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John Oram

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John Oram in his home studio

John Oram is an English Musician/mixing engineer/recording engineer/record producer and Electronic_engineering. Since the beginning of his musical career back in 1964, John Oram has designed, created and co-created some of the world's best selling and sought after Analogue Professional_audio gear to many world famous studios. He has been referred to as 'the Father of British EQ' and has a following from some of the most famous and successful record producers and engineers from the music and film industry.

John Oram started his career at VOX in the sixties, he started in electronic musical products research department and this is where some great, iconic products were invented, such as the Wah-wah pedal and Fuzz-wah pedals Effects_unit, high powered guitar amplifiers, PA systems and electronic organs.

John Oram joined Trident Audio Developments Ltd Trident A Range in the seventies as design consultant and Chief of Design, creating many consoles including the Fleximix, the TSM and the award-winning Series 80 and its derivations. According to Malcolm_Toft, the managing director, “John Oram was responsible not only for the company's innovative design techniques, but also the unique sound quality that Trident become famous for world wide.”

John Oram then founded Reflex Music Technology, inventing electro-acoustic preamps and pickups, supplying OEM products to Martin C._F._Martin_&_Company, Washburn_Guitars, Charvel, Jackson_Guitars, Avalon_Guitars formally Lowden. These are just a few of the companies Oram supplied his designs too.

Having designed for Trident for 14 years, he subsequently left the company on its closure and due to popular demand brought Trident Audio Ltd back in 1998 for 10 years before selling the name in 2008. A Technical Grammy_Award nominee and recipient of the TEC_Awards.[1] Hall of Fame Award for the Series 80 console electronic design.

John Oram has created world-class analogue audio circuitry for 5 decades now. And this circuitry features in all his current Oram Professional_audio[2]

Personal life[edit]

John Walter Oram was born in 1949 at West Hill Hospital in Dartford, Kent.

Early life[edit]

John started drumming at the age of 11. Playing with local bands in and around the London and Kent area. This is when John got an understanding of designing musical electronic products and knowledge of the rudiments of music. Harmony, chord structures, rhythm and the composition of different instruments and sounds that make the final musical product makes.


John was 15 when he joined Vox (musical equipment). Vox paid for John's electronics training at the North Kent College of Technology. Here John got qualified in both theory and practical applications.

In the early days of John's career at Vox one of John's roles was demonstrating VOX drums by Trixon. John also started working with Dick Denney who was the designer of the AC30. John has described Dick in interviews as a 'very empirical engineer'.

While John was at college learning theory. Tom Jennings the founder of Vox (musical equipment) recognised the advantage of putting John and Dick in the Research Department. Dick become John's mentor. John applied his maths skills to his designs and they produced very reliable and consistent production units.

John then worked with Dick in a team to develop the AC50. The Beatles could not be heard above the screaming and excitement of their audiences. They applied the musical qualities with the theoretical math and their own musical ideas for the AC50. It was a new era in sound. John and Dick also went on to the AC100, which was incredibly heavy due to the iron in the transformers. They moved into transistors which were a disaster in the beginning built with germanium devices. It only really happened with solid state when the silicon transistor came along, John worked on all of these products.

Wah-wah pedal[edit]

John worked on this project with Stan Cutler, who was a horn player from America and used a trumpet mute over the bell of his instrument which when moved made the Wah Wah sound. John helped develop the circuit with the team at Vox (musical equipment) to create that sound for guitar use.

By the time John was 20 (1969) he was promoted to Chief Engineer having worked on amplifiers, pedals, organs and PA Systems. John travelled around the world with Tom and Dick and the Vox (musical equipment) team, going to trade shows and exhibitions, like the Audio Engineering Society


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