Who is Ed Primeau? In 1979, I embarked on a path that started out as an audio engineer and producer and transitioned into an audio video forensic expert after 38 years. I paid my dues as an audio engineer and was trained to record and edit spoken word recordings such as training tapes and audiobooks. I also engineered music sessions and assisted major record companies and national artists. While employed at Ambience Recordings, I conducted my first audio forensic examination for the FBI in Detroit (case information available on the audioforensicexpert.com blog).
In 1987, I left Ambience to pursue my career as owner and operator of Primeau Productions, full-service audio, and video production company. I also worked with attorneys from time to time that had questions about audio and video recordings to be used in court. I attended the University of Detroit from 1979 to 1985 with a focus on majoring in Communication Studies and my minor in Criminal Justice (transcript available upon request). While at the University, I was a probation officer for the 53rd District Court in Troy, Michigan under Judge Drury. Who knew that I would set a foundation for audio forensics before there was such a job title?
Since then, I have completed hundreds of successful audio and video forensic investigations testified in Local, State, and Federal courts across the United States, and worked on various International cases. VideoForensicExpert.com
I am a member of AES (Audio Engineering Society), IAI (International Association for Identification), and MCPI (Michigan Council of Private Investigators). I am a Certified Criminal Investigator (CCI) and a Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC), as well as a licensed private investigator License number 3701207275.
I help courts and law enforcement agencies understand the science and technology of audio and video forensics. As a consultant, I work for attorneys as a trial investigator, pre-trial investigations, and background checks. I have access to and have been vetted for idicore.com, a unique software program that helps since I am a licensed private investigator, and access to detailed background checks starting with just a phone number. I also consult on trial strategy for digital recordings.
As a licensed Private Investigator, I have access to several databases, software programs, and investigative tools that help us find the truth for our clients.
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Who is Ed Primeau? I help clients understand the investigation process during a pro-Bono consultation. I offer 30-minute consultations on the phone, Zoom or Teams. I work around the world and often work remotely so let me know your location and time zone when sending me a follow-up request (Click here to make an appointment).
My Private Investigation philosophy is based on experience as a licensed and bonded investigator. I always keep my client’s best interests in mind as my team and I plan our strategy for your investigations. When working for corporations, we spend time learning the philosophies and objectives of the organization so that all of our work product conforms to those standards.
When working for private individuals, I discuss strategic options based on affordable budgets and effective results. I communicate clearly with our clients so that we understand their expectations and work to meet those expectations.
Who is Ed Primeau? With regard to biometric voice comparative analysis, it is scientifically known that we all have distinctive characteristics to our voice and words as well as how we pronounce those words. Each of us has a unique nasal cavity, larynx, teeth, tongue, and mouth. These distinct characteristics all come together and create a unique sounding voice that can be examined and analyzed to determine if the voices in question are from the same person.
My forensic philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio/video media combine art as well as science. The methods that I use require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics. My techniques are derived from both formal education and the application of skills gained by working in many forensics situations.
I also look at forensics as an experimental science because there are no two cases that are the same. As a forensic expert, I conduct experiments that include variables and that measure how each outcome pertains to the scientific aspect of the case at hand. The forensic processes that I use to arrive at my opinions are accepted in the scientific community and are structured and methodological.
I always take scrupulous (work product) notes that are a part of each case. I have provided audio restoration of informant wire recordings that served as key evidence in convictions involving two Detroit area judges. In the course of my career, I have completed dozens of forensics-focused assignments for attorneys throughout the United States. I have testified in Federal, State, and Local courts, as well as the Department of Defense (Navy Yard), Judicial Tenure Commission, and the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“Ed Primeau is the best at what he does! As a trial attorney, I depend on experts to educate me in the relevant field for which they are hired. My focus has always been on finding an expert who not only simplifies the subject area but is also creative in approach. I recently had a case in which I needed an audio and video forensic expert. I found Ed. Ed is a genius and was absolutely amazing in front of the jury.”
– Attorney Nenye Uch
If you have a recording that you question or need help understanding, give me a call for a pro bono conversation. I apply my expertise and experience to help you. Retainer agreement available on request; travel expenses will be quoted in advance excluding meal expenses and flat rate time for travel instead of hourly.