Ted Rothstein, an electrical engineer for over 30 years, has been an audio
industry innovator all of his professional life. He has designed almost
every type of equipment used in a recording studio, including the "Spectrum
Multilyzer" metering system for the Acoustilog recording and
mixing console (1977), parametric equalizer (1971), continuously variable
digital delay system (1973), Acoustilog TR-19 electronic phase-coherent
crossover for the Altec 604 (1978), the TR-1A studio monitor system
(1992), and a variety of other electronic and acoustic innovations for
advancing the quality of recording at its source in the studio. For
more than a 20 years he has been the forerunner in designing and installing
restaurant, club, disco, bar, and home theater sound and video systems.
Following in the footsteps of Ted's father, Milton Rothstein, classical pianist & electrical engineer, who was part of the Manhattan Project during WW!!, Ted Initially helped design state-of-the-art high frequency inverter switching
regulator power supplies for the computer industry and the U.S. military.
His work on the design of the F-111 fighter/bomber (first project out
of college) kept him from the front lines in Viet Nam.
Since 1970 Rothstein has been designing and tuning recording studio
audio systems. A representative
list of his projects and clients includes Johnny Yuma (Patrick Leonard),
JSM Music, Media Sound, Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, Bearsville
Sound, Sound Palace (the studio across the street from Studio 54
responsible for many of the 70's disco hits), Trackworks, A&R Recording,
Skyline, The Cars' Synchro Sound, Pink
Floyd's Britannia Row, Studio Katy, Fonovision Internacional, Hljodriti
studios and Synchrosound, the largest startup recording studio facility
in the Far East in Kuala Lumpur. He has also worked on professional
quality home studios for Ace Frehley (Kiss), Eddie Van Halen's 5150
Studios, Todd Rundgren, Carla Bley, Roger
Waters and the newest for movie scorer Carter
From 1973-1978 Rothstein served as Chief Engineer at Albert Grossman's
Bearsville Sound in Woodstock, New York. He designed, built, and ran
the "Bearsville Sound System", a very large touring sound system which
traveled with Todd Rundgren, The Grateful Dead, and many other groups
during the 70's and early 80's.
In 1972 Rothstein cofounded ROR Audio Research. Until 1987, when Rothstein
sold the company, he served as Vice President and Chief Design Engineer.
Through ROR, Rothstein made custom modifications of existing recording
studio systems and designed and manufactured audio consoles, parametric
equalizers, and monitor speakers. More than 25,000 Rothstein designed
speakers have been delivered to professionals and consumers.
Rothstein is also a principal shareholder of RLA International, the
Disco Club sound design company founded by Richard Long. With the passing
of Richard Long in 1986, Rothstein became the engineering force behind
RLA's most advanced nightclub installations. Employing the most advanced
technology for room acoustic analysis and tuning, the crystal clear
- yet solid and powerful sound of RLA Systems was experienced in such
distinguished clubs as Studio 54, Ice Palace, Paradise Garage, Regine's,
Stringfellows, and the Palladium (all in New York City); Jimmy'z (St.
Thomas), NASA Spaceadrome (Bangkok), and the Stock Exchange (Los Angeles).
But during the late 80's and early 90's, the growth of the theme restaurant
business sparked Ted's interest and he worked towards duplicating the
'quality sound' from the recording studio industry in the commercial
restaurant venue. During the design of the sound and video systems for
dozens of Planet Hollywoods, Hard Rock Cafes, Motown Cafes, et. al., Ted
developed the TRDJ
System to provide a seamless music environment that could play a 'shuffled'
music mix by itself with little or no input from the staff. Today, the
TRDJ system lives on in the W-Hotels
that are expanding across the U.S.
Ted Rothstein continues to expand his expertise to the growing changes
in audio design for all types of venues, whether it's a Restaurant,
Meeting Room, Recording Studio, Bar, Club, a full blown 7.1 Home Theater,
Pro Screening Room, or a smart home and even remote controlled / smart homes.