Welcome to my site!

I’m currently a senior lecturer in Audio Engineering in the Entertainment Engineering group at The University of Derby. I also work seasonally as a live sound engineer at Gand Concert Sound, located just outside my hometown of Chicago. At the moment, I’m chair of the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement. What I keep myself busy with was nicely described in a recent piece by Live Sound International and Pro Sound Web.

On this site you can find information pertaining to my teaching, research and live sound activities. I’ve made various publications and software freely available for download and I post opportunities for funded postgraduate research, when they come up.

I hope some of this material is useful to you. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions/comments. I’m happy to help out whenever I can!



RECENT POSTS

Cardioid subwoofers are claustrophobic

Cardioid subwoofers are claustrophobic

Last week I was busy grading a batch of reports from my second year acoustics module where they were tasked with redesigning a run-down music venue in terms of internal acoustics and noise pollution. In addition, they had to specify a suitable sound system for the space. There was a common approach used for the […]

Time to get unplugged (in)?

Time to get unplugged (in)?

This may come off as a rant by someone brought up on analog equipment. If that’s the case, I apologize in advance! Over the past five years (or so), I’ve seen a worrying trend with plug-ins. Here’s an example. Last summer I was FOH tech for a medium-sized festival in Chicago. We had an Avid […]

What is subwoofer array efficiency, anyway?

What is subwoofer array efficiency, anyway?

Just about every time I get into a discussion (or attend a panel session/workshop) on subwoofer systems, the issue of array efficiency comes up. This is fair enough. When we’re dealing with direct-radiator loudspeakers, we’re only looking at 2-3% (or so) efficiency (if you’re lucky) in the conversion from electrical to acoustical energy. When you’re […]

Royal visit to Derby

Royal visit to Derby

Wednesday, 27 September was the official opening of Derby’s new STEM Centre. Within the new building our department has gained new labs covering electronics, communication technology and computing, and – most importantly – a hemi-anechoic chamber. UoD’s new hemi-anechoic chamber ready for the grand opening To officially open the building, HRH The Earl of Wessex […]