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RIP: Audio Precision Co-Founder Bob Metzler

The team at Audio Precision has announced that they is mourning the loss of co-founder, and former president, Bob Metzler. Along with Dr. Richard Cabot, Bruce Hofer, and Robert Wright, Metzler founded audio analyisis and testing hardware/software maker Audio Precision in 1984 and served as the company’s president until his retirement in 1999.

In addition to his role as president, Metzler’s responsibilities for the new company included marketing and sales, with those duties often calling for extensive international travel. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be gone for weeks at a time, visiting numerous countries, and customers, in a single trip. Metzler became the “face” of AP during those early years, engaging literally thousands of customers across the globe while demonstrating an astounding ability to recall their names.

Metzler had a true gift and ability to convey complex topics, whether his audience was customers, sales partners from around the world, or his AP colleagues. He wrote numerous magazine articles and application notes, edited AP’s newsletter, Audio.TST, and, in 1993, authored the Audio Measurement Handbook. This book was widely read throughout the audio community, and was even used as a text in university-level courses. Conducting seminars and training sessions was also something he relished.

Besides his role in the founding, and success, of Audio Precision, Metzler had a robust career that included earning his Bachelor of Science in Physics (University of Louisville) and his Master of Business Administration (University of Portland), as well as fulfilling roles as diverse as marketing manager, radio broadcast station engineer, and development engineer for telemetry, display systems, antenna design, meteorological instrumentation and mobile radio. Metzler was a licensed amateur radio operator and an accomplished photographer. He was a respected colleague and leader, appreciated for his dry sense of humor and his ability to be direct but tactful. He was a husband and father of four.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.