Bob Tudor, Engineer/PreSonus CTO, Passes

Bob Tudor, a widely admired and respected member of the pro audio industry, passed away last week. Having developed dozens of products for companies as varied as Mackie, Tascam, Lexicon and EV, in recent years, he became the Chief Technology Officer at PreSonus.
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Baton Rouge, LA (May 27, 2014)—Bob Tudor, a widely admired and respected member of the pro audio industry, passed away last week. Having developed dozens of products for companies as varied as Mackie, Tascam, Lexicon and EV, in recent years, he became the Chief Technology Officer at PreSonus.

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At a young age, Tudor followed his passion for music and studied piano with Josephine Bacher, an Arthur Rubinstein protégé and Julliard fellow, before turning his focus towards engineering, studying electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He later transferred to Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring, jazz and music production.

Tudor co-founded Boston's Metropolis recording studio and recorded such well-known acts as Peter Wolf/J. Geils Band, Extreme, Aimee Mann, New Kids on the Block and Bobby Brown. He also played keyboards and acoustic piano on numerous records as a studio musician and remixed "Cradle of Love" for Billy Idol.

Eventually, Tudor decided to focus on audio engineering, creating a long list of companies, products and technologies. As one of the pioneers at Mackie Designs, he created the company's line of digital mixers, hard-disk recorders and control surfaces.

Bob Tudor, a widely admired and respected member of the pro audio industry, passed away last week. Having developed dozens of products for companies as varied as Mackie, Tascam, Lexicon and EV, in recent years, he became the Chief Technology Officer at PreSonus. - See more at: http://www.prosoundnetwork.com/article/bob-tudor-engineer-presonus-cto-passes/17808#sthash.2nThtS4E.dpuf

"Bob Tudor's design work and personal influence at Mackie was big, to say the least," Mackie senior vice president John Boudreau told PSN. "Bob's vision for bringing digital technology and intuitive tools for recording led to the innovative Mackie d8b and HDR products, among many others. A talented musician and recording enthusiast himself, he combined this with his skills as a digital engineer to design with true passion. It's safe to say Bob helped reshape Mackie recording, which created a huge community of dedicated enthusiasts for these products and the brand. Bob's big, fun personality was part of Mackie's culture and he may have invented 'Engineering Social Thursdays,' where many napkin sketches became the impetus for these insanely killer products. He will be missed by the Mackie community."

Bob Tudor, a widely admired and respected member of the pro audio industry, passed away last week. Having developed dozens of products for companies as varied as Mackie, Tascam, Lexicon and EV, in recent years, he became the Chief Technology Officer at PreSonus. - See more at: http://www.prosoundnetwork.com/article/bob-tudor-engineer-presonus-cto-passes/17808#sthash.2nThtS4E.dpuf

After leaving Mackie, Tudor founded SaneWave, where he developed more than 100 products for numerous pro audio manufacturers; some of the creations of this period included the Tascam US-2400 Control Surface and X-48 Hard Disk Multitrack Audio Recorder; Electro-Voice DC-1 Speaker Processor; M-Audio ProjectMix; and the Lexicon MX-500 FX Processor. He did additional projects for QSC, Samson, Shure, Alesis, Gibson, Fender, and many others. One of SaneWave's best clients was PreSonus, for which Tudor helped design the FaderPort and the StudioLive digital-mixer line. That led to his decision to join the company fulltime in 2008.

Tudor’s products have garnered five TEC Awards, five MIPA Awards, and numerous other awards. As Tudor put it, "I enjoy developing disruptive products"-that is, innovative products that can potentially shake up and energize the market.

As Chief Technology Officer at PreSonus, Tudor oversaw all PreSonus advanced development activities and evaluated and implemented emerging technologies that have been utilized in many of the companies products. Along with PreSonus CSO Jim Odom, he developed the strategic direction of the company's products and technologies.

"Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with Bob, or even interacting with him at events or trade shows, was likely touched by his energy, enthusiasm, and passion for technology-and specifically, technology that allowed people to make better music. He was always fascinated with what could be done and was never really deterred by challenges or technical hurdles. He not only made things that no one else could see or do possible, he made them look easy. We have not only lost a truly amazing engineer but a very dear friend to so many people in this industry,” said PreSonus CEO Jim Mack.

On May 23, PreSonus posted the announcement of Tudor’s passing, garnering responses of sympathy and praise of Tudor’s life and contributions in the industry.