About Michael Carnes

Like many people, I'm a lot of things.  I'm primarily a musician who took a detour. After spending time on the road as a guitarist, I completed an education in classical composition. I've been fortunate enough to have several good performances, some of which you'll find here.  I was not drawn toward life as a teacher, so I followed another childhood interest--science and math.  This began a technology career that has lasted nearly 40 years. This culminated in the founding of a company—Exponential Audio—in 2012. Exponential Audio software has become a part of hundreds of films, including many popular major releases.  Exponential Audio was acquired by iZotope in late 2018 and I continue doing a little research work for them.

A busy career takes a toll in time and that affected by compositional output. With the sale of my company, that time will gradually be freed up for musical and other pursuits.

This site focuses mainly on my non-engineering interests--music, photography, astronomy and a few other things.

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Recent News

I’m happy to announce that I’ve recently joined the board of Nova Chamber Music, the pre-eminent presenter in the Salt Lake area. I’ve been a fan of the group for quite a while and have been fortunate enough to record several concerts. If you’re in the area, come to a concert!

Musical Background
Technical Career


I'm located in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, not far from Salt Lake City.

Contact me

If you'd like to get in touch for any reason, please fill out this form and I'll get back to you. Please do not contact me with questions regarding Exponential Audio products. Those questions should be directed to iZotope.

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