AES Member Profile

Kimio Hamasaki

Kimio Hamasaki

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Broadcasting - Studio
  • Broadcasting - Radio
  • Broadcasting - Television Sound
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Consultant
  • Author/Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Educator
  • Mixer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Researcher


Kimio Hamasaki is a balance engineer for music recording, a researcher on spatial audio, an educator for audio engineering and acoustics as well as an audio engineering consultant. He made a large number of music recordings in 2.0, 5.1, 9.1, 11.1 and 22.2 multichannel sound. He also developed equipment for digital audio recording, microphone-techniques for natural sound recording such as the Hamasaki-Square, as well as the advanced spatial audio system such as the 22.2 multichannel sound system. He is the member of the international standardization committees and is recognized internationally for his technical and team-building skills. For his works, he has received several prestigious awards, including the Prix Italia Perugia Award and the CATs Audio Award.
Kimio Hamasaki is co-chair of the AES Technical Committees on Transmission and Broadcasting, vice chair of the AES Technical Committees on Recording Technologies and Practices, a member of the AES Technical Council and an adviser to the AES Japan Section. He was the AES Vice President for the International Region (2009 - 2013) and has served as the AES Governor (2006 - 2008). He also chaired the AES Japan Section (2006 - 2007), the AES 11th Regional Tokyo Convention in 2003, and the AES 40th International Conference in 2010. Kimio Hamasaki is currently a president at the ARTSRIDGE LLC.

AES Awards

In 2005, Kimio Hamasaki was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for contributions to multichannel audio systems with natural spatial impression.

In 2009, Kimio Hamasaki was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award for chairing the AES Japan Regional Convention in 2003.

In 2011, Kimio Hamasaki was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of co-chairing the AES 40th International Conference on “Spatial Audio: Sense the Sound of Space” in Tokyo, October 8–10, 2010.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

- Prix Italia Perugia Award (1989)
- Finalist for Emmy Award (1990)
- GRAMOPHONE Music Video Recording of the Year (1991)
- CATs Audio Award (2001)
- IBC President's Award (2003)

Education Background

- Bachelor's degree from Kyushu Institute of the design (1980)
- Masters degree from Kyushu Institute of the design (1982)

Employment History

Employment History
- Japan Broadcasting Corporation (1982-2013)
- Part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts (2003-2013)
- ARTSRIDGE LLC (2014-present)

Related Experience

- Experiences on music recording at des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Germany (1992-1993)

Why Am I An AES Member?

To contribute to the progress of audio engineering

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