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I am an independent audio professional based in the Chicago area. My areas of expertise and passion include all aspects of live sound, as well as sound and A/V system design, installation and maintenance. I also enjoy recording, and got started making home recordings and eventually working in studios before steering towards live sound and sound contracting. After several rewarding careers with various firms and venues around Chicago, I went on my own in 1998. (And I am proud to have ongoing fruitful relationships with many of the people I worked with before then.)

Here you will find detailed information about the wide range of services I offer, my qualifications, and my professional experience. Contact me anytime with questions, comments, or needs; I always answer E-mails and return calls. Thanks for visiting!

5/26/2013:

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Over the last few months, I have spent substantial amounts of time drawing up, programming, overseeing the installation of, and finally commissioning a new sound system for UIC Pavilion in Chicago - the most intense project I've worked on yet. Now, they have had nearly a month's worth of successful shows on this new rig, and are thrilled with it!

What's it made of? Four EV XLE181 line arrays with XCS312 subs create a central cluster that provides coverage in the round, with the capability of individual control over each array. Two more XLE181/XCS312 arrays support a stage at the end of the arena. Power is QSC PL3 series amps, and QSC Basis processing, tied together by Cobranet. Mix position is an existing Yamaha DM2000 console and another QSC Basis, with a Whirlwind E-snake retrofitted as an alternative to the multipin snake system that has been in use since the venue opened in 1981.

10/27/2011:

Where The Heck Have I Been, You Ask??

Busy busy busy...as the Bokononists in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle would say. So busy, in fact, that I haven't had much time for updating this here Web site. What have I been doing? My usual variety of gigs for my usual variety of accounts. But it's been exciting as always: Various A/V installs in various corporate facilities, assorted corporate shows and meetings, a few theatrical gigs, doctoring up the occasional house-of-worship sound system... What the heck, if I'm so busy I can't update my Web site, that's not necessarily a bad thing!

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