Several Belmont students, alumni and faculty showed up among the crowd at the September meeting of the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) on September 21. The meeting was held at OmegaLab Studio and centered on the theme, “Cinema Sound.”
Belmont Professors of Audio Engineering Technology Drs. Wesley A. Bulla and Jon Lechner were invited to speak at the meeting. Bulla spoke about the history of sound reproduction leading up to and including the Dolby Atmos, which is a leading-edge surround sound technology. Lechner spoke about sound design. Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Scott Hawley hosted the meeting and is the current president of the Music City ASA Chapter.
The OmegaLab Studio was chosen as the location for the meeting due to its unusual off-the-grid setup. The studio is housed inside a surplus army tent in the woods and runs its array of speakers and lights by the use of car batteries, which are recharged by a current that runs from an adjacent house. The studio’s Owner and Engineer Rob McClain spoke about the unique sound opportunities this setup has due to the lack of sound reflections and other extraneous noises. This idea led way into a discussion between ASA members of what acoustical specifications should be made in mixing rooms to produce the best recordings possible.
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