145th AES CONVENTION Presenters: Bruce Black

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Bruce Black

Bruce Black

Primary Affiliation: MediaRooms Technology LLC - Ventura, CA, USA
AES Member Type: Life Member
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Acoustical Designer Bruce Black spent his early career working in live and theatrical sound, broadcast sound, live recording, and hardware design and sales, including working with Deane Jensen of Jensen Transformers, and founding Black Audio Devices. He eventually spent 25 years in motion picture and television post production sound engineering.

Black worked both freelance and on staff, for such companies as Skywalker Sound, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Sony Picture Entertainment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and others.

During that time, he saw that much of the “common wisdom” on acoustics was not based on science or verifiable information. Truly good rooms were elusive and rare, and their designers could not explain what it was that made them work or not; repeatable success was difficult or impossible.

Mr. Black instinctively felt that acoustics was pure science, that no magical secrets or obscure knowledge were involved, and creating successful rooms need not be a hit or miss affair. He commenced reading many books by such scientific authorities as Everest, Beranek, Salter, Long, Toole, and others. These authors continue to be resources drawn upon by Mr. Black.

Using this education, Mr. Black combined it with a dedication to using true measured data and creative thinking to synthesize a new vision of how to successfully build high performance critical listening spaces in a predictable, repeatable manner.

To bring this new vision to life, Mr. Black established MediaRooms Technology LLC in January, 2009, and assumed the role of Director of Engineering.

Mr. Black has been published in Mix Magazine, Recording Magazine, The Editors Guild Magazine, and the Cinema Audio Society Quarterly, and has presented to the Audio Engineering Society Los Angeles Section, and the Hollywood Sapphire Group. He is also a member of AES, SMPTE, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he serves on the Theater Standards Committee. Mr. Black is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Oct 20: AA02: The Ravages of Time (Presenter)

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