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February 23: Tour of Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Inc.

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Upcoming Meeting: Tour of Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Inc.

February 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Location: Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Inc, 2151 Madison Street, Bellwood, IL 60104

Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders Inc. has grown to become a leader in the design and construction of fine liturgical and performance oriented pipe organs. The company continues to explore the art, form and role of the pipe organ in today's environment and maintains its commitment to building instruments that define the state of the Art of Organ building.  Please join us for a behind-the-scenes view of the building and restoration of these magnificent instruments.

Our tour will include presentations on:

Pipe organ design - Berghaus designer, Michal Leutsch, will show how he uses AutoCAD to design everything from the decorative casework to the steel support structure to the chestwork layout (where the pipes are located.)  Tonal Director Jonathan Oblander will discuss how the "sound design" of each instrument is conceived.

"Behind the Façade" - an opportunity to view and explore a pipe organ erected in the shop.  Support structures, enclosures, chests, and winding systems all are visible.   (Pipe organs take up entire rooms!)

Mechanics - there are many different ways that a pipe organ plays, called "chest actions".  Some of these will be on display.

Electronics - learn about how the console (where the musician plays the keyboards) communicates with the chests and pipes.

Voicing - learn how Berghaus artisans work with each pipe (there can be thousands in a single organ) to achieve the desired tone and timbre according to the unique location, size and style of the instrument.

Other Business: Due to scheduling, we will not be able to do a group dinner before the meeting as is typical. Instead, we encourage everyone to come to an informal social afterwards at FatDuck Tavern & Grill (about 3 miles east on Madison St. at Elgin Ave). No reservation is required. Everyone is responsible for their own check. FatDuck Tavern & Grill 7218 Madison St Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) 488-1493

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Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Past Event: Judging Individual High Resolution Audio Perception Capabilities

November 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Location: Shure Incorporated, 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Speaker(s): Bob Schulein


With the introduction of the CD in the early 1980’s and the evolution of digital audio technology, there has been an ongoing quest to improve what some called the “ultimate music storage format.” This quest for such systems is not new and has been occurring since the invention of the Edison cylindrical disc. In general it has been felt that more bandwidth, more dynamic range, and less distortion is always better, with no apparent limit. Have we, however, reached a point of diminishing returns for even the most discriminating listener? People keep asking “can you hear a difference?”

This presentation will describe a different approach to answering the question by presenting three tests that are easy for individuals to implement (assuming they have capable equipment). The question will be transformed into: “How sensitive is the combination of my listening acuity, and my various listening environments regarding two of the major aspects of High Resolution Audio - Dynamic Range and Bandwidth?”

By answering these questions, individuals can better decide for themselves as to the value and importance of acquiring high-resolution audio systems and recordings. In addition to these three tests, other tests will be discussed regarding the hearable aspects of the various low pass filters used in digital audio systems. These tests were presented as a part of Workshop W20 at the recent 139th AES Convention in New York, which included a break-out room that allowed a number of individuals to take the tests. Following the formal presentation, several demo/test stations will be available for those wishing to take the tests.


Bob Schulein has been involved with the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of electro-acoustical products for over 40 years. He is currently the owner of RBS Consultants, an international consulting firm which provides consulting services in areas of acoustics, product research, product design and development, project management, and audio/video recording engineering and producing. His areas of specialization include professional and consumer audio products and applications, telecommunications and the hearing-health industry. Bob has been granted 25 patents in the fields of acoustics and electro-acoustics and has 2 patents pending.

Bob has been active in a number of professional organizations within the audio and hearing industries. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Audio Engineering Society, where he received the Publications Award in 1977, the Board of Governors Award in 1990, and the Bronze Medal in 2013. He currently serves as a vice-chair of the AES Technical Council, and is chair of the AES Technical Committee on Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention.

Other Business: Dinner (optional, but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm. Reservation required - contact Treasurer Giles Davis at by Monday, Nov. 23rd.

Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Past Event: Architecture and Acoustics of Recording Studios - The Science that Guides the Studio Design Process

October 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: Columbia College, 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605

Speaker(s): John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group

RSVP: Please RSVP by October 9th. Use the form on this page (scroll down). 

Directions: Click for a map

Dinner: Dinner will not be offered but there are several establishments in the area. Click here for options. 

About The Presentation

ASA Chicago, AES Chicago, and Columbia College Audio Arts & Acoustics department jointly present John Storyk, Co-Founder and Principal of Walters-Storyk Design Group and designer of over 3000 media facilities. John's lecture will examine technical guidelines for creating an acoustically optimal recording studio environment. The science that guides the recording studio design process will be discussed, highlighting design examples from successful spaces.

The recording studio has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Both business models and studio design/equipment configurations are markedly different, with new ideas emerging virtually every week. The shift from large “all at once” sessions to file-based “in the box” production has ushered in a new era of small, yet extremely powerful and highly flexible audio content creation environments. These ‘next generation’ rooms continue to depend on pristine acoustics, and the aesthetic and comfort factors remain high priorities. The success of these rooms depends on the architect/acoustician’s ability to create or ‘tune’ the environment to maximize their acoustic potential. This talk will examine technical guidelines for creating an acoustically optimal recording studio environment. The science that guides the recording studio design process will be discussed, highlighting design examples from successful spaces.

About This Month's Speaker

John Storyk, Co Founder and Principal of Walters-Storyk Design Group has been responsible for designing over 3000 media and content creation facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music, Boston (2015 TEC winner) and Valencia, Spain; and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche. Recent projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composers Carter Burwell and A.R. Rahman, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Owl City, Harry Connick Jr., and Grammy winning producer Paul Epworth. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a nine-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices and representation in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015

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