Audio Engineers

An audio engineer is involved in the use of any kind of equipment or machinery that is related to the field of recording music, synchronizing sound and creating different types of sound effects. On the whole an audio engineer is trained in the fields of reproduction and manipulation of sound technology. Audio engineers may work in the field of radio, television, film making or even in the field of gaming. It is very important for an audio engineer to continuously invent new techniques and technologies in the field of audio technology in order to keep up with the market demand and upcoming trends. A sound engineer needs to have a sense of creativity along with efficient knowledge of the technical aspects of sound technology, which includes speech and music technology. The different fields that come under the category of audio engineering include audio signal processing, architectural acoustics, musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound reinforcement systems and sound broadcasting. An audio engineer may also be referred to as a sound engineer and is involved the development of new technologies in the field of audio engineering. Here is a compilation of the famous audio engineers get to know more fascinating and intriguing about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson
Famous As: Engineer, Guitarist, Audio engineer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead

 2 Atticus Ross

Atticus Ross
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England, UK

Atticus Ross is an English musician, composer, record producer, audio engineer, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with Trent Reznor; the duo has won prestigious awards, such as an Oscar for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Ross has also won a Golden Globe for his work in Soul.

 3 Amar Bose

Amar Bose
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 12, 2013

Amar Bose was an American academic, entrepreneur, sound engineer, and electrical engineer. Bose served as a professor at MIT for more than 45 years. He is also credited with founding a manufacturing company called Bose Corporation where he served as the chairman. In 2008, Amar Bose was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 4 Steve Albini

Steve Albini
Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Journalist, Music journalist
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena

 5 Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley
Famous As: key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s
Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Died: March 12, 2011

Owsley Stanley was an American clandestine chemist and audio engineer. During the 1960s Stanley played an important role in the Bay Area hippie movement and the counterculture of the decade. As the sound engineer of the Grateful Dead, Stanley developed the band's famous Wall of Sound, one of the largest transportable public address systems ever built.

 6 Pi'erre Bourne

Pi'erre Bourne
Famous As: Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine
Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States

 7 Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh
Famous As: Voice actress known for notable voice roles include Hinata Hyuga in the Naruto franchise, Orihime Inoue in Bleach
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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 8 Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore
Famous As: Guitarist, Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gadsden
Died: June 28, 2016

 9 Bob Rock

Bob Rock
Famous As: Record producer well known as a producer for heavy metal bands such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe
Birthdate: April 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Grammy Award-winning Canadian sound engineer and music producer Robert Jens Rock, or Bob Rock, has not just worked with bands such as Metallica and Aerosmith, but has also composed for films such as Mission: Impossible II and St. Elmo's Fire. He is part of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

 10 Ben Burtt

Ben Burtt
Famous As: Sound designer
Birthdate: July 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamesville, New York, United States

 11 Eugene Chaplin

Eugene Chaplin
Famous As: Recording Engineer
Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swiss

 12 Martin Birch

Martin Birch
Famous As: Sound Engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Initially an audio engineer, Martin Birch, known as a master of hard rock, later produced 10 Iron Maiden albums. He also worked with artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple. Interestingly, the cause of his death, at age 71, was not disclosed to the public.

 13 Geoff Emerick

Geoff Emerick
Famous As: Sound Engineer and Record Producer Who Worked With the Beatles
Birthdate: December 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 2, 2018

 14 Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone
Famous As: Recording engineer, Record producer, Composer, Violinist
Birthdate: January 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: March 30, 2013

Phil Ramone was a South African-born American record producer, recording engineer, violinist, and composer. He is credited with co-founding A & R Recording Inc., which went on to become a major independent studio recording company in the United States of America. He is also credited with introducing optical surround sound for films. Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards during his career.

 15 Roy Thomas Baker

Roy Thomas Baker
Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead

 16 Eddie Kramer

Eddie Kramer
Famous As: engineer, audio engineer, record producer, composer
Birthdate: April 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cape Town

Born to anti-Apartheid parents in South Africa, Eddie Kramer later moved to London with his family. An expert in classical piano, he later deviated to jazz and soon became one of the greatest rock producers/engineers of the world. His collaborators included The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones.

 17 Walter Murch

Walter Murch
Famous As: Film editor, Sound design, Sound designer
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 18 Anna Murphy

Anna Murphy
Famous As: Musician and audio engineer
Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

While she gained recognition with the folk metal band Eluveitie, which she joined at age 16, Swiss musician Anna Murphy later also led the 3-member folk rock band Cellar Darling. Born to opera singer parents, she was never a stranger to music. Proficient in hurdy-gurdy, she also plays the flute at times.

 19 Robin Guthrie

Robin Guthrie
Famous As: Record producer, Composer, Audio engineer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grangemouth

Part of the Scottish band Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie and his guitar made serious waves in the alternate music scene of the 1980s. He also performed as part of Violet Indiana and has often collaborated with American pianist Harold Budd. He later also stepped into music production.

 20 Rudy Van Gelder

Rudy Van Gelder
Famous As: Recording engineer
Birthdate: November 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 25, 2016

 21 Bill Stevenson

Bill Stevenson
Famous As: Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 22 Arif Mardin

Arif Mardin
Famous As: Music Producer
Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: June 25, 2006

 23 Terry Date

Terry Date
Famous As: Record producer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Composer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansing

 24 Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Fairbairn
Famous As: Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: May 17, 1999
Bruce Fairbairn was a Canadian musician and international record producer whose style was notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions. A classically trained trumpet player, Fairbairn gave many hits like Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Big Ones, Loverboy’s albums among others. He also established Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver.

 25 Ken Scott

Ken Scott
Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Fed on pop and rock and roll since his childhood, Ken Scott first decided to become a recording engineer when he watched a television program featuring Carol Deenes' recording session. Beginning his career at Abbey Road Studios at the age of sixteen, he eventually became a successful engineer, working with scores of well-known musicians, including the Beatles and Elton John.

 26 Ray Dolby

Ray Dolby
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: September 12, 2013

A Stanford engineer and a Cambridge PhD, Ray Dolby had first experimented with electronic gadgets while working part-time for Ampex in his teenage years. The Dolby Laboratories founder later pioneered the surround sound technology in movies and the noise-reduction system in tapes. His honors include an Emmy and two Academy Awards.

 27 Sidney Harman

Sidney Harman
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 12, 2011
Sidney Harman was an engineer and businessman who also served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce in 1977-1978. The Canadian-born American engineer was the publisher of Newsweek after purchasing the magazine for one dollar in 2010. He began the high-fidelity industry with the founding of Harman/Kardon, Inc. in 1952 and is known for the Quality of Working Life programs.

 28 Rupert Neve

Rupert Neve
Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer
Birthdate: July 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton Abbot

A pioneer in the design of audio recording equipments, Arthur Rupert Neve began his career designing public address systems, recording speakers and singers on lacquer discs. He later started his own business, designing analog recording and audio mixing equipments, .establishing Neve Electronics, Focusrite, AMS Neve, and finally Rupert Neve Designs.  Many of his long-discontinued products are now considered collectors' items.

 29 John Leckie

John Leckie
Famous As: Audio engineer, Record producer
Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

 30 Andy Johns

Andy Johns
Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Epsom, Surrey, England
Died: April 7, 2013

 31 Jon Hiseman

Jon Hiseman
Famous As: Drummer, Engineer
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England
Died: June 12, 2018

 32 David Rohl

David Rohl
Famous As: Egyptologist, Archaeologist, Engineer, Historian, Audio engineer, Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester

 33 Fritz Hilpert

Fritz Hilpert
Famous As: Musician, Audio engineer, Record producer
Birthdate: May 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amberg

 34 Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty
Famous As: Sound designer, sound editor and audio mixer
Birthdate: May 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilakkupara, Kerala, India

Resul Pookutty is an Indian film sound editor, sound designer, and audio mixer. He is best known for his work in the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire for which he received the Academy Award under the Best Sound Mixing category. He has also won other prestigious awards, such as the National Film Award for Best Audiography and Padma Shri. 

 35 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her song
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

 36 Alan Blumlein

Alan Blumlein
Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer
Birthdate: June 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: June 7, 1942

Best known as the inventor of stereo sound, electronic engineer Alan Blumlein had 128 patents in his kitty. He died at age 38, when the Halifax bomber carrying him and his colleagues crashed during World War II. He was apparently part of a secret radar experiment back then.

 37 Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer, Audio engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Erlangen

 38 Ken Nightingall

Ken Nightingall
Famous As: Audio engineer
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: May 19, 2020

Academy Award-winning sound engineer Ken Nightingall became popular as the Pink Shorts Boom Guy after an image of him holding a boom mike while wearing pink shorts on the sets of Star Wars in 1976 became viral on the internet in 2015. His movie credits included four James Bond films

 39 Farhad Humayun

Farhad Humayun
Famous As: Singer-songwriter and Drummer
Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jersey, United Kingdom
Died: June 8, 2021

 40 Henning Schmitz

Henning Schmitz
Famous As: Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany, Germany

 41 George Marino

George Marino
Famous As: Audio engineer
Birthdate: April 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 4, 2012

 42 Charles Sumner Tainter

Charles Sumner Tainter
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 25, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts
Died: April 20, 1940

 43 Valgeir Sigurðsson

Valgeir Sigurðsson
Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 44 Stefan Kudelski

Stefan Kudelski
Famous As: Audio engineer
Birthdate: February 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: January 26, 2013

 45 Sara Landry

Sara Landry
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Texas, United States