AES Member Profile

William E. Whitlock

William E. Whitlock

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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Hardware
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Other: System Noise Remediation

Job Duties:

  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Hardware Designer
  • Owner/Director
  • Researcher
  • Other: Lecturing, Writing


His lectures, seminars and writings have helped thousands unravel the mysteries of grounding and interfacing. Writings include numerous AES papers, dozens of magazine articles and white papers, as well as several chapters in Glen Ballou's "Handbook for Sound Engineers." He's been an invited lecturer at MIT and several other universities. His patents include the InGenius® balanced input circuit and the ExactPower® high-speed AC voltage regulator. He's a Life Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Bill resides in Ventura, California.

AES Awards

In 2008, William Whitlock was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of grounding, shielding, and balanced interfaces in audio systems.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

1957, Science Fair 1st place for a simple analog computer;

1976, US Patent 4,030,129 - PCM Digital Audio Recording System;

1996, US Patent 5,568,561 - Balanced Line Receiver with CM Bootstrap;

2004, US Patent 6,653,824 - Continuous Feed-Forward AC Voltage Regulator;

2012, US Patent 8,100,715 - RCA-Compatible Balanced and Unbalanced Connectors;

2009 and 2010, NSCA Technical Instructor of the Year Awards

Education Background

I became an avid electronics hobbyist at age 7, had my own radio, TV, and AV equipment repair business at age 10, and took the "tough jobs" for the radio-TV repair shop of a huge department store while in high-school and junior college in Florida. I got bored with college and moved to the electronics program at Pinellas Technical College, where I graduated at the top of my class in 1965.

Employment History

1964-1966, EMR Schlumberger, Sarasota, FL, R&D technician in FM/FM telemetry division;
1966-1968, General Electric Neutron Devices, St. Petersburg, FL, technician in component evaluation laboratory;
1968-1971, RCA Missile Test Project, Cape Canaveral, FL, navigation technician on USNS Vandenberg;
1972-1974, Quad-Eight Electronics, N. Hollywood, CA, chief electronics engineer;
1974-1981, Laserium, Van Nuys, CA, chief engineer for producers of laser light shows;
1981-1988, Capitol Records, Glendale, CA, manager of electronic development engineering;
1989-2014, Jensen Transformers, Chatsworth, CA, president & chief engineer;
2014-present, Whitlock Consulting, Ventura, CA, owner and principal engineer.

Why Am I An AES Member?

The AES is the best way for me to acquire and disseminate technical information with my technical colleagues world-wide. I also enjoy the mental stimulation and social aspects of AES conventions and local chapter meetings.

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