CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

FACULTY

Peter Denenberg

In 1979, Peter Denenberg opened Acme Recording with a group of friends and has continued recording relentlessly ever since. Peter has produced and/or engineered many multiplatinum, Grammy- and Emmy-nominated projects as well as music for feature films like “Philadelphia,” “Space Jam,” “Beethoven's 2nd,” and “So I Married An Axe Murderer.” Peter was in charge of sound restoration and music mixing for the Academy Award–winning film “When We Were Kings.”

Recent projects that Peter is excited about include mix work with Martin Sexton, producing for Roger Glover (Deep Purple), and a continuing live recording series for NY’s 107.1 The Peak (with the help of student interns!) featuring The Wallflowers, KT Tunstall, The Fray, O.A.R., Augustana, Spin Doctors, Josh Dion Band, Warren Haynes, Aqualung, Duncan Sheik, Fountains Of Wayne, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Jason Mraz, Mike Doughty, Aimee Mann, Chris Issak, and Shawn Mullins, among many others.

As an album engineer and/or mixer, Peter has worked on tracks for a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary music, including Queen, Mick Ronson and David Bowie, Freedy Johnston, Ian Hunter, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, Joan Osborne, Huey Lewis and The News, Steve Cropper, Anita Baker and Cyrus Chestnut, Vernon Reid, Delbert McClinton, David Sanborn, Jim Carroll, Robert Cray, Corey Glover, Iggy Pop, Ron Wood, Todd Rundgren, Cyndi Lauper, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Jimmy Cliff.

His accomplishments as both producer and engineer include:

  • The first four Spin Doctors records (totaling 8 million-plus sales) and additional Spin Doctors projects for the “Philadelphia” and “Space Jam” soundtracks.
  • Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover’s recent solo effort as well as remixes for Deep Purple’s classic “Machine Head” and “Who Do We Think We Are” albums.
  • Recordings by Martin Sexton, Evan And Jaron, and Freedy Johnston, co-produced with Danny Kortchmar.
  • Music restoration and mixing for Academy Award–winning “When We Were Kings.”

At Acme Recording, "We were early adopters of the DAW. I initially began mixing into the box to ‘stems’ and then fully ‘in the box.’ I truly enjoy passing on my expertise in this.”

Recently, master guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith got Peter involved with the development of Waves GTR, and Acme became early adopters of this product as well. As Peter says, “Now we can use amp modeling as a real production tool.”