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 […]

Toning Your Sound System

No this is NOT a typo. I did not mean to write “Tuning your sound system” because that is entirely a different subject. So what is the difference between toning and tuning?  Here is a simple example from the muscial side: This is my son Simon. He has a guitar effects pedal that has exactly […]

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 […]

New York Trainings – Updated with Pics

I am in NYC this week for two rounds of classes: SIM3 training in Brooklyn and the Broadway Sound Master class on the NYU campus in the East Village. The SIM class is at City Tech in Brooklyn – which is where John Huntington teaches. We have several of his students joining the class which […]

Macau COD Tuning: Day 7 (Underwater SIM) – Updated with screen dumps

Today was scattered around different tasks. We tested the repositioned Sound Beams, further refined the Constellation settings, picked off stragglers in need of verification – or RE-verification, and finally SIM’d the underwater speakers. Soundbeams repositioned First order of business was to find out what we had gained from moving the SB-2’s up 2 meters. The […]

Macau COD Tuning: Day 6 – Constellation

Constellation Tuning Most of today was dedicated to Constellation tuning. Steve Ellison programmed up the menu of user-settable presets that will become the painter’s pallette for the system designers, Francois Bergeron and Vikram Kirby. The pallette gives them easily understood parameters such as the the reverb Time, gain, etc, that will allow them to tailor the response […]

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 […]

Macau COD Tuning: Day 3 (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 The #1 goal for today was to get 1/4th of the room operational for so that Pierre […]