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MD and Senior Design Engineer John Turner (aka JT)


JT been at the forefront of the developing Audio Visual industries in Scotland since 1980, when he established one of the first professional recording studios in Glasgow's West End and quickly gained a reputation for supplying 1st class engineering and production services to the local music community. Working with Alan Horne (Postcard Records), he helped kick-start the careers of bands like Altered Images, The Bluebells and Orange Juice.


He joined Middle (of the) Road Music in 1982 and worked with the band as chief studio engineer, house producer and road manager/FoH until 1984.  The band commissioned him to build a new studio in the Maryhill Burgh Hall, subsequently bought by Elliot Davis and used by Wet Wet Wet.


Working as chief engineer at Clark Sorley's Scirroco Studios in Kilmarnock '84-'86, led to his early invlovement with the Trash Can Sinatras. 

Joining the team at the newly-opened SECC in Glasgow in 1986, he became its first technical production manager (sub-contract) and established a world-class team of in-house audio, lighting and a/v technicians, which ran all the major conferences and events held at the venue, between 1986 - 1995. He became a full member of the Instritute of Sound and Communications Engineers in 1988.


John was co-opted onto the Foster & Partners / Clyde Auditorium (The "Armadillo") design team in 1994 and designed and implemented much of its technical infrastructure, which is still in use today. He also worked with AICC (Aberdeen) and GMex/MICC (Manchester) as an a/v consultant and installer.


As a freelance Show Director and Technical Production Manager from 1991 - 2002, JT worked with many National and International TV and Media Production Companies, and most of the UK's major Medical Associations.


With a parallel career as a music composer and sound designer, a music production company, Music Mountain was established in 1997, and continues to service the tv, film and multimedia industries,  with recent works including "Nursing a Dream", "Dear Green Place", Girls Behind Bars (all BBC Scotland), "The Grand Orrery" (BTM/Dumfries House),  and numerous documentary and education projects for SQA, NHS and many Corporate Bodies. 

He has also found time to lecture in Technical Theatre and Production Arts at Ayrshire College, where the technical bar has been suitably raised.


In 2008, West Audio + Design Ltd was formed, to clearly define its role in the audio-visual design and installation marketplace, more specifically to bring John's experience and the highest level of technical excellence to bear on an increasingly complex web of communication technologies.


West Audio + Design Ltd. is fully CHAS (Construction Health & Safety) accredited and are current members of Constructionline and the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers. 

John is usually the one who goes "under the floor"! He only got lost once!


Senior Engineer Stuart Black


Stuart joined in 2008 from a background in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, and brings a complementary skill-set to the Company as a 1st rate wireman and systems engineer. His skills in "finding the route" are legendary, and he can terminate a CAT 6a faster than you can say - "I'm putting the kettle on Stuart!"

Assistant Engineer Tom Kater


An ex-English teacher, Tom speaks fluent Old English and Native Danish.  He has an uncanny way with cables, and is extremely relaxed in a loft space.  His monologues during our microphone testing stages have gathered large audiences.

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