Dan Powell is a Brooklyn-based audio engineer with extensive experience in radio and podcast production. He has mixed and recorded projects for The New York Times, BBC, NPR, Slate Media, TED and more. He also previously worked at Soundsnap, one of the world’s largest commercial sound libraries, where he was in charge of curating and growing their expansive catalog of sound effects and field recordings from around the world.

Dan currently works at American Public Media as a staff audio engineer, supporting its flagship public radio programs including Marketplace and A Prairie Home Companion. He also co-produces his own podcast, a fictional audio drama called Archive 81. His work has been featured in Wired, The Guardian, The AV Club, The Daily Dot and multiple Apple Podcast editors’ lists.

Originally hailing from the town of Rome, Georgia, Dan has been working with recorded sound in some capacity since he was 9 years old and recording one-man radio shows on the family computer. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he majored in English & Creative Writing before realizing his brain was better suited to studios and microphones than blank pages.

During the rare moments in which Dan’s not doing things with sound, he enjoys running, biking and reading text that isn’t on a screen.



Dan’s brief percussion phase.


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