AES members – check out Inside Track this month!

AES members – check out Inside Track this month!

The AES have rolled out a new monthly feature for AES members called AES Inside Track. Each month a different audio-related topic is explored with a curated list of AES and non-AES resources to get you up to speed on a subject. For August 2018, I’ve put together a list of resources related to sound […]

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 […]