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Past Event: Recording the GRAMMY-nominated album Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James Stephenson

Recording the GRAMMY-nominated album Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James Stephenson

October 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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

Speaker(s): Bill Maylone, Cedille Records & Mary Mazurek, WFMT

Engineers Bill Maylone and Mary Mazurek will speak about their Grammy-nominated recording Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James Stephenson released on Chicago’s Cedille Label. They will play excerpts and include details about the planning, microphone choices and placements, editing, mixing, and mastering that went into making the album.


Bill Maylone has been recording in the Chicago area and beyond for over 30 years, and has been the chief recording engineer for Chicago-based Cedille Records since its inception in 1989. Bill began recording live concerts and spoken-word events for WFMT during its ‘Golden Age’ in the mid and late 1980's. Since then he has engineered almost 200 CD recordings for Cedille, as well as numerous other interesting projects with orchestras and solo artists in the US, Germany, the UK, and the Slovak and Czech Republics. In 2011 and 2012 he received Grammy awards for his work with the renowned new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

Mary Mazurek is a GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer. Her nomination was awarded by the Recording Academy in 2018 in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical. She is also a broadcaster, producer, educator, and artist. Her work is regularly featured on WFMT Radio and She is a sought after educator and speaker who enjoys contributing in the classroom and on panels and committees within her industry and beyond. She serves as an advocate and role model for women in the recording industry, which presently is less than 5% female. Additionally, she loves sharing her sonic insights across disciplines.

Other Business: Dinner (optional, but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm. Contact Brandon Cudequest ( by Tuesday, October 29th if you would like to join us. Pizza and salad from Lou Malnati’s will be provided. Please let Brandon know if you have a preference for vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. Price is $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students (please bring cash).

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Teri Grossheim's engineering work in industry received a B2B award

Industry recognition for Teri's engineering aptitude while helping build Apple's supply chain under Tim Cook between 2011-2013, where she was a Solution Architect / Systems Engineer at CDW. Teri has been active with the AES Chicago Section since 2007 and has been the webmaster / social media admin since 2014. See URL below for details.

CDW Awarded Prestigious Apple Authorised Enterprise Reseller (AAER) Status

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019

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2019-2020 Officer Election Results

The results of the 2019-2010 officer election found here:

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019

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Past Event: A Practical Guide to Acoustics for Audio Designers

A Practical Guide to Acoustics for Audio Designers

September 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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

Speaker(s): Joseph Myers, President - Kirkegaard Associates

 Joseph Myers will talk about room acoustics, sound isolation, and the control of background noise from a practical point of view, focusing on topics and situations that audio designers are likely to come across. Questions are appreciated!

Joseph Myers is the Principal Acoustics Design Consultant and President of Kirkegaard Associates, and has designed a significant number of the firm’s major projects. This deep experience with performing arts, academic, and worship facilities forms the foundation of his work. An active singer and actor, Joseph also brings a performer’s perspective to his projects. He draws on his background in architectural engineering to develop practical, buildable solutions. He enjoys translating client needs into clear acoustic goals, and then translating those goals into a beautiful, functional, and affordable facility.

Joseph also lectures on acoustic design, having presented to a variety of academic and professional institutions, including the Acoustical Society of America and Yale School of Drama. Joseph has degrees in Architectural Engineering and East Asian Studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Other Business: Dinner (optional, but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm. Contact Giles Davis ( by Monday, September 16th if you would like to join us.Pizza and salad from Lou Malnati’s will be provided. Please let Giles know if you have a preference for vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.Price is $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students (please bring cash).

Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Past Event: Joint Meeting w/ ASA: "The Violin and its Discontents: Common Structural and Tonal Problems in Orchestral String Instruments and their Remedy"

April 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location: Stage Two @ Columbia College Chicago, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605

Speaker(s): Sanford Field, Top Notch Violins

Stage Two at Columbia College

618 S. Michigan Avenue

Nearby Parking 

Professional luthier Sanford Field will explain the basic structure and acoustics of the violin family of instruments, as well as the technical difficulties frequently experienced by string players and their instruments.  He will then explore and explain the tools and techniques used to diagnose and correct these problems.  Examples of malfunctioning instruments will be daringly explored (and in some cases corrected) live on stage, tools will be displayed and demonstrated, and violins will be played, both as objects of critical listening, and to demonstrate the tangible effects of successful and unsuccessful repair outcomes.  After the talk, questions will be answered and discussed, and the tools and instruments covered in the talk will be available for examination by attendees. 

Sanford Field is a professional luthier and owner/partner at Top Notch Violins, a full-service string instrument shop in Saint Louis, MO. Sanford attended the Red Wing School of Instrument Repair, where he studied violin construction and repair under Lisbeth Butler and John Reed. After completing his training, he worked at Nashville Violins and Saint Louis Strings where his clients included Charlie Daniels, Arvel Bird, and Yonder Mountain String Band's Allie Kral, as well as countless professional musicians, teachers, and students. Prior to his career as a luthier, Sanford received a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 2004, and an MFA in Studio Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, Sanford also enjoys building furniture, studying HEMA (historic European martial arts), playing violin, banjo, and guitar and spending time with his wife Annie-Rose, and their two rescue dogs, Tallulah and Rowan.

Other Business: The Chicago AES & ASA Sections will provide (and cover the cost) of light appetizers and drinks ahead of the presentation (Starting at 6p)

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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Past Event: The Acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall

March 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Speaker(s): Richard Talaske, President and Principal Acoustics Consultant, Talaske; Brian Lynch, Fine Arts Director, North Central College


Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center
171 E. Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Please click HERE for detailed directions.

Street parking is available around North Central College and there are 3 parking garages in downtown Naperville within walking distance of all of our venues. Please observe all municipal street signs.

Richard Talaske will be presenting the design of Wentz Concert Hall, a 650-700-seat recital hall for acoustic and amplified music presentations. The Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center also includes a flexible black box theatre with 150 to 200 seats; instrumental and choral rehearsal halls; a dance studio; art gallery; and numerous practice rooms and classrooms.

Topics he will cover:

  • The use and mis-use of reactive systems in spaces for music halls
  • Running liveliness and its relationship to subjective preference of music halls
  • Applications of these design principals to the design of the Wentz Concert Hall.


Richard Talaske, President and Principal Acoustics Consultant, Talaske

Rick Talaske relishes great soundscapes.The engineer-turned-scientist-turned-acoustician routinely explores the world’s great concert halls and theatres. Surveying a hall’s soaring spaces and elegant architectural expressions, his mind translates a room’s geometry, the character of its surfaces, its materials, and spatial dimensions into acoustic possibilities. Analysis, investigation and reverence converge to plumb the space’s possibilities—to take away whatever secrets and lessons it might reveal.Talaske is someone who is never satisfied with what he already knows.

Talaske’s rigorous technical and scientific education resulted in exacting methodology and specific design standards. He is cheerily unapologetic about what might be experienced as “obsession with sound.” People don’t hire a world-class acoustician to achieve only fair results.What surprises some people is his passionate and enthusiastic advocacy for both performers and audience members. As an avid lover of live performance, he strives to create spaces that enhance live events.Talaske serves as project principal and directs all of the work in the office.

Brian Lynch, Fine Arts Director, North Central College - TBA

Other Business: DINNER: Dinner (optional, but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm. Contact Giles Davis ( by Tuesday, March 5th if you would like to join us. Pizza and salad from Lou Malnati's will be provided. Please let Giles know if you have a preference for vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. Price is $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students (please bring cash).

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019

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A Houses of Worship Case Study: Soul City



Laz Rios, Soul City Tech Director and
Ron Cook, Chicagoland Worship Audio Engineers 


A Houses of Worship Case Study: Soul City 

Soul City, in the West Loop, is a fine example of well applied tech. They have all the pieces.... Live cameras with IMAG and live stream, wireless ears and mics, well installed line arrays that actually sound good. Virtual Soundcheck. Just enough lighting to be cool. A backstage tech crew with clever ways of communicating. Lots to talk about, all of it a notch above entry level, but implemented so well you might mistake them for having an unlimited budget. 

Laz and his team will give us a tour of their facilities and demonstrate their Virtual SoundChecks. Ron is ideally placed to give those of us new to Worship Audio a sense of how Soul City fits in the larger context. 


Laz Rios, Soul City Tech Director

Lazarus Rios is the Technical Director for Soul City Church. Laz spent many years on the road touring as a front man for a metal band, where he gained a love for music, and production. After touring he transitioned into special event management where he spent 5 years building and managing teams. It was in that season that he felt a call into full time technical ministry. Laz joined the Soul City Church Creative Team in March of 2018. He now recruits and trains all production volunteer teams and oversees AVL for weekend gatherings and throughout the building.

Ron Cook, Chicagoland Worship Audio Engineers

Ron Cook is a Front of House, Monitor, and Mix Engineer. For 15 years Ron was a staff audio engineer at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago Suburbs. In late 2015 Ron left Willow Creek to form Split The Difference Audio, LLC working with production companies and churches locally in the Chicago area and across the Country as well. In addition, Ron provides studio and live webstream mixing services. Ron is a DPA Microphones Master Club Member and was the 2018 Vice President of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Engineering And Recording Society (EARS)

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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Past Event: Ear Day 2019 - Co-Sponsored (Chicago ASA and Rush University) Event

Ear Day 2019 - Co-Sponsored (Chicago ASA and Rush University) Event

February 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

Location: Rush University Armour Academic Building, Lecture Hall 976 600 S Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612

Speaker(s): Chicago ASA and Rush University

The Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences Rush University and the Acoustical Society of America Chicago Regional Chapter are hosting Ear Day, 2019 on February 1st

February 1, 2019

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Please RSVP by JANUARY 252019 to:

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Renowned audio engineer, Robert Schulein, has passed away at 76

Renowned audio engineer, Robert Schulein, has passed away at 76

Renowned audio engineer Robert Schulein, beloved son of the late Arthur and Jeanette Schulein, peacefully died in his home on New Years’ Day 2019 after a valiant, seven-year battle with cancer. The Fellow and Past-President of the International Audio Engineering Society and prolific inventor, with a wealth of patents to his credit in the fields of acoustics and electroacoustics, is survived by his wife, Joyce, and two daughters, Heather Davis (Rick) and Jennifer Yoder (Mark) and their son, Max Yoder, brother Thomas Schulein (Vivian), nephews Michael and Robert (Kate) and their daughters Harriett and Eloise. He was 76.

Born in 1942, Schulein was raised in Rockford, Illinois and showed early on a knack for technical tinkering. He went on to receive BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he did research on piezoresistive semiconductor transducers. It was right out of college in 1966 when Schulein landed what would become a thirty-year career at Shure Brothers Inc. in Evanston, Illinois. Achieving the title Staff VP & Director of Business Communications & Industrial Products, his responsibilities included research & development of microphones for automotive cellular telephone systems, R&D of microphones for land, mobile and related communication systems, as well as R&D of microphone systems for speech recognition applications. In 1977 he was elected to Fellowship in the Audio Engineering Society and that same year also won the Audio Engineering Society Publications Award. In 1990 Schulein was awarded the Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors Award.

His earlier work at Shure was in the area of condenser-microphone research, development and design. He led the group effort to introduce Shure's first professional condenser microphone, the SM-81. While at Shure, Schulein managed the Home Theater Sound (HTS) division, which pioneered the development of the first enhanced matrix decoders emulating the professional Dolby products in theaters. This work led to the development of a complete line of processors, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for high-end home theater systems, predating the introduction of THX performance concepts. The HTS division also developed and pioneered the use of enhanced matrix encoders and decoders for professional applications. He also introduced matrix surround-sound encoding to baseball television broadcasting, episodic television, Saturday Night Live, The Grammy Awards, and Super Bowl XXIV in 1990.

After his time at Shure, Schulein held positions at Etymotic Research, Inc. (now Lucid Audio), in design, research and development. During this period, his focus was in areas of consumer electronics, professional audio, telecommunications systems, audiology, and hearing-aid component development.

At the time of his death he was owner of RBS Consultants, an international consulting firm, which provided consulting services in areas of acoustics, product research, product design and development, project management, and audio/video recording engineering and production. His areas of specialization included professional and consumer audio products and applications, telecommunications and the hearing-health industry.

Schulein took great pride in staying active in a number of professional organizations within the audio and hearing industries. He was a Fellow and Past President of the International Audio Engineering Society, where he received the Publications Award in 1977, the Board of Governors Award in 1990 and the Bronze Medal in 2013.

At the time of his death he was serving as a Vice-Chair of the AES Technical Council, and as Chair of the AES Technical Committee on Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention. He was proud of his implementation of the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series, which was established in 1999 and remains active to this day. He was a member the American Auditory Society, as well as the American National Standards Institute working group on hearing-aid measurements.

Schulein's lifelong interest and successful track record solving difficult engineering problems led to his personal and professional development of, among other inventions, miniature directional microphones for hearing aids, acoustically transparent non-porous wax barrier for the hearing aid industry, plus an advanced professional in-ear monitoring system used by a list of today’s top performers.

Many may also have been aware of his passion project, ImmersAV Technology – a patent pending audio technology and high-definition video process to create “you-are-there” musical experiences. He finally was able to achieve his dream of becoming a music producer, having the opportunity to work on recording projects with many talented musicians of Chicago.

Robert was a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He was very proud of his girl’s accomplishments and he enjoyed being a mentor and teacher to his grandson, Max, to his two nephews, Robert and Michael, and to many others. 

Never taking a day off from his engineering efforts, Schulein worked up until his decision to enter hospice care at his home. He passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day.

There will be no formal service at this time, but a celebration of his life will be held for him at a later date.

Donations in his name may be sent to the North Shore Foundation Kellogg Cancer Center

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Past Event: Electrostatic Drivers for Earphones: Navigating the Potholes

November 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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

Speaker(s): Roger Grinnip, Principal Acoustical Engineer at Shure Incorporated

Electrostatic transducers are mechanically simple and can provide a number of performance benefits when used in acoustic applications.  However, electrostatic transducers carry a stigma, are viewed as exotic, and have not found mainstream acceptance except in condenser/electret microphones.  To most, the complication seems to stem from the unique electrical requirements, but a close look at the basic operation uncovers additional complications that can impede the performance benefits.  To shrink the electrostatic transducer down to an earphone driver, with optimal performance, requires recognizing these “potholes” and finding the path to compromise.

About The Presenter

Roger Grinnip is a Principal Engineer with Shure Incorporated.  He’s been with Shure Incorporated for 17 years and worked exclusively on acoustical transducers, with his most recent designs ultimately becoming the KSM8 dynamic microphone and the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone.  His interests include physical acoustics, structural acoustics, computational acoustics, (a little bit of) circuit design, and most other things related to electroacoustic systems.

Other Business: Dinner (optional, but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm. Contact Giles Davis ( by Tuesday, November 27 if you would like to join us. Sandwiches and chips from Jimmy John's will be provided. Please let Giles know if you have a preference for vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. Price is $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students (please bring cash).

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018

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