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Jeff Redefer

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Associate Professor, Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Recording
  • Sound for Film/TV
  • Field/Live recording
  • Studio maintenance and installation

Jeff Redefer began his career in audio production at the age of 9 with his first guitar lessons. During the 1970s Jeff’s sound career started in earnest working with RCA recording artists Pure Prairie League as a sound engineer. Jeff toured with the group for 5 years, during which he also had the opportunity to work with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Earl Scruggs Review, Aztec Two Step, Jonathan Edwards, Nancy Wilson, Robert Kline, Firefall, Pablo Cruise, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Alan Coe, Leon Redbone, Vassar Clements, America, Steve Goodman, Dicky Betts and John Hammond among others.

After serving as sound engineer with Pure Prairie League, Jeff went back to being a fulltime musician performing in a number of venues across the United States playing a variety of musical genres from Jazz to Pop to Country to Rock. During this period Jeff was hired as tour guitarist for his former employer Pure Prairie League.

After many years living on the road, Jeff then returned to college to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Radio-TV, specifically audio recording. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Jeff began work at the world renowned Recording Workshop, a school for the recording arts. In addition to being a recording engineer, producer and instructor there, he also was appointed Associate Director. While at the Recording Workshop, Jeff was also on the adjunct faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Additionally, Jeff taught for the Ohio University School of Music.

In 1989, Jeff was recruited to teach for the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. In 2002 Jeff was appointed Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies with the school. For his efforts, Jeff has received several teaching awards.

While at Ohio University Jeff has been involved in hundreds of recording projects focusing on music projects and in recent years many audio post prorduction projects for film and TV. Redefer has received two Emmy Awards and a Telly Award for his work in sound design for moving image for productions that have aired nationally on PBS. Jeff is a full voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammys) as well as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (The Emmys).