Podcast 84: John Atkinson
Run Time: 1:02:00
Formally trained in sciencehis bachelor's degree was in physics and chemistry and his postgraduate qualification in the teaching of science, both from England's University of LondonJohn Atkinson's first career was in scientific research, where he worked in labs developing LEDs and the extraction of minerals from their ores. However, his love of music led to work as a professional musician for five years in the 1970s, playing bass guitar for touring bands, in night clubs and concert halls, and on a large number of sessions for radio, TV, and record companies. The latter fueled his passion for working on the other side of the recording studio's control-room window, and since 1984, he has engineered and produced more than 30 CDs and LPs. Since 1989, most of these have been released on the Stereophile label, associated with Stereophile magazine, for which Atkinson has been the editor-in-chief since 1986. Stereophile is now the largest-circulation English-language magazine devoted to domestic audio reproduction.
Before crossing the Atlantic to become Stereophile's editor, Atkinson was editor-in-chief of the UK's Hi-Fi News & Record Review magazine, which he had joined in 1976 as an editorial assistant. At Stereophile, as well as growing the magazine's circulation from around 20,000 to 80,000 in 10 years and overseeing the magazine's evolution into a large-format monthly, Atkinson developed a test and measurement program to accompany the magazine's component reviews. In 1997, Atkinson gave a tutorial paper to the Audio Engineering Society on measuring loudspeakersas of April 2010, he has measured more than 750 loudspeaker models using a consistent protocol.
Atkinson lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, an associate member of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and a voting member of NARAS (Producers and Engineers Wing), the parent organization of the Grammys.
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