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Bob Tudor (1967–2014)

Remembering the PreSonus chief technology officer, who passed away over the weekend.

PreSonus has announced the 23 May passing of its “widely admired, respected and beloved” chief technology officer (CTO), Bob Tudor (pictured).

As CTO, Tudor oversaw all PreSonus’s advanced development activities and evaluated and implemented the technologies used in many of the company’s most successful products. Along with chief strategy officer Jim Odom, Tudor is credited with developing “the strategic direction of [PreSonus’s] innovative products and technologies”.

A legend in the pro audio and MI industries, Tudor followed a “long and winding road” to PreSonus, which he joined full-time in 2008. A child piano prodigy, Tudor later studied electrical engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, US, but switched to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied film scoring, jazz and music production. He co-founded the Metropolis recording studio in Boston, and recorded acts like the J. Geils Band, Extreme, Aimee Mann, New Kids on the Block and Bobby Brown.

Tudor eventually combined his passions for music and engineering at Mackie Designs – where he created the company’s line of digital mixers, hard disk recorders and control surfaces – and SaneWave, where he developed products for a wide assortment of pro audio manufacturers. One of SaneWave’s best clients was PreSonus, for which Tudor helped define and design the FaderPort and the StudioLive digital mixer line, which led to his decision to join the company full-time.

Tudor’s products have garnered five TEC and five MIPA Awards, among numerous other accolades.

“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,” comments Jim Mack, PreSonus CEO. “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.”

Peter Watts, who worked with Tudor at Mackie, posted to his Facebook page: “I met Bob almost 20 years ago, and immediately recognised the talent beneath the mischievous humour. It was not easy convincing him to come and work full time at Mackie Designs, but when he did, we worked together around the clock on some cool and innovative products, and were best friends for a while there.

“Take care, Bob – I believe we will meet again.”