Balancing his life as a Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer/producer with one as an artist/songwriter, Ryan McCambridge has spent the better part of his life in recording studios.
His audio career formally started in post-production and multimedia on Gemini-nominated projects with major networks including Disney, Warner Bros., CBC, and Bravo. Notably, Ryan has sound designed or mixed over a thousand commercials, won a Telly Award for sound design and worked as the Dolby Atmos re-recording mixer for the remaster of the iconic Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO show, Sex And The City.
As an audio engineer, his music career has been on projects with renown international artists like Mastodon, IAMX, Birds of Tokyo, Cheshires (Remy Zero) and Pentatonix, as well as Canadian artists like Metric, Glass Tiger, Sarah Slean, Crown Lands, Lowest Of The Low and Jonas & The Massive Attraction. In a long-standing collaboration with Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Muse), Ryan was an engineer and Atmos mixer on Mastodon’s critically-acclaimed Hushed and Grim, which received a Grammy nomination. Ryan worked with Bottrill as assistant producer and engineer for the Rush R40 Live concert album and film as well, which awarded him a US Gold Record. The two also work closely to on Ryan’s solo music project, A Calmer Collision — a modern alt-rock interpretation of the darker side of 80s New Wave.
As both a performer and engineer, Ryan collaborated with Bottrill and Canadian artists like Corey Hart, Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Three Days Grace, The Trews, The Sheepdogs and many more, on Artist’s For Sudan, a cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” that raised awareness for the crisis in Sudan at the time. In other fundraising efforts, Ryan also organized the release of Spill Compilation in 2010. It was an album featuring artists like Dragonette, Lindi Ortega, and Peter Katz, among others, raising money for Oceana’s cleanup of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Working alongside writer/producer Erik Alcock (Kanye West, Eminem, Celine Dion, P!nk), the pair have worked on projects for Craig Walker & The Cold, Tiwayo, Arden, and in collaboration with John “P*nut” Harrison (Amy Winehouse, Dido, Faithless), the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
With a commitment to empowering other artists and up-and-coming audio engineers, Ryan has taught many workshops, is a part-time instructor at Ryerson University and contributes to many audio publications, including Sound On Sound, Audio Media International, Audio Pro International, Professional Sound and Canadian Musician.