Pro Audio

Phil Dudderidge, a veteran live-sound engineer, co-founded Soundcraft in the 1973, one of the most innovative pro audio companies in the industry at the time. He later purchased the Focusrite company in 1989. The business began out of a request from Sir George Martin for Rupert Neve to design a...
Howard Durbin was hired by RCA following World War II and worked within the engineering department on improving the phonograph record.  He was assigned to the team that addressed unbreakable 78s and later on the team that developed the 45 record and still later the Red Seal LP.  He attended the...
George Edwards is the General Manager for Sound Image Productions, a division of Sound Image that is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. His career has included working every live sound position from FOH in small clubs to full production of large scale musical events with some of the biggest...
Mark Engebretson has enjoyed a very long and successful career in pro audio product design and engineering.  In fact, when he was introduced at the 2013 Parnelli Awards to receive the Audio Innovators Award, it was suggested that his finger prints were on more audio products than just about anyone...
Rikki Farr has been an active member of the audio engineering community most of his life and as such has been involved in countless innovations along the way.  With Rikki’s incredible career in mind, it would take a page just to list the fields he has been involved with such as concert promotions,...
DW Fearn began working part time as an engineer for WPEN in Philadelphia while still in high school.  His passion for audio grew and developed as he collected equipment.  His goal was to create a recording studio with his gear, which he did in 1969 and he called it Veritable Recording Company. ...
Elizabeth Fernando grew up in her parent’s retail music store.  By the age of ten she ordered special strings customers were asking for that her parents did not carry and sold them within the store as her side business.  This clever approach to customer service was the beginning of her successful...
Jesus "Jet" Fernando opened a small music retail store with his wife, Elizabeth, in their native Philippines.  Elizabeth grew up in her parents store across town and knew the business side of the store while Jet offered the technical knowhow that was needed in providing customer service such as...
Dave Firestone joined the pro audio industry, thanks to his friend Greg Mackie.  Greg asked Dave to help him with his mixer products and in fact was on the ground floor of Mackie Designs and helped launch the innovative products that resulted in the Mackie name being recognized around the world. ...
Sol Fleising worked for Erikson’s Musical after earning his business degree and even worked in a small music retail store for a while, but he had a vision to own his own company. During the boom of pro audio and electronic instruments of the 1970s, Sol focused on bringing products to the Canadian...

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