Yoshiharu Abe is known as the father of personal multi-track recording in the audio engineering field. He was one of the five founders of TEAC in 1957 and went on to become one of the company’s most important product designers. Abe-son designed several landmark products over his long career including the 80-8 and the Portastudio series. He later worked for Fostex and was a key player in the teams that created the B-13 and X-15. Beginning in 1948 he also began writing extensively for audio engineering magazines and authored three text books on audio engineering.