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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 7:30p.m.

EARS is very pleased to welcome our special guest this month, iconic studio designer and acoustician Mr. Russ Berger, who will join us at Shure Head Quarters which bears his design work in the PLC studio (Performance Listening Center). Mr. Berger will be joining us via the marvel of Skype in Shure's state-of-the-art S.N. Shure theater.

Russ BergerLike many of us in the world of audio production, Russ began actively making music at a young age, migrating from piano to drums and percussion in the third grade. While in high school, he joined a local group of weekend warriors who had a hit song but lost their drummer. Session work followed, with one of his first studio gigs doing covers. "I was doing K-Tel sound-alikes...I was in a group the Original in 'songs by the Original Artists.' Berger began doing work on the other side of the glass, and eventually became a studio owner as well as engineer. His interest in acoustic design was born out of the construction of the three studios where he had ownership. "I couldn't really find anyone to design my studios for me who knew what they were doing," he says.

Specializing in acoustical and architectural design for recording, broadcast, and entertainment facilities throughout the world, Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) located near Dallas has established itself as one of the best problem-solvers in the industry. The multi-discipline staff offers experience in acoustics, architecture, electrical and mechanical engineering, interior design and all aspects of the recording industry. RBDG has been involved in more than 2,000 projects since its establishment in 1990, picking up a host of honors in the process.

In setting up for this meeting, it has become evident that Russ has a great sense of humor and is willing to share with us some entertaining stories from his adventures in the design world as well as some details of current projects underway. We have it on good word that he has recently been spotted hanging out with the likes of rock star Steve Miller. While working in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Russ narrowly escaped from Cairo on the last of 4 planes permitted to take off after the airport was shutdown, only because his plane was already on the tarmac. You will be hard pressed to meet a more adventurous and intriguing studio designer than Russ Berger. See you at Shure!

Here are just a few of the projects from the RBDG portfolio...

Whitney Houston's private studios Whitney Houston private in-home recording studio
The Grammy award-winning artist contracted RBDG to provide facility design for her private studio. The firm designed a section of her guest house into a control room and created an addition to accommodate a recording studio and a piano room. The goal for the space was to create a sonically up-to-date recording environment using the latest in technical equipment and yet provide a relaxed atmosphere without the pressures of a commercial facility. The studio won the 1995 Texas Society of Architects award for Interior Architecture.
Shure's PLC studio Shure Performance Listening Center
Shure constructed the PLC, designed by RBDG, in it's 6,500-square-foot, two-story Technology Annex. The PLC provides a work space for Shure's research, design, product development and competitive analysis efforts. The evaluation studio's main room is bordered by an iso booth and a control room housing recording and playback gear, as well as the engineer's and producer's desks.
World Wrestling Federation Studio
World Wrestling Entertainment Studios
produces hours of original television programming airing each week and live events like Wrestlemania and Smackdown featuring increasingly elaborate audio and video production components. The technical space includes an audio post control room and announcer booth, a music control room, a live studio with isolation booth, AND a central equipment room.
NPR Studios National Public Radio Studios
RBDG provided programming, layout, design, and acoustics for the audio production studios in Washington, D.C. The 152,000 square-foot technical facility includes nine primary control rooms and studios for news and performance, eight feed/transfer rooms, production master control, and numerous editing and support areas.
Sweetwater theater Sweetwater Performance Theater
Sweetwater, one of the largest music instrument and pro audio retailers in the world has company headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana that is a destination for customers, manufacturers, industry professionals and the community, as well as an exciting work environment for the 300+ employees. The $35M project, which earned LEED ® Platinum certification for its sustainable construction and environmentally friendly operation, is located on 44 acres and features a 180,000 square foot indoor campus uniting sales, service, and administrative offices with Sweetwater's massive high-tech warehouse, Performance Theatre, and Sweetwater Productions recording studio complex.
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Quick Event Facts:
  • Shure Inc. is just East of Lehigh on Touhy. Park and enter on the East side of the building
  • You must provide an ID to security at the entrance
  • This event is open to EARS Members and non-members alike
  • EARS will provide soft drink refreshments at this event (no beer or wine)
  • Food will not be provided at this event
  • After the meeting, attendees are invited to BRICK HOUSE next door for drinks, food
    and revelry ...and to take up a collection so Russ can design our next multi-studio complex

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