Interview On Sound Design Live

Last week Nathan Lively published a great interview with me on his podcast, Sound Design Live. Enjoy! In this episode of Sound Design Live I speak with Bob McCarthy, author of Sound System Design & Optimization and Director of System Optimization at Meyer Sound. We talk about variable acoustic architecture, why we must optimize before […]

Sound Design Live eBook

I recently wrote the forward for an eBook that Nathan Lively has published called Sound Design Live: Build Your Career As A Sound Engineer. It’s a great read and I’ll include the forward below. * * * Audio engineering technology has changed, but the work is still all about connections. Not through CobraNet®, Dante or […]

SVC online – Array or not to array: Part 1 – Additional data

At long last I have found some time to post here again. Well actually I don’t have the time but I did it anyway. The thing is – I left a trap in an article I wrote that would force me to make time here – and it worked!   This will be brief – […]

Earthquake video of our sound system at Tokyo Disney Sea

Here is a video from Tokyo Disney Sea taken during the quake. It was sent to me by Matt Ferguson. This sound system was designed by Roger Gans, Mike Shannon, myself and also Bill Platt. Also involved on the audio side were Richard Bugg, Francois Bergeron, Martin Carillo, and many others. We had strict design […]

Poll results are in for the cable test

So it looks like 78 people took the survey. Here are the preliminary results on John Huntington’s site.  I have long ago given up any fantasies that I am a Golden Ear. My response to listening to these tracks was that I could not hear any difference. From the survey results it looks like either […]

The Emperor’s New Stereo

I was contacted a few months back by Jose Luis Diaz about an article I wrote for Mix magazine -in 1998. He asked did I have a copy of the original in pdf form.  No. I am not the best archivist. Well it turns out he had a Spanish translation of it and he RETRANSLATED […]

If you have ever tuned a sound system – watch this video – 3 min.

This is a highly informative  – and realistic – short video on the how a system optimization engineer and FOH engineer relate in their job roles. We have Bennet Prescott to thank for this. I only wish I had done it myself.

SIM3 Optimization & Design Seminar at UC Irvine

We just completed a 4-day SIM3 training seminar in the south side of southern California. UC Irvine is located very near the ocean, which makes one wonder how folks could study when the surf’s up. It is also right next to John Wayne Airport. Naturally I flew in and out of LAX, and drove the hour down to the other […]

Macau COD Tuning: Day 5 (Cardioid sub day)

Looking for Mr. Cardioid During the daytime (remember that we start at 11pm) the crew set up 2 measurement mics for us high in the grid. The mics were placed as a front/back pair in the near field of the coupled subwoofer array. The goal was to measure the responses in front and behind on the center axis […]

Macau COD Tuning: Day 4 (Work in progress)

 Note: I have completed day 5 at the time of this writing – I am posting this work in progrees so that the posts will come out in the right order – I will fill this one in ASAP Bus level adjustments for equal level One of the major components of an LCS-based system design […]