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bigaudioblowhard

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Wally Traugott Has Died
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:47:49 pm »

Mastering Engineer Wally Traugott, who retired from Capitol Studios in (I think) 1996 has died.

Wally mastered some of the greatest albums of the 20th Century, Boston, the original Capitol issue of DSOTM (lore-first pass approved!), All Things Must Pass, The Plastic Ono Band, RINGO, Band On The Run, The Beatles At Hollywood Bowl, Night Moves, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett, Streisand, Manilow, Lee Ritenaur (direct to disc-no mistakes allowed), Willie Nelson...etc.

Not only that, but at one time he was the highest paid violinist in Canada ('50's'ish), being the fiddle player on The Tommy Hunter Show, and played with Tommy at Ryman Auditorium on The Grand Ole Opry.

He always kept one of those little Canadian Flags from a gift shop, standing on his console, which I now have in my room, so I managed to keep a piece of Wally these years.

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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 10:50:00 pm »

Wow, the loss of a real legend. Sorry for your loss, Mark.
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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 11:56:30 pm »

Sad to hear it.

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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010, 08:43:02 am »

One of my hero's.  Sad indeed.
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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 01:15:54 am »

This is, indeed, unhappy news.

I've long had so much admiration.

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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 08:27:16 am »

Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.......
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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 08:38:49 am »

GRHS.  

I knew Wally Traugott at Capitol recording was a fine mastering engineer, and do have the vinyl of Harrison's phenomenal All Things Must Pass, as well as one of my favorite high school skating jams, O'Bryan's 1983 album, "You and I," which was a Don Cornelius production, by the way.   The Soooooooooooooul Train, y'all.   "You and I" was the title track, but the jam was called, "I'm Freaky."   It's got a Zapp-style clap, Roger/Bootsy-esque bass lines, and a great soul falsetto, if you dig that.

Keep your head moving, this time:

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Rest in peace, and near the knobs, Mr. Traugett,

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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2010, 06:14:38 am »

  http://www.discogs.com/artist/Wally+Traugott#p=1&t=Credi ts_All


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There are too many to list, here, but I have pasted a few of my favorites that were mastered by "Wally."  


Check it out:


Listen to What the Man Said - 1975

Boston - 1976

Silly Love Songs - 1976

Night Moves - 1976

Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly - 1977

The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl - 1977

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band* - Stranger In Town - 1978

Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage - 1980

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon - 1981

Dayton - Cutie Pie - 1981

Bootsy's Rubber Band - Body Slam  - 1982

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (soundtrack) - 1982

Gladys Knight & The Pips* - Save The Overtime (For Me) - 1983

Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian - 1986

Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas - 1990

UK Apachi & Shy FX - Original Nuttah - 1995

 
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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2010, 03:05:18 pm »

I was surprised to so CT Heaven Or Las Vegas on the list. Definitely unattended, as I was a huge fan and working there at the time, I would've stalked the session and sneaked in after hours to peek at Wally's notes, as I often did.

He was not a big one for training engineers, but you could always ask him one question at a time, which he'd answer sometimes at length. I occasionally stopped him in the hallway to do so.

He always had his gear set the same way, Neve Mastering EQ's, and Sontecs.
Spike the vocal at 2.2k on the Neve, HP if necessary, Narrow Q on the Sontec for bass and broad on the Highs. Neve 33609, occasionally, and a custom Limiter, built in house, was always in the loop.

He used the crossfader on the Neve Transfer Console, (still there), to put extra EQ on chorus' etc. and never really got into computers. I don't think he could really use a computer at all.  He cut everything to a 1630 work tape, which then went upstairs to someone like me for editing in Sonic Solutions. So I'd often end up doing edit sessions afterwards with people like Robbie Robertson, Dave Edmunds, and Mike D. (Beastie Boys).

I honestly never learned much about his lacquer cutting skills, he wasn't cutting alot by then, and they actually mothballed his VMS-70 after he left, leaving Ron McMaster's the only one still operating there. Wally's Zuma is now on Rons lathe, but he tells me he rarely uses it.

He pretty much always scribed "Wally" in the dead wax, or "Wly". Reason being that in the '60's and '70's there was another guy there named William Tennent, who scibed WT on his lacquers.

Julio Iglesias bought him a custom Rolex after his album "Crazy" (I think) went platinum in about 10 countries. Someone did a little research and discovered it probably cost him about $12,000!

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Re: Wally Traugott Has Died
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2010, 04:09:22 pm »

Sounds like he was a great mentor, and certainly very talented.

My condolences.
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