The third edition of Sound Systems: Design and Optimization is here!

Sound Systems: Design and Optimization provides an accessible and unique perspective on the behavior of sound systems in the practical world. The third edition reflects current trends in the audio field thereby providing readers with the newest methodologies and techniques. In this greatly expanded new edition, you’ll find clearer explanations, a more streamlined organization, increased […]

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 […]

Off to Mexico for AES and SIM3 Training – Updated

I have been busy putting together new material for SIM 3 training, and AES seminar and the upcoming Broadway Sound Master Class. You have seen some of the work in progress below, but I have had to push to get things ready for showtime.  Sorry for the delay in getting more things posted and for […]

SIM3 Training for Disney Animation Studios

This week I spent two days at the Disney Animation Studios in Burbank California. This is the place where major animation films are created. Unless you have been living under the Rock of Gibraltar you know what these films are.  Mermaids, Beauties, Beasts, Princesses and more come to life in this space in the form […]

Phase Alignment of Subs – Why I don’t use the impulse response

OK. The saga continues down below………………………. What is the best way to phase align our subwoofers to the mains? There is a hint in the way the question was phrased. I didn’t say time align (and it is not because I am afraid of copyright police). I say phase align because that is precisely what […]

Some updates and future topics

I added some graphics to the discussion on Cardioid subwoofers, and ABC of line array tuning. I should have some graphics up for the coherence discussion later this week. I am also in the middle of an old war story.  I was thinking about a few future topics to meander on about: 1) Why I […]

Cardioid Subwoofers

A hot topic of discussion is cardioid subwoofers, so this will be the place to get that topic going. At the moment I will use this as a test to see if I can upload a few graphics from the book here.  The first will be some pics that describe the behaviour of end-fire arrays. […]

Breaking the line

A friend of mine who is not an audio engineer went to a show and later told me it sounded too loud and was unintelligible. Sound plausible? Sure. Now try this: a friend of mine went to a show and said it sounded like the line of the speakers had been broken. Still sound plausible? […]

Line Array Tuning

I’ve opened a new page on line array tuning entitled “The ABC’s of Line Array Tuning”   you can find it in the tab at the upper right corner. Comments welcome 6o6