I’ve had the privilege of knowing some amazing people in the world of pro audio, and one of them is Wes Dooley. I’ve known Wes for decades, and I am still learning new things from him every time we talk.
Wes is best known as the founder of Audio Engineering Associates, which manufactures some of the best microphones in the world. I wanted to know more about how Wes got started in music recording, and equipment design and manufacturing.
There is more to our conversation, and I will post the second part in an upcoming show.
We recorded this conversation while the country was mostly in stay-at-home mode, with Wes at AEA in Pasadena, CA, and I was at D.W. Fearn in West Chester, PA. We talked on the phone, with each of us recording our side of the conversation in our studios. Wes is using an AEA KU5 ribbon mic, and I’m using an AEA R44CX. Both mics are going through D.W. Fearn VT-2 Microphone Preamplifiers and recorded on a Digital Audio Workstation, Wes with ProTools and me with Pyramix. I then combined the two audio files to create the interview.