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John Baker Audio Engineer - Audiobook Studios Working from Oklahoma and Los Angeles 

April, 2014 
John Baker, award winning audiobook director, engineer and editor, is now working out of “John Baker Audio Engineer”, a full-service facility in Muskogee, Oklahoma as well as directing and engineering projects at Ocean Audiobooks in Santa Monica, CA.
John Baker has been recognized by publishing professionals as a reliable and efficient resource for top quality recording and editing of audiobooks since 1994.  John has engineered, directed and edited numerous audiobooks that have been nominated for, and won, AUDIE Awards (presented by the Audio Publishers Association), as well as a Grammy nomination.
In 2008, John received the first AUDIE awarded for “Original and Distinguished Achievement in Production” for Sweeney Todd, which he co-produced, engineered, mixed and mastered.
From the Oklahoma studio, Baker will be providing full-service recording and engineering, directing both in-house sessions and ‘via Skype’ for projects being remotely recorded, as well as audiobook editing, and mastering.  Baker has been providing these services for over 20 years, both in Los Angeles and more recently, in Oklahoma.  His list of clients and past clients is extensive, and a sampling can be found on his website.
From the Los Angeles area, Baker will be available for on-site directing and engineering through Ocean Audiobooks, where he now serves as Director, Engineer and Post-production Supervisor.  Ocean Studios is located in Santa Monica by award-winning audiobook narrator and director, Arthur Morey.  Arthur Morey has recorded and directed more than 200 audiobooks, with major publishers and independent producers. He has won two Audie nominations, numerous Audiofile earphone awards and was listed among best voices in that magazine since 2008. His work has been widely well reviewed. (See
In addition to continued quality services for publishers, John Baker Audio Engineer will also be offering turnkey services for the independent author and small publisher.  Packages can be custom-designed to include directing, engineering and editing, as well as package design and marketing materials.  Working through Ocean Audiobooks, Baker will work from both his studio location and the West Coast, and can offer independent authors and small publishers with rights procurement.  Baker is also developing a list of reading/voice talent to be available for possible turnkey or other clients’ projects.

A Year Full of Words 

This last year, while working in the editing suite at the historic Bland Building, John has been doing several audiobook directing projects via Skype, as well as several trips to work on location for Brilliance.  These include:

• Macadoo of the Maury River (narrated by J.D. Jackson)
• Tune In Tokyo (narrated by MacLeod Andrews)
• Blackberry Winter (narrated by Tara Sands)
• Shadow Blizzard (narrated by MacLeod Andrews)
• Welcome to Bordertown (narrated by Cassandra CampbellMacLeod AndrewsHolly Black, Ellen Kushner)
• The Kingdom of Little Wounds (narrated by Susan Duerden)
• Doc (narrated by J.D. Jackson)
• Saving Grace (narrated by Rosalyn Landor)
• Chocolate For Two (narrated by Julia Whelan)
• The Blue Book (narrated by Rosalyn Landor)
• Doctor Futurity (narrated by MacLeod Andrews)
• The Lion's Lady (narrated by Susan Duerden)

A large amount of time has been spent working on numerous language-teaching audio programs for the Living Language Foreign Language Study, published by Random House, including:

• Hebrew
• Korean
• Greek
• Hindi
• Irish

He has also worked on several independently released audiobooks.

JB Opens New Facility in Muskogee 

 After relocating his home to Muskogee, Olahoma, JB has continued working with clients on audiobook directing and editing.  On April 1, 2013, he has just signed the lease on new space located in the historic Doyal Bland Building.  The loft-like space is in Muskogee's Historic Downtown District, and the building has recently been totally renovated and updated.  Ribbon-cutting will be soon, and JB will be fully operational for dialogue recording and engineering, directing, and editing.  As always, he is available for engineering and director jobs in the clients' preferred studios, as well.  In the meantime, he will continue to work from his home studio and clients' locations.  Check back soon to watch the space transform, and to see the completed facility!

John Baker Joins Forever Twelve as lead vocalist 

 On 12-12-12, Los Angeles-based progressive rock band Forever Twelve welcomes John Baker as lead vocalist.

Baker, previously lead vocalist for internationally-known progressive rock band Mars Hollow, as well as member of The Little Girls and Harvey Sid Fisher, has received high reviews from both journalists and fans alike for his unique voice – often likened to Geddy Lee (Rush) and Jon Anderson (Yes) and his melodies and lyrics. Baker’s songs have also been picked up by publishers and performers around the world, including Kristi Yamaguchi. He brings both his melody and lyrical talents to the table with Forever Twelve in the first single titled “Daisy Chain,” a pre-release from the forthcoming 2013 album. Baker has also played and toured internationally with The Little Girls and Harvey Sid Fisher.

Forever Twelve also consists of keyboardist Steve Barberic, guitarist Tom Graham, bassist Kenny Hundt and drummer Fernando Martinez. Forever Twelve is saddened by the departure of lead vocalist and flautist Cat Ellen, whom performed on the band’s previous three albums. “We wish her the very best in her future endeavors, which are many,” said Tom Graham. “We are at the same time very excited about our future, and bringing John Baker into the group will add a different dimension to our music, even though we plan to continue with our same progressive rock path.”

In addition to playing festivals, and sharing stages with bands such as Glass, Rocket Scientists and Mars Hollow, Forever Twelve has previously released three albums, Remembering Branch, Spark of Light and Taking Forever as independent releases. “Daisy Chain” and the forthcoming album are being released by Fingerwoven Records, whose roster includes Lisa LaRue 2KX, Mars Hollow, and distributes digital releases by ARZ, Don Schiff, John Payne, Souljourners and more.

“Daisy Chain,” the first offering from Forever Twelve featuring Baker on vocals, is available as of 12-12-12 from the Fingerwoven Records’ Online Shop at The online audio trailer can be heard at

Along with the official web site,, which is currently under reconstruction, you can also ‘Like” Forever Twelve at their new Facebook fanpage located at

JB Now Official Godin Endorsee 

 John Baker is now an official Godin guitar endorsee – Godin is known the world over for their high-quality, exquisitely crafted electric and acoustic guitars and basses. A big part of "the Mars Hollow sound" is due to John and his lovely Godin LGXT.  View Godin announcement here.

John Baker and Robert Godin

Newlyweds JB & LL 

John Baker and Lisa LaRue (Lisa LaRue 2KX) were married in a private ceremony February 16, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photos can be viewed here.

John Baker and Lisa LaRue 2/16/12

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