Long-time Delos Director of Recording JOHN EARGLE engineered and/or produced over half of Delos’s 500 compact discs beginning in 1982. He published numerous technical articles, and his books became the recording engineer’s “bibles.” Eargle’s Handbook of Recording Engineering, The Microphone Book, Loudspeaker Handbook, Music, Sound, and Technology, Electroacoustical Reference Data, and Handbook of Sound System Design, have long been used as texts at the university level. Along with co-author Chris Foreman, Mr. Eargle wrote the JBL Handbook for Audio Engineering for Sound Reinforcement. Mr. Eargle was also the chief editor of a 60th Anniversary Book for JBL Incorporated, which was published in late 2006.
In 2001 he received the Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Engineering for the year 2000. For the year 2001, he was awarded, along with two other engineers, a Scientific and Engineering Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for developments in loudspeakers for motion picture application.
John Eargle was prominent in the development of music recording for surround sound applications. He participated significantly in the development of systems for motion picture application and has made extensive measurements of those systems.
In addition to his activities with Delos Productions, Mr. Eargle held the position of Senior Director of Product Development and Application for JBL Professional. He also worked with the Aspen Music Festival’s Audio Recording Institute.
John Eargle held degrees in music and electrical engineering from the Eastman School of Music (BM), University of Michigan (MM), University of Texas (BSEE), and Cooper Union (ME). He was a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a senior member of the IEEE, and a Fellow and honorary member of the Audio Engineering Society. He was also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was a president of the AES and a reviewer for the AES Journal. He worked for RCA Records and Mercury Records during the 1960’s. During the 1970’s he worked for the Altec Corporation and founded his own company, called JME Consulting Corporation. He was associated with JBL Incorporated since 1976.