by Clive Young.
New York (April 8, 2011)–Tal Herzberg, a Grammy award winner and 8-time nominee for his work as a pop engineer and producer, passed away Thursday night, reportedly due to illness. He was 40.
Often teaming up with producer/record executive Ron Fair, Herzberg worked behind the desk with a who’s who of rock and pop, including U2, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, MXPX, Motley Crue, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, Lisa Loeb, Nelly, Vanessa Carlton, U2, Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Puddle of Mudd, Queen Latifah, Keyshia Cole, Orianthi, Ashlee Simpson, Cobra Starship, Dashboard Confessional, John Mayer, Sum 41 and many others.
Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Herzberg started out as a bassist, working with numerous Israeli artists including the late Ofra Haza, before emigrating to the US in 1992. Settling in Los Angeles, he did a three-year stint in the mid-Nineties as a full-time employee of Waves, demoing the company’s plug-ins throughout the industry, before moving into engineering within the recording industry.
Over the course of his career, he was involved in recordings that collectively sold over 50 million copies, and he served on the advisory council to the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. Herzberg is survived by his wife and two daughters.