From concert halls to conference centers, SIA Acoustics strives to help create audio spaces that work brilliantly for your project.

About SIA Acoustics

“The SIA Acoustics team works to address sound critical concerns of both new or existing facilities by collaborating with architects, facility owners, operators, integrators and manufacturers.  We strongly believe that value and excellence are not mutually exclusive and strive to achieve great results with practical methods.  I am excited to announce that SIA Acoustics is now part of a larger engineering firm, joining Robert Derector Associates Consulting Engineers.”
~ Sam Berkow, Founding Partner

Stage construction


As experienced acousticians, sound system designers, and mix/recording engineers, our consultants help determine the programmatic requirements of a project and translate them to specific design goals. We work with the design team continuously from the start of the project through facility commissioning to ensure that acoustic and technical system design parameters are met. We provide drawings and detailing to address space planning, room acoustics, sound isolation, HVAC noise control, and technical systems.


We address a specific problem of an existing facility and provide a set of practical schematic recommendations. The level of detail we provide is adequate to understand the issues and basic costs. Does not include construction-level detail. Includes follow up correspondence as needed. Our goal is to be sure this process is helpful.

Theater with stage and floor to ceiling windows in background
Theater with stage and floor to ceiling windows in background


We present a list of identified issues and provide general direction for improvement in a concise document which can serve as the basis for further involvement and discussion. Our designs may be used for general review of existing design (by others) with minimal investment.

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Selective Projects

Recording studio control room

NYU Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music
New York, NY

Small theater with stage and music equipment

San Francisco Jazz Center
San Francisco, CA

Beautiful large church interior

Central Synagogue
New York, NY

Comedy club interior with stage

Comix comedy club
Mohegan Sun, CT


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About Sam Berkow

Sam Berkow has a deep rooted passion for acoustical design & sound measurement. Sam began his career in the era in which very little practical information was written on the subject of acoustical measurement. He applied his knowledge to both indoor music events as well as those set outside. Over the years he used his experience to design the SIA-SMAART software. Sam’s work within the software has become a standard tool for the industry and one he is proud of. In more recent years Sam has designed concert halls with acoustic design such as the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York as well as renovation work for the Hollywood Bowl and the Grand Ole Opry.

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