Michael Wagener announces his retirement


Legendary German sound engineer Michael Wagener announced his retirement from the music industry on the day of his 70th birthday.

“Hello everybody.

I have now been active in the music business for over 50 years and I think it’s time to retire and get out and catch up on some vacations. I have sold the studio and Double Trouble Productions does no longer exist as an official company.

I had an amazing time and met a ton of wonderful people and I am thankful for having been able to work with such great musicians and create such wonderful music.

Now it’s time to see some more of the world.

This site will eventually disappear. No more mixes, productions and workshops. The studio has been sold and except for some guitars, amps and minimal studio gear there is not much left here.

I want to thank you all for allowing me to live a great life and to do what I love. I am looking at a future of lots of traveling; it has been a great trip so far.”

For the record, Wagener began his career playing guitar in Accept and later starter working as a sound engineer in Hamburg in 1972. When he met Don Dokken and they became friends he moved to Los Angeles and from there his career took off.

His impressive CV includes credits, either as a producer, or mixer of albums from: Metallica (“Master Of Puppets”), Ozzy (“No More Tears”, “Ozzmosis”), Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe (“Too Fast For Love ”,“ Decade Of Decadance ”, Megadeth, Helloween Dokken, Accept, Extreme, Great White, Hammerfall, Overkill, Poison, Skid Row (“ Skid Row ”,“ Slave To The Grind ”etc.), Stryper, Testament , Warrant, WASP, White Lion…