SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
February 23, 2019  

Our Next Meeting

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

Meeting Date:

March 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM


Sirius XM
1500 Eckington Place NE
Washington, DC 20002


Sirius XM Satellite Radio is located at 1500 Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC., two short blocks Northwest of the NoMa-Gallaudet University (Red Line) Metro station.  Please note that due to track work scheduled for August 16, the Red Line will be single-tracking between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations.

If driving from the East side of the Washington Beltway, take U.S. Route 50 West. Turn right on Florida Avenue (right after crossing the bridge over the RR tracks). The next right is Eckington. Some parking is available on the street.


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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mics!

Steven Savanyu

Guest Speaker: Steven Savanyu

Now for something completely different!

Our next SBE meeting is on a subject that all of us deal with at one time or another: The selection, placement, mounting, and mixing with microphones. Whether for a live event, sound reinforcement, broadcast studio design, a recording session, or a video conference; we are challenged with bringing excellent and clear sound to our facilities and products.

Perhaps we take for granted the physics of how a microphone actually functions. Which type will give me the result I want? How best to isolate a single instrument in a concert setting? How to accentuate incident and suppress reflective sound?

Nothing more affects psycho-acoustical perceived quality of a video, film, recording, or live event more than accurate and well-defined sound. And nothing affects that perceived quality and value more than effective microphone selection and placement.

SBE Chapter 37 has the pleasure to host Steven Savanyu, Education Director at Audio Technica, a large manufacturer of microphones. Steven brings us his famous Microphone and Wireless portable workshop road show. Mr. Savanyu has a penchant for clear and precise explanation of the most esoteric and technical aspects of transducer physics and technology.  He is an adjuct Professor of Audio for Video at Kent State University.

This event is useful not only for aspiring novices to broadcast and recording, but also for seasoned professionals; as there is always something new to learn with new technology and products.  This is a hands-on event, with practical examples for us to see and hear.

The meeting will be held at Sirius XM headquarters in Northwest DC (NOMA).  Tours of the Sirius XM facility take place after the presentation.  We greatly appreciate their help in hosting our meeting.  This is a joint meeting of the local DC SBE and AES chapters.

A bite to eat will be served Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM.  We'll discuss a tiny bit of Chapter 37 business about 6:45 PM and begin our presentation about 7:00 PM.  Please RSVP before Noon March 11th by dropping an e-mail to and let us know if we should expect you for dinner! 

If you cannot make it for our Tuesday evening meeting, Steven will present again at the Baltimore SBE meeting Wednesday, March 13 at 12 noon at the WBAL-TV facility on Television Hill.  

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