Thomas Owen

Thomas J. Owen

Thomas J. Owen also serves as the Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society's Standards Group SC-03-WG-12 on Forensic Audio. Mr. Owen is also the Chairman Emeritus of The American Board of Recorded Evidence

Mr. Owen Worked at New York City's Lincoln Center Archives for eleven years as Chief Engineer. He has appeared on network television and on radio discussing audio and video matters. Mr. Owen Lectures extensively in the United States and has numerous publications in the Forensic Examiner.

Mr. Owen's qualifications as an expert witness have been demonstrated in more than thirty-five states for both prosecution and defense.


Mr. Owen has diligently and comprehensively examined the areas of Forensic Audio, Video, and Voice Identification in great detail since 1981. There are over seventy-five publications, presentations, and recordings available from the Audio Engineering Society, The American College of Forensic Examiners and others.

Mr. Owen has appeared as a Consultant to ABC Nightline, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX 5 NY, NPR Radio, NOVA, Taipei, Chinese Television, Dateline, 60 Minutes, Law & Order, Forensic Files, CSI, CSI Miami, Lie to Me, Access Hollywood, 48 Hours, 20/20 and other Networks and Television Programs.

  • B.A. History 1969
  • Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Certificate of Achievement, Electro-Acoustics Synergetic Audio Concepts, 1983
  • Completion of Voice Identification Course, 1985
  • Certification as Voice Identification Examiner, July 17, 1986 by the
  • International Association for Identification, Life Member Kentucky Division Life Member New Jersey Division
  • Audio Engineering Society NY Chapter Board of Directors 1989-1991 1996-1998
  • Chairman (1991 to Present) Audio Engineering Society WG0-12 Working Group "Forensic Audio"
  • The American Board of Forensic Examiners - BCFE, ABFE Fellow, Life Member, Board Certified, Homeland Security Advisory Board
  • Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Recorded Evidence - American College of Forensic Examiners 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Diplomate in Audio/Video Authenticity and Voice Identification
  • Instructor "Southern Conference Seminar" Western Kentucky University 1992
  • Instructor "New York Institute for Forensic Audio" 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006, 2007
  • Special Deputy, Warren County Sheriff's Department, Bowling Green, KY
  • Experience in the Recording Arts, 35 years

Court Qualified as expert in voice identification, audio and video authentication, signal processing, tape enhancement, recording industry practices.

To date: New York Southern District, New York Eastern District, New York, Buffalo, and New York State Court. Philadelphia, PA; Bethlehem, PA; Hartford, CT; Bridgeport, CT; New York Rockland County; Raleigh, NC; Newark, NJ; Mays Landing, NJ; Tottawa, NJ; Nashville, TN; Savannah, GA; Carmel, NY; Dover, DE; Tulsa, OK; Louisville, KY; Los Angeles, CA; Bowling Green, KY; Alexandria, VA; Zenia, OH; Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; NY Bronx Superior Court, Manhattan Supreme Court; NYPD Arbitration Hearing Board; Morganville, West Virginia; Fresno, CA; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Washington DC; Maryland; Florida; Idaho, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hartford, CT, Evanston, IL, Somerville, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, Miami, FL and others.

Responsible for overall operations of Forensic Consulting business (including but not limited to) Audio and VideoTape Authentications, Enhancement, and Voice Identification. Fully equipped Audio-Video processing laboratory with digital capabilities for audio-video signal processing.

Work Experience

January 1979 - September 1989
New York Public Library at Lincoln Center
New York City, New York 10023 212 870 1609

Chief Engineer
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

Duties: (included but not limited to) Audio Restoration, Video Restoration, Data Base Systems Management, Public Service Systems Management. Responsible for the Metropolitan Opera Archives (Broadcasts) Responsible for 4 recording studios and public service projects. Voice Identification, Tape Aging studies and Archival Storage.

1973 - 1978
Engineer, Producer, Quality Control for Springboard, Musicor, Viva, Trip Spector Record Labels.
Staff Producer for the above consortium of labels producing over 700 LP's.

  • Tom Owen, Scaling the Fretboard (Chappell Music 1973)
  • Tom Owen, The Chord Coloring Book (Chappell Music 1974)
  • Tom Owen, Tenor Banjo (Chappell Music 1975)
  • Tom Owen, Lead Guitar (Chappell Music 1976)
  • Tom Owen, The Classic Blues Singers (Chappell Music 1977)