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Masataka Nakahara


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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Software
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Hardware
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Acoustician
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Designer
  • Educator
  • Hardware Designer
  • Researcher
  • Software Designer
  • Technical Director


Masataka Nakahra is an acoustitian who specialized in acoustic design of studios and R&D work on room acoustics, and is also an educator.
After he had learned acoustics at the Kyushu Institute of Design, he joined SONA Corporation and started his career as an acoustic designer. In the past 20 years, he has designed and built up many numbers of studios in music facilities, post-productions, broadcasting companies, movie makers, video-game companies etc. He designed many multichannel studios, which in particular made him get higher reputation as a talented Japanese pioneer in the field.
In 2005, he received Ph.D in acoustics from the Kyushu University, and founded ONFUTURE Ltd. to start R&D work on acoustics. Besides his design work, he also develops acoustic measurement and analysis tools, an interactive reverberator for video games, etc.
He has classes on acoustics at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Institute of Sound and Arts. He also organizes and manages an annual AES Japan Section tutorial seminar on acoustics.
He has been a director for the AES Japan Section since 2002, and was a Section Chair on 2009. He has contributed to many Sectional conventions and conferences as a committee member, and served to the 40th International Conference as the secretary general. He received a Japan Award for his contribution to the audio industry from the Japan Section in 2013.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

AES Japan Award (2013)

Education Background

1989-1995, Kyushu Institute of Design (Master Degree, Acoustics)
2003-2006, Kyushu University (PhD, Acoustics)

Employment History

1995- SONA Corporation
2004- Institue of Sound Arts
2006- Onfuture Ltd.
2011- Tokyo University of the Arts

Related Experience

TC member on Architectural Acoustics of the Acoustical Society of Japan

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