Meetings & Events

Meetings: Mondays 7-8 PM at 108 West Village G

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!

Click Here For Demo and Instructions

Click Here for the Flyer



Create Your Own Single-String Instrument!

Have you ever wondered how your electric guitar turns the vibration of a string into a signal that travels through the cable? Have you ever wanted to do it yourself? Then we have the workshop for you! Join NUSound in our final meeting of the year next Monday, where we will make a simple electric string instrument from materials you can find around your home. It’s totally free, along with the awesome food we will have!

We will also have Eboard elections, so come out and vote! If you’re interested in running, please prepare a short speech about why you think you would be a good fit. We will have more details regarding the elections coming soon.


When: Monday, December 5th, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Where: 108 West Village G


We will be making a single-string instrument that we can play with a slide, much like a guitar. We will also create our own electromagnetic pickups, by winding a wire around a magnet, and placing it close to the string. When we’re done, we can plug it into a guitar amp and shred!