Russ Berger To Present at SynAudCon Seminar

“Intelligibility is key when designing a teleconferencing environment."
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“Intelligibility is key when designing a teleconferencing environment."

Russ Berger, president of Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG), will be sharing his industry insight on acoustics for corporate installations at SynAudCon’s (Synergetic Audio Concepts) “Audio Acoustics for Conference Systems” seminar. The event will take place September 16-18, 2010 in the Performance Theatre at Sweetwater’s new headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“Audio Acoustics for Conference Systems” will discuss how to approach the design and commissioning of audio conferencing systems, and how architectural acoustics and associated noise plays into these plans. The principles presented will be demonstrated in simulated conference rooms using equipment provided by a variety of manufacturers, offering attendees with a true hands-on experience. Berger has been a longtime SynAudCon supporter and has participated in conferences and workshops for more than 25 years. His co-presenters for this workshop include Mario Maltese, CEO of Audio Visual Resources in New York, and Jay Paul, vice president with integrator AVI-SPL in Maryland.

“Intelligibility is key when designing a teleconferencing environment. Even using top-of-the-line gear won’t guarantee that everyone is heard properly,” says Berger. “Acoustical design, when used effectively, can actually enhance the different audio equipment being used. This helps ensure that the teleconference is about the ideas and topics being discussed, rather than whether or not everyone can be heard.”

Berger’s key contribution to the industry has been in the acoustical design development of broadcast and recording studios as well as other technical spaces, specifically the behavior of sound in acoustically small spaces and the properties of acoustically coupled spaces.

Attendees of the seminar will see firsthand the results of Berger’s work as architect of record for and designer of the Sweetwater Performance Theatre where the seminar is being held. Other projects designed by Berger include Sony Music Entertainment; ABC-TV; NBC-TV; CBS-TV; more than 80 public radio facilities (including National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.; WBUR-FM/Car Talk; WPLN/Nashville Public Radio; and Southern California Public Radio); NFL Films; Pro Football Hall of Fame; Apple Computer; George W. Bush Presidential Library; recording studios for Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Steve Miller and Whitney Houston; Paragon Studios; BiCoastal Music; MasterMix; TNN; Lakewood Church; and recording/broadcast facilities for RadioShack and JCPenney.

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