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 Atticus Ross

Atticus Ross.
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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.

 2 Steve Albini

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

 3 Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley.
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Famous As: Chemist, Engineer, Audio engineer
Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kentucky
Died: March 12, 2011

 4 Steven Wilson

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

 5 Scotty Moore

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

 6 Bob Rock

Bob Rock
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Famous As: Bassist, Engineer, Audio engineer, Musician, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver

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.

 7 Ben Burtt

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

Eugene Chaplin
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Famous As: Recording engineer
Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vaud, Switzerland

 9 Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh
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Famous As: Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer, Television producer, Photographer, Singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo

 10 Roy Thomas Baker

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

Frederick McKinley Jones.
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21, 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

 12 Martin Birch

Martin Birch
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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 Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone
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Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer, Music executive, 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.

 14 Eddie Kramer

Eddie Kramer
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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.

 15 Walter Murch

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

 16 Robin Guthrie

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

 17 Rudy Van Gelder

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

 18 Terry Date

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

 19 Arif Mardin

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

 20 Sidney Harman

Sidney Harman
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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.

 21 Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Fairbairn
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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.

 22 Ray Dolby

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

 23 Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty
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Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer
Birthdate: May 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilakkupara

 24 Rupert Neve

Rupert Neve
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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.

 25 Ken Scott

Ken Scott
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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 John Leckie

John Leckie
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Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 27 Andy Johns

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

 28 Ken Nightingall

Ken Nightingall
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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

 29 David Rohl

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

 30 Yūko Miyamura

Yūko Miyamura
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Famous As: Actor, Engineer, Seiyū, Director of audiography, Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kōbe

 31 Fritz Hilpert

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

 32 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Engineer, Singer, Audio engineer, Guitarist, Pianist, Record producer, Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea Maritima

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.

 33 Alan Blumlein

Alan Blumlein
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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.

 34 Karlheinz Brandenburg

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

 35 Henning Schmitz

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

 36 Valgeir Sigurðsson

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

 37 Charles Sumner Tainter

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

 38 Stefan Kudelski

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

 39 Bill Stevenson

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

 40 Sara Landry

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