The concept of reviving Wisseloord began with Ronald Prent who, after many years of working abroad, has returned home to where his career began over 30 years ago. Ronald started out at Wisseloord in 1980 as an inexperienced assistant and has since established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative recording & mix engineers in the world. In his new role as chief engineer and partner in the business, he directs the creative and technical development of the facility while continuing to work his magic behind the mixing console.
While quite content to work in stereo, Ronald specializes in surround sound, pioneering in mixing and playing a key role in the development of new technology used in progressive high-resolution formats. In the early years of surround audio development, Ronald was a “test pilot” for Sony and Philips’ DSD/SACD format and many of the projects that he mixed in those days are still held up as benchmark examples of creative surround mixing – e.g., Guano Apes – “Don’t Give Me Names”, Kane – “So Glad You Made It”, Herbert Grönemeyer – “Mensch”. API’s flagship ‘Vision’ console which features simultaneous stereo and surround mixing capability, and SPL’s benchmark MMC1 multi-channel mastering console are two examples of technological excellence stemming from Ronald’s original and practical ideas.
Ronald’s knowledge and insight are also well appreciated by his colleagues in the academic world. He’s been asked on numerous occasions to guest-lecture and give master classes on recording and mixing for universities around the world, including McGill, New York University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Banff Centre for the Arts. He has participated in and hosted many workshops and panel discussions at professional seminars in the U.S. and Europe, notably the informal “PMC Listening Sessions” at AES conferences where his demonstrations never fail to draw a crowd.
His long list of clients includes such notable artists as Simple Minds, Rammstein, The Scorpions, Mink DeVille, Richie Hawtin, Udo Lindenberg, Gotthard, Tina Turner, Ilse DeLange, Live, Within Temptation, Herbert Grönemeyer, Clouseau, Lori Lieberman, Manowar, Alain Clark, and Peter Maffay.