The The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli and Dionne Warwick among others.

Then, the following next ten years, Coyne primarily cut records for dance bands with his first big record being “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang.

During 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.

During 1994, he was offered a job by Lee Hulko who now operated Sterling Sound.

During 1998, Coyne, Ted Jensen, Greg Calbi, Murat Aktar (Absolute Audio co-founder) and the UK based Metropolis bought Sterling Sound from Lee Hulko.

Tom Coyne passed away 62 years old.