It is with deep sadness that Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the March 28 passing of John Patterson following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 46.

Patterson joined Yamaha in 1997 and as R&D manager focused on the commercial and professional audio markets. He worked with recording engineers as well as live sound engineers, producers, contractors, and sound companies to further Yamaha’s digital product development, technical performance and market acceptance.

“John was an important asset and friend to all of us at Yamaha and he will be greatly missed,” states Larry Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “He fought his battle with dignity and maintained a strong, positive attitude.”

Patterson began his career in professional audio as an intern with Chicago Recording Company and in 1984 became a notable freelance recording engineer/producer with mixing/producing credits on projects with Frank Sinatra, John Secada, Peter, Paul & Mary, Chuck Mangione and others. He produced an album featuring legendary soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Michel Legrand.

“The perseverance and courage with which this man dealt with his illness was an inspiration to all his far less burdened friends,” notes Hank Neuberger, who first met Patterson during his internship at CRC.

Prior to joining Yamaha, Patterson worked extensively with producer Phil Ramone for over five years. “A gifted friend, John embraced the life of technology and music—and was absolutely true to both,” comments Phil Ramone. “My time with him produced a great deal of humor and expertise. He had the ability to read a score and engineer anything from a classical session to a jazz date, while in his spare time helping me to build a dream studio. To say I'll miss him would be an understatement. Maybe he will do upstairs what he did on earth. Love you, John.”

Per his wishes, a special event will be held in John’s honor in the near future. He is survived by two sisters, Janice and JoAnn, and three sons, Ian, Corey, and Jordan.