Veneklasen Associates has a long history of innovation.  For over 65 years we've been known for our willingness to embrace new thinking and commit to innovation within the acoustical testing industry.  Innovation is embedded in our very identity.  Veneklasen owes its 65 years of history in part to ceaseless innovation by its men and women and the teams on which they work.

Paul S. Veneklasen (1916-1996)

Paul Veneklasen was a notable acoustical physicist who pioneered studies in environmental noise and solutions to industrial noise problems. A native of Grand Haven, Michigan, he earned degrees in mathematics and physics at Northwestern University and UCLA. In 1947, he founded Paul S. Veneklasen and Associates and Western Electro-Acoustic Laboratory (WEAL) in Santa Monica, California. A prominent consultant to various governmental agencies and private companies on correcting environmental and industrial noise problems, he in addition held patents on several inventions. These inventions enhanced and protected hearing, which included a sound shield for telephone transmitters, earphone sockets, shielded condenser microphones and a cable system for microphones.

Air Force Communication Noise Study 1958

Veneklasen researchers have had a long history working with the United States government. In 1958, during the height of the Cold War, we performed a number of communication studies that resulted in improved helmet designs for Air Force pilots.

1960 Maxim Sound Suppressor Gap Bet Plan

When the United States Airforce needed comprehensive acoustics and propulsion data from tests of a mechanical jet noise suppressor designed to meticulous requirements they turned to Veneklasen. Our work lead to significant noise reductions at minimum in-flight thrust losses.  

Acoustical Instrumentation Tape Recorder 1962

Veneklasen has been one of the leading developers of sound recording and reproduction instrumentation for the acoustical testing industry. In 1962, our WEAL division developed acoustic analog recording instrumentation that became a standard. Our innovative instrumentation could detect minute changes in atmospheric pressure and record them as a graphic representation of the sound waves recorded.  WEAL quickly earned a reputation for developing the highest quality recordings on magnetic tape mediums.

1980 Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation

The Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation was founded in 1980. It is the purpose of the Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation to sponsor scientific research in acoustics and, when deemed appropriate, in additional areas of interest that are related to acoustics. In keeping with Paul Veneklasen's desires and values, supported research must meet the highest standards of research design and performance. 

Our research has led to many patents including:

• 2,456,346 for Sound Shield Telephone Transmitters
• 2,408,494 for Earphone Sockets
• 2,423,355 for Earphone Socket Structure
• 2,437,162 for Ear Defender
• 2,922,303 for Acoustic Fabric Testing Instrument
• 2,579,162 for Shielded Condenser Microphone
• 2,716,187 for Shielded Cable System for Microphones
• 3,535,453 for Method for Synthesizing Auditorium Sound
• 3,962,542 for Choralizer Apparatus and Method

Research of Today

Rawlings, S., Magee, J. (2007). Acoustic Characterization of Footfall Noise

LoVerde, J., Dong, W. (2009). Quantitative Comparisons of Resilient Channel Designs and Installation Methods

LoVerde, J., Dong, W. (2010). Quantitative Comparisons of Resilient Channel Design and Installation in Single Wood Stud Walls