SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
October 13, 2015  

Our Next Meeting

Studio Technology

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Meeting Date:

October 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM


WJLA-TV Studios
1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209


WJLA is located in an office building in Rosslyn, Virginia at the southeast corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Lynn Street. 

Because of limited parking options, we highly recommend taking Metro.  The Rosslyn Station is located on North Moore Street, about one half block away from WJLA.  

Driving Directions

  • From I-395, take Exit 8B for Washington Blvd. toward Rosslyn
  • Travel 0.9 miles on Washington Blvd.
  • Take the Exit toward VA-110/North Pentagon Parking; Follow signs for VA-110.
  • Travel 1.3 miles on VA-110.
  • Turn slightly left onto Wilson Blvd.
  • WJLA is on the left.

Paid parking is available in the building garage, whose entrance is accessible from Wilson Boulevard, about 50 feet to the left of WJLA's newsticker sign. 


By Mapquest

Studio Design: Acoustic Myths and Realities

Acoustics First Corporation

Guest Speaker: Nick Colleran

Acoustics...  It's a vital component to studio design and, until now, a topic rarely discussed at SBE Chapter 37 meetings.  That's about to change! 

Our topic this month is Studio Design; Acoustic Myths and Realities.  Guest Speaker Nick Colleran, of Acoustics First Corporation, will discuss how the room can deceive you. He'll also provide some "Watch Mr. Wizard" demonstrations of the science in action.  He claims this stuff isn't as difficult as some in the industry try to make it and often hears "Oh! Now I get it!" after his talks and demos.

Nick Colleran is a past-president of SPARS (Society of Professional Audio Recording Services), past president of the VPSA (Virginia Productions Services Association), and was formerly a recording artist and recording engineer. Nick now leads a "quiet life" as a principal of Acoustics First Corporation, which designs, manufactures and distributes products to control sound and eliminate noise for commercial, residential and industrial uses. Recent projects where he was involved in acoustical design include the National Theatre (floating stage floor) and the renovation of the former Johnny Carson / Jay Leno Tonight Show sound stage for iHeart Media. Mr. Colleran holds several patents for acoustical devices and regularly sketches acoustical product placement for broadcast engineers throughout the United States.

Previously, Nick founded Alpha Audio, the largest audio recording studio in Virginia, which opened in 1971 with Bill Deal and the Rhondels and closed in 1991 with GWAR. Nick personally engineered Bruce Springsteen's live radio broadcast prior to his opening on tour with Chicago, Pat Benatar's first album live with Coxon's Army for PBS and engineered for the George Clinton productions of Bootsy Collins and Parlet. Along the way, Mr. Colleran supervised more jingles and radio spots than he can recall, including local, national and international, while also producing major label acts.

Starting in 1978, his company began supplying unique acoustical materials and, in the following year, was the first to show acoustical products at the AES convention in New York. In the eighties, his company developed the first automated audio editor sold to and used by Sony Pictures (10 systems), Lucasfilm and many others, including studios in Europe. As an adjunct to the studio business, his company designed and installed radio on-air and production studios.

A bite to eat, kindly provided by Studio Technology's Vince Fiola, will be served at 6:30 PM. We'll discuss some Chapter 37 business about 6:45 PM and begin our presentation about 7:00 PM. Please RSVP by Noon on Monday, October 12th by sending a quick e-mail to and let us know if we should expect you for dinner!

Thanks to our friends at WJLA-TV who will host our meeting at their Rosslyn, VA studio facility.

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