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Bob has been designing and tuning sound systems for over 30 years. The third edition of his book
Sound Systems: Design and Optimization
is available from Focal Press. He lives in NYC and is the director of system optimization for Meyer Sound.
Latest Posts by Bob
Time & Phase Alignment
The setting of delay times in signal processors is one of the principal techniques of system optimization. In most cases the timing is set to…
The Impact Of Breaking The Line
A friend of mine who’s not an audio engineer went to a show and later told me it sounded too loud and unintelligible. Plausible? Sure.
What It Really Means To Equalize The Room
“I’m going to equalize the room.” We’ve all heard that statement so many times that we scarcely think about what it literally means. We know…
Standing Your Ground: Upholding The Responsibility Of Being Truthful With Clients
Editor’s Note: This was originally written in 1989 and is as relevant now as it was then. For most of the time that…
Audio Summation: Part 3 In An Ongoing Series On Essential Fundamentals
Welcome to the third part of a series of articles exploring the principles and properties of audio systems and related fields (Part 1 is…
All The World’s A Stage… But Does It Need Sound Reinforcement?
I recently attended two “straight” plays, i.e., the kind without musicians. Such events are all about the dialog (and the lighting, of course). One production…
Analog Electronic Transmission: Part 2 In An Ongoing Series On Audio Fundamentals
For many of us, fundamentals are like Swiss cheese: mostly solid but with intermittent but noticeable holes. This is the second part of a series…
Acoustic Transmission: Part 1 In An Ongoing Series On The Fundamentals Of Audio
For many of us fundamentals are like Swiss cheese: mostly solid but with intermittent but noticeable holes. This is the first in a series of…
Spatial Pursuits: The Evolution Of Large-Scale Sound System Optimization
Editor’s note: Click here to read the other articles in this five-part series. The sound reinforcement system tuning procedure on my first…
Tech Topic: Modern Analyzer Development
Editor’s note: Click here to read the other articles in this series. The analyzer is at the core of a measurement system. The manufacturers…
Editor’s note: Click here to read the other articles in this series. The high-resolution dual-channel audio analyzer is a standard front-of-house tool in the…
30 For 30: Lessons Learned From Years Of Tuning Sound Systems
It was 1984 when I first sat in front of an FFT (Fast Fourier transform) analyzer during a concert and made decisions about tuning sound…
Spotlight On Signal Processing
Editor’s note: Click here to read the other articles in this series. “In the beginning there was graphic EQ.” The first standard tool for…
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Tradeoff, TANSTAAFL And Triage
As audio engineers, we’re constantly presented with choices that involve compromise and give and take. Many of these are budgetary and/or based on realities of…