The audio world lost another great one on February 16, when Richard “Dr. Richie” Moore died in his Orcas Island, Wash., home at the age of 55. A fixture on the Bay Area recording scene for much of his distinguished career, Moore was an engineer, studio designer, educator and writer; indeed, he was a regular contributor to Mix during our formative days, writing a column called “Sound Advice.”
According to David Schwartz, Mix's co-founder and original editor, “Dr. Richie Moore made an important contribution to the spirit and substance of Mix in its early years. He brought a sweet and loving consciousness to his mastery of studio technology, which he passed along generously to Mix readers. Richie's early columns were notable for his original approach to audio problem-solving and creative tenacity in the face of challenges. Richie was respected as a top-caliber studio engineer, having worked with some of the most important and popular artists of the '60s and '70s. His many contributions to professional audio will be long remembered and his presence sorely missed.”
Moore's list of credits includes the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Huey Lewis & The News, Country Joe McDonald, Tom Waits, Cold Blood, the Neville Brothers, Pablo Cruise and many others. Later in his career, he became more involved in studio design and room tuning: Dr. Richie tweaked many a control room up and down the West Coast and beyond. During the past three years, he served as technical director for the Children's Discovery Center of Orcas Island. He leaves behind a wife, Annie, and daughter Daphne.
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