Steve Albini is a well-known engineer, mixer, and studio owner who lives and works at his Electric Audio studio in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the guitarist and main singer of the grunge band Shellac.
Albini continues to work almost entirely in the analogue domain, being known for recording "live in the studio" as much as possible. He also places particular emphasis on the selection and use of microphones in achieving a desired sound, and to best capture the ambience.
In 2004, Albini estimated that he had engineered the recording of around 1,500 albums, which included artists like Foxy Shazam, Nirvana, Pixies, The Breeders, The Jesus Lizard, Manic Street Preachers, Jarvis Cocker, and The Cribs.