|Occupation||Music industry executive |
President and CEO of Aftermaster Audio Labs
|Known for||Music Mastering, Audio Technologies, Hollywood recording studios, Entertainment Executive|
|Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Sting, Empire, RayJ, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nick Cannon, Emmy Awards|
Lawrence G. Ryckman (born August 28, 1959, Toronto) is a music industry executive known for his knowledge of audio production and mastering and the development of patented audio and video technologies used in the music and entertainment industries. He is President and CEO of AfterMaster Audio Labs and Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, part of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Aftermaster, Inc. In November 2014, recording artist Justin Timberlake joined Ryckman as a co-owner of AfterMaster.
Early life and education
In 1982, Ryckman served as Vice President, Development, of the film and TV production company American Artists, Inc. He became President and CEO in 1984 and produced several feature films including The Virgin Queen of St. Francis High,  At about this time Ryckman produced, hosted and narrated a one-hour documentary, The Aryan Nation, an exposé of the Aryan Nations and the growing neo-Nazi movements in North America, filmed partly inside the Aryan Nations Hayden Lake Idaho compound.
In 1986, Ryckman co-founded Archer Communications, Inc./QSound, Ltd., an audio technology company which developed proprietary audio technologies for the music, film, TV, computer and video game industries. QSound developed the first patented three-dimensional audio process for playback through traditional stereo. Ryckman assembled a team of entertainment industry professionals to assist in building the company, including CAA co-founder Michael Ovitz, music industry veterans Jimmy Iovine, Shelly Yakus, music producer Bob Ezrin, film producer, George J. Folsey and Warner Bros. director Salah Hassanein. Todd-Ao/Glen Glenn Studios then the world's largest motion picture and television sound studios became a large stakeholder which led QSound to be utilized in various feature film productions including, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.
In 1991, Ryckman purchased and privatized the Calgary Stampeders Football Club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). At the time the team was struggling financially and Ryckman was widely credited for saving the team. Many changes took place under his ownership, including the signing of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Doug Flutie,  Part of the marketing campaign was one of extortion: at one point he demanded that Stampeders fans buy 16,000 season tickets or else he would move the team to San Antonio, Texas, USA.
citation needed] Ryckman was a major advocate of the CFL's American expansion, with part of the rationale being that the expansion fees could serve as a source of revenue for the existing franchises.[
In 1995, the Alberta Securities Commission levied a large fine on Ryckman after he was convicted of stock manipulation. He was forced to place the team into receivership, where on April 3, 1996, Sig Gutsche purchased the franchise. Whereas Ryckman had restored interest in the Stampeders, Gutsche was able to rectify the team's debts and make it profitable again.
In 2004, Ryckman founded MyStudio, Inc., a private company established to develop MyStudio interactive recording studios, Mystudio.net and related technologies. MyStudio was the world's first self-contained, interactive audio and video recording studio available for consumer use.   
In 2006, Ryckman and audio engineer Shelly Yakus embarked on a multimillion-dollar, multi-year development effort to create AfterMaster HD Audio through AfterMaster Audio Labs. Inc. The award-winning and proprietary  AfterMaster hardware and software process creates an audio process and master recording with a loudness, fullness and clarity which AfterMaster claims is unachievable through traditional mastering techniques. 
AfterMaster's music mastering process for independent artists, "ProMaster", became the first online independent music mastering service. with marketing partners Guitar Center and later Tunecore. AfterMaster also entered into an agreement wherein its ProMaster division remastered 6,000,000 songs for independent artists for the online independent music website, ReverbNation.
On April 1, 2014, ON Semiconductor, a multinational developer and manufacturer of semiconductors partnered with AfterMaster Audio Labs to incorporate AfterMaster Audio in semiconductor chips for use in consumer electronic products. In November 2014, superstar Justin Timberlake joined AfterMaster Audio Labs as a co-owner. In 2016, mastering engineer Pete Doell joined as head of Aftermaster's music mastering.
In 2017, Ryckman and his partner Shelly Yakus took over and renovated the 40-year-old Graham Nash recording studio in Hollywood, at which many well-known artists had recorded. The studio was upgraded to include an 80 track SSL 4000 G+ console and up-to-date gear and instruments.
Honors and awards
Aftermaster was awarded the Technical Achievement Award at the 2010 Hollywood Music and Media Awards for its MyStudio and AfterMaster HD Audio technologies developed by Ryckman and his engineering team. Aftermaster's patented technology and products were recognized with three awards at the 2016 CES show in Las Vegas.
Ryckman received Canada's Vanier Award Vanier Award for Outstanding Young Canadian in 1993 for his business and community accomplishments.
Mastering (partial list):
- Aerosmith - We All Fall Down
- Akon - One In The Chamber (Single release on 2014 GRAMMY nominated album)
- Alice Cooper - Madhouse Rock Tour
- Diddy - I Hate That You Love Me (Platinum)
- Donna Summer - To Paris With Love (Billboard #1 Dance)
- Emmy Awards - Born To Run - Jimmy Fallon
- Janet Jackson - Make Me (Billboard #1 Hot Dance Club Songs Platinum)
- Jill Scott - From The Vault
- Jordin Sparks - It Ain't You.
- Kerli - Army Of Love - (Billboard #1 Hot Dance Club Songs)
- Lady Gaga - Telephone (Multi-platinum, Billboard #1 Pop)
- Nick Cannon - White People Party Music
- Mack Wilds - Own It (Single release on 2014 GRAMMY nominated album)
- Ray J - 1 Thing Leads To Another
QSound mixing credits:
- Michael Jackson - Dangerous (multi-platinum)
- Madonna - The Immaculate Collection (multi-platinum)
- Sting - The Soul Cages (multi-platinum)
- Paula Abdul - Spellbound (multi-platinum)
- Julian Lennon - Help Yourself
Patents issued: Audio Process, Live Broadcast Interview, Low/High Resolution, Studio Booth - United States Patents: 8,508,572, 8,169,548, 8,144,257, 8,089,564, 9,390,698.
Ryckman has been active with several charitable organizations including the Easter Seals, Uncles at Large, Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer Society. Ryckman currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Felix Organization whose principals include Sheila Jaffe, Darryl McDaniels and Mark Wahlberg. Ryckman was the Executive Producer of the Felix PSA video "Walk This Way" which was directed by Penny Marshall and featured Aerosmith and 25 celebrities. The Felix Organization sends hundreds of underprivileged inner-city foster kids to summer camp every year.
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