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Harman Professional Solutions Laying Off 650 Employees

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Dinesh Paliwal, Pres. & CEO of Harman International Industries.

Audio, video, lighting, and control systems manufacturer Harman Professional Solutions last week confirmed to AVnetwork that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung.

 “To be clear, the changes we announced yesterday are the culmination of a transformation that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, director of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told AVnetwork.com. “The changes will result in several facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, Indiana, South Jordan, Utah and a few smaller offices throughout Europe that came to Harman through a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years. Following these transitions, Harman stated it will enter a “rebuilding” mode and form three “Centers of Competency”: Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centers will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, mechanical structures, and other supporting elements. The job of converting these technologies into competitive products will be for our newly formed New Product Innovation (NPI) teams.


Audiofile Engineering Under New Ownership

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Suspicious Fire Further Wrecks Quebec’s Legendary ‘Le Studio’

Friday, August 11th, 2017

le studioThe legendary, but long closed, Quebec recording facility, Le Studio, has been the site of a suspicious fire, according to multiple news reports. The studio – which in its heyday hosted clients like Rush, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, and The Police – had been closed and the building unused since 2008 and had fallen into disrepair.

According to the CBC, the fire department received a call around 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Aug. 11. It’s also reported that the fire department believes the fire was purposely set and an investigation is now taking place.


Adamson Adds House-of-Worship Specialists WAVE as Integration Partner

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

WAVE’s Armando Fullwood, Brad Bohannon & Chad Silvey

Boasting an award-winning design team and an extensive portfolio of major installations at worship facilities around the world, Harrisburg, NC-based AVLA design and integration firm WAVE has joined the Adamson network as an integration partner.

“Our goal is always to provide our clients with the best possible performance, service, and value in every single component we provide, and that’s what informed our decision to partner with Adamson moving forward,” comments WAVE Co-Founder and Executive Director Armando Fullwood. “The sound of the products, the expertise of their staff, and their overall marketing strategy are more than impressive, and we can confidently stand behind the brand in any and all future applications.”


The Audio Engineering Society Announces 2017 Election Results

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
AES incoming President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

AES incoming President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2017 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October 2017, shortly after the end of the 143rd International AES Convention in New York. Entering the office of President-Elect is Nadja Wallaszkovits, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, fully assuming the Presidency in October 2018 for a one-year term. Joining the Board of Governors as Treasurer-Elect is Richard Wollrich, who will serve alongside Treasurer Garry Margolis for one year, then begin a two-year term as Treasurer. Also in October, current President Alex Case will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President for the 2017-2018 term, as current President-Elect David Scheirman advances into the Presidency.


Drifter Rigging Opens in Toronto

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Mark “Drifter” Desloges &

Mark “Drifter” Desloges

Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched Drifter Rigging in Toronto. The company’s aim is to offer the Canadian market access to the most widely used automation products for mid- to higher-range productions.

The company’s first formal job was the extensive automation for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand stage, featuring Drifter Rigging’s Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoists and Libra load cells. Additionally, in early July, Drifter Rigging and Kinesys USA hosted a Demo Day at Christie Lites’ Toronto location that featured the first North American deployment of Kinesys’ brand new Apex system.


U.S. Patent Office Rules in Favour of 64 Audio in IEM Design Dispute with JH Audio

Friday, July 21st, 2017

64-2On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of 64 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears), finding all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,897,463, held by Jerry Harvey Audio Holdings (JH Audio), unpatentable.  A copy of the PTAB’s ruling can be found here.

The claims found to be unpatentable are directed to a dual high frequency driver in-ear monitor.  JH Audio asserted the claims against 64 Audio in a lawsuit filed in December 2014.  64 Audio sought PTAB review of the dual high frequency driver claims in January 2016.


ADJ Group Launches New Avante Audio Brand

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Avante Audio LogoDebuting this month at InfoComm, ADJ Group of Companies will launch Avante Audio, a new professional audio brand.

Avante Audio is launching with the Achromic Series, a complete range of active loudspeaker cabinets designed to offer powerful output, detailed audio clarity, built-in DSP, and sleek exterior designs. Created for musicians, bands, houses of worship, audio production companies and rental houses, the Achromic Series speakers are equally suited to permanent installation as one-off and touring productions. The Achromic Series comprises three full-range loudspeaker options, the 10-inch A10, 12-inch A12, and 15-inch A15.


Marshall Announces Sales Director for New Broadcast & Pro AV Division

Friday, June 9th, 2017
Stephen Huey

Stephen Huey

Marshall Electronics has announced the appointment of Steven C. Huey as director of sales of its new Broadcast Pro A/V Division. The new division will bring the Marshall broadcast and pro AV offerings under a single sales group, unifying its efforts to develop and expand technologies in the conferencing and professional audio-visual market.

“We welcome Steve’s experience and leadership to the Marshall management team,” said Leonard Marshall, CEO and founder of Marshall Electronics, Inc. “Steve will be a great addition to our team as we move forward in communication technologies, which is no longer just broadcasting, but the combination of a number of technologies that are growing quickly in the global Pro A/V Communications market.”


Yamaha Announces New Unified Communications Department

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Revolabs_CS-700-ApplicationYamaha has  announced its commitment to the unified communications (UC) market with the development of a dedicated UC department. Leveraging the expertise of Revolabs, a subsidiary of Yamaha that will be part of the new department, Yamaha will focus on solutions that enhance communication and continue to develop products that help organizations reach their business goals, the company says.



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