Umberto Nicolao was born in Milan, Italy, in 1960. In 1987 he received a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.He joined Philips In 1987 as an Applications Engineer in the field of ICs for audio and television and from 1989 through 1993 he worked at Philips Car Systems as O.E.M. Sales manager.
Since 1976 he has been a contributing editor and technical writer for the most important italian High Fidelity, Home Theatre, Car Audio and Audio Pro magazines. He is author of 20 educational books for Sound Engineers and audio hobbyists and a huge number of articles on the most various audio issues.

Member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1986, Umberto Nicolao has chaired several national/international conferences and technical paper sessions, and is author of several papers, which have been presented at various AES national and international conventions.

In January 2012 one of his projects, namely the Venice high water acoustical information system, has been recognized by the international magazine Installation Europe as the european design of the month.

Currently Umberto Nicolao is a Consulting engineer, Journalist/Writer and Teacher, Sound Systems Engineering being his main field of competence.

Working experience

Since 1994
Sound Engineering Consultant, Writer and Freeleance journalist specialized in Audio Eng. and Acoustics
1989 – 1993
Philips S.p.A. Audio & Video Consumer Electronics div., Milan, Italy; Sales manager, O.E.M. Car Systems
1987-1989
Philips, Electronic Components Div., Milan, Italy; Audio and Video ICs Applications Engineer

Education

1979 – 1987
Polytechnical University of Milan, Italy:
Master Degree in Electrical Engineering
Specialization in Electroacoutics. Experimental thesis on the Power response compensation in loudspeaker systems
1974 -1979
Technical and Industrial High-school “Solferino”, Milan, Italy. Diploma of Electronic Technical Engineer
1988
Training course on “Total Quality”. Philips, Milan, Italy
1988
Training course on “Public communication and presentation techniques”. Philips, Milan, Italy
1988
Technical training course on “Production organization”. Acustar-Chrysler, Huntsville (AL), USA
1987
Technical training course on “ Integrated circuits for TV receivers”, Philips, Eindhoven, NL

Further information

  • Collaborations to specialized technical magazines

    • 1976-1980: L’Antenna; Informazione Elettronica (Il Rostro Publ., Milan, Italy)
    • 1987-1989: Audio Review (Technimedia Publ., Rome, Italy)
    • 1989-1991: Suono Stereo HiFi (Editoriale Suono Publ., Rome, Italy)
    • 1991-1994: FedeltaÌ del Suono, (Quit of the spring Publ., Terni, Italy )
    • 1998-2001: Sound and Lite, Pesaro, Italy
    • 2001-2003: Quark, Milano (Hachette Rusconi Publ., Milan, Italy)
    • 2003-2006: Progetto Hotel (Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
    • 2004-2006: Architech, (Ed. Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
    • 1995-2010: Audio Review; Audio Car Stereo (Technipress Publ., Rome, Italy)
    • 2000-2008: Digital Video & Home Theatre, (Technipress Publ., Rome, Italy)
    • 2001-2010: Il Giornale dell’Installatore Elettrico, (Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
    • dal 2001: Quaderni di aggiornamento in Tecniche e Tecnologie Audio (Il Rostro Publ., Milan, Italy)

  • Books and publications

    • Another Approach to the Ideal Crossover: the Energy Filler, presented at the 84th A.E.S. Convention, Paris, France, 1988 (co-author Prof. F.Maffioli, Politecnico di Milano)
    • Series-Type Crossover Networks for Two-Way Loudspeaker Systems. Part 1: First to Less-Than-Second Order Crossovers, resented at the 110th AES Convention., Amsterdam, NL, 2001 (co-author Prof. F.Maffioli, Politecnico di Milano)
    • La Tecnica dell’Alta Fedeltà, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1995 (co- author Arch. P.Viappiani)
    • Crossover Passivi per Sistemi di Altoparlanti, Alpine Institute of Technology / Il Rostro, Milan, Italy,, 1995 (1st ed.), 1997 (2nd ed.)
    • Microfoni, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1996 (1st ed.), 1999 (2nd ed.), 2004 (3rd ed.)
    • Radiomicrofoni e Sistemi Wireless, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1997
    • Progettazione di Crossover Passivi per Sistemi di Altoparlanti, Alpine Institute of Technology / Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1997, 2006 (2nd ed.)
    • Audio Antologia. Alle Origini dell’Alta Fedeltà e della Sterofonia, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1998 (co-author Arch. P .Viappiani)
    • AudioDizionario, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1998 (co-author G.Noselli)
    • Teoria de Sistemi di Altoparlanti per Sound Reinforcement. Dal Subwoofer al Cluster, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1999 (1st ed.), 2001 (2nd ed.)
    • Close Miking, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1999 (1st ed.), 2004 (2nd ed.)
    • Applicazioni dei Microfoni da Studio, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1999 (1st ed.), 2004 (2nd ed.)
    • Limiti di Funzionamento nei Sistemi di Altoparlanti, Collana Quaderni di Aggiornamento in Tecniche e Tecnologie Audio, Vol. 1, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2001
    • Impianti Audio Multicanale per Home Theatre, Collana Quaderni di Aggiornamento in Tecniche e Tecnologie Audio, Vol. 3, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2002
    • Acustica Applicata per la Diffusione Sonora, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2004
    • Impianti Audio per la Diffusione Sonora, Vol.1: dall’Amplificatore al Sistema di Altoparlanti Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2005
    • Impianti Audio per la Diffusione Sonora, Vol.2: I Microfoni e il loro Corretto Impiego. Tutondo/ Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2006
    • Approfondimenti su Diffusori Acustici e Cavi di Collegamento, Collana Quaderni di Aggiornamento in Tecniche e Tecnologie Audio, Vol. 6, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 2006

  • Newsletter/House organ publishing

    • 1996 -1998: Audio Engineering Society, Italian Section

  • National and International Convention papers, presentations and workshops

    • Another Approach to the Ideal Crossover: the Energy Filler presented at the 84th A.E.S. Convention, Paris, France 1988 (co-author Prof. F.Maffioli, Politechnical University of Milan Italy)
    • The Lacunae in Theory of Crossover Network for Loudspeaker Systems, presented at the 2nd Convention of the Alpine Institute of Technology, Milan, Italy, 1995
    • Micophones: the ignored technical specifications, presented at the annual Italian Section A.E.S. Meeting, Rimini, Italy, 1997
    • Power in Loudspeaker Systems, presented at the annual Italian Section A.E.S. Meeting, Rimini, Italy, 1998
    • Loudspeaker Systems Measurements, presented at the annual Italian Section A.E.S. Meeting, Rimini, Italy, 1999
    • Alta Fedeltà (1957-1961).The first italian magazine specialized in High quality sound reproduction, presented at the annual Italian Section A.E.S. Meeting, Rimini, Italy, 2000
    • Microphone recording of musical instruments, presented at the annual Italian Section A.E.S. Meeting, Rimini, Italy, 2000
    • Series-Type Crossover Networks for Two-Way Loudspeaker Systems. Part 1: First to Less-Than-Second Order Crossovers, presented at the 110th A.E.S. Convention, Amsterdam, Netherland, 2001
    • The loss of the High Fidelity concept, Presented at the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, 2007
    • Vocal guided evacuation systems for fire alarms. Law and applicable regulations. Sedico, Belluno, Italy, 2012
    • AVB (Audio Video Bridgeing): the AV evolution of Ethernet based networks, Presented at the 2nd SIEC Meeting, Milan, Italy, 2012
    • The vinyl, the reel to reel tape and the Hi-end audio Systems, Presented at the International Exhibition Piano Experience, Cremona, Italy, 2015
    • Implementation of a sound masking system for the privacy care in health environments, pPresented at the MEDiT Exhibition, Vicenza, Italy, 2017

  • Education/Training courses and workshops

    • Loudspeaker Systems Theory (Sound Engineering Institute, E.M.I.T. – Lombardia Region, Milan, Italy 1988);
    • Microphones for Musical Instruments (Training course for Live Sound Engineers, Centro Musica, Emilia Romagna Region, Modena, Italy 1998)
    • HiFi and Home Theatre Audio (training course for Media World employees, Italy, 1999)
    • Public Address and Home Theatre Audio (Company Internal Technical Courses: ATEC, Venice, Italy 2000; ITC Audio, Recanati Italy, 2002; Bibit, Brescia, Italy, 2002; Prase Engineering, Venice, Italy, 2009)
    • Audio Direction and Sound Reinforcement (Adria, Rovigo Conservatory, Italy, 2005)
    • The EN60849 standard. Electroacoustical systems for emergency purposes (Brescia, Italy 2009)
    • Design of P.A. audio systems (School of Acoustics, Engineering University, Ferrara, Italy 2010)
    • Acoustical and electroacoustical design of rooms for the listening of the spoken word (School of Acoustics, Engineering University, Ferrara, Italy 2011)
    • Electroacoustical Systems for fire alarm systems (Sedico, Belluno, Italy, 2011)
    • Classrooom Acoustics (Tron High School, Scio, Vicenza, Italy, 2014-2018)
    • Maintenance and commissioning of voice audio evacuation systems for fire alarm (School of Acoustics, Engineering University, Ferrara, Italy, 2016 and 2017)

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