AES Member Profile

Gary Gottlieb

Gary Gottlieb

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Other: Author, Guest Speaker

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  • Educator
  • Author/Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Mixer
  • Producer
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Other: Guest Speaker


Incoming President-Elect, Co-Chair of the Events Coordination Committee, Chair of the Conference Policy Committee, and former Vice President of the Eastern Region, US and Canada; AES Fellow, Engineer, Author, Educator and Guest Speaker Gary Gottlieb refers to himself as a music generalist. A professional musician since age 13, he worked in radio on and off for 25 years, and was a music critic for 9 years. As a recording engineer, live recordist and music producer in New York, Gottlieb's long and distinguished career includes work with numerous Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees in a variety of venues. His credits as a sound designer include off-off-Broadway productions, along with community and college theater productions throughout New England. Along with his history as a music critic and entertainment writer for the Deerfield Valley News in West Dover, Vermont, and a disc jockey for WEQX, a major modern rock station in Manchester, Vermont, Gottlieb owned and operated a mobile DJ service and was a Venue Director for numerous X Games and Winter X Games for ESPN. In 2002 he accepted a position as Professor of Audio Production at Webster University in St. Louis, where he created the Department of Audio Aesthetics & Technology and subsequently served as the inaugural Chair of the Department. In 2007 Thomson Publishing released Gottlieb's first textbook, "Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond", the definitive introductory textbook in audio. In 2008 Thomson/Cengage published his second book, "Recording On The Go". Gottlieb's publication, "How Does it Sound Now?" was released in 2009 and won the Association of Recorded Sound Collections award for Excellence in Historic Research. AES awarded Gottlieb a Citation in 2011 for Service to the audio community, and he was made an AES Fellow in 2023. Relocating to Washington DC in 2016, Gottlieb remained in the audio education community, and was instrumental in the revitalization of the DC AES section. Relocating to Northern California in 2020, Gottlieb was the Vice Chair of the San Francisco section. He travels extensively for guest speaking engagements and has dedicated himself to educating youth about audio through the St. Louis Audio Project.

AES Awards

In 2011, Gary Gottlieb was presented with the AES Citation Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the Society and to its professional and student members throughout the midwestern U.S., advancing the growth, appreciation, and knowledge of audio and technology.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

Winner of the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. for his third book, How Does It Sound Now?

Education Background

Masters' in Audio Aesthetics and Technology from Marlboro College

Why Am I An AES Member?

I am an AES member because I believe in the growth of our profession through collaboration and cooperation.

I have always been dedicated to bridging the past and the future of our industry, hence my association with both the Education and Historical Committees. I support our industry's growth through cooperation between the professional and educational communities in audio. I am immersed in all ends of audio, and I applaud AES' endeavors to promote cross-pollination between different audio professionals and students.

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