Erik J Geiger, CTS-D has joined Acoustics By Design in their Portland, OR office as Senior Audiovisual Consultant.
When a construction project is underway, who is the best entity to hold the AV contract?
Why aren’t more AV projects using fiber communications? Maybe there are just some myths out there that keep us from shifting from copper wire to fiber.
Answering our most asked question, “Why should we hire a technical systems designer, when we already have a tech guy?”
BYOD in your conference room might be just what you need to get everyone collaborating, and all your devices working together.
When a technical system design project includes video, we are asked the same question, “Can we do wireless video for that?” It sounds like a great idea. But…
When the first call or email comes in about a new project it’s important to ask if the project is for renovating an existing space, or new construction. It’s an important question because the approach to each type of project is different. We’re brought in after a space is occupied about as frequently as when […]
Removing obstacles to learning. That’s the mantra around the movement toward Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) in University settings. This departure from the traditional lecture format, and toward flexible furniture, writing surfaces, collaborative activities, and integrated technology brings a new set of challenges when designing a space to deliver a learning environment free from the obstacles […]
Teaching is all about communication. Are you able to communicate the material in myriad ways to help students of a variety of learning styles grasp the concepts? Not everyone understands everything in the same way. Erik GeigerErik Geiger, CTS-D, has designed and consulted on audio, video, and technical systems for over 20 years. He has […]
Acoustics By Design has been named the Elite Winner for Recruitment, Selection, and Orientation. While we’ve won several Best and Brightest awards, this is our first 101 Best and Brightest Elite Award, and we couldn’t be prouder. Acoustics By DesignAcoustics By Design consultants provide acoustical consulting services to architects, engineers, facility directors, municipalities, and building […]
Acoustics By Design is proud to announce our latest acoustical consultant office in Portland, Oregon to better serve our West Coast clients. Acoustics By Design is one of the nation’s leading independent acoustical consultants, and now we’ve added a Pacific Northwest office in Portland, next to the SW 3rd Ave food carts and near the Willamette […]
It’s always a pleasure to hear that someone is enjoying the spaces created by the work that we do at Acoustics By Design. In this case, The University of Michigan’s newly renovated Schembechler Hall. The smiles were evident on the faces of everyone in attendance at the grand re-opening on April 4. Schembechler Hall houses […]
The Star Wars Episode VII cast was announced this week, and Star Wars Day is this Sunday! May The 4th Be With You! So, what better way to celebrate, than with this post about THX? THX is an audio-visual and acoustical standard developed in 1983 by Tomlinson Holman, an audio engineer at Lucasfilm. The standard […]
Wireless microphones that perform well are the Holy Grail in worship spaces. With Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, and Easter just around the corner, the sound-systems in our churches and synagogues can be the un-sung heroes of the week, or the albatross around the necks of anyone holding or wearing them. We’ve all come out […]
When we receive lunch and learn requests, we take into account how much time is involved. Travel to another office, planning lunch, and cleanup are all part of the “1 hour” equation. Can the four or five hours of work and travel fit into the schedule? Will your portable audio-visual equipment be acceptable? Could the […]
We don’t make a practice of tooting our own horns at Acoustics By Design, but for this we will make a small exception. Great news: ABD was just named to the list of Michigan’s Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies. As a professional consulting engineering firm, we sell no physical products, so we cannot tell our […]
We sat down to the kick-off programming meeting for a project, and we started working through our list of questions to help us figure out what types of AV functionality the client needed for the project. At one point the owner’s representative (who was not from the technology team) stated that they really just wanted […]
We all have seen nice big projector screens that have an image that is just too dim to be clearly seen. To protect against this occurrence, we set a target brightness level during the design process, and we base it on a number of variables. The physical screen size needs to be compared to the […]
What is the most important step in designing a sound system? Of course, every step is important, but one might argue that the final equalization is perhaps the most critical step, and often the most overlooked. Assuming a good design has been put together on paper and that the system has been installed as it […]
Ever been in a large convention facility for the first time? Running a bit late and don’t know what room your meeting is in? Even if you have the room number, is the signage good enough to point you down the right hallway? If you are anything like me you will wander around just long […]