William C Pirkle

Assoc. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-5995
Address:
Weeks Center For Recording 5479 San Amaro Dr
Room 109
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

Quote

“I’ve enjoyed a lifetime of mixing music, engineering and computer programming together in a way that combines all my best skills. My goal is for my students to be able to do the same with their unique skill-sets to create enriching and satisfying careers.”

Biography

Will Pirkle is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Music Engineering Technology at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. He is the author of the books Designing Audio Effects Plugins in C++ with Audio Signal Processing Theory and Designing Software Synthesizer Plugins in C++ for RackAFX, VST and Audio Units from Focal Press. He is also developed the RackAFX(TM) Plugin Development Software. He was previously an analog audio products test development engineer at National Semiconductor Corp, and senior digital audio consultant for Tritone Systems, Inc., XM Satellite Radio division. In that capacity, he oversaw architecture and algorithm design for dynamic processors, mixed signal hardware design, product audio specification limits, software for automated analog and digital testing, headphone power analysis and frequency response, loudspeaker enclosure design and testing, and software test engineering. He also consulted with such leading firms as Diamond Multimedia, Gibson Musical Instruments, Korg Research and Development, K & S Associates, M-Audio, Stick Enterprises, EX2 Mobile Audio, and As Is Entertainment.

As a composer, Professor Pirkle contributed compositions to the soundtracks for the “SpongeBob Square Pants,” “SpongeBob Square Pants II,” “SpongeBob Square Pants III” and “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” computer games. In addition, he has extensive experience as an audio expert witness in legal cases. An accomplished guitarist, Professor Pirkle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering Technology, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Author of the RackAFX(TM) Plugin Development Software
  • Analog audio products test development engineer at National Semiconductor Corp
  • Senior digital audio consultant for Tritone Systems, Inc., XM Satellite Radio division
  • Convention Paper Presentations include “Automatic Design of Feedback Delay Network Reverb Parameters for Impulse Response Matching,” “Perceptually Alias-Free Waveform Generation Using the Bandlimited Step Method and Genetic Algorithm” and “The Relationship between the Bandlimited Step Method (BLEP), Gibbs Phenomenon, and Lanczos Sigma Correction” (141st Audio Engineering Society Convention, 2016) and “Resolving Delay-Free Loops in Recursive Filters using the Modified Härmä Method” and “Novel Hybrid Virtual Analog Filters Based on the Sallen-Key Architecture” (136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, 2014)

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Best Peer-Reviewed Audio Engineering Society Convention Paper: “The Relationship between the Bandlimited Step Method (BLEP), Gibbs Phenomenon, and Lanczos Sigma Correction” 2016

Publications

  • Designing Audio Effect Plug-Ins in C++ with Digital Signal Processing Theory, Focal Press, 2012, 14 Chapters, 530 pages.
  • Designing Software Synthesizer Plug-Ins in C++ for RackAFX, VST3 and Audio Units, Focal Press, 2014, 13 Chapters, 830 pages.

Compositions

  • Soundtracks for the “SpongeBob Square Pants,” “SpongeBob Square Pants II,” “SpongeBob Square Pants III” and “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” computer games