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S. Benjamin Kanters

S. Benjamin Kanters

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Archiving/Restoration
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention

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  • Educator
  • Consultant


BS Speech, Northwestern University;
MM Music Technology, Northwestern University

Associate Chair, Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics.
Faculty member since 1993, academic director of department recording and production facilities, and head of the Audio Design & Production Program.

I joined Columbia College after twenty years in the audio and music industries including fourteen years as adjunct professor of audio with Northwestern University's Schools of Speech and Music. Through the 1970s, I was partner and sound engineer with the Chicago area concert club Amazingrace. During the 1980s, he was partner and chief managing engineer of Studiomedia Recording Company in Evanston. My experience also includes; concert production in large venues; audio engineering for live, recorded, and broadcast media; advertising and public relations to both the professional and consumer audio markets; and developing and teaching courses in audio ranging from high school to graduate level.

In 2004, I began researching best practices in the emerging field of audio archiving and restoration, and am now consulting libraries and music institutions in the design and operation of archive systems.

An outgrowth of studying hearing physiology over the past eight years, I founded The Hearing Conservation Workshop in 2007, visiting college and university audio and music programs to teach hearing physiology and conservation to future music industry professionals.

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