Hugh Padgham

Charles Hugh Padgham (* February 15, 1955 in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire ) is a British sound engineer and music producer. He was known especially for his productions for Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, The Police and Sting. His "trademark" is the so-called gated reverb -sound, which he developed on the third album for Peter Gabriel with Phil Collins on drums and dominated the sound of the drums on recordings produced by him in the 1980s. Among the most famous songs produced by him include In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins and Every Breath You Take by The Police.


Padgham began his career in 1974 in the studios Advision as operator of the tape machine. In the Lansdowne Studios, he rose from 1975 to 1977 by assistant engineer on the studio engineer. He was in charge at this time recording sessions of prog bands like Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes, as well as Mott the Hoople and The Sweet. In 1978 he moved to the to Virgin Records belonging Townhouse Studio. There, he handled first albums as a sound engineer for the artists who were with Virgin under contract. One of the first productions were works of XTC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

During the recording sessions for the song Intruder in Studio 2 at the Townhouse Studios the " gated reverb" sound originated. Intruder was a song for the third solo album by Peter Gabriel ( also III or Melt ). The mixer for studio 2, an SSL console, had a new intercom and compressor and gate for each channel. For communication with Padgham, Phil Collins had a room mic on his Schlagzeugkit. As Padgham the intercom at randomly switched on gate operated to contact the gambling Collins, he heard the drum sound of the installed not directly to the skins but over the kit microphone with a truncated by the gate envelope and was immediately impressed with this sound.

" One day, Phil what playing the drums and I had the reverse talkback on Because He what speaking, and then he started playing the drums. The most unbelievable sound came out Because of the heavy compressor. I said, 'My God, this is the most amazing sound! Steve, listen to this. ' "

"One day, Phil was sitting on the drums and I had the intercom, because he was talking and then began to play. Because of the severe compression of the most incredible sound came out. I said, ' My God, this is the most amazing sound! Steve [ Lillywhite ], you listen to this. ' "

Because the sound so could not be included, Padgham could be modified overnight the mixer. Six months later, Padgham co-producer for his debut album Face Value and the single In the Air Tonight, on this drum sound has been refined and targeted. The success of In the Air Tonight Padghams justified reputation as a specialist for the recordings of drum sounds and became his sonic trademark. In 1981 he started his own business. For Every Breath You Take by The Police he delayed in George Martin's AIR studio on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, for example, the hi -hats with overdubs by 300 milliseconds.

Many artists sought from mid-1980 to a production with Padgham and he became as a result a very sought-after producer and worked with numerous artists at very commercially successful albums.


Many of his productions have been honored with music awards and certifications.

In 1985 he received along with Phil Collins a Grammy as Producer of the Year ( Non-Classical ).

In 1986 and 1987 he was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best British producer, but lost both times against Dave Stewart.

The magazine declared him mix in 1992 to one of the world's ten most influential producers of his time.

For Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales, he received the 1994 Grammy for best mix of an album.

Discography (excerpt)