SOURCE: Hanley Wood

December 01, 2008 17:09 ET

PRO AV Announces New Column by Acoustical Consultant Sam Berkow

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Sam Berkow, leading acoustical consultant, has joined PRO AV magazine as a monthly consultant. PRO AV, the top media brand in the commercial audiovisual industry, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, reaches 20,000 subscribers each month.

The new monthly column, to debut in the January 2009 issue, offers a behind-the-scenes conversation with engineers from leading audio companies on how they design the products that change the AV industry.

"Sam is extremely plugged into the audio and acoustics side of PRO AV. He's a leading figure who's been involved in projects that anybody could appreciate and enjoy," said PRO AV editor Brad Grimes. "So when he offered to lend his expertise in the form of an audio design column, we jumped at the chance to work with him."

Berkow recently contributed the feature article "Low End Blues" to the October 2008 issue. He described the problems and solutions he encountered in optimizing the acoustics in the studio of legendary sound engineer Bruce Botnick, who worked on all The Doors albums, among other accomplishments. Berkow is the founding member of SIA Acoustics and SIA Software Company, Inc. His research into design and measurement has been focused on finding practical solutions to both the acoustical, electro-acoustical and recording problems of performance and production spaces.

In addition to his design work, Berkow created SIA-SMAART, an industry-leading acoustic measurement and sound system optimization software package. This software has become the industry standard tool for providing acoustical measurement and sound system optimization capabilities.

Over the past 20 years, Berkow has designed a wide variety of acoustical projects including performing arts venues, recording studios, production facilities, worship spaces and larger, multi-purpose venues, including amphitheaters and stadiums. Berkow is currently on the faculty at NYU.

Sam joins a distinguished roster of PRO AV columnists that includes Pete Putman, CTS, InfoComm's 2008 Educator of the Year; Thom Mullins, CTS, NSCA and InfoComm lecturer and member of the NSCA Consultant's Council, the NSCA Education Committee, and InfoComm ICAT Council; and Kris Vollrath, CTS, vice president and general manager of Advanced AV and leading expert on digital signage.

About PRO AV

PRO AV is the fastest growing magazine in the commercial and residential audiovisual industry. A BPA-audited publication, it's read by 20,000 professional AV integrators, contractors, consultants, resellers, and their end users. Its editorial coverage focuses on the day-to-day information needs of readers, including professional advice, how-to information, tips, strategies and tactics for working with audio, video, IT and emerging technologies.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, ARCHITECT, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER Online, REMODELING Online, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.