Organization & Consultant Links
The following is a list of links to various sound & AV industry
trade organizations and companies that provide related consulting
The NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association) represents
the commercial electronic-systems industry. It started as
a sound contracting association but has expanded to serve
the fields of audio, video, paging, telecommunications,
security control and others. Members include systems contractors/integrators,
product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives,
architects and specifying engineers. The association provides
technical and managerial education, NICET certification
for technicians, preparation classes for certification testing,
and the annual Systems Integration Expo, which is held in
InfoComm is a Pro AV association that is best known for
producing the InfoComm trade show. The US show is in June
each year and is the main trade show for the AV industry.
In addition to the trade show, InfoComm provides an e-mail news
letter, CTS certification, preparation classes for certification
testing, on line classes (from an AV start up class to
advanced design classes) and holds on site training classes
at its headquarters.
The Audio Engineering Society is an association of recording,
live sound and other sound engineers. AES produces a technical
journal and a trade show around October each year. The show
location usually alternates between New York and Los Angeles.
Syn-Aud-Con provides two or three day audio training seminars
at locations around the country. These seminars cover the
basics of sound systems and sound system design. They are
ideal for training of entry level or moderately experienced
employees of contracting companies, rep firms or manufacturers.
The National Association of Broadcasters is an association
of radio and television stations and sound and video production
companies. NAB produces a very large trade show around in
spring each year in Las Vegas. As well as the standard broadcast
equipment exhibits, the show includes a multimedia area
that features AV equipment manufacturers.
The Unites States Institute for Theatre Technology is an
association of theatrical technicians and designers. The
USITT sound commission provides excellent audio seminars
and workshops during the trade show in spring of each year.
FindSounds.com lets you search the Web for sound effects
and sample sounds. More than searching text labels, FindSounds.com
allows you to search for audio files based on how they sound.
- Shiner + Associates, Inc.
Shiner + Associates is a premier acoustical consulting firm.
They are located in downtown Chicago. They provide acoustical
consulting for performing arts spaces, conference rooms
and noise control for offices and other areas. Many of Lipp
AV Design's sound and AV projects are done in collaboration
with and subcontracted by Shiner + Associates.
- Schuler & Shook, Inc.
Schuler & Shook provides both theatre consulting and architectural
lighting design. They have a large main office in Chicago
and smaller offices in Minneapolis and Dallas.
- Jerit / Boys Inc.
Jerit / Boys Inc. is a theatre consulting firm. They are
located in the Chicago area.
- Jones & Phillips Associates,
Jones & Phillips is a theatre consulting company. They are
located in Lafayette, Indiana.
- White Light Design, Inc.
White Light Design is a theatrical and architectural lighting
consulting company. They are located in the Chicago area.
Lipp AV Design, Inc.