A plan to bring Formula One racing to Miami Gardens is facing opposition from some residents who are worried about noise in their neighborhood.Read More
Using a decibel meter, the Miami Herald measured the volume levels on some common annoying noises in South Florida.Read More
Before the Trump administration moves to overhaul the airspace above South Florida, concentrating flight paths and likely causing noise increases in neighborhoods that typically do not feel such saturated jet traffic, the Federal Aviation Administration says it wants to hear from you.
Through a series of public forums to be held in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in the next two weeks, aviation officials plan to hear concerns from residents of the soon-to-be-affected areas before conducting a legally required environmental and noise pollution study to ensure that any noise increases felt on the ground are within the legal “significant” threshold the FAA must abide by before changing airspace procedures.
Imagine panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline from your balcony, sipping coffee or cocktails from a breezy bird’s-eye-view perch that places you in the energizing epicenter of the city you adore.
Then imagine having to abandon that balcony every weekend for the interior of your condo-turned-glass-cage where you must cower like a bunker occupant but still cannot escape the aural assault of an incessant, pulsating, thumping noise.
Turn it off? No. Because while you want to sleep, the patrons of the nightclubs 50 floors below want to dance into the wee and even breakfast hours to the driving bass beat of electronic music that climbs upward, seeps through closed windows and drills into your aching brain.Read More
As a mother of five, Yvonne Calvo, 45, says she already has plenty to worry about.
But after coming home from work Friday, the Silver Bluff resident had an unexpected visitor: The pulsing beat coming from Ultra Music Festival. It’s a guest that she realized was planning on staying for three whole nights.Read More
everal years ago, restaurant owner Gerardo Cea wanted to have jazz musicians play at his Miami Beach restaurant.
But restaurants on the island typically can’t host any live entertainment, even at a low volume, without getting a special permit. When Cea, who owns Café Prima Pasta in North Beach, contacted City Hall he learned that the permit would cost roughly $5,000 and take months to obtain.
Cea quickly gave up on the idea. “Apart from being too expensive, there were too many obstacles,” he said.Read More
The levels of noise in cities across Belgium and Europe regularly surpass the frequencies considered as healthy, according to city statistics.Read More
Noise is one of the most important environmental stressors and represents a public health concern. Despite emerging evidence from experimental and epidemiological studies, the effects of noise on health have captured little attention and are often disregarded.
Nowadays in Europe, 100 million people -one in five people- are exposed to high outdoor levels of road traffic noiseRead More
Let me describe what I hear as I sit in a coffee shop writing this article. It’s late morning on a Saturday, between the breakfast and lunch rushes. People talk in hushed voices at tables. The staff make pithy jokes amongst themselves, enjoying the downtime. Fingers clack on keyboards, and glasses clink against wood and stone countertops. Occasionally, the espresso machines grind and roar. The coffee shop is quiet, probably as quiet as it can be while still being occupied. Even at its slowest and most hushed, the average background noise level hovered around 73 decibels (as measured with my calibrated meter).Read More
We were in the Galapagos Islands and Professor Colby Leider was talking about storytelling. He’s an expert on sound. And for him, storytelling means collecting sounds with a tape recorder – the rustle of leaves, the hissing and spitting of a tortoise, footsteps on the side of a volcano, sometimes bits of conversation – and editing them into a musical narrative.
Professor Leider is a big guy – 6-foot-7-inches and 230 pounds – and he was standing there in a yellow T-shirt and blousy bush trousers, trying to inspire 17 students from the University of Miami. He is the director of music engineering at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. His specialty is acoustic ecology, the relationship between people and the sounds in their environment, and he has done a lot of research in the Florida Everglades.Read More
That open-air room set is murder on your attendees’ concentration. your keynoter’s voice is getting lost in the cavernous depths of your theater space. and the music at your cocktail reception is way too loud. but don’t worry — good sound design is as easy as listening to the audiology experts, meeting organizers, and AV professionals we’ve assembled.
Colby Leider, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of the music-engineering technology program at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He teaches courses in environmental acoustics, acoustic ecology, architectural acoustics, loudspeaker design and analysis, and digital-signal processing. When he’s not in the classroom, Leider consults with architects on acoustical treatments for a variety of large venues — including a private, 4,000-square-foot museum project in Nicaragua that he had just started work on when Convene spoke with him in March. We asked Leider to apply his acoustic expertise to the spaces that meetings inhabit.Read More
If you want to get better at music production and recording, it is helpful to follow and learn from the best. This site is all about “Recording Excellence” in all its forms, and so I thought it would be great to highlight those in the field who are trailblazers, innovators, and experts...Read More
The Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center located in Miami Gardens, Florida offers swimming and aquatic fitness classes where participants need to hear and understand instruction. The Miami-Dade County’s art commission challenged artists to develop designs which would add vibrancy and address sound issues within the indoor swimming pool. Artist Xavier Cortada envisioned a design composed of scattered pool noodles up on the ceiling. Splash! features 972 custom colored pinta acoustic SONEX® Rondo Baffles individually suspended at varying heights to simulate a three-dimensional sound wave effect. The result was so audibly noticeable there wasn’t any need to do a post testRead More
Colby Leider, associate professor and director of the Music Engineering Technology program at Frost, was awarded the 2014 Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.Read More
January 14, 2015 – The University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music announces a new master’s degree program in Sound Recording Arts that will be offered beginning Fall 2015.Read More
Colby Leider, director of music engineering at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, dismissed the hype about high-resolution audio as “snob appeal.”
“Some people can tell the difference . . . but if it’s a great song, you are still going to love it even if it’s not HD, and if it’s a bad song, it doesn’t matter,” Leider said.Read More
Some experts say new formats are unlikely to take hold because most consumers cannot tell the difference.
“I hate to use the term 'snob appeal' but that's really what it is,” said Colby Leider, director of music engineer at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.
Leider, who has studied both electrical engineering and music composition, said while it is true much data is lost when music is compressed to the MP3 format, “it works because it removes the portions of sound that most humans can't hear."
"There are people who buy a $20,000 power cable to plug it into their system. But science says there is no difference between your $20,000 power cable and a coat hanger."
Digital music on CDs is based on a "sampling" at 44,1000 times a second, transferring 16 bits; MP3 music has less data, and HD is higher, often sampling at 96,000 times a second with 24 or 32 bits of data.
"Some people can tell the difference," Leider said. "But if it's a great song, you are still going to love it even if it's not HD, and if it's a bad song, it doesn't matter."Read More
THE FROST SCHOOL’S MUSIC Therapy Program was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Grammy Foundation to study how infants first begin to move in response to music and rhythm. The results could unveil new predictors for early developmental deficits in children.Read More
Could Rocky Balboa have beaten Clubber Lang if his training montage hadn’t been set to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”? Maybe, but once Rocky III audiences heard those up-tempo rock riffs, they wouldn’t dream of exercising without adding the track to their Sony Walkman cassette tapes. To this day, the tune is a popular pick for workout playlists.Read More