Making Noise – Transistors as Oscillators

Monday March 11th
7:00 – 8:00PM

322 Hayden Hall

Hey everyone, we hope your spring break is going well! This upcoming week there will be a hardware workshop. We will be designing a small circuit utilizing BJT transistors, breadboards, and a handful of basic components in order to generate a tone of variable pitch, also known as an oscillator. While not the most musical sound, the circuits will introduce students to the basics of making noise in a hands-on experience environment. No experience is required and we encourage students to come as this workshop is very basic.

If you are interested in participating, make sure to RSVP on the following link as spots are limited:

There will only be 15 kits available! Students will be allowed to keep their circuits and can develop a more useful device later on their own. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Arduino Instrument Workshop

Come build your own instrument using an Arduino and Processing!

In this workshop, you will create an instrument that can play sounds with capacitive touch sensors, much like an Ototo. At the end of the night, you will be able to bring your instrument home with you! There is no experience required for this workshop, however, you will need to bring a laptop running Mac OS, Windows, or Linux (Sorry, no Chromebooks). If you want to save time you can install the Arduino IDE and Processing IDE on your own before the meeting.

RSVP for the meeting at and invite your friends!

When: Monday, February 5th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: 233 Ryder Hall

Learn How To DJ!

Come learn how to DJ! At this meeting, you’ll learn how to mix tracks together, add effects, and make better sounding playlists using some simple acoustic techniques.  By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the software and the skills you need to make mixes on your own computer.  Bring a laptop, some headphones, and some music you’d like to mix!

When: Monday, October 16th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: 233 Ryder Hall

Design your own Audio Visualizer!

Hey everyone, welcome back! We hope everyone is enjoying the fall semester. Our first meeting of the year is going to be an audio visualizer workshop! You might remember the visualizer as the cool colorful thing you looked at when you were bored and playing around with iTunes. The visualizer is generated in real-time to produce stunning imagery synchronized with music. The images change with changes in loudness and frequency. We will guide you with some basic programming so that you can create your very own visualizer!

We ask that you bring your own laptop! We will provide the programs, and as always, pizza. And for returning members, please note that our meetings are in a new location this year. We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday!

Example code can be found here.

When: Monday, September 25th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 233 Ryder Hall

Music Production w/ The Arcitype… & Eboard Elections!

We are very excited to announced our final guest speaker, The Arcitype! He is a Boston-based hip hop producer, who has produced for Action Bronson, Chiddy Bang, and Michael Christmas, among others. Get an insider’s view of music production and the industry as a whole!

Since this is our final meeting of the semester, we also are having Eboard Elections! We have the following positions open: Vice President & Outreach Coordinator, Treasurer, and Webmaster. If you want to help set up meetings and bring change to the club, the eboard is right for you! Reply to this email if you are interested in any of the positions, or have any questions regarding them. Prepare a short talk for tomorrow about why you want to join the eboard. We welcome all students to apply!

Please note that we are meeting in Snell Library #013 instead. We wanted to work around the holiday weekend. Thank you for making this such a successful semester; we had a blast and we can’t wait to bring you more meetings in the fall!

When: Tuesday, April 18th 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Snell Library #013

Featured Speaker(s):
The Arcitype is a Boston based Hip Hop producer who formed his own label, AR Classic Records, and opened his own studio, The Bridge Sound & Stage. He has produced for Action Bronson and many other hip hop artists, MTV series’ MADE, Catfish, and ESPN specials.

Eboard Positions Available:
Vice President & Outreach Coordinator: aid the president with their responsibilities, reach out to fellow student chapters of ASA in the Greater Boston area and coordinate events with those chapters, coordinate collaborative events with fellow organizations within NEU, maintain current connections especially with the Greater Boston Regional Chapter of ASA

Treasurer: in charge of finances, keep track of receipts, file expense papers with the Student Activities Business Office, attend all SABO required meetings, file a financial status report to ASA each January, in charge of purchasing with club funds (but can delegate purchasing tasks)

Webmaster: maintain student chapter website ( by uploading event information, pictures, free concerts, acoustics events, interesting acoustic related videos, etc, update the website during the same time the Secretary sends out the newsletter

Soundscape Productions, 3D Sound, & More w/ Berklee Prof. Michael Moss

We are excited to announce our next speaker, Berklee College of Music Professor Michael Moss! He is the founder of Soundscape Productions, a sound production company who provides services for various fields and companies, such as Warner Bros and NPR. He is giving a talk about the work he’s done, as well as demonstrating 3D sound with the Morrow Sound 3D Sound Cube Speaker. Join us tomorrow to get a look into one of the more exciting acoustic fields!

When: Monday, April 3rd 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 108 West Village G

Soundscape Productions is an in-demand project studio in Boston that provides production and sound services for education, industry, advertising (Gillette & Coca-Cola), and audiobooks (The Polar Express). Prof. Michael Moss will be giving an overview of the company and the work they do. He is discussing music live video streaming equipment, and showing studio mixes and excerpts from TV shows. He will also demonstrate 3D sound with the Morrow Sound 3D Sound Cube Speaker array.

Featured Speaker:
Michael Moss is an assistant professor in the Department of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. His diverse resumé includes three Grammy Award nominations for audio books; a prestigious Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association; a long history as a saxophonist touring with the Cab Calloway and His Orchestra; extensive performances in the studio and on stage with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gil Evans, the Four Tops, Frankie Valli, and Bo Diddley; and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory.

The Future of Audio Consumer Technology w/ Tivoli Audio


Everyone likes listening to music! That’s why you should to come to our meeting with Tivoli Audio next Monday! They are a Boston-based company who make speakers and radios, and will show off some of their newest creations. They will also discuss the audio industry, its exciting future, and innovations. Grab a slice of pizza with us, hear some of your favorite songs in great sound quality, and get an insider’s view of acoustics!

When: Monday, March 27th 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM *NEW TIME*

Where: 108 West Village G

Tivoli Audio makes elegant, functional radios and speakers.  Come hear Paul De Pasquale, Vice President of Product Design, speak about the future of the consumer audio industry, and the design of Tivoli’s newest offering, the Model One Digital.  Tivoli makes some seriously neat speakers, and they are based right here in Boston, so we hope you’ll come join us and learn about the future of the audio industry!

Acoustic Consulting & Careers with Cavanaugh & Tocci

Have you ever thought about a career in acoustics? Join us tomorrow to learn about jobs in the field, and more from Cavanaugh & Tocci! They are an acoustic consulting company based out of Sudbury. Engineers, contractors, and architects work together to solve acoustic problems. They work in many different fields, including environmental, industrial, and architectural acoustics.

When: Monday, February 27th 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 108 West Village G

Ted, Kent, and Andy from Cavanaugh & Tocci Associates ( present on their own unique perspectives and experiences working as acoustical consultants. Each presenter will discuss the types of projects they work on, and discuss the path(s) that led them into acoustics consulting. Following the discussion, the presenters will be available to answer questions about careers in acoustics.
Featured Speaker(s):
Ted O’Neill is a consultant in acoustics with a background in physics and music, working primarily in architectural acoustics.  He graduated from Holy Cross in 2016 with a BA in Physics, and is a member of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.Kent McKelvie is a consultant in acoustics with over 12 years experience working primarily in the area of architectural acoustics.  He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BS in Engineering Physics and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Acoustics) in Oregon.

Andy Carballeira is an engineer, performer, and educator working near the intersection of art and science. A jazz organist with a passion for audio and acoustics, Mr. Carballeira has held teaching appointments at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. He holds a BM in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music and is the recipient of the Newman Medal in Architectural Acoustics. His work has appeared in venues ranging from Downbeat Magazine to The Annals of Internal Medicine.

Artificial Intelligence in Music Software with iZotope

We are excited to announce that our next meeting will be with iZotope! They are a music software company based out of Cambridge. Two research members, Gordon and Matt, will be discussing their new, innovative software, Neutron! This essentially uses signal processing and machine learning in order to automatically master music tracks. Come grab a slice of pizza and learn about the future of making music!

When: Monday, February 6th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 108 West Village G

Izotope is a music software company from Cambridge, MA which is using machine learning to change the way music is made. Their latest product, Neutron, automatically picks presets based on how a track sounds and includes a “masking meter” to automatically identify when sounds in the mix are not being heard. Join us to learn more about these features, and how machine learning is poised to change the music making process.

Featured Speakers:
Gordon P. Wichern is currently a member of the research team at iZotope, inc. where he focuses on applying novel signal processing and machine learning techniques to music and post production workflows. He was previously a member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he worked in radar signal processing and co-developed a series of workshops related to building DIY phased array radar systems. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Colorado State University in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in electrical engineering with a concentration in arts, media and engineering, where he was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) for his work on environmental sound recognition. He is a member of the AES, IEEE and the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and has several refereed publications related to applications of signal processing, machine learning, and psychoacoustics.

Matt’s background in audio, music and future technologies began at Nimbus Records, a UK-based classical recording label with a pioneering focus on innovative recording technologies, including ambisonics. His work at NIMBUS led to a Midem award in 2009. A keyboard player by night, his passion for sound and music led to Boston, where Matt freelanced as a sound designer for a variety of AAA video games and film projects after receiving his Bmus in Music Synthesis / Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music. Matt’s experience of various technological successes (and humble failures!) ultimately led to iZotope, a leader in audio technology and innovation. Since joining iZotope, he’s worked with, and led the teams responsible for; the Emmy-award winning RX audio post production product family, Ozone; the renowned audio mastering product family, and most recently Neutron, a major leap forward in the world of audio mixing, in addition to VocalSynth and other creative initiatives.

Build Your Own Arduino Synthezier!

Happy new year, and we hope you all are enjoying this semester! Come join us next Monday, and create your very own Arduino Synthesizer! This synthesizer generates professional-quality instrument tracks and sound effects. The process is quite simple, and we will provide everything you need to complete the project.  All you need to bring is a laptop, and when you’re done you can even keep your project! Feel free to check out the instructions and videos of the synth in action at the bottom of the email!

In this workshop we will be making 4 voice synthesizers which you will be able to take home with you. The synthesizers are built on the Arduino platform and require no programming experience to build. If you happen to have some simple coding knowledge, the synthesizers can be hacked to make any sound you can think up. The club will provide you with all the components necessary however Bring your laptop if you want to be able to modify the code.  Click the blue button below for instructions as well as some clips of the Arduino synth in action!

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