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  1. 1. NEIL MUNCY ASSOCIATES Neil Muncy studied Electrical Engineering at the George Washington University and the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, D.C. He began his professional career in 1959 as a member of the technical staff of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in the areas of low-level analog instrumentation, radar, and other related communications research projects. In 1966, after further studies in Physics & Business Administration at the American University, he founded SSI, Inc., a company which pioneered in the application of operational amplifier technology in large custom-built multichannel recording consoles, real-time and high speed tape recording and duplicating systems, and related equipment. He currently specializes in the development of solutions to acoustical and technical problems, with particular expertise in the elimination of grounding, EMI and RFI problems in completed installations, and the presentation of papers, lectures and training seminars on audio-related topics. From 1968 to 1986, Mr. Muncy was a guest instructor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, participating each summer in the Eastman Recording Institutes, one of the very first college-level courses in Recording Technology. From 1980 to 1989, he also served as one of the principal instructors in the Music Recording Workshop Program sponsored by National Public Radio, in Washington D.C. Recent seminar clients include the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, The Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts Program in London, Ontario, and the Recording Program at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Since 1989, Mr. Muncy has held the position of Consulting Sound Designer for the Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Muncy has contributed to a number of U.S. and International patents, holds a TEF licence from the California Research Institute Foundation, and was a contributor to the development of the Reflection Free Zone (RFZ™) control room design concept. He has authored articles and papers on various audio topics, and earned credits on several Direct-to-Disc, live Jazz, and classical albums. His 6/95 Audio Engineering Society (AES) paper identifying the “Pin-1 Problem”has become the best selling publication in AES history. Professional affiliations include the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society, The Canadian Acoustical Association, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Mr. Muncy has served as Chair of the Washington, D.C. & Toronto AES sections, Facilities Chair of the AES International Conference on Digital Audio in Toronto, and Co-Chair of AES- Toronto’s Audio Overview-II. He created the position of Membership Secretary of the Toronto AES section, and has served as the Chair of the AES Standards Committee SC-05-05 Working group on grounding and EMC practices. In 1997, Mr. Muncy was elected to the position of AES Eastern Vice President. Mr. Muncy is an AES Life Member, and in October 2007 was awarded an AES Fellowship. Notable past projects include the Reverberation & Sound Enhancement System for the restoration of the Elgin Theatre in Toronto; the Sound Recording Studio for the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in North York, Ontario; the analog disc mastering installation for Acoustic Sounds and Record Technology Inc., Camarillo, CA, and the design of the Multichannel Sound Enhancement System for Toronto’s Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts. He is presently conducting an ongoing survey of off-air vs. off-cable television audio, with the goal of developing improvements at all points along the TV audio distribution chain, research into the evolution of audio wiring & installation practices since the dawn of the Telephone industry a century ago, and a comparative review of power conditioning devices soon to appear in the Canadian publication “Audio Ideas Guide”. Neil Muncy resides in Toronto. His hobbies include cooking, gardening, and the restoration of vintage tape recorders.
  2. 2. NEIL MUNCY ASSOCIATES PREVIOUS PROJECTS (PARTIAL LISTING) DESIGN OF MULTICHANNEL RECORDING CONSOLES A & R RECORDING, NEW YORK DESIGN OF SOUND SYSTEM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC PRESENTER: 1985 RECORDING WORKSHOP AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETY, NEW YORK LOCATION AUDIO FACILITIES: AUDIO RECORDING BILL COSBY SHOW, “HIMSELF” TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: TAPE DUPLICATING PLANT CAPITOL RECORDS, TORONTO CONSULTANT: GLENN GOULD AUDITORIUM SOUND SYSTEM CBC TORONTO DIGITAL RECORDING: RACHMANINOV CHORAL VESPERS CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY, WASHINGTON, DC CONSULTANT: RENOVATION OF TECHNICAL FACILITIES CHFI-FM ROGERS BROADCASTING, TORONTO DESIGN: STUDIO & CONTROL ROOM FACILITIES CKSY-FM, CHATHAM, ON CO-ED MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, TORONTO SYSTEMS & EMI CONSULTANT:PRODUCTION STUDIO ACOUSTICAL DESIGN: CONTROL ROOM CUE RECORDING, FALLS CHURCH, VA TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: LOCATION RECORDING CURT WITTIG PRODUCTIONS, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: MULTICHANNEL RECORDING CONSOLE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ROCHESTER, NY ACOUSTICS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDIOS EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ROCHESTER, NY DESIGN: STUDIO & LOCATION FACILITIES EDGEWOOD RECORDING, WASHINGTON, DC CONSULTANT: SYSTEMS PROOF OF PERFORMANCE & COMMISSIONING ENGINEERING HARMONICS, TORONTO DESIGN CONSULTANT: 2ND YEAR RECORDING FACILITY FANSHAWE COLLEGE, LONDON, ON GUEST INSTRUCTOR: RECORDING TECHNOLOGY HARRIS INSTITUTE, TORONTO IAN THOMAS PRODUCTIONS, STONEY CREEK, ON EMI ELIMINATION CONSULTANT TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: RECORDER CLEANING SYSTEM INTERMEZZO, CANADA, TORONTO DESIGN: NORTH YORK PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE RECORDING FACILITY KOFMAN ENGINEERING LTD., TORONTO DESIGN: TAPE DUPLICATION FACILITIES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WASHINGTON, DC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: CONTROL ROOM A RENOVATION LISTEN! AUDIO, MONTREAL TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: CONTROL ROOM A CONSOLE RENOVATION LISTEN! AUDIO, MONTREAL SYSTEMS & EMI CONSULTANT: POST PRODUCTION FACILITIES MAGNETIC MUSIC, TORONTO MAGNETIC NORTH, TORONTO EMI ELIMINATION CONSULTANT SYSTEMS CONSULTANT: ELGIN THEATRE INSTALLATION MANDEL SPRACHMAN ARCHITECT, TORONTO MANTA SOUND STUDIOS, TORONTO GROUNDING SYSTEMS CONSULTANT: STUDIOS 1 & 2 ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT: CONTROL ROOM A RENOVATION MARC PRODUCTIONS, OTTAWA UPGRADING OF TAPE-TO-DISC TRANSFER SYSTEM MARK CUSTOM RECORDS, CLARENCE, NY DESIGN: CASSETTE DUPLICATION QC SYSTEM MARK CUSTOM RECORDS, CLARENCE, NY ACOUSTICAL DESIGN: MIX & POST PRODUCTION FACILITIES MASTER MIX, NASHVILLE, TN TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: TAPE DUPLICATION FACILITY MASTERSOUND STUDIOS, ATLANTA, GA TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: INSTALLATION OF SSL CONSOLE MASTERSOUND STUDIOS, ATLANTA, GA ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT: FILM MIX ROOM MASTERTRACK, TORONTO AUDIO PRODUCTION & SYNCLAVIER ROOM MASTERTRACK, TORONTO INSTRUCTOR: TECHNICAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT NATIONAL BROADCASTING CO., NEW YORK RENOVATION OF PROJECTION SOUND SYSTEM MEDALLION FILM LABORATORIES, TORONTO CONSULTANT: TAPE DUPLICATION FACILITY NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL RADIO, WASHINGTON, DC INSTRUCTOR: MUSIC RECORDING WORKSHOPS NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, WASHINGTON, DC ACOUSTICAL DESIGN: RENOVATION OF STUDIO 2 NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, WASHINGTON, DC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: RENOVATION OF CONTROL ROOM A NIMBUS NINE PRODUCTIONS, TORONTO ENGINEERING: UMBRELLA DIRECT TO DISC RECORDS NIMBUS NINE PRODUCTIONS, TORONTO DESIGN: RECORDING CONSOLE 914 RECORDING STUDIOS, BLAUVELT, NY PROOF OF PERFORMANCE: BOARDROOM SOUND SYSTEM PEEL SCHOOL BOARD, OAKVILLE, ON DESIGN: PRODUCTION STUDIO RADIO SMITHSONIAN, WASHINGTON, DC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: PRODUCTION STUDIO RAWDON SMITH ASSOCIATES, WASHINGTON, DC RISING SUN PRODUCTIONS, TORONTO EMI ELIMINATION CONSULTANT ACOUSTICS: FILM & VIDEO POST ROOM ROBIN MILLER FILM, BETHLEHEM, PA CONSOLE DESIGN: STUDIO A RODEL AUDIO PRODUCTIONS, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: TAPE DUPLICATION SYSTEM RODEL AUDIO PRODUCTIONS, WASHINGTON, DC INSTRUCTOR: AUDIO WORKSHOP ROGERS CABLE TV, TORONTO CONSULTANT: REDESIGN OF CHFI STUDIO FACILITIES ROGERS BROADCASTING, TORONTO ROY THOMSON HALL, TORONTO EMI ELIMINATION CONSULTANT INSTRUCTOR: AUDIO WORKSHOP SCARBORO CABLE TV-10, TORONTO CONSULTANT: MOBILE RECORDING UNIT SKYELABS & PLANT STUDIOS, SAUSALITO, CA DESIGN: REMOTE RECORDING TRUCK SONORITY RECORDING CO., ROCKVILLE, MD DESIGN CONSULTANT: CF1000 AND CF2000 MONITOR SYSTEMS S. O. T. A. ELECTRONIK, OTTAWA DESIGN: STUDIOS & CONTROL ROOMS SONIC IMAGES, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN CONSULTANT: STUDIO RELOCATION SOUND TECHNIQUES, TORONTO DESIGN: SS-3 PORTABLE STEREO MIXER SSI, INC., ROCKVILLE, MD CONSULTANT: TAPE DUPLICATION PLANT STEREODYNE / DYNAPAK, TORONTO INSTRUCTOR: 1984 LEDE™ WORKSHOP SYN-AUD-CON, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA DESIGN CONSULTANT: TTC SUBWAY CAR SOUND SYSTEMS SYSTRONICS, TORONTO TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: TAPE DUPLICATION FACILITIES TAIT RECORDING, WASHINGTON, DC AUDIO CONSULTANT: 1982 INTERNATIONAL CERVANTINO FESTIVAL TELEVISA, SA, MEXICO CITY PROOF OF PERFORMANCE: BALLROOM SOUND SYSTEM THE AIRPORT MARRIOTT HOTEL, TORONTO THE CITY OF GREELEY, COLORADO EMI CONSULTANT, GREELEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: RECORDING FEASIBILITY STUDY THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA SYSTEM DESIGN: RAP STUDIO PROJECT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO DESIGN: RECORDING CONSOLE THE U.S. ARMY BAND, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: MULTITRACK RECORDING FACILITY THE U.S. AIR FORCE BAND, WASHINGTON, DC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: RECORDING FACILITY THE U.S. MARINE BAND, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: MULTICHANNEL RECORDING CONSOLE THE U.S. NAVY BAND, WASHINGTON, DC GALA VENUE SOUND SYSTEMS CONSULTANT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO CONSULTANT: CONTROL ROOM DESIGN TREBAS INSTITUTE OF RECORDING ARTS, TORONTO SPACE PLANNING & ACOUSTICS: VIDEO POST ROOM TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO, TORONTO DESIGN: RECORDING CONSOLE UNDERGROUND SOUND, LARGO, MD DESIGN: 32 CHANNEL MONITORING SYSTEM USIA / VOICE OF AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: TAPE DUPLICATION SYSTEM WAMU-FM, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: STEREO PRODUCTION CONSOLE WASH-FM, WASHINGTON, DC TECHNICAL ADVISOR: NEW FACILITIES WBGO-FM, NEWARK, NJ DESIGN CONSULTANT: WAVE™ MUSIC PRACTICE ROOM WENGER CORPORATION, OWATONNA, MN ACOUSTICAL DESIGN: RADIO PRODUCTION ROOM WETA-FM, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER SYSTEM WETA-TV, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: BROADCAST CONSOLES WHUR-FM, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: STEREO PRODUCTION CONSOLE WJMD-FM, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: AIR CONTROL CONSOLE WRC-TV, WASHINGTON, DC WESTBURY NATIONAL SHOW SYSTEMS, TORONTO SYSTEMS CONSULTANT: GROUNDING & SHIELDING TECHNOLOGY DESIGN: RECORDING CONSOLE WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS, WASHINGTON, DC DESIGN: MULTICHANNEL RECORDING CONSOLES WOODLAND SOUND STUDIOS, NASHVILLE
  3. 3. NEIL MUNCY ASSOCIATES ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE Elimination & Consulting Services ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) in Audio Signal Processing Systems (ASPS) has become a widespread problem. As dynamic range increases, EMI becomes more noticeable and increasingly intolerable. We have developed comprehensive expertise in locating, identifying, and permanently eliminating the fundamental root cause(s) of electrical “noise” in ASPS and audio equipment of all kinds, regardless of whether the source(s) of EMI are found to be radio- frequency (RF), powerline-related, environmental, or combinations thereof. The initial phase of our investigation involves the application of proprietary techniques and the use of specialized equipment which ensures that the process will be substantially more cost effective than the conventional “let’s see if this works” methods often employed by others. Firmly rooted in Basic Physics and Good Engineering Practice, and utilizing long established “Source-Path-Vitcim” techniques, our EMI investigation starts with a survey of the installation to determine the exact nature of the interference mechanism(s). Particular attention will be focused on the A.C. Power and Grounding systems which serve the installation. Special emphasis will be placed on uncompromising compliance with both the letter and intent of all relevant electrical Codes. Code violations, if found, must be corrected before other potential EMI causes can be addressed. Once the Source(s), and likely Path(s) (i.e. airborne and/or conductive) by which the interference is entering the sound system are identified, attention will be focused on a closeup assessment of all potential “victim” sound system equipment. All candidates will be examined for a very common design defect known as the “Pin-1 Problem”[1]. Equipment installation practices will likewise be reviewed. At the conclusion of the investigative phase, the basis of a comprehensive EMI elimination program will have become evident. WE THEN PROCEED TOWARDS THE GOAL OF TOTAL ELIMINATION OF ALL EMI ARTIFACTS. To date, we have been 100% successful in identifying and correcting the root cause(s) of EMI problems in ASPS of all kinds, including numerous long-standing situations in which others have failed to produce satisfactory results. Only rarely do we encounter circumstances wherein the projected cost of corrective measures may be prohibitive. Our consulting expertise in this technology is also applicable in the design of new facilities. For further information and our fee schedule, please contact us at your convenience at the numbers shown above. Recent clients include: Aercoustics Engineering, Toronto Rane Corporation, Mukilteo, WA Agincourt Pentecostal Church, Toronto Rising Sun Productions, Toronto Audio Engineering Society EMI Workshops Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto Blakemore Audio, Santa Fe, NM Skyelabs Mobile Recorders, San Francisco, CA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Syn Aud Con 1997 Grounding Workshop CHFI, Rogers Broadcasting, Toronto The Benedum Centre For Performing Arts., CoEd Music, Toronto Pittsburgh, PA Cue Recording, Falls Church, VA The Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts, Engineering Harmonics, Toronto Philadelphia, PA Ian Thomas Productions, Stoney Creek, ON The Music Gallery, Toronto Magnetic Music, Toronto The Valley Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ Magnetic North, Toronto Toronto Police Video Services Unit, Toronto Manta Sound, Toronto Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley, CO New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark NJ USITT 1999 Grounding Workshop NSCA 1996 Grounding Workshop Westbury National Show Systems, Toronto Pure Noise Productions, Oshawa, ON YOU-TV, Toronto
  4. 4. NEIL MUNCY ASSOCIATES ELECTROACOUSTIC SYSTEMS CONSULTING SERVICES SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES EFFECTIVE 10/08 Canadian Dollars 1. ENGINEERING TIME: (Consulting, Advice, Testing, Troubleshooting, Reporting, Design Assistance, Planning, Project Supervision, Seminars, etc.).....$125.00/Hour 2. DAILY RATE: (for a standard 8 hour day)..........................................................$1,000.00/Day 3. OVERTIME: (for time in excess of a standard 8 hour day, and for any time on weekends and official holidays)................................................$150.00/Hour 4. SITE VISITS: (Within a 75 Km radius of downtown Toronto, during normal business hours, at the rate set out in item 1, above. Minimum Billing 3 Hours)..............$375.00+/Visit 5. EXPENSES: Mileage @ $0.36/KM All other travel-related expenses....................................................$. At Cost Out-of-pocket expenses.......................................................................$. At Cost 6. TERMS: Purchase orders are required, prior to the onset of project. Absent of arrangements made prior to the onset of the project, all invoices are payable upon receipt. On projects of an open-ended nature, it is our policy to request a retainer equal to approximately 30% of the estimated time of involvement.

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