Russ Berger (pictured), president of Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG), was named the recipient of the 10th annual TEF Heyser Award at the NSCA convention in Orlando, Fla. Each year, the TEF Advisory Committee presents this prestigious honor to an individual whose work using Richard Heyser's patents in Time Delay Spectrometry (TDS) have significantly advanced proficiency in the audio Industry—specifically acoustical design or measurement.
Licensed through the Jet Propulsion Lab, Berger was one of the initial licensees of TDS measurements and has used TDS in the design, documentation and commissioning of more than 2,500 projects, including recording, video, post-production, radio and television broadcast studios, creative production spaces, home theaters and critical listening environments. Berger was one of the first to adopt the idea that there are separate acoustical techniques required to characterize both large and small spaces. His work for industry leaders such as NFL Films, National Public Radio, Sony Music Entertainment, World Wrestling Entertainment, RadioShack, Lakewood Church, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, NBC, ABC and CBS has garnered Berger numerous awards for acoustics and facility design.
Berger in 1979 with some of the first equipment used to measure Time Delay Spectrometry.
In addition to his work with TDS, Berger is active throughout the audio industry. He currently serves as president-elect of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC), as well as a member of several university advisory boards. Other professional memberships include the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Acoustical Society of America, CEDIA, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
With this honor, Berger joins the elite list of Heyser Award recipients, which includes Gerald Stanley, Don and Carolyn Davis, Eugene Patronis, Don Keele, Don Eger, Farrell Becker, Chips Davis, Helmuth Kolbe and Doug Jones.