- by George Petersen
Hackensack, NJ — Audio veteran and master console designer John Petrucelli, a resident of Hawthorne , NJ , passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2017 surrounded by family and his dear friend, Olga after a lengthy illness. His 35-year career in pro audio included working with companies such as Allen & Heath, Crest Audio, and APB-DynaSonics. He was 64.
The son of the late Mario J. and Alice (Lucia) Petrucelli, John was born on September 14, 1952. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1977.
John began his pro audio career in the New Haven, CT area, first working with local bands and sound companies before starting his own company, PET Projects. Here, he modified existing equipment for recording studios throughout New England and began designing and building his own creations.
In the early 80's, he joined Allen & Heath Brenell USA where he designed a number of live sound mixers that were manufactured and sold by the UK parent company internationally. In 1991 moved on to become a founding member and chief engineer of Crest Consoles where he introduced a number of product design innovations that resulted in the company becoming a top supplier of audio mixing products to the professional touring and audio install markets. In 2004, he was a founding member and part owner of the audio mixer company APB-DynaSonics where he too the helm as president and chief design engineer. John continued his journey by going back to his roots and becoming a contract design engineer, working with various companies including PMI Audio, where his expertise helped in revitalizing many renowned products including Trident Audio.
John's designs generated tens of thousands of console sales throughout the world that have benefited and affected the lives of many people. In addition to his design work, he always took the time to mentor other engineers and customers and help them in any way that only he could.
John will long be remembered for his sense of humor, able to make everyone around him smile and engage in discussion with him, mostly with people he did not know. A very caring and thoughtful man, he was always thinking of others before himself.
John is survived by his four sisters, and aunt, six nieces and nephews, two great nieces and a great nephew. He also leaves his dear friend and partner, Olga Gomelskaya, in NJ. Plans for a celebration of John’s Life will be announced at a later date.