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Wes Dooley (left) receives AES Fellowship
award from Roy Pritts at the 111th AES
Convention in New York City, 2001.

Wes Dooley's longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio.

From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes' passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers. His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible.

Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44's and other ribbon microphones.

In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA's R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA's R44. Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage.

Building off of his successful reintroduction of the R44, in 2002 Wes designed and began producing an original ribbon mic, the AEA R84. His groundbreaking work with ribbon microphones helped him to secure the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver Medal Award in the fall of 2003. This award, established by the AES in 1971, in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas A. Edison, is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering.

Wes has also co-authored two AES Journal articles about stereo microphone techniques, chaired workshops on mic techniques and mixing strategies for compatible multiple releases for cinema, broadcast and home video, and has presented section meetings on stereo techniques and forensic audio. He is involved with AES standards work and currently serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization.

Curriculum Vitae

Wes' forensic involvement with recorded media began over 15 years ago. He has now worked on dozens of cases doing forensic work in areas as diverse as enhancement and authentication, audio and video recreations for court presentation, court ordered editing and playback, re-synchronization of enhanced audio onto video copies, studio appraisals and audio contracting quality assessment. Both the variety and quantity of forensic work that Wes has encountered have helped to hone his skills with most aspects of audio and video production technology.

Educational Background:

1968: Associate of Arts degree with electronics technology emphasis, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
1972: Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA
1975: Gotham Audio two-day workshop on Phonograph Disk Mastering and Reproduction
1976: Audio Engineering Society two-day workshop on Magnetic Reproduction and Recording, organized and attended
1979: Altair Electronics' 36 hour course on The Theory and Practice of Magnetic Recording Technology
1986: AES Conference on Stereo Audio in Television
1986: Society of Broadcast Engineers, Certification: Broadcast Technologist
1989: Altair Electronics' 40 hour course on The Theory and Practice of Magnetic Recording Technology
1994: Pasadena Police Department, Citizen Police Academy
1996: New York Institute for Forensic Audio, spring seminar on Audio and Video Authentication
1996: Diplomat of the American Board of Recorded Evidence
2000: New York Institute for Forensic Audio, spring seminar on Audio and Video Authentication
2001: New York Institute for Forensic Audio, fall seminar on Audio and Video Authentication

Professional Society Involvement:

Wes attends local, national and international meetings of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Sapphire Audio Group, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society of Television Engineers (STE). He is also a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE), AES, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Hollywood Sapphire Audio Group, SBE, and SMPTE.

Audio Engineering Society Involvement:
  • AES Groups
A full member of the AES for 38 years, Wes serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and chairs their AES-X135 writing group: Forensic Audio Recordist Evidence Collection. He also serves on the SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization. In the fall of 2001, he was named an AES Fellow for his contributions to recording technology.
  • International:
Wes was Facilities Chair for the 1980 Los Angeles AES convention, and served 1983-1985 as Western Regional Vice President and member of the AES Board of Governors. He has chaired AES workshops on various aspects of stereo, from the basics of stereo microphone technique to examinations of mono/stereo/surround sound compatibility problems incurred where a single mix strategy must serve cinema, television and recorded video release formats. In 2002 he organized the History Room exhibits and presentations for the113th AES Convention in Los Angeles.
  • Local Section:
Wes has served as Committeeman, Vice-chairman, and Chairman of the Los Angeles Section. He founded the LA section's educational workshop program. He presented meetings on problems and solutions working in stereo for broadcast and cinema, and organized and presented the July 1999 meeting on forensic analysis of recorded evidence. Wes Dooley has presented similar meetings for the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).


M-S Stereo: A Powerful Technique for Working in Stereo,
co-authored with Ron Streicher, and presented to the Audio Engineering Society at the 69th Convention in Los Angeles, 1981.

Basic Stereo Microphone Perspectives - a Review, co-authored with Ron Streicher, and presented to the Audio Engineering Society at their 2nd International Conference in Anaheim, 1984.
(These papers are included in the AES anthology, "Stereophonic Techniques", published in 1986.)

The Bi-Directional Microphone - A Forgotten Patriarch, co-authored with Ron Streicher, and presented to the Audio Engineering Society at the 113th Convention in Los Angeles, 2002.
(This paper was subsequently published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, April 2003.)