Trade Organization & Consultant Links

The following is a list of links to various sound & AV industry trade organizations and companies that provide related consulting services.

  • NSCA
    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 spring.

  • InfoComm
    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.

  • AES
    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
    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.

  • NAB
    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.

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  • 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, Inc.
    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.