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Professor Scott Metcalfe

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  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Game Audio
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Other: Recording Engineer and Producer, Music Synthesis, Composer, Author

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  • Educator
  • Recording Engineer
  • Other: Recording Engineer


Scott Metcalfe is an audio engineer and music technologist based in Baltimore, MD where he serves as director of Recording Arts and Sciences and chair of Music Engineering and Technology at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and holds the rank of Full Professor. In 2017, Oxford University Press published his first book Creating Sounds from Scratch that explores the world of sound design through music synthesis. He has engineered hundreds of recordings in many different styles of music with a primary focus on classical ensembles. Recent projects include engineering an album of choral works by composer Paul Mealor performed by the professional choir Voce and released internationally on Signum Classics (UK); live recordings with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony Orchestra from Strathmore and Maryland Hall; and editing, mixing and mastering of orchestral and electronic music for the Sid Meier's Civilization series of video games. He has been a guest on the nationally syndicated NPR program Talk of the Nation Science Friday, lectured as a guest of the Engineering Colloquium at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and has presented lectures and workshops on recording engineering abroad in South Korea, Scotland and England.

Education Background

Music Composition

Employment History

1995-present — Mind's Ear (owner)
1996-2009 — Asst. Professor of Music Production and Technology, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
1998-99 — Adjunct Instructor in Mastering, New York University
2002-2009 — Lecturer in Sound Design, Yale School of Drama, Yale University
2009-present — Professor, Chair of Music Engineering and Technology, Director of Recording Arts and Sciences -- The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Why Am I An AES Member?

Connecting with peers through the AES provides ongoing education and inspiration for me that I bring to my work as an audio professional and educator.

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