John Usher was born and raised in Devon, England. In 2001 he received a B.Eng. degree in Electroacoustics from the School of Acoustics, University of Salford (Manchester, UK).

 From 2001 to 2006, he undertook a Ph.D. at McGill University, Montreal, where he was supervised by Dr. W.L. Martens; Prof. W. Woszczyk; Dr. J. Benesty and Prof. A. Bregman. His Ph.D. thesis was on the theoretical development and subjective evaluation of a new ambiance extraction upmixer.

He has conducted research at the acoustics department of Bang and Olufsen (Struer, Denmark) and the DSP group at Philips Nat Lab (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and undertaken music research residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada.

Since 2006 he has been chief system architect at Hearium Labs (AKA Personics); a new high-tech hearing protection and audio signal processing company, where he has over 50 pending patents on audio signal processing.
After a year working in Barcelona on room acoustics and 3D audio upmixing at Fundacio Barcelona Media John has relocated to San Francisco to continue his work for Hearium Labs.
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