Exchange mastering engineer dies

Nilesh Patel - a hugely respected mastering engineer at the Exchange - has passed away.

Mastering is the final step in the recording process, and one of the most vital. London complex The Exchange has earned an international reputation, with their exacting techniques applied to some seminal material.

Sadly, Nilesh Patel - one of the most highly regarded members of The Exchange - has passed away. Joining the community in 1989, the engineer earned a solid reputation over the course of two decades.

Working with some incredible artists, Nilesh Patel earned credits on Daft Punk's 'Discovery', Air's 'Moon Safari' and Bjork's 'Homogenic'.

Some of the artists who worked with the engineer were quick to express their sadness. Speaking to fans on Twitter, Four Tet said that Nilesh Patel was a "brilliant cutting engineer…who cut loads of my records."

2ManyDJs meanwhile, said: "We're sorry to hear about the loss of Nilesh Patel, the man we cut most of our records with. He was the kindest soul with the best ears."

Chemical Brothers reflected on the loss by saying: "Very sad to hear about Nilesh Patel.He played an important part in many a great record.thoughts with the whole exchange gang".

Highlighting the respect he held throughout the recording community, Abbey Road were quick to mourn the engineer: "Very sad news about Nilesh Patel. Thoughts are with his family and everyone at @exchangestudios."

Erol Alkan said: "In my eyes and ears, he was the best mastering engineer on Earth. Spent so many afternoons together talking like nerds.."

The Exchange website contains a profile for Nilesh Patel, which contains a (shortened) list of the projects he has worked on.

Mastering projects include:- Adam Beyer, Agoria, Air, Alabama 3, Alan Braxe, Armand Van Helden, Avril, Audio Bullys, Anander Shanker, Ballroom, Ben Diamond, Bim Sherman, Bjork, Bob Sinclar, Cornershop, Christian Vogel, Daft Punk, Dave Angel, David Arnold, Dave Clarke, David Guetta, Dirty Beatniks, Dj Pierre, Dmitri from Paris, Erasure, Echoboy, Eat Static, Emiliana Torrini, FunDaMental, Femi Kuti, Fridge, F-Communications, Felix Da Housecat, Freeland, Gus Gus, G Flame, Gala, Independance, International Pony, Jay Alansky, Joey Beltram, Junior Sanchez, Junior Jack, Ken Ishii, Laibach, Llama Farmers, Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater, Layo & Bushwacka, Lamb, Long Pigs, Layo and Bushwacka, Medicine 8, Moby, Mr. Oizo and Mr.G, Mirwais, Nabb, Nitin Sawhney, New Young Pony Club, Nick Cave, Orbital, Peaches, Playgroup, Pleasure, Pulp, Pet Shop Boys, Plastikman, Robert Owens, Room 5, Ritchie Hawtin, Roger Sanchez, Sugababes, Sven Vath, Tavin Singh, Texas, Ronnie Jordan, Speedy J, Subliminal Records, Simian, Skunk Anansie, Shakedown, Soulwax, Speedy J, Shape Shifters, Slam, Stardust, Springheel Jack, State of Bengal, The Advent, Thomas Bangalter, The Youngsters, The Micronauts, The Stereophonics, Steve Bicknell, Up Bustle & Out, Umek, Underworld and Unkle.

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