Hackensack, NJ (February 16, 2017)—John R. Petrucelli, live sound console designer and co-founder of Crest Consoles and APB-DynaSonics, died at the Hackensack University Medical Center on Saturday, January 21, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was 64.
Born in Meriden , CT on September 14, 1952, he attended local schools and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1977.
Petrucelli started his career in audio in the New Haven , CT area, first working with local bands and sound companies before starting his own company, PET Projects, where he modified existing equipment for recording studios throughout New England and began designing and building his own creations.
In the early 1980s, he joined Allen & Heath Brenell USA, where he designed a number of live sound mixers that were manufactured and sold by the UK parent company internationally.
In 1991, he was a founding member and Chief Engineer of Crest Consoles where he introduced a number of product designs that saw the company become a go-to console manufacturer for a number of years, catering to the professional touring and audio install markets.
In late 2004, he became a founding member and part owner of the audio mixer company APB-DynaSonics where he was President and Chief Design Engineer. He also became a contract design engineer, working with various companies including PMI Audio, helping to revitalize numerous product lines, including Trident Audio.
Petrucelli is survived by his four sisters, Ceil Petrucelli of Bennington, VT, Annette Petrucelli of South Royalton, VT, Mary-Alice Petrucelli-Timek and her husband, Craig of Wallingford, CT, and Lynn Petrucelli of Randolph , VT. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Patricia L. Petrucelli. He also leaves his friend and partner, Olga Gomelskaya, in NJ.
At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Plans for a Celebration of John’s Life will be announced at a later date.