Matthew Sutton has been interested in recording since he was 6 years old and his father brought home a small open reel recorder.  Matthew was fortunate to meet Kearney Barton of Audio Recording, Inc. in 1974 and was one of Kearney’s early students in audio recording.  Matthew launched Audissey Sound in 1975 with Dave Williams, in a workshop above Uptown Music in downtown Seattle.  Audissey focused on musical instrument amplifiers and PA and quickly started working on studio gear at Audio Recording. Audissey was a factory authorized repair center for Ampeg, Acoustic and Music Man amplifiers.

Audissey closed when Uptown Music downsized, but Matthew continued working in recording studios around the northwest, quickly becoming the go to tech for all things professional audio.  Over the 15 years that Matthew provided primary support for pro audio gear, he designed and installed the systems for dozens of studios, provided repair services for studios, broadcasters, corporate production facilities and the occasional rock star.  Even the New York Yankees!  Well, their broadcaster at least.

Matthew is factory trained by Tascam, MCI & MCI/Sony and Otari and has extensive experience with API, Ampex, Studer, Neumann, Crown and a wide range of other professional audio equipment. 

Matthew invested early in the highest quality test equipment from Tektronix and Audio Precision and experimented with circuit modifications to streamline the audio path and improve audio quality.  He continues to invest time and money to understand how to measure, what to measure and how to optimize for the highest quality of audio possible.

Matthew has enjoyed engineering music as well, engineering the live Seattle Opera broadcasts on KING FM from 1989 through 2014.  Matthew, along with Rick Fisher of RFI CD, recorded and edited Seattle Opera’s Ring of the Nibelung live recording in 2013.  Rick Fisher mastered.  Matthew also assisted Kearney Barton with live broadcasts of Seattle Opera on KUOW from 1975-1980.

Matthew produced the Boys of the Lough Live at Carnegie Hall in 1988, with Rick Fisher engineering the recording.

Matthew has engineered dozens of vocal recordings including Seattle Symphony Chorale’s “Singing a Glad Noel”, which was one of the first recordings at St. John Vianney Church in Kirkland.