Farrel Becker to Receive 2003 TEF Heyser Award

Mar 9, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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The TEF Advisory Committee has named Farrel Becker (pictured) as the sixth annual recipient of the 2003 TEF Heyser Award, presented each year during the NSCA Expo. The Award will be presented at the JW Davis/Syn-Aud-Con reception during the NSCA Expo by Blair McNair, chairman of the TEF Board of Advisors. The reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas on Friday, March 14, 2004.

The award recognizes individuals whose work utilizing Richard Heyser's patents in Time Delay Spectrometry (TDS) have made a significant contribution to professionalism in the field of acoustical design and/or measurement.

Using the crude equipment of the late 1970s, Becker utilized TEF to develop new techniques in sound system design and implementation. In 1980, he was the first to measure the Frequency Time Curve (FTC) of a loudspeaker. In 1985, Becker authored a TEF training manual and began conducting training classes for the new TEF10 from Crown International. He continued to develop new techniques and uses for TEF and shared them with TEF users via the training classes.

In 1986, utilizing the TEF10, he developed the Polar Energy Time Curve (U.S. Patent #4,807,165) along with software to implement it on the TEF10. Becker also developed several additional software applications for the TEF10. Among these was the original Noise Level Analysis (NLA) application later incorporated into the initial software release for the new TEF20.

In 1990, Becker joined the staff of Crown International as a software engineer where, while continuing to conduct training classes, he developed MS-DOS applications for the TEF20, including TDS, NLA, RTA, PEQ and MLS. He also developed the BIOS host operating system and applications for the handheld TEF Pad.

For more information on TEF, a division of Gold Line, visit www.gold-line.com.

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