AES Member Profile

Masataka Nakahara

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 acoustician 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 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 etc.
He has classes on acoustics at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Institute of Sound and Arts.
He was a governor of the AES from 2016 to 2018. He also has been a director for the Japan Section since 2002, and was a Section Chair in 2009. He received a Japan Award for his contribution to the audio industry from the Japan Section in 2013. He contributed many international and regional conferences/conventions as a committee member.

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 of the High Reality Audio Research Group, Acoustical Society of Japan

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