Jacob, Abe

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Jacob, Abe Gender: M
Abraham John Jacob
born on 7 October 1944 at 20:21 (= 8:21 PM )
Place Tucson, Arizona, 32n13, 110w56
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 14°43' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 04°01 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 01°42'


American sound designer and audio engineer, called the "Godfather of Sound." Jacob greatly influenced the design of sound reinforcement in modern musical theatre, and was one of the first persons credited in the role of sound designer on Broadway, with a sound designer credit in Playbill in 1971.

Jacob brought many new techniques to musical theatre, including head-worn wireless microphones, powerful concert loudspeakers with dedicated electronic processing, delayed speaker zones, under-balcony speakers, front-fill speakers, mix position in the audience, FFT analysis, scene recall, digital mixing consoles, and delay used to focus audience attention. Jacob sparked the creation of the Meyer Sound Laboratories UPA loudspeaker, which became their flagship product.

He never received a Tony Award, largely because the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League began giving out Tony Awards for sound design in 2008 after his career highlights. He served on the Tony Award committee from 2011 to 2014, but then the committee halted the sound design category.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth notice, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 9 October 1944, page 7, born at Saint Mary's Hospital. He later provided birth certificate and upgraded the Rodden Rating to BC/BR in hand.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Lebanese heritage)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (His mother died)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer (Audio)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession ("Godfather of Sound")