Milton Tasker "Bill" Putnam (1920–1989) was a renowned American audio engineer, songwriter, producer, studio designer and businessman who has been described as "the father of modern recording". He was the inventor of the modern recording console and is recognised as a key figure in the development of the postwar commercial recording industry. (wikipedia)
The first studio he founded was Universal Recording in Chicago. In 1957 he went to the west coast and founded United Recording Corp., which became the famous United Western Studios in Los Angeles.