Product Engineers

Akio Hiyoshi was on the engineering team at Yamaha in 1959 that designed the Electone Organ, which brought the small piano manufacturer into the electronic musical instrument market, where they would become dominant for decades.  The team also worked on the Clavinova, the CS 80 (Yamaha's last...
Hirokazu Kato took part in the innovative engineering team at Yamaha in Japan who utilized FM Synthesis to create an electronic musical instrument, first the TRX prototype and then the revolutionary DX7.  Kato-san began his career with Yamaha in 1965 when he helped design the company's first...
Adrian Emsley is the Technical Director at Orange Amps in London.  The company’s founder, Cliff Cooper, hired Adrian to lead the teams that created several key products for Orange including the RockerVerb, the OR-50 and the AD series, which was introduced in 1998. Over the years, Adrian has become...
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,...
Dave Coontz is a regular sight at NAMM Shows each year behind the counter within the Shubb booth and as it turns out, he played a big part in that company’s success.  Rick Shubb was passionate about playing music since he was a child and as he progressed as a musician there were certain ideas he...
Bill Walzak grew up in Chicago and found his way to the drums whenever he could.  Trash cans and pots were often turned upside down and were Bill’s set!  While playing in a band later he invented a cup holder to attach to music stands.  In 1982, Bill made his first trip to the NAMM Show with his...
Glenn Snoddy was working in the recording studio in Nashville, when a short on the control board caused Grady Martin's guitar to take on a new sound.  The engineers and producer looked at one another and asked if they heard that fuzzy sound.  That sound was later requested by other artists who...
Alan Kay has always had a love for music and in fact often found himself thinking in terms of a musician when he was designing computers and computer code.  Alan is a computer science pioneer who spent a decade at the famed Xerox PARC helping to design and engineer personal computers, computer code...
Chris Pelonis is a well-known studio designer, engineer, producer, speaker builder, studio and live guitar player and band leader/guitarist for the likes of the Jeff Bridges band.  His energy and passion for his work seems to be a driving force behind his designs and innovations, which often are...
Ed Caustin was the nephew of guitar pioneer George Beauchamp.  Ed recounted several stories about his very creative uncle, who Ed looked up to as an inspiration.  In fact, Ed later worked as an engineer in aerospace and with the space program. At times, he used audio and sound waves in his work. ...

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