- B.M. in Music Engineering Technology, University of Miami (FL)
- M.M. in Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
D. James Tagg holds a B.M. in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami (FL), completed the Audio Associate Certificate Program at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, has an M.M. in Sound Recording Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and studied recording production with Martha de Francisco at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. Prior to joining the faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he taught at SUNY Oneonta, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, and Syracuse University. He has also served as a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a consultant for THAT corporation, and as a product specialist for Benchmark Media.
Tagg is an active recording engineer and producer, he was a senior recording engineer at the Aspen Festival, and chief audio engineer for the Hot Springs Music Festival. His recordings of Miami-Based Seraphic Fire have garnered two Grammy nominations and have been best-sellers on iTunes and the Billboard Classical charts. His research focuses on spatial realism and acoustic envelopment in sound recordings. Tagg developed a new stereo recording technique, STAAG (Stereo Technique for Augmented Ambience Gradient), which has been featured on several prominent CD releases, and developed DSP processing tools that are used by television manufacturers to enhance the spacial width from flat-screen television speakers.