Tomlinson Holman To Head Up Apple Audio?

Holman’s name might not be familiar to you but his contributions to the audio industry surely are. Tomlinson Holman was the inventor of THX (Tomlinson Holman X-Over) and developed the first 10.2 sound system.

It is being said that Holman will possibly be departing from the LucasFilm family and USC to head up the audio division over at Apple. News originally broke out from TWiT Network owner Leo Laporte and has since been circulating Twitter and the net.

A few weeks ago I was looking over a chart the showcased the frequency reponse for the onboard iPhone mic.  It was interesting to see how it has changed over the years.  With Holman wanting to push audio further in each technology he touches, could his efforts possibly contribute to a better onboard mic?  More than likely not but if he truly is going to be heading up shop over at Apple it will be interesting to see what his intentions are.

Photo courtesy of FaberAcoustical

I also found a pretty cool video on YouTube of Holman describing noise cancellation or “anti-noise”.  Take the time to check it out.  It’s animated, cute and educational!

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2 Responses

  1. Colin Hunter says:

    Very interesting rumour!

    Tomlinson Holman is also the author of the awesome book, “sound for film and television”. Well worth a read!

  2. Al Hanley says:

    Holman is an audio carney-barker, a blowhard self-promoter in an industry of big egos. I have difficulty imagining what kind of “science” this grossly unscientific marketer can bring to Apple. Most engineering at Apple toils in anonymity, for good reason. Holman’s bio says he’s responsible for Audessy, another so-called audio advance that most acousticians agree doesn’t work. He was fired by THX, his so-called 10.2 system is a fraud, and he’s got little respect of his peers in the engineering world. Holman is the “white van” of audio engineering circles.

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