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why initials ?
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why initials ?

most of the time when people name other Engineers, specialy the big names.. they use WW, AW, BC, MW, ok .. I learned these after some time, but man.. stop it. Just write down the guys full name i´m tired of guessing!!!
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care to start an 'answer key'?
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WW: William Wittman

BC: Bob Clearmountain

AW: Andy Wallace

TLA: Tom Lord Alge

CLA: Chris Lord Alge

JJP: Jack Joseph Puig (AKA Jack Joseph Pugface...haha)

MB: Michael Brauer

MS: Mike Shipley

RH: Ross Hogarth

AM: Alam Moulder

MG: Mick Guzauski

MW: Mark Wallis

KS: Ken Scott

AS: Al Schmidt

ES: Ellios Scheiner

HP: Hugh Padgham

DP: Dave Pensado

MM: Mark Mozart

DK: Danny Kadar

ES: Eric Schilling

TV: Tony Visconti

JB: Joe Barresi

JC: Joe Chiccarelli

RC: Rich Costey

DB: David Bianco

I know I missed some...who's with me?
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There will be a quiz later
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Originally Posted by DontLetMeDrown
There will be a quiz later

I blow at quiz's.
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haha a POP quiz, literaly.........................
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RW: Randy Wright : )
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MW is also Michael Wagener
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Lou Judson
AGFA = Actien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation (1867) Agfa-Gevaert (1964).
BASF = Badische Anilin & Soda Fabrik (1865).
3M = Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1906) MMM (2002).
TDK = Tokyo Denkikagaku Kogyo Kabushiki-gaisha (1935).
JVC = Victor Company Of Japan, Ltd (1927).
AKAI = Akai Electric Company, Ltd (1929).
TEAC = Tokyo Electric and Actuator Company (1969).
TASCAM = Professional arm of TEAC (1974).
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ACE Audio Composite Engineering. Now in a strategic alliance with QSC.

ACO Pacific from ACOoustics.

AEI Music Audio Environments Inc. Now merged with DMX Music.

AKG Acoustics Akustische u. Kino-Geräte (Acoustic and Cinematography Equipment)

AKM Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.

ALEMBIC From the device, an apparatus consisting of two vessels connected by a tube used for distilling liquids, i.e., a device that purifies or alters by a process comparable to distillation. [AHD] " Specific: Alembic utilizes all available materials and in their quest to learn, focuses their efforts in their factory and produces the purest of electric guitars and basses available." [From their website -- hit the link for the whole fascinating logo story.]

ALESIS A loose acronym for Algorithmic Electronic Systems adjusted to make

ALLEN & HEATH Looking for a place to manufacture in 1969, the founders, Steve Batiste and Andy Bereza (inventor of the Portastudio for TASCAM), took over a ball bearing factory named Allen & Heath. They liked and kept the name thus avoiding the time-consuming and expensive British company registration process.

ALLISON RESEARCH After the name of Paul C. Buff's first wife. See PAL STUDIOS.

ALTEC LANSING All Technical Products plus Lansing from partner James B(ullough) Lansing, who left in 1946 to form a new company: JBL.

AMCRON American Crown A registered trademark of Crown

AMEK According to founder Graham Langley, there is no particular significance to the name, which, of course, translates into "None of your business."

AMPEG Amplified Peg In 1946, Everett Hull, an accomplished pianist and bass player, organized a partnership with Stanley Michaels under the name "Michaels-Hull Electronic Labs." Their mission was to produce a new microphone pickup that Hull designed. The pickup was fitted on the end of an upright bass and was dubbed the Amplified Peg or "Ampeg" for short.

AMPEX After the initials of founder Alexander M. Poniatoff plus EXcellence in 1944.

AMS Neve Advanced Music Systems, now merged with Neve, after Rupert Neve, father of modern audio console technology.

AMX Modified initials for the company's original name: Advanced Microcomputer Systems, but due to conflicts with the other "AMS" (above), they made it "AMX" -- changed to Panja in 1999, then back to AMX in 2001.

APHEX Aural Perception Heterodyne Exciter

API Automated Processes, Inc. also Audio Products, Inc. "Automated Processes" was chosen out of frustration to avoid the repeated name rejection by NY State when incorporating, according to Lou Lindauer, founder (all 26 of the names originally picked were rejected). When Paul Wolff bought the company in 1985, he could not continue to use the original name for legal reasons, so he came up with "API Audio Products." When he sold the company to the ATI Group in 1999, they incorporated under the original "Automated Processes" name. Got it?

APT Audio Processing Technology

ART Applied Research & Technology One of two companies born from the ashes of MXR (ART is now owned by Yorkville).

ARX Audio Research X Evolved from Audio Research & Technology after its initials became confused with those of Applied Research & Technology, so they replaced "& Technology" with "X" and registered it worldwide.

ASHLY Audio After Larry Ashley, one of the five founders of the original sound company (
ASPI Digital Atlanta Signal Processors, Inc., now owned by and renamed Polycom.

ASTATIC Meaning a-static, that is, without static, from their original line of radio microphones.

ATI Audio Technologies, Incorporated. Founded in 1979 by principals Samuel B. Wenzel and Edward M. Mullin.

ATI Audio Toys, Incorporated. Founded in 1988 as Audio Teknology, Inc., the company later renamed itself to prevent confusion with the above ATI.

ATR (Ampex tape recorders) Ampex authorized service company started by Michael Spitz in 1991.

AUDIENT Founders David Dearden and Gareth Davies of DDA fame, derived the name from the Latin word audiunt, meaning "they listen."

B&K Brüel & Kjaer After founders Per V. Brüel and Viggo Kjærn, two Danish engineers in the early '40s.

B&O Bang & Olufsen After founders Peter Boas Bang and Svend Andreas Grøn Olufsen who started this famous Danish company in 1925.

B&W Loudspeakers Bowers & Wilkins, founders.

BASF Badische Aniline Soda Ash Fabrik Famous brand name, whose slogan is "The First Name In Magnetic Media."

BBE Sound Barcus Berry Electronics after founders Les Barcus & John Berry, inventors of the first piezo crystal transducer for a musical instrument. Today Barcus-Berry exists separate (as a brand of MBT International) from BBE Sound.

BELLARI After David DiFrancesco's uncle, Albert Bellari, who immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s; a division of Rolls.

BGW Systems Brian Gary Wachner, founder.

BOSE After Amar Bose, Ph.D. professor at MIT, who founded the company in 1964.

BOZAK After founder Rudy Bozak, who is credited with designing and manufacturing the first DJ mixer, the Bozak CMA 10-2DL (see photos at Mick Coletti's MickMusicPage). UREI resurrected it after Bozak stopped production and issued their version as the famous UREI Model 1620, and much later (after UREI stopped production) Rane redesigned, modernized and sells as the Rane Model 2016a.

BSS Audio Brooke Siren Systems after founders Chas Brooke and Stan Gould. Stan tells the story this way: "At the time that Chas and I started Brooke Siren Systems as a small private business, I was already trading as a freelance designer/consultant with the Registered Company Name of Siren Controls. Just for interest, I saddled myself with this name more by way of accident than design. My very first commission was to design and build a Mobile Discotheque for a "friend of a friend of a friend" in the 1970s. It was a tight budget job, and the facia panels were homemade by myself, labeled with Letraset and finished with a spray can lacquer. In order to put a bolder logo on my fine piece of work without forking out for another sheet of transfers I had to come up with a workable anagram from the title block at the top of my single sheet of 10 point Helvetica, and with some bodging, SIREN CONTROLS was my best effort. When we came to name BSS, I vetoed "Brooke Gould Systems", and offered the Siren instead. (Brooke Siren Controls abbreviated down to a shoe or sugar company - or something, hence 'Systems'.)"

CAD Professional Microphones Conneaut Audio Devices from Conneaut, OH, their location.

CADAC Clive, Adrian, David and Charles The initials of the first names of the founders in 1968: Clive Green, Adrian Kerridge, David Bott, and Charles Billett.

CALREC Calder Recordings; shortened from Calder Valley Sound Recording Group

CARVIN In 1949, founder Lowell Kiesel changed the name of his company started in 1946 from Kiesel Electronics to "Carvin," a contraction of his two eldest sons' first names, Carson (now CEO) and Gavin.

CEDAR Audio Computer Enhanced Digital Audio Restoration

CERWIN-VEGA Originally named Vega Associates by founder Gene Czerwinski, who upon incorporation in 1973 added a shortened anglicized version of his last name as a prefix; now owned by Stanton Magnetics.

CITRONIC Manufacturing began in founder Richard Wadman's garage in the English town called Bromham. Being in a small village, Wadman's house existed on a plot of land that did not have a street name. The house was built on "Site 2" on a designated plot of building land. It became known therefore only as Site 2 which, through usage, came to be called "cittoe". Eventually the address became Cittoe, with no number. When Wadman registered the company he combined his house name and a shorten form of "electronic" to form Citronic.

CROWN Founded in 1947 as the International Radio and Electronics Corporation (IREC) by Indiana minister Clarence C. Moore and wife, Ruby, the name was changed to Crown International in the 1960s when suggested by Ruby based on their popular tape recorders branded "Royal" and "Imperial" with their distinctive crown emblem. This also ended exporting disputes over the "'Royal" and "Imperial" brands. Later on, similar disputes created the use of the registered brand name Amcron (acronym for American Crown).

CTI Audio, Inc. Conneaut Technologies, Inc. from Conneaut, OH, their location.

CTS Chicago Telephone Supply after the location and original product line when founded in 1896.

DAR Digital Audio Research

DAS Dynamic and Sound selected by founder Juan Alberola in 1971 in Valencia, Spain.

dbx David Blackmer eXpander, founder, who went on to found Earthworks.

DDA Dearden Davies Associates, after founders Gareth Davies and David Dearden, whose new company is Audient

DIGIGRAM Digital Graphic Music, since in its early days the founders Philippe Girard-Buttoz and Marian Marinescu worked on sequencers and editors.

DMX Music Digital Music Express Now merged with AEI Music.

DOD David Oreste DiFrancesco, founder, whose new companies are Rolls and Bellari.

DPA Microphones Danish Pro Audio Microphones Selected by founders Morten Støve and Ole Brøsted Sørensen, in 1992, when B&K decided to spin-off its pro audio division and these two former employees took over the microphone business.

DTS Digital Theater Systems

DUKANE Dupage and Kane counties in St. Charles, IL, the county boundaries where they are located; originally named Operadio when they first manufactured battery-operated radios.

DYNACO Dyna Company. David Hafler's most famous company, founded in 1954.

EAW Eastern Acoustic Works Now owned by Mackie

EG&G Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier Company founded in 1931 by MIT professors - Dr. Harold Edgerton, Dr. Kenneth F. Germeshausen and later joined by Dr. Herbert E. Grier. Acquired Reticon®, a leader in solid state imaging and low-noise CCDs (their analog delay lines formed the heart of early audio delay & reverb products) and Vactec, an optoelectronics technology and application leader (whose products were very popular in early audio compressor and limiter designs). Today the company's name is PerkinElmer.

EMTEC European Multimedia Technologies, formerly BASF Magnetics,

E-MU Systems Electronic Music Systems

ENSONIQ Name created by founder Bob Yannes from the made-up ensonic -- replacing the "c" with "q" because Compaq was getting lots of publicity with its start-up company in 1983. (The official corporate site is now combined with since being acquired by Creative Labs.)

EV Electro-Voice Founder Al Kahn (with Lou Burroughs) built a PA system for Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne to use when he was in his coaching tower. Rockne called it his "electric voice." Mr. Kahn reworked it to "Electro-Voice" and changed the original name of his company from Radio Engineers to Electro-Voice. [Thanks to Keith Clark, Editor of Live Sound International for the info and the confirming research. Also see Kahn, Al 1953 - a history of the company]

EVENTIDE The original company name was Eventide Clockworks, chosen by founder Richard Factor because "eventide" means "evening" and he started out by making digital clocks for DJs after hours. For the whole wonderful story see Who/What/Where is "Eventide Clockworks"? Today, in addition to his role running Eventide, he is busy helping to privatize SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence), serving as the SETI League's first president.

FOCUSRITE An off-the-shelf shell company name (a pre-registered U.K. legal entity) used initially to quickly establish a company, normally changed after startup, however Rupert Neve liked it, because it proved memorable and many people find it analogous to accurate listening.

FOSTEX Believed a combination of Foster (parent company) plus EXcellence.

FSR Fitzsimmons, Sandri and Rodriguez, the initials of founders Bill Fitzsimmons, Janice Sandri and Charles Rodriguez who started the company in 1981.

GALLIEN-KRUEGER After founders Bob Gallien and Rich Krueger in 1968.

GEFELL The name of the town in Germany where Georg Neumann moved his illustrious microphone company (begun in 1928 in Berlin) during WWII, after it became impossible to manufacture microphones in Berlin. Click the link to read the whole interesting history.

GHS Strings Gould, Holcomb and Solko, the initials of the original founders that started the company in 1964.

GIBSON After founder Orville Gibson in 1894.

GLYPH Named after a symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised. Since "glyphs" contain recorded history and in many cases stories or multimedia, it is a natural name choice for Glyph Technologies storage connotations. The logo is Hunab Ku, the Mayan god representing the milky way (Mayan astronomers developed the 365-day calendar based on the stars movement). Hunab Ku was the "maker of movement and measure."

GSA NY Gary Stewart Associates, New York

GT Electronics Groove Tubes Founded by Aspen Pittman.

HHB Communications Half-Human Band: name of their rock group in the '70s.

IED Innovative Electronic Designs

ICEpower Intelligent, Compact and Efficient A division of B&O dedicated to digital audio power conversion technologies and products.

ILIO Hawaiian word for dog, selected by founder Mark Hiskey and his wife after spending lots of time in Hawaii and having a map of Hawaii in their kitchen while trying to come up with a company name. Scanning the map for interesting names resulted in Ilio Point at the Northwestern tip of Molokai named for its dog's ear shape. They liked it since it was short, easily pronounced and represented an area they loved.

IREC International Radio and Electronics Corporation See: Crown

IRP Professional Sound Products L.P. Industrial Research Products - Limited Partnership

ISP Technologies Intelligent Signal Processing New company formed by James Waller who founded Rocktron in the early '80s and sold it to GHS Strings in 2000.
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JBL James Bullough Lansing After selling his interests in Altec Lansing, he started a new company using his full name, which soon became known by his famous initials.

JVC Japan Victor Company

KAMAN (pronounced like the word 'command' without the 'd') After founder Charles H. Kaman.

KEF Kent Engineering & Foundry, by founder Raymond Cooke in Kent, U.K.

KLARK TEKNIK After founders and brothers Phil and Terry Clarke in 1974.

KORG Keio + Organ Founder Mr. Tsutomu Katoh, along with Mr. Tadashi Osanai, started Keio Electronic Laboratories in 1962 named after the nearby railroad line. They liked the name because Keio (pronounced kay-oh) also represented the first initials of their names. Years later when they decided to manufacture organs designed by Fumio Mieda, the name was changed to Korg, a derivative of Keio Organ.

KRK Systems Keith R. Klawitter, founder.

KV2 AUDIO After founders Jiri "George" Krampera and Marcelo Vercelli in 2002. Spin-off from Fussion Audio acquired by Mackie in 1998.

LAB.GRUPPEN "Lab Association" is an accurate translation of the original Swedish name selected in 1979 by electronic engineer founders Kenneth Andersson and Dan Bavholm. The use of the dot was a stylish element selected to make their name stand apart from a field dominated by hyphens and spaces -- little did they know what awaited them with the dot-com revolution of the '90s. The choice of the word "LAB" stemmed from the love of the Disney character Gyro Gearloose, the great engineer inventor created by Carl Barks, and the many cartoon signs marked "LAB" hung up to help Gyro find his way to the laboratory.

L-Acoustics French nuclear scientist Dr. Christian Heil originated the company as Heil Acoustics, however as worldwide success grew he choose to downplay his name in favor of promoting the entire company team, so he opted for L-Acoustics since the letter "L" sounds very much like the French pronunciation of Heil.

MACKIE After Greg Mackie who previously founded TAPCO and Audio Control. Now a brand name for Loud Technologies.

MAMA Musical Archives, Musical Archives Founded in 1989 by Gene Czerwinski (Cerwin-Vega founder) to preserve the music of culturally significant artists (by not requiring them to be commercially successful), whose CDs consistently are Grammy nominees, with at least one Grammy winner.

M-AUDIO The "M" comes from their original name, Midiman, Inc.

MBHO Mikrofonbau Haun Obrigheim Translates roughly into "Handmade microphones by Herbert Haun, founder, in Obrigheim, Germany. Maker of legendary microphones since 1962, marketed variously as Peerless MT and MT Quart. For their first three decades, MBHO capsules and complete microphones were sold to other manufacturers; now they are sold direct through normal distribution channels. One favorite large diaphragm condenser model (MBHN 608 CL) is known as "the lollypop," while another popular pressure zone design (MBNM 630 C-N-PZ) is known as "the frog."

McCAULEY After founder brothers Tom and Pete McCauley in 1979.

MCI Music Center Inc. Founded by Jeep Harned (1930-2003) in 1955, he sold it to Sony in 1982. The combination of MCI design with Sony's manufacturing created years of legendary Sony/MCI consoles.

MIDAS Taken from the Latin and Greek mythology about the king of Phrygia whose touch was said to turn all things to gold. It is promoted that using a Midas mixing console would turn sound to audio gold -- no matter who played through it -- the Midas Touch.

MIPRO Microphone Professionals

MOTOROLA Motorized Victrola Name by co-founder Paul Galvin (after teaming with William Lear) in 1934 for a dashboard radio they developed and demonstrated in a Studebaker. The original company name was the Galvin Manufacturing Corp. founded by Paul Galvin and his brother Joseph in 1928.

MOTU Mark of the Unicorn

MUZAK Music + Kodak

MXR "Mixer" Defunct company started by Keith Barr (Alesis), Terry Sherwood (ART) and Michael Liacona (Whirlwind) that spawned ART & ALESIS. Name and products resurrected by new owner Jim Dunlop.

NAD New Acoustic Dimension

NADY After founder John Nady in 1976.

NEUTRIK Shortened form of Neuelektrik ("new electrical") to distinguish this company from a previous one.

NEXO Founders Eric Vincenot and Michael Johnson specifically chose a name -- a letter grouping -- with no meaning in as many languages as possible, reflecting their global business vision. The company name seems not to offend anyone.

NHT Now Hear This

NILES Audio After founder Ivan Niles Zuckerman in 1978.

NVISION n for any number, Vision for visual resolution; put them together n+Vision and you get any number of scan lines at any data rate, which is HDTV, their business.

NXT New Transducers Ltd.

OAP Audio O'Rouke Audio Products After founder Michael ("Mike") O'Rouke in 1974.

OTARI The name of a small village where the founder Mr. M. Hosoda was born. The name Otari is actually derived from a Chinese word "o" meaning little and "tari" meaning valley, together meaning little valley; hence the little valley called Otari where Mr. Hosoda was born.

PAL Studios Not an acronym or initial, but simply the name "pal" meaning friend or buddy. The name of inventor, engineer, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Paul C. Buff's original recording studio in Cucamonga, CA where he recorded Frank Zappa (and taught him recording technology), as well as creating the original sound of west coast surf music (recording, for example, The Surfaris "Wipe Out" in 1962). The name was taken from his mother and stepfather's recording label named PAL. (Paul's day-job was at General Dynamics, which Frank Zappa nicknamed "The Bomb Factory.") His next company was named Allison Research after his first wife. In 1980 he merged Allison Research with Bob Todrank's Valley Audio and formed Valley People. The name derived from the 225-acre art/music colony he and Bob developed in the '70s. Paul's latest company is White Lightning in Nashville.

PANJA In 1999, the new name for AMX, purportedly (not confirmed) derived from a Swahili word loosely meaning "machete" used to describe their products that allow "cutting the ties" between the Internet and the PC. Changed back to AMX in 2001.

PAS Professional Audio Systems

PEAVEY After founder Hartley Peavey, a 1965 Mississippi State business graduate.

PENNY & GILES After founders Professor W. A. Penny and Mr. J. A. Giles, in 1955. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation started by the Wright Brothers shortly after their famous flight in 1903.

PEZ Derived from pfefferminz, the German word for peppermint. [This one is to see if you are paying attention.]

PHILIPS Shortened form for the original name: N.V. Philips Gloielampenfabrieken meaning "Glow Lamp Works." Actually it is officially Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands. [Thanks RF.]

PICKERING & Co. After founder Norman C. Pickering in 1945; one of the founding members of the AES. Pickering is now owned by Stanton Magnetics.

PMC Professional Monitor Company

PRG Production Resource Group

QSC Audio Products Quilter Sound Company after founder Patrick Quilter.

QUAD An acronym for Quality Unit Amplified Domestic and new brand name created by founder and audio legend Peter Walker in 1949, for his company founded in 1936 as The Acoustical Manufacturing Company.

RADAR random access digital audio recorder The world's first 24-track hard disk digital audio recorder, originally developed by Creation Technologies, and distributed by Otari. Today, the team that created RADAR bought that division from Creation and formed iZ Technology headed by the original founder, Barry Henderson.

RANE An anagram made from the four letters common to the founder's first and last names.

RCF Radio Cine Forniture

RLA Richard Long and Associates

ROLAND Picked out of the phone book by founder Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi in 1972, becasuse it satisfied his criteria for a name that was neutral sounding, not Japanese, American, or too exotic, and he liked the sound.

ROLLS Founder David DiFrancesco states, "Just a name we pulled out of the blue; it is short and "rolls" off the tongue."

ROYER LABS After co-founder David Royer.

RPG Diffusor Systems Reflection-Phase Grating Note the "o" rather than an "e" in Diffusor -- it is the European spelling favored by Manfred Schroeder.

SADiE Studio Audio Disk Editor, but it is also Studio Audio Distribution in Europe for their German subsidiary, SADiE GmbH, and Studio Audio Digital Equipment for their American subsidiary, SADiE Inc., America, and for that nice human touch, it is the name of founder Joe Bull's grandmother. Interestingly, the small "i" was added in the beginning to clearly differentiate the company from the singer "Sade."

SEK'D Studio für Elektronische Klangerzeugund der Universität Dresden (Studio for electronic Klangerzeugund of the University of Dresden)

SENNHEISER After founder Fritz Sennheiser in 1945, first located in Wennebostel, Germany.

SERATO The name resulted after three months of intense design and refinement by the four founding members who gathered weekly, questing for the perfect company name. The criteria were simple: a word no more than six letters long, a word not found in any dictionary of any language, a word so scarce on the Internet that it could be considered new, a word that remained a dot-com virgin, and a word that rolls of the tongue like hot butter. Many meetings and reams of randomly generated words narrowed the candidates to four. A vote was cast and "Serato" came into the world. [Thanks to founder A.J. Bertenshaw.]

SESCOM Scientific Electronic Systems Company

SHURE After founder Sydney N. Shure in 1925. Originally named Shure Radio Company, located in Chicago, it was renamed Shure Brothers after his brother, Samuel J. joined the company. Even though Samuel left the company in the '30s, the name was not changed until 1999, when it became Shure Incorporated.

SIEMENS After founder Werner von Siemens in 1847, inventor of the pointer telegraph.

SLS Loudspeakers Superior Line Source

SONY Latin sonus (sound) plus English slang nickname Sunny (young, bright & cute), drop an "n" and voilà. In 1946, the company was founded by Mr. Akio Morita and Mr. Masaru Ibuka, and named Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. As the company grew and aimed at world markets, Mr. Morita changed the name in 1958, claiming that "Sony" was pronounceable in any language and easily remembered.

SPL Signal Perfection, Ltd.

SPL Sound Performance Lab

SRS Labs Sound Retrieval System

SSL Solid State Logic

SSM Solid State Micro Technology for Music; originally Solid State Music Technology, which changed when ownership changed; subsequently bought out by PMI, who was then acquired by Analog Devices, the current owner.

STANTON MAGNETICS After founder Walter O. Stanton (1915-2001), inventor of the removable stylus assembly for magnetic cartridges.

SWR Steve W. Rabe, founder.

TAD Pioneer Technical Audio Devices

TAKAMINE The factory is located in Saka****a, Japan, at the base of Takamine Mountain.

TANNOY A term coined by founder Guy Fountain in 1926 based on the metals "tantalum" plus "lead alloy," which he used to create a better electrolytic rectifier.

TAPCO Technical Audio Products Company, Greg Mackie's first audio company founded in 1969, acquired by Electro-Voice, who retired the brand name, and was subsequently bought by Telex. Name recently recovered by Greg Mackie and reissued by Mackie in 2003 as a new acronym for Total Audio Production Company.

TASCAM TEAC Audio Systems Corporation America; In the late 1960's TEAC formed a special R&D group named TASC (TEAC Audio Systems Corp.) for the purpose of researching ways to apply TEAC's recording technology for musicians and recording studios. TASCAM was established in 1971 for the purpose of distributing TASC products in the U.S. and conducting additional market research.

TC ELECTRONIC Only the founder, Kim Rishøj, knows for sure, but it is believed by well-placed sources to be an anagram for "eccentric lot."

TEAC Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company; originally founded as Tokyo Television Acoustic Company in August 1953, but later changed "Television" to "Electro" and then just TEAC.

THAT Travaline, Hebert and Tyler, or Tyler, Hebert and Travaline, founders -- take your pick. There is no T-name order priority -- all previously worked at dbx.

THX® Ltd. (formerly a division of Lucasfilm Ltd.) The name comes from two sources: George Lucas's first film THX-1138 (student version; commercial version), and a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to Tomlinson Holman's eXperiment, after their original technical director, patentee and creative force behind all things THX (who now runs TMH Corporation).

TL Audio Tony Larking, founder.

TOA Electronics Exact origin lost, however it is believed to derive from the two Japanese sounds closest to the original kanji characters representing the company. These were "to", possibly shortened from "toyo" meaning the East or the Orient (eastern Asia), or "toi" meaning "far," combined with possibly another contraction of "ajia" meaning Asia, or "wa" shortened form of "wafu" meaning Japanese, together they mean "Far East," or "Eastern Asia." Today, to emphasis the worldwide nature of the company, the name is spelled out T-O-A, not pronounced.

TOLECO Systems The Oliver Electric Company after the founder's cat. Today the cat's dead and the company's defunct.

TOSHIBA Originally known as Tanaka Engineering Works, they were Japan's first manufacturer of telegraphic equipment. It later became Shibaura Engineering Works, merged with Tokyo Electric Co. in 1939, and was named Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company, officially abbreviating it to Toshiba in 1978.

TRACE ELLIOT No Mr. Trace; no Mr. Elliot; only a late night in a British pub, The Victoria, in 1979, where Fred Friedlein proclaimed he wanted a serious, professional sounding, double-barreled name (like Klark-Teknik, Mesa/Boogie, or Seymour Duncan). He selected "trace" since it referred to a sine wave and a wave was featured on Fred's other company's logo, the Soundwave music shop in Romford Essex/East London. Wanting the second name to sound very classy and British he accepted "Elliot" suggested by Andy Perry, their Australian technical designer. The company was sold to Kaman in 1992; bought back by management in 1997; and then sold again in 1998 to Gibson, the current owner.

UA Universal Audio The original parent company of UREI, starting life as Universal Recording Corporation in 1946 by the legendary Bill Putnam.

UREI United Recording Electronics Industries Now operating under their original name: Universal Audio.

VAC Valve Amplification Company


WHISE ACOUSTICS Wal Huon Integrated Sound Equipment Originally an acronym for Whitty Huon Integrated Sound Equipment after the initial founders Tony Whitty and Graeme Huon. A new technology R&D company was created in the '90s by Graeme Huon and Wal Dower, thus the current variation. Graeme Huon calls this a reborn acronym or "recronym."

WHITE INSTRUMENTS After founder Gifford White (1913-2002) in 1953.

XFRM The electrical engineering abbreviation for transform, as in "Transforming the World One Idea at a Time," the company motto created by founder Dr. Richard C. Cabot, formerly CTO of Audio Precision, in 2002, as a vehicle to explore his continuing ideas for new devices and techniques in high-quality audio and digital signal processing.

XTA Founders Andrew Grayland and John Austin as well as co-owners Jack Kelly and Terry Clarke all worked previously at Klark Teknik (Terry's namesake), so since they were all ex-K-T associates the original idea was to call their new company "XKT" but not wanting to ruffle any legal feathers wisely decided to drop the "K" and add an "A" (for "associates" maybe). Today Jack Kelly likes to say that "XTA" stands for "crossroads of Technology and Audio applications," but we know better.

YAMAHA After founder Mr. Torakusu Yamaha who built his first reed organ in 1887. The original company name was Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd.

ZSYS z-systems from z-domain or z-transform, the mathematical space used in designing DSP algorithms -- their primary product -- and coincidentally, works well with the founder's name: Glenn Zelniker.
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ok, seriously, this has gotten out of hand...haha
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Originally Posted by aetucker1
ok, seriously, this has gotten out of hand...haha
well i did learn my wife was born at the base of takamine mountain : )
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Oy Vey
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Originally Posted by Jose Mrochek
RW: Randy Wright : )

ahhh...someday, someday soon
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Originally Posted by djui5

I know I missed some...who's with me?


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Thanks to T. Ray for his very informative and exhaustive response. Great work mate. Keep it up! Cheers.
P.S. Where's RCA?
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Damn I must not be famous enough to be called by my innitials yet!

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PULTEC: Pulse Techniques
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so when i say ES, you know exactly who i'm talking about?

at least type out the last name or something..
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Originally Posted by theblotted
so when i say ES, you know exactly who i'm talking about?

Elliot Scheiner heh
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you sure it's not Eric Schilling? (read your post above!)
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Originally Posted by theblotted
you sure it's not Eric Schilling? (read your post above!)

Reading that list above I realized I typed Ellios....hahahah

Well, to be honest, if someone on here typed ES I'd assume they were speaking about Elliot, unless they named a specific project Eric had worked on. Eric does amazing work, and IMO is one of the better mixers alive today, but he's not as "popular" as Elliot......

I think honestly the main reason people type initials, aside from being lazy, is that "it's cool to be in the know". To know what those initials mean makes them feel like part of the "in crowd"...

I'd be willing to be that has more to do with it than anything..personally.
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Originally Posted by djui5
I think honestly the main reason people type initials, aside from being lazy, is that "it's cool to be in the know". To know what those initials mean makes them feel like part of the "in crowd"...

I'd be willing to be that has more to do with it than anything..personally.
Yeah, las night I had a few drinks with TW and then went back to the studio and spoke with FR and then said good bye to ET who was on his way back to mars.

I´m tyred i´m going to bed : )
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P.S. : PS for Phil Spector
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Originally Posted by Jose Mrochek ➡️
Yeah, las night I had a few drinks with TW and then went back to the studio and spoke with FR and then said good bye to ET who was on his way back to mars.

I´m tyred i´m going to bed : )
I was wondering when someone was going to mention TW on here, he's one of my favorite dudes, in a "FB You're my heeero" sort of fashion...

So how many more knobs do I have to turn before I earn a JWG? Or is there a certain number of gold and platinum records you have to earn before you can be considered "initial-worthy"?
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M - Moby

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A lot of folks in the mastering forum like to sign their posts with initials.

Extra credit:

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Seriously, I think it started with JJP, none of us were really sure how to pronounce his last name. We would call all the others by name except JJP.

If I were to say to the guys at the office - "hey, ES needs a pair of M49's for a session that starts noon tomorrow". They would say "huh"?
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