June Meeting Announcement: Wood, Leather, Glue, and Metal: Ancient Techniques for Modern Pipes

What: Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ Builders factory tour and demo with Tom Nichols
  THURSDAY, August 23, 2018
Time & Places: 
 5:30 PM at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indy 46202 followed by move to nearby Goulding & Wood, 823 Massachusetts Ave., Indy 46204.
RSVP to: centralindianaaes@gmail.com

Join us for a rare opportunity to visit a modern pipe organ factory here in Indianapolis. Tom Nichols, organist, musician, and associate with Goulding & Wood, will be our host/guide.

At the Indiana Landmarks Center we will see the restored Grand Hall (a former Methodist church sanctuary) and hear a demonstration that organ by Tom Nichols. Organ restoration by Goulding & Wood.

The factory tour will feature a current project – a rebuild of the 1928 two-manual 29-rank Möller organ for Irvington Presbyterian Church, which includes a new console and a vintage Tuba stop new to that organ.

Tom Nichols is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Luke Catholic Church on the north side of Indianapolis, a position he began in July 2013, and a representative of Goulding & Wood pipe organ builders, where he works in customer service.  Previously he served for 17 years as the Director of Music & Liturgy and principal organist at historic St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis (home of a Goulding & Wood pipe organ built in 1989). He has served as the special events organist for various diocesan liturgies at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for 10 years, and is a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the 16-voice Archdiocesan Chamber Choir Vox Sacra.  He was a featured performer at the 2007 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

Tom also spent three years as Dean of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He is also active in the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, where he has served twice as chapter president and has volunteered on the organ rebuilding and maintenance crew since 1995.  He also has a keen interest in tower bells and carillons. Tom was a certified passenger train conductor and locomotive engineer with the Indiana Transportation Museum Railroad from 2003-2016, which operated a former Nickel Plate Road line across Marion, Hamilton, and Tipton counties in Indiana.

He was a scholarship student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral/General Music Teaching and Organ.  His organ teachers have been Christopher Young, Faythe Freese, Robert Rayfield, Dale Caldwell and Charles Gardner. He’s a fan of the Indianapolis Colts . . . except for when they play his beloved Green Bay Packers.

Local Event – EXPO – January 17th

The Technology Solutions EXPO – presented by Sensory Technologies

Coming up is a local event that may be of interest to many of our Central Indiana AES Section members and friends – The Technology Solutions EXPO, presented by Sensory Technologies.
Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 8am to 4pm EST
Dallara Indycar Factory
1201 Main Street
Speedway, IN 46224
Admission: Free

Meeting Announcement — Networking and Digital Audio Transports – July 23, 2015

DATE: RESCHEDULEDTHURSDAY, July 23, 2015. 7:00 – 9:00 PM

LOCATION:  Esco Communication, 8940 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268

TOPIC: Networking and Digital Audio Transports

PRESENTER: Bradford Benn, Harmon Professional


During our next meeting, Bradford Benn will review and compare protocols and application examples for networking and digital audio transports. 

  • AES-3, AES-67, AVB, CobraNet, Dante, BLU, Qlan

** Please RSVP for this new date…even if you had RSVP’d earlier.  (RSVP is for head count only – the Meeting is free and open to all.)

Bradford Benn is a Vertical Market Manager for Harman Professional. He was heavily involved in the development of HiQnet System and Audio Architect™software, the evolution of the HiQnet™ protocol, and the development both of Ethernet AVB products and the protocol. He has been involved with such network intensive projects as City Center in Las Vegas, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the MetLife Stadium to name just a few. In addition to his responsibilities at Harman, Bradford serves as a co-instructor for the Syn-Aud-Con Digital training seminars as well as being an InfoComm University Adjunct Faculty Member. His dual-background in IT and audio has uniquely prepared him for this role. When he isn’t working, he can often be found behind a camera taking photographs.

Meeting Announcement: Acoustics – Before & After Measurements with Gavin Haverstick

DATE: THURSDAY, March 26th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary – 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

DIRECTIONS: Christian Theological Seminary is located on the Northwest corner of 42nd Street and Haughey Avenue. Sweeney Chapel is on the East side of the campus near Haughey Avenue. There is a parking lot entrance off of Haughey Avenue just North of where the Chapel is located.  


The campus at Christian Theological Seminary has long been revered for its unique architecture. Indiana University Professor and former Art & Architecture Critic for The Indianapolis Star Steven Mannheimer calls it “Undoubtedly, the best modernist structure of this scale and contemplative purpose in the city, and among the finest in the nation.” The building was designed in 1966 by acclaimed architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes (1915-2004), who also designed the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the IUPUI University Library among other works around the country.

Sweeney Chapel was added to the building in 1987. While beautiful and distinct, the Chapel was not performing well acoustically for its main application – speaking engagements. Gavin Haverstick from Haverstick Designs was hired to conduct acoustical testing in the Chapel and to develop a plan to improve the acoustical performance of the space. The Reverberation Time (RT60) at 500 Hertz (Hz) was measured to be 4.06 seconds in the empty Chapel. This is not conducive to intelligible speech, so a plan was put together to improve the acoustics of the space while trying to retain the modern feel of the room – a delicate balance.  

Gavin Haverstick will present a case study of the project. We will go through testing data that illustrates the results before and after the acoustical improvements were made in the room. We will discuss the acoustical consulting process, testing data, predictions and the implementation of acoustical materials.

This is a great opportunity to see and hear a fantastic piece of architecture here in Indianapolis while going through the process of renovating an existing space to improve the acoustics of a venue of this size.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite


Meeting Announcement – Hinkle Fieldhouse – Feb 12 2015


THURSDAY, February 12, 2015. 7:30 – 9:30 PM

LOCATION:  Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler University campus – 510 W. 49th St. (Recommend heading Westbound from Meridian St. on 49th St.)

DIRECTIONS: Hinkle Fieldhouse is located on the Butler University campus at the corner of W. 46th Street & Boulevard Place. It’s Bldg. 22 on this map:  http://www.butler.edu/campus-map/ and here is a link to Google Maps:goo.gl/7zEGfT

PARKING – Main lot (south side of Fieldhouse).  Enter the Fieldhouse via Gate 4 (farthest east)

Note:  Start time for this meeting is 7:30 PM


Our next meeting promises to be a very informative one.  Hosts Joe Gentry and Russ Hoppel will review recently completed technical system upgrades at Hinkle Fieldhouse, including:

  • A new center court LED video scoreboard with supporting video production suite
  • New audio system – center scoreboard loudspeakers, audio infrastructure for new mix position and band position, Yamaha console and reconfigured and optimized signal processing for the entire sound system to all seats

The presentation also will include discussion of:

  • Design considerations and construction challenges
  • Addressing the challenge of overcoming a large, reverberant room and high crowd noise to maintain intelligibility
  • Optimizing signal processing for live band vs. media vs. talker
  • Managing feeds fir multiple broadcast – home and visiting radio, live TV, in-house video production

** Click on the following RSVP if you plan to attend – the earlier the better!

Meeting Announcement: Dec. 4th 2014 Tour

TOUR: Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts


LOCATION:  Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University

DIRECTIONS: The Schrott Center is located on the Butler University campus at the corner of W. 46th Street & Sunset Avenue. It’s Bldg. 28 on this map:  http://www.butler.edu/campus-map/ and here is a link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/DGHWI.


Parking will be available in the lot immediately behind the Schrott Center (off Sunset Ave.).  There’s a lot of construction in the area – we will send out a reminder several days before in the event of any changes in road access or parking.

Our host and resident technical guru will be Dennis Long, Production Manager for the facility.  Dennis’ background includes years of experience in a theatrical performance facilities as well as a strong electronic engineering background in television and related areas.

Schrott Center was planned and designed to be primarily a classical performance hall (Clowes Hall is now accommodating many road shows).  We’ll take a tour throughout the facility, including access, HVAC, theatrical/performance support areas and various systems – lighting, sound, video, etc.

David Wright from Wright Consulting Associates is able to join us for a brief discussion of the acoustical aspects of the performance hall.  Wright Consulting Associates Inc. was hired by Butler University for electro-acoustics consulting.  WCA Inc. worked with Bonner & Associates from Texas for sound system design to integrate the architect’s variable acoustics approach for the room.  David will review room modeling, variable acoustics, room diffusion and how the sound system reacts to the acoustical design.

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Meeting Announcement – Pat Brown – September 10, 2014

LOCATION:  WFYI COMMUNITY ROOM (1630 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202)


TOPIC:  There are few things more confusing in the audio marketplace than amplifier and loudspeaker performance specifications. Their origins are often obscure. Their validity is often questioned. While the likelihood is high that there will someday be meaningful, universally-recognized Standards for these metrics, in the meantime audio engineers must specify and deploy loudspeakers and amplifiers. The “Common Formats” have addressed the problem by providing real-world, defensible methods determining key loudspeaker and amplifier metrics for use by sound system designers. The Common Loudspeaker Format (CLF) has become the most widely used data format for room modeling programs. The Common Amplifier Format (CAF) builds upon it. Together they give the sound system designer everything needed to deploy loudspeakers and amplifiers. Pat Brown will present the major tenets of each.

RSVP – Eventbrite

Meeting Announcement – Sept with Russ Berger at Sweetwater Sound

20121026-RussBerger_200The Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce a meeting with Russ Berger of Russ Berger Design Group. His topic for the evening will be “Recent Developments in Acoustics for Studios; Our latest thinking on acoustical treatments for critical listening spaces.”

Russ Berger is president of Russ Berger Design Group (www.rbdg.com), an acoustical and architectural design firm in Addison, TX specializing in recording, radio and television broadcast studios; facilities for entertainment and media content, audio, film, and post production; technical learning environments for higher education; private theaters; and corporate production spaces. The recipient of eight TEC awards for acoustics and facility design, Russ has more than 2,500 projects to his credit, including NFL Films, National Public Radio, NBC, ABC, and Sweetwater.

Russ has been an active member of AES since co-founding the Dallas AES chapter in the mid 1970s.  He has been a board member of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants since 1994 (President 2008-2010) and currently is on NCAC’s Long Range Planning Committee.  Russ is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and holds membership in SMPTE, SPARS and CEDIA.  He is one of the original licensees for performing TEF measurements, and is the 2007 Heyser Award recipient.

The meeting will be held September 19th, 7:30pm at Sweetwater Sound. To ensure an accurate count for the meeting, please RSVP below.

Meeting Information

Date: Sept 19, 2013 at 7:30pm
Location: Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN 46818


Meeting Announcement – July with Don Keele at Farm Fresh Studios

The Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce our July meeting, to be held Thursday July 18, 2013 featuring Don Keele speaking on the topic of “Introduction to CBT Loudspeaker Arrays.”

Come out and hear Don Keele talk about his loudspeaker line arrays based on CBT technology. He has been an ardent advocate and evangelist for the concepts for over ten years and believes the CBT know-how can vastly improve the sound field uniformity of existing line arrays and conventional loudspeaker systems. Don will discuss the background and history of CBT arrays and will describe and discuss the measurement and simulation results of several CBT line arrays including the Audio Artistry CBT36 high-end home loudspeaker which is sold in an inexpensive DIY kit form by Parts Express (http://www.parts-express.com/CBT36/) and finished form by Audio Artistry. The CBT36 system will be setup for listening.

We have invited percussionist John Marque (http://johnmarque.com/) to participate in a live-versus-recorded drum-kit shootout with the pair of CBT36 systems.

CBT, which stands for “Constant Beamwidth Transducer,” is a term originated by the U.S. military in a series of three un-classified Naval Research Lab ASA papers published in the late 70s and early 80s. These papers describe spherical-cap underwater transducers with special frequency-independent “Legendre” shading that provide extremely-uniform broadband coverage without the need for any special or complex signal processing. Don applied the technology to loudspeaker arrays in a series of six AES papers between 2000 and 2010 and some of the technology is now in the public domain. The CBT arrays provide a broadband constant-directivity 3D sound field that is incredibly uniform and well behaved with frequency at all distances from very close to far away. The vertical beamwidth control and coverage of the CBT line arrays often exceeds even the finest constant-directivity pro horns.
The CBT line-array concept dictates that multiple loudspeakers be placed evenly around a circular arc and that frequency-independent shading (simple changes in level) be applied to each speaker. An alternate, but much more complex, CBT implementation method is based on the use of delays to provide the circular curvature of a straight-line array. Circular-arc CBT arrays can be implemented passively and do not require any sophisticated DSP signal processing except for simple level changes. CBT array possibilities extend over the full loudspeaker product range from professional, commercial, consumer, home theater, computer, and multimedia. Note that Harman/JBL has copyrighted the term “CBT” in the loudspeaker industry where it stands for “Constant Beamwidth Technology” and has three patents issued to Keele on some of the CBT concepts.

D.B. (Don) Keele, Jr. has worked for several companies in the area of loudspeaker R&D and measurement technology including Electro-Voice, Klipsch, JBL, Crown, and Harman International. He holds eight patents with topics including “constant-directivity” loudspeaker horns, loudspeaker arrays, and signal processing. He is a fellow of AES. For ten years he wrote for Audio Magazine as a Senior Editor performing loudspeaker reviews. More recently, he worked for Harman/Becker Automotive Systems in the advanced technology development group and was a member of the Harman corporate acoustics engineering group working under Floyd Toole. Currently he heads his own consulting company DBK Associates and Labs and recently joined loudspeaker manufacturer Audio Artistry as VP of R&D. His passion for the last eleven years has been to promote the use of CBT (Constant Beamwidth Transducer) loudspeaker technology in the loudspeaker industry.

Mr. Keele holds two BS degrees in EE and Physics from California State Polytechnic University and an MSEE degree from Brigham Young University where he minored in acoustics. He has presented and published over 40 technical papers on loudspeaker design and measurement methods and other related topics, among them the paper for which he won the AES Publication Award, “Low-Frequency Loudspeaker Assessment by Nearfield Sound-Pressure Measurement”. He is a frequent speaker at AES section meetings and workshops, has chaired several AES technical paper sessions, and is a past member of the AES review board. Mr. Keele is a past member of the AES Board of Governors and is past Vice President, Central Region USA/Canada of the AES. Mr. Keele received the TEF Richard C. Heyser Award in 2001. In 2002, he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for work he did on cinema constant-directivity loudspeakers. In 2011 he received the ALMA Beryllium Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the loudspeaker industry.

The meeting will be held July 18, 2013 at 7:30pm in Farm Fresh Studios http://www.farmfreshstudios.com. To ensure an accurate count for the meeting, please RSVP .


Meeting Information

Date: July 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
Location: Farm Fresh Studios
2115 N Mount Gilead Rd
Bloomington, IN  47408 (map)

Meeting Announcement: Digital Asset Management: Effective Management of Your Recorded Material

The Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce a meeting to be held January 16, 2013 on  Digital Asset Management – Effective Management of Your Recorded Material

This month’s meeting will be a panel discussion with featured guests:

  • Al Grosnicklaus, Director of Engineering, WTHR-TV, Indianapolis
  • John Wright, Ass’t Chief Engineer for IT, WTIU-TV, Bloomington
  • Brian McGinnis. of Counsel, Barnes & Thornberg, Intellectual Property Dept.

The discussion will include areas such as:

  • Workflow – ingesting, managing, searching and tracking a database
  • Recording formats
  • Metadata – how much and what information is tracked
  • Rights – ownership, usage, authorization, legal concerns

The meeting will be held January 16, 2013 at 7:00pm in the conference room of ESCO Communications’ Indianapolis office. To ensure an accurate count for the meeting, please RSVP below.

Meeting Information
Date: January 16, 2013 at 7:00pm.
Location: ESCO Communications Conference Room
8940 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (map).

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