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Dr. Durand R. Begault, PhD
AFC Director
130 Sutter Street, Floor 5
San Francisco CA 94104
phone: 415-397-0442
fax: 415-397-0454
Durand R. Begault received a PhD in Computer Audio from UC San Diego in 1988 and an MFA from Mills College in 1981. He has been associated with the Audio Forensic Center and Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc. since 1996 and has worked as an expert witness, legal consultant, and acoustical consultant on a variety of audio-related cases since 1988. Dr. Begault also holds a research position at NASA Ames Research Center and is an adjunct faculty member at McGill University. He is the author of several U.S. patents and is qualified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts. Dr. Begault has testified in over 40 cases on a variety of audio technology and forensic audio-related cases.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Audio Technology Patent / Intellectual Property Analyses
  • Forensic Audio and Video Tape Examination / Authentication
  • Analysis of Speech, Alarms, Warning Signal Audibility
  • Voice Identification and Elimination
  • Analysis of ‘Ear Witness’ Testimony
  • Enhancement of Speech from Noisy Audio / Video Tape Recordings
  • Music Copyright Infringement and Musicological Analysis
  • Gunshots
  • Acoustical Test and Measurement - Environmental Sound
  • Noise Exposure
  • Software / Hardware Black Box Testing for Infringement
  • Videotape Image Enhancement
  • Analysis of Digital Recordings
Please contact the Marketing Department at Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc./Audio Forensic Center for Dr. Begault’s current CV.

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Durand R. Begault, PhD
Written by an author with expertise in both theory and applications, 3D Sound for Virtual Reality and Multimedia provides readers an essential technical foundation in sound and virtual reality. The book covers components of spatial auditory displays; psychoacoustics of spatial hearing; what sounds are appropriate to spatialize; applications to human-machine interfaces (including virtual reality and multimedia); computer music; and room acoustics.
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Bryan Neumeister
Certified Audio & Video Forensic Expert
44 W. Monroe Street
Penthouse # 3302
Phoenix AZ 85003
phone: 602-740-6128
Bryan NeumeisterBryan Neumeister, CEO of USA Forensics, is a court certified Audio and Video Forensic Expert. Mr. Neumeister has over 34 years of professional experience Clarifying Videos, Still Pictures (film and digital), and Audio Recordings so that jurors can better see and hear evidence. With studios and forensic equipment more advanced than most Federal Agencies, he is able video to large format still pictures for use as Exemplars.

Mr. Neumeister presents high resolution video in court to explain Procedure or Evidence of Tampering to juries. Using 3D Sonograph and Spectrograph printouts, he can also spot and visually explain the “altering of tapes." His Video Recreations have been honored at the Canne Film Festival and have received 39 Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Excellence.

Mr. Neumeister has worked on over 200 Forensic Cases since 2010. His non-military court cases include: RICO, Murder, Murder for Hire, Fraud, Robbery, Armed Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Arson, Kidnapping, Bank Robbery, DUI, DWI, Civil Cases...etc. He is certified in Military, Federal, State, Civil, and Aviation court.

Large Cases include:
  • US Government vs. Charles Keating - Retained as Video Expert
  • State of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias - Retained as Audio and Photography Expert
  • US Grand Jury: The Hope Steffy Case – Video Expert
  • US Government vs. Charles Keating III - Retained as Video Expert
  • US Federal Government vs. State of AZ. - King Case as Video Expert
  • Currently: Encrypted Department of Justice Case
Areas of Expertise:
  • Audio & Video Analysis
  • Voice Enhancement, Verification, Authentication
  • Forensic Voice Comparison
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Video Enhancement
  • Aerial Surveillance
  • Still Photography Enhancement
  • Video Up-Resolution to HD Court Exemplars
  • Facial Comparisons / Recognition
  • Emmy Award Winning Crime Scene Recreations
  • Certifications and Affiliations:ACFE, ABRE, APA, NATAS, BMI, ASCAP, AES, ACFEi, PSA, NAB

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    We've all seen the TV crime shows where the forensic technician opens the grainy surveillance, then zooms in on a tiny face, license plate or scrap of paper, hits the enhance button and, magically, the image becomes sharp and clear (accompanied by appropriate background music).