Eric Reuter

Associate Professor
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Eric Reuter has more than a decade of experience as a consultant and educator in acoustics. He operates an acoustical consulting firm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has taught a variety of courses in acoustics and audio electronics at Berklee College of Music since 2000. His consulting spans a broad range of acoustical project work, including architectural acoustics and noise control, environmental noise, and vibration.

Reuter is a board-certified member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, serves on the board of directors of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and is an active member of the Acoustical Society of America. He spends his free time racing his sailboat, chasing trains, and tinkering with antique Volvos.

Career Highlights
  • Principal, Reuter Associates, LLC
  • Board Certified Member, Institute of Noise Control Engineering
  • Member, Acoustical Society of America
  • Member, National Council of Acoustical Consultants
  • Member and past Boston Section chair, Audio Engineering Society
In Their Own Words

"I'm laid-back, but I make sure that the students get their work done and take away from class what they need to. I'm really committed to getting as many students as I can to succeed. I try to pay attention to the progress they're making and to make myself available. I try to explain things the way that I wish that they had been explained to me. There are so many things that I didn't understand until I was working in the industry, and there are things I didn't understand until I sat down and tried to put a lesson plan together—that I didn't fully grasp until I had to explain it to someone else."

"Outside of Berklee, I'm a live engineer and acoustician, and I integrate these experiences into my classes. The reality is that there aren't enough jobs in recording studios. It's a really difficult world. So I try to introduce other possibilities. There are a lot of jobs in audio that aren't 'recording engineer' or 'producer.' And the things that you need to know, or that are useful to know, are very similar for a lot of these various careers—live sound or location recording, or even acoustics to some extent. These other jobs are viable and respectable. I think it's our responsibility to present those as options."

"I think one of the biggest challenges that I face teaching introductory technical courses is convincing the students that it's important to understand these things even though they'll never specifically be asked to do them when they're working as an engineer or a producer—to calculate a waveform or a gain stage. It's likely that nobody's going to ask them to do this math. But there are things that they will understand because they've gone through this exercise. There are concepts that they'll remember as they go forward that are important."