Will Howie is a Recording Engineer, Music Producer and Audio Researcher living in Montreal, Canada. He is a current PhD Candidate and Course Instructor in the Graduate Program in Sound Recording at McGill University, where his research focuses on developing three-dimensional music recording techniques. Previously, Will was an active member of the Vancouver music scene – producing, recording, and mixing records freelance, as well as working as a recording engineer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also worked extensively in live sound, focusing primarily on acoustic and electroacoustic music. Will’s diverse career in recorded and live music has seen him work with such artists as: Tafelmusik, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Chucho Valdez, Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan, Turning Point Ensemble, Ballet BC, Vancouver Opera, Taj Mahal, Marc-André Hamelin, Angelique Kidjo and Tanya Tagaq. He has won awards from the Audio Engineering Society and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and is a former Senior Audio Associate at the Banff Centre.
Will’s research interests lie primarily in developing recording techniques for capturing music for playback with three-dimensional audio systems. Working primarily with NHK’s 22.2 Multichannel Sound format, he is exploring what direct and ambient sonic information is necessary for convincing three-dimensional aural immersion. Will’s research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Modern Taste and Ancient Music: Finding an “Appropriate” Acoustic for William Byrd’s Ave verum corpus
Listener preference for height channel microphone polar patterns in three-dimensional recording
Exploratory microphone techniques for three dimensional classical music recording