Though still unconfirmed, American recording engineer Walter Sear reportedly passed away yesterday (Apr. 29th). He was 79.
For over three decades, Sear ran the legendary Sear Sound recording studio in New York City. Known for its vast collection of vintage analog recording gear, the studio has served a bevy of well-known clients, including Paul McCartney, Muse, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Jim O’Rourke.
In addition to his work at the studio, Sear was heavily influential in the development of a portable synthesizer which could be used in live performance. He would also become a performer and composer on the instrument, and created several soundtracks.
His cause of death has yet to be released.
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