The Life and Career of Francis Buckley
Grammy Award®-winning record engineer Francis Buckley’s broad range of experience has seen him occupy the studio seat for breakout bands, established chart-toppers and Hollywood films. Buckley started out working at W.E. Studios in Redondo Beach in 1979. He then went on to engineer and mix the pioneering punk act Black Flag’s first album, “Damaged”, while working as chief engineer at Unicorn Records. It was in 1981, during his ten-year stand as Director of Recording Services at MCA Music Publishing, that he met producer and fellow Grammy winner Glen Ballard, with whom he had a fourteen-year partnership.
Buckley won Best Engineered Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards® for the Quincy Jones album “Q’s Jook Joint”. As an engineer and mixer, Buckley has contributed his expertise to other multi-platinum recordings, including The Pointer Sisters’ “Breakout”, Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl”, Wilson Phillips’ “Wilson Phillips”, Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to name a few. His work can be heard on over 100 million records worldwide and past work includes Aerosmith, Van Halen, Steve Vai, Deborah Cox and Billy Dean.
Buckley has worked on a variety of films, including the 1997 comedy hit “The Wedding Singer” (additional music mixer), “Phoenix” (music mixing engineer) and “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her” (music recordist). In 2009, he presented the TV show “Spotlight On Designing Your Home Studio”, a how-to guide for transforming an empty bedroom into a fully-functioning and professional recording environment.
Along with artist development, Francis currently conducts session work and film, TV and commercial music production. Francis is currently working with singer-songwriters Noel, Tod McLeod and Michael Buckley, Lap-Pop Artist “Lo-Fi Sugar”, Soul/Rock group “The Underground Railroad” and Mexican funk band “Pilaseca”.
Francis Buckley’s Audio Engineering Fundamentals, guides students through audio engineering by using some of the most successful and timeless tools of the trade. In this exclusive online course, the Grammy Award®-winning sound engineer and legendary producer gives students the scoop with hands-on instruction and real-world expertise, covering foundational areas like signal flow, console operation, what makes a great recording, and much more.
Teaching was never on my radar but from the moment I stepped in front of my first class, a 4 hour lecture class with a 3 sentence syllabus. I have been hooked.” Francis Buckley
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