Sound Research Team Members Photo Collage

Sound Research has brought together a team of industry leaders in acoustics and audio technologies with the goal of creating innovative consumer audio products. Sound Research product designs have received the 2008 and the 2016 CES Innovation Awards.

Stephen Hawking and Tom PaddockMr. Paddock has over 40 years of experience in product engineering and he has designed audio and acoustic systems for more than 310 consumer products. Currently, Mr. Paddock is the CEO of Sound Research Corporation, founded in 1976, with offices in Lake Tahoe and Silicon Valley, California, Taiwan, Russia and China.

Mr. Paddock received the 2008 and 2016 CES Innovation Awards along with nine RIAA Platinum and Gold Record Awards for audio engineering and acoustic product design. He has served previously as Vice President of Audio Systems for Virage Logic, and Vice President of Audio Systems for ARC International and Director of Audio Research for Synopsys. Mr. Paddock co-founded the audio technology company Sonic Focus and developed Intel Audio Studio for Intel Corporation. He has authored, co-authored and received multiple patents in the field of audio processing, transducer, loudspeaker and acoustic systems design. Mr. Paddock was the acting CTO for Grateful Dead Productions and was the creator of and

Mr. Paddock has designed audio systems in collaboration with world-class artists including Jerry Garcia, George Winston, Cher, Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Weir, Neal Schon, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis and the News, Will Ackerman, Jack Casady, Charles M. Schulz, James Taylor, Maria Muldaur, Stevie Wonder, Lily Tomlin, Carlos Santana, Patrick Gleeson, Kronos Quartet, Darol Anger and Barbara Higbie, Meryl Streep, and Jack Joseph Puig.

Mr. Paddock has designed audio systems for top organizations including Stanford Computer Research into Music and Acoustics, Windham Hill Records, Hewlett Packard, Dell, ASUSTek, Lenovo, Acer, AlienWare, Gateway, Analog Devices, Virage Logic, Synopsys, Different Fur Recording, Fortune Grand, Conexant, Tensilica, Cadence, Realtek, Texas Instruments, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Clear Channel, AAC Technologies, Solidex, Zylux, Skullcandy, and GGEC, among others.

Tom Paddock is a principal acoustic systems designer for Intel Corporation.

Tom Paddock is the principal acoustics and audio systems designer, in collaboration with Intel Corporation, for Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.


Electro-Acoustic and Music Studies, San Jose State University, 1973

A.S. Electronic Technology, FCC 2nd Class, Cabrillo College Aptos, CA. 1976

Tim Prince has over 40 years of experience in music arts and technology. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist as well as an audio recording and mastering engineer. Tim has owned a recording and mastering facility since 1992. Tim began his audio technology career with E-mu Systems (later acquired by Creative Technologies) in 1975 as part of Creative Lab’s team creating state of the art modular analog synthesizers and professional digital and analog audio products. Tim’s focus moved to production and engineering management at E-mu and later at Universal Audio where he served as Vice President of Analog Development and Manufacturing. Tim has been an audio design and professional audio mastering engineer at Sound Research for over 27 years and has played a critical role in Product Quality and Product Mastering for Sonic Focus, Inc.

Tim has managed Beats Audio product mastering program for HP Desktop Products for almost 4 years. Tim brings a very unique blend of experience combining expertise in music, sound systems, acoustics, product engineering and product manufacturing.


BS 1978 and MSEE 1985, Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California

Daniel Davis has over 35 years of experience in PC, mobile phone, and embedded consumer marketing, business development, and sales. Over 20 years of that experience has been in the fields of algorithm and technology IP transfer, partnering, and channel development. After over a decade of hardware and firmware engineering and engineering management roles, Dan began to focus on business development and sales roles for leading SoC and IP providers including Cirrus Logic, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, ARM, ARC/Synopsys, and NASA.

While at ST Microelectronics, Dan was instrumental in the successful launch of Nvidia as the leading consumer 3D graphics chip manufacturer as well as in the roll-out of the world’s first MPEG-2 Set-Top Box chipset designed for the launch of DirecTV’s satellite TV business. At Texas Instruments, Dan managed teams of engineers, marketers, and business developers to introduce numerous technologies to the mobile, consumer, and PC marketplace, including digital Class-D amplifiers, audio DACs, Internet and portable audio CODECS and related chipsets. Dan was also involved in the DSP/BIOS kernel/OS acquisition and in the strategy for its utilization across all TI’s mass market DSP platforms.

Dan was the Director of Business Development for Multimedia IP at ARM. His work included developing 3rd party partnerships for multimedia IP running on ARM CPU cores, as well as NEON SIMD, VLIW, TrustZone, and Jazelle engines. Targeted customers included all the key mobile phone IP and chip-set providers including Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung, and Texas Instruments. Business development of multimedia IP continued at ARC/Synopsys, where Dan assisted in the expansion of the ARC core CPU business into solutions focused on voice, audio, and video applications. Within two years the Multimedia product line was producing 40% of ARC’s total revenues. This experience introduced Dan to Tom Paddock, the CEO of Sound Research, where they worked together to market advanced audio solutions to the PC and embedded marketplace.

NASA recruited Dan to direct their IP technology transfer program where he led a team of scientists and business developers. Their task was to license key NASA IP to industry and to identify and negotiate licensing and cross-licensing deals with academia and industry for targeted IP required to implement future NASA missions. Licensing of IP included technology used on the Mars Rover, Kepler (Search for Exoplanets), and LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere Evaluation) missions.

Dan has joined Sound Research in order to utilize his wealth of experience for the dissemination of Sound Research’s industry-leading automated near field normalization (NFN) and voice solutions into the mobile, tablet, PC, and embedded marketplace.


BS 1990, MS 1992, and Ph.D.1999, Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

Dr. Charles Chin has over 15 years of experience in hardware and software engineering, and is an expert in embedded, PC, and Audio. Starting as an academic teaching core subjects in technical colleges, Charles joined the Institute for Information Industry, helping kick off the ADSL networking era in Taiwan’s high-tech industry, customers including Dlink, BenQ, Accton, Draytek, Comtrend, etc. After several other engineering management positions, he joined Analog Devices in 2002 as Technical Manager working in networking, DSP, and audio designs in the greater China and Asian markets. These experiences brought him to cooperate with Sonic Focus and Sound Research for Hewlett Packard and Asus products.

Charles was next invited to be Director of Software Engineering in Integrated Device Technology, building up a full function software engineering team in Taipei for IDT’s Audio BU, which used to be Sigmatel’s PC Audio division.

Charles’ team worked directly with the PC and NB ODM and OEM companies for Tier-1 brands including Hewlett Packard, Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo. From GUI, middle-ware, APO, driver kernel, to manufacturing test programs, this team develops and maintains the complete software suite, performs compete driver and system tests, and also Microsoft WHQL tests and Intel Nuance tests for certifications.

In IDT, Charles again cooperated with Sonic Focus and Sound Research in audio enhancement solutions for Hewlett Packard. Charles joins Sound Research as a veteran and strategist for Near Field Normalization market penetration in Asia.


Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 1983.

Paul Kitano has over 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry where he specialized in product verification, test, and development of audio and communication integrated circuits. Paul has developed production test solutions for mixed signal devices for various semiconductor companies including Gould/AMI, Telmos, and PMC/Sierra. In addition, he provided engineering and production support for local and SE Asia production facilities. Paul’s engineering skill set evolved into Applications Engineering and Engineering Management. While working for LTX Corporation, he helped drive new hardware interfaces for high speed audio ADC/DAC convertor testing.

Paul’s focus was providing hardware support for customer installations of production ATE equipment. Later, Paul moved from Applications Engineering to Applications Management of hardware and software engineers for latest generation of high pin count, high-speed, mixed signal (analog and digital audio) ATE systems at Credence Systems Corporation. His team managed the release of multiple generations of Quartet/Octet test systems and provided field applications support to the sales team during systems installations. Paul brings a unique blend of product innovation, product development, manufacturing, and customer support experience to Sound Research.


Bachelor of Science, Saint-Petersburg State Electro-technical University, 1997

Master of Science, Saint-Petersburg State Electro-technical University, 1999

Edward Abramian has over 17 years of experience in DSP algorithm design, embedded DSP software development and real-time audio software development for PC, Windows and Mac OS X. Edward Abramian started his professional career in 1997 as an R&D engineer, designing and implementing algorithms and commercial software for embedded crypto-processors that included robust watermarking of compressed audio, Feistel Network small-block cipher, Windows WDM USB driver and shell integration. Four years later Edward Abramian becomes a co-founder of Spin Audio LLC.

As CTO, Edward designed and developed real-time audio software for Digital Audio Workstations, ranging from room acoustic simulation, 3D audio positioning, dynamics processing, time and spectral domain synthesis to system utilities and standalone applications such as Virtual Mixing Console, ASIO Mini Host, VST-DX Wrapper. In 2007 Edward joined ARC International and continued design efforts at Virage Logic and at Synopsys. Edward designed and implemented breakthrough technologies, such as a +100hr battery-life MP3 decoder. Edward now acts as Sound Research’ chief scientist and manages automated near field normalization (NFN) automated subroutines for sound modules.

Purdue University, BSE Interdisciplinary Engineering, 1974

Mr. Schwind has been designing acoustic environments since 1975. His expertise includes architectural acoustics, audio design, and noise and vibration reduction. David’s outlook is towards the future, identifying design criteria, and features for a specific acoustic or audio outcome. Mr. Schwind has been advisor to Sound Research for over 15 years and is currently focused on Near Field Normalization quantification and audio systems design.

Purdue University, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (2011) – Purdue University Outstanding Interdisciplinary Engineer Award (2002) – Professional Affiliations Audio Engineering Society, Fellow Acoustical Society of America, Fellow Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers United States Institute for Theatre Technology Institute of Noise Control Engineers

Shengzhen Feng b/w photo Location: Nanjing, P. R. China.

2007 – 2010, Nanjing University, Master’s degree, Acoustic.
2003 – 2007, Nanjing University, Bachelor of Science, Physics.

Feng brings to Sound Research 5+ years of R&D experience in acoustics solutions, including smart audio amplifier technologies for micro-speaker, digital micro-speaker module design, ambient noise cancellation, ultrasonic hand gesture control, parametric array loudspeaker, and wind-noise suppression. Feng has experience in micro-speaker systems and microphone components design and audio applications for mobile phone, tablets, and laptops. Feng is also knowledgeable in audio signal processing and systems design for PC and embedded platforms.

Feng’s publications includeActive control of one-dimension impulsive reflection based on a prediction method,” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127(3), 2010. Feng has collaborated on numerous patents, such as “Parametric array audio playback system,” CN 101984555; “Parametric array audio playback system and modulation method,” CN 102098608, “Parametric array audio playback system and modulation method,” CN 102438192; “Active noise control system and design method,” CN 102543060; “Active noise control method without secondary path modeling,” CN 101393736; “Active acoustic wedge and preparation method,” CN 101521008; “Modulation method of signal,” CN 102045281; “Parameter measuring system for digital microphone,” CN 101111103.

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