Recording Engineer and Producer Michael Bishop has received ten Grammy® Awards (2015, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002 and 1997) including six for Best-Engineered Recording and two consecutive Grammy® Awards for Best Surround Album. He also received the Surround Music Award for Best Surround Mix – Orchestral. Michael’s production and sound effect recordings helped Peter Schickele, aka PDQ Bach, earn a record-setting four consecutive Grammy® Awards in the Best Comedy Album category. In 2009, Michael, with partners Thomas Moore and Robert Friedrich, co-founded Five/Four Productions Ltd., an independent full-service audio production company. Michael engineers, produces, and masters renowned recording projects, maintaining the high production values set in his prior twenty-year career at Telarc Records. With well over 1000 commercially released recordings to his credit, Michael has been privileged to have recorded many of the icons of popular music, classical, jazz, and blues in his career.
As an innovator and pioneer in high-resolution and surround music recording and mastering, Michael has recorded and mastered many major orchestral, jazz, blues, and pop recordings, plus notable independent projects. Among the very first music recording engineers to embrace multi-channel Surround as a music release format on DTS and Dolby Digital-encoded CDs, Michael is currently recording in multi-channel Direct Stream Digital and high-resolution PCM formats for release on CD, Super Audio CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disks and all consumer download formats. Having worked on pop quadraphonic mixes in the early 1970s, Michael applies that early experience, combined with his recent surround techniques, to produce many notable surround releases to the acclaim of audio reviewers and audiophile publications.
Michael’s recording credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Wild Cherry, Stanley Clarke Trio, The James Gang, Manhattan Transfer, Pere Ubu, Ray Brown, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Williams, Ray Charles, Chucho Valdez, Monty Alexander, the Count Basie Orchestra, Hiromi Uehara, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Al DiMeola, Bonnie Raitt, Isaac Hayes, the Memphis Horns, Bobby Womack, Liza Minnelli, Clark Terry, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Short, Junior Wells, Carlos Santana, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Dee-Dee Bridgewater, Dianna Krall, Shirley Horn, Maria Muldaur, Mel Torme, Frankie Laine, Ernest Ranglin, Andre Watt, Sylvia McNair, Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Lang Lang, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Paavo Jarvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Franz Welzer-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra, and Robert Spano/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Michael has also recorded major film soundtracks including the MGM musical “The Fantasticks” and the Oscar-winning film “Reds.”
Michael serves on the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy Award nomination review committees and has published articles in Surround Professional, The Absolute Sound, and Audio Media magazines as well as being a contributor to several books on professional audio recording and surround microphone techniques. Michael is often the subject of trade magazine articles covering subjects as diverse as orchestral recording to high-resolution surround and has been a consultant to pro-audio manufacturers.
Michael is a member of AES, NARAS (where he serves on the Producer & Engineer Wing Advisory Council), ASCAP, AQHA, and NRHA. Michael and his wife enjoy participating in Team Penning & Sorting and Reining with their American Quarter Horses.