Audio Engineers

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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
(Engineer, Guitarist, Audio engineer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Steven Wilson
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Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead
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Steve Albini
(Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Journalist, Music journalist)
Steve Albini
10
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena
 3 
Amar Bose
(The Founder of 'Bose Corporation')
Amar Bose
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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. 

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Owsley Stanley
(Audio Engineer and Key Figure in the San Francisco Bay Area 'Hippie Movement' During the 1960s)
Owsley Stanley
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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.

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Pi'erre Bourne
(Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine)
Pi'erre Bourne
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Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
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Scotty Moore
(Guitarist, Audio engineer)
Scotty Moore
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Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gadsden
Died: June 28, 2016
 7 
Bob Rock
(Record producer well known as a producer for heavy metal bands such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe)
Bob Rock
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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.

 8 
Stephanie Sheh
(Voice actress known for notable voice roles include Hinata Hyuga in the Naruto franchise, Orihime Inoue in Bleach)
Stephanie Sheh
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Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
 9 
Ben Burtt
(Sound designer)
Ben Burtt
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Birthdate: July 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamesville, New York, United States
 10 
Eugene Chaplin
(Recording Engineer)
Eugene Chaplin
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Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swiss
 11 
Geoff Emerick
(Sound Engineer and Record Producer Who Worked With the Beatles)
Geoff Emerick
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 2, 2018
 12 
Martin Birch
(Sound Engineer)
Martin Birch
5
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
(Recording engineer, Record producer, Composer, Violinist)
Phil Ramone
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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
(engineer, audio engineer, record producer, composer)
Eddie Kramer
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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 
Roy Thomas Baker
(Record producer, Audio engineer, Songwriter)
Roy Thomas Baker
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Birthdate: November 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead
 16 
Anna Murphy
(Musician and audio engineer)
Anna Murphy
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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.

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Walter Murch
(Film editor, Sound design, Sound designer)
Walter Murch
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Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
 18 
Rudy Van Gelder
(Recording engineer)
Rudy Van Gelder
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Birthdate: November 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 25, 2016
 19 
Bill Stevenson
(Musician, Record producer)
Bill Stevenson
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Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
 20 
Arif Mardin
(Music Producer)
Arif Mardin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: June 25, 2006
 21 
Robin Guthrie
(Record producer, Composer, Audio engineer, Songwriter)
Robin Guthrie
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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.

 22 
Bruce Fairbairn
(Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer)
Bruce Fairbairn
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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.
 23 
Terry Date
(Record producer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Composer)
Terry Date
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Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansing
 24 
Ken Scott
(Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer)
Ken Scott
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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.

 25 
Ray Dolby
(American Engineer, Inventor of the Noise Reduction System and Founder of 'Dolby Laboratories')
Ray Dolby
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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.

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Rupert Neve
(Engineer, Audio engineer)
Rupert Neve
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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.

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Sidney Harman
(American Engineer, Businessman and Former Chairman Emeritus of 'Harman International Industries, Inc')
Sidney Harman
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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.
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John Leckie
(Audio engineer, Record producer)
John Leckie
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Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
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Andy Johns
(Engineer, Audio engineer, Record producer, Composer)
Andy Johns
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Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Epsom, Surrey, England
Died: April 7, 2013
 30 
Jon Hiseman
(Drummer, Engineer)
Jon Hiseman
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Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England
Died: June 12, 2018
 31 
Fritz Hilpert
(Musician, Audio engineer, Record producer)
Fritz Hilpert
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Birthdate: May 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amberg
 32 
Resul Pookutty
(Sound designer, sound editor and audio mixer)
Resul Pookutty
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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. 

 33 
Keren Ann
(Singer-songwriter known for her song)
Keren Ann
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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.

 34 
David Rohl
(Egyptologist, Archaeologist, Engineer, Historian, Audio engineer, Musician)
David Rohl
5
Birthdate: September 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester
 35 
Alan Blumlein
(Engineer, Audio engineer)
Alan Blumlein
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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.

 36 
Karlheinz Brandenburg
(Inventor, Engineer, Audio engineer, University teacher)
Karlheinz Brandenburg
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Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Erlangen
 37 
Ken Nightingall
(Audio engineer)
Ken Nightingall
3
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

 38 
George Marino
(Audio engineer)
George Marino
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Birthdate: April 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 4, 2012
 39 
Henning Schmitz
(Audio engineer)
Henning Schmitz
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Birthdate: December 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany, Germany
 40 
Farhad Humayun
(Singer-songwriter and Drummer)
Farhad Humayun
2
Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jersey, United Kingdom
Died: June 8, 2021
 41 
Charles Sumner Tainter
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Birthdate: April 25, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts
Died: April 20, 1940
 42 
Valgeir Sigurðsson
(Icelandic Recording Producer Who Owns Greenhouse Studios and the Label Bedroom Community)
Valgeir Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Icelandic record producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson owns the label Bedroom Community and the recording facility Greenhouse Studios. He began his musical journey at age 16, when he joined a recording studio for the first time. His creations often include experimental, electronic, and alternative music.

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Stefan Kudelski
(Audio engineer)
Stefan Kudelski
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Birthdate: February 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: January 26, 2013
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Sara Landry
Sara Landry
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Birthplace: Texas, United States