AES New York 2013 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: Pro Sound News - Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Secondary Affiliation: Pro Audio Review, Music Festival Business
AES Member Type: Member
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Frank Wells is the current president of the Audio Engineering Society, and editor of the professional audio news monthly, Pro Sound News. An AES member for over 20 years, Wells has had stints as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Nashville section and as VP, Central Region, USA and Canada. He is also a founding board member of the industry self-help non-profit corporation, the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund and helps oversee its annual funding event, the AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament.
His technical career began in the USAF where he worked as a radio technician. In 1982, he received a BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Mass Communications, graduating Suma Cum Laude with a Radio/TV/Film emphasis. He worked as Chief Engineer of MTSU’s public FM radio station for six years, also working part time as Chief Operator for other area stations.
In 1988, Wells became Chief of Technical Services for Glenn Meadows’ Masterfonics Studios. For the next decade, he oversaw all technical aspects of what grew to be a seven-room, two-building recording and mastering facility. His duties included equipment installation, maintenance and operational training, and management of the technical staff. Studio Six was added to the main location during Wells’ tenure at Masterfonics. He also oversaw the construction of, and developed the technical infrastructure of, the 3.5 million dollar Tracking Room studio for Masterfonics. On the side, Wells also built and maintained real-time cassette copy systems for Nashville record labels and publishing houses, and designed and implemented custom circuitry, modifications and other solutions for various studios, engineers and recording artists.
In 1997 Wells became the founding editor of Audio Media, USA. In 2000, he joined the staff of Pro Sound News, also overseeing the AES Daily for the US conventions and developing and overseeing seminar programs like the SPARS/UEM BizTech conferences, the Surround conferences and Surround Music Awards and AES workshops including the 2009-2013 AES Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo. He is also now Editorial Director of Pro Audio Review and Music Festival Business magazines.
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