John Oram was born in 1949 in Dartford, Kent, England and has enjoyed a busy and rewarding life in the electronic musical industry. His designs have been nominated for 23 Technical Excellence & Creativity awards, winning some along the way.
Following school education he became a professional touring drummer with hit artistes of the period. He was soon to design and build his first professional recording studio: Independent Recordings, Kent, England He joined Vox, Jennings Musical Industries, in electronics for research and development as well as being a musician, recording engineer and technician. Worked with great VOX bands of the day: The Beatles, The Stones and many more, designing as part of the VOX team, new creations: The Wah-Wah, The Fuzz Box and Continental Organ, leading to the circuitry design for VOX AC50 and Super Beatle amplifiers.
In 1969 he established an Electronics Consultancy firm for both Vox and Movie related companies resulting in inventions in telecine, consumer audio, the marine electronics field, radio telephone, radar and telemetry systems.
Subsequently being recognized by The Law Society in London as a Technical Expert Witness working succesfully with legal counsel. In 1974 John joined Trident Audio Developments as independent electronics design consultant where he continued product design and development for 14 years. During this time, created the circuitry for the Classic Series 80 console (inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame 2008) as well as many other series of consoles used to record classic albums.
“John joined our company in 1974 and was responsible not only for that company’s innovative design techniques, but also the unique sound quality that Trident became famous for world-wide." -- Managing Director T.A.D. ORAM owned the famous Reflex Guitar Systems and Music Technology designing a wide range of very successful active pickups. 1990 – Created innovative new pickups and acoustic preamplifiers for such guitar manufacturers as Martin, Washburn, Charvel Jackson and Lowden with more involvement in pro audio product design when he was dubbed “The Father of British EQ” 1992 Created the Mega-Wing system for Uli Jon Roth, Scorpions "The ultimate pickup system.”
1994 and Oram Professional Audio was formed working with legendary Multi Grammy winning sound engineer Al Schmitt (Al Schmitt GMS Pro Channel used on all his engineering productions) and film director George Lucas (ORAM Series 24 Sound Design console for Chris Boyes at Skywalker multiple Oscars for sound for Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Lord of the Rings and many more hit movies) both contracted ORAM for his impressive range of custom designed products.
In 1998 and due to popular demand he established Trident Audio Ltd with a new range of Trident equipment which he retained until 2008.
2004, ORAM celebrated 40 years of audio excellence in the industry In an effort to help young musicians around the world in developing their talents and skills, the The John Oram Foundation was created.
From 1995 to the present time, The Analogue Barn Recording Complex continues recording and producing professional audio to the highest standards
2008, John was nominated for a Technical Grammy Award.
2012 marks John Oram’s 48th year in developing electronic musical equipment