Matthew Manhire
Music Technology Supervisor
Adjunct Assistant
MAT, The University of the Arts
BM, Drexel University
BS, Drexel University
BM, Lebanon Valley College

After spending his formative years recording and experimenting with 4-track Portastudios, Matthew went to college to pursue a degree in music with a concentration in the recording arts. While in college, he realized his interest in the electronic side of music and began the "never-ending" process of learning electron-tube theory and analog audio electronics. Matthew has worked alongside and learned from Jess Oliver (inventor of the Ampeg B-15 and the first person to incorporate spring reverb into a guitar amp), Andy Fuchs (owner and engineer of Fuchs Audio Technology) and other studio techs in the NYC area.

After working at various studios and a boutique tube amplifier/pedal company in the New York area, Matthew relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 to pursue a graduate degree. While in Philadelphia, he's worked as a studio tech and founded Rootbeer Audio. Rootbeer Audio designs and builds vacuum tube amplifiers and guitar pedals, while also offering analog/tube equipment repair for Philadelphia's musicians and studios. Rootbeer Audio has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on WHYY.

Aside from his technical work and teaching, Matthew is also an active musician in both the Philadelphia and New York City areas. He's constantly field recording and experimenting with different instruments and homemade circuits for use in his own studio productions and projects.

Class Schedule, Fall 2017

M04:00PM - 05:20PMAudio Electronics I
TH10:00AM - 11:20AMAudio Electronics I
TH11:30AM - 12:50PMAudio Electronics I
W01:00PM - 02:20PMAudio Electronics II
W04:00PM - 05:20PMIntro to Circuit Bending

Contact Info

Office: Merriam Theater 4TH
Tel: 215-717-6342
Fax: 215-545-8056