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audio engineer, author, composer, educator, acoustician


DAVID MOULTON is an audio engineer and producer, author, composer, educator and acoustician. With degrees in music from Bard College and the Juilliard School of Music (major studies with John Becker, Jacob Druckman, Emil Hauser and Vincent Persichetti), Moulton began working in audio in the late 1960s, founding Dondisound Studios in Red Hook, NY. In 1980, Moulton joined the faculty of the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, chairing the Sound Recording Technoloogy Program there. In 1987, he became Chair of Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He resigned from Berklee in 1993 to devote full time to recording, composing, research and writing. At present, he operates Moulton Laboratories/Digital Media Services in Groton, MA. He specializes in multichannel surround production.

Moulton received a joint Grammy nomination with engineer Curt Wittig for their work on a CRI compact disc (in Circle Surround) of music by George Crumb that was nominated in the category "Best Engineered Album, Classical" as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. As a recording engineer, Moulton has also worked with the Concord String Quartet, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, folk singer Jonathan Edwards, pianist Robert Jordan, soprano Kyoko Saito and the Handel & Haydn Society, among many others. He is the author of Golden Ears, an audio ear-training course, Total Recording, a comprehensive text about recording, and Ten Essential Audio Lectures, a series of audio education CDs.

Since 1982, Moulton has been working on wide-dispersion loudspeakers and is a principal in Sausalito Audio Works, a firm specializing in such designs for the audio industry. This effort has led to a collaboration with Bang & Olufsen (which licenses patents from SAW) for the design of the technologically groundbreaking BeoLab 5 loudspeaker, a similarly advanced B&O audio system for Audi (available in the 2006 Audi A8) and the remarkable BeoLab 3, as well as other future B&O designs. Moulton has also been involved, with his son Dr. Mark Moulton, in the subjective measurement of audio systems and devices for companies such as Lucent Technologies. Moulton is a monthly columnist for TV Technology Magazine and has regularly written for Recording Magazine since 1992. He also teaches privately and at the Parsons Center for Audio Studies in Wellesley, MA. At the present time he is engaged in the composition of a series of large electronic works of music for surround playback.