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UK’s Institute of Acoustics Presents Peter Barnett Memorial Award to Pat Brown

Pat Brown (at right) receives the award from Institute of Acoustics’ Sam Wise at the recent ECS: Speech Intelligibility Workshop in Dallas.

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA), the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration, has presented Pat Brown with the 2012 Peter Barnett Memorial Award. The annual Peter Barnett Memorial Award recognizes advancements and technical excellence in the fields of electro-acoustics, speech intelligibility, and education in acoustics and electro-acoustics.

Barnett had a wide range of interests in acoustics, particularly in the fields of electro-acoustics and speech intelligibility, and was a stalwart of the Reproduced Sound series of conferences.

“Pat Brown’s contribution to electro-acoustics is measured by his gut level and study-enhanced understanding of audio, and his remarkable teaching skills,” says Sam Wise of the Institute of Acoustics.

Brown has contributed greatly to education in acoustics and speech intelligibility through SynAudCon, an audio training company dedicated to providing practical, in-depth training on the principles of audio and acoustics for the last 20 years.

Brown is also owner of Electro-acoustic Testing Company Inc. (ETC), a company that measures loudspeakers to produce data files for use in room acoustics modeling programs, and he has also developed methodologies and specifications that have influenced a number of industry standards regarding acoustics.

“It is an honor to receive the Peter Barnett Memorial Award from an institution as notable as the Institute of Acoustics,” Brown says. “I haven’t invented anything new over my audio career. What I have tried to do is take essential audio practices, streamline them, and help incorporate them into the workflow of the general audio practitioner.”

In addition to his responsibilities at SynAudCon and ETC, Brown writes articles for several professional industry publications. He authored three chapters for Glen Ballou’s Handbook for Sound Engineers and is co-author of Sound System Engineering, 4th Edition.

Brown says he considers SynAudCon’s Web-based audio training courses to be his most complete “book.” SynAudCon’s Web-based training courses explain the concepts and principles of audio with animations and demonstrations through various levels of learning.

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