Posts byS. Kyle Davis

Sneak Peek of NAB 2017

The NAB Show is where global visionaries in broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment and more come to learn about the latest technology innovations to help create immersive digital content. HARMAN Professional Solutions will be there again this year, exhibiting the latest broadcast, production and live sound solutions by Studer, JBL Professional and AKG in Booth C146
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TECH TALKS: Church Video Distribution over the Internet (Part One: Online Streaming)

In our ongoing series, Tech Talks, we discuss technology solutions to common customer problems with some of the technical experts here at HARMAN Professional Solutions. In today’s edition, we’re speaking with Kaleb Plamondon, Manager, North America Sales Engineering. I reached out to Kaleb to discuss an important and challenging subject: how churches can distribute video
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PL+S 2017: Daily Updates

We are geared up and excited for Prolight + Sound (PL+S) 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, where we’ll be all this week! We’ll be in Hall 4.0 at Stand F41 from Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 7 at the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Center. If you’re at the show, please be sure to stop by and say hello!
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How Dynamics Effects Work

Of all of the audio processing effects, dynamics are some of the most important and most baffling. Part of this confusion is that it is often hard to hear dynamics effects unless they are used incorrectly. Dynamics effects adjust the volume of the sound automatically based on a set of variables that you can adjust.
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VIDEO PLAYLIST: Understanding the AVL Signal Chain

As those of you who follow the Insights blog know,  we’ve been reviewing the AVL signal chain and exploring the different elements it includes. The AVL signal chain looks at how audio and video signals go through audio, video and light processing, and then are sent through hardware and network-based distribution to various outputs. The entire
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TECH TALKS: The Importance of Industrial Design in Performance Lighting

In our “Tech Talk” series, we speak with the industry experts here at HARMAN Professional Solutions to get the inside scoop on AVL technology. Today, we’re speaking with Uffe Toft, Principal Industrial Designer, Lighting for HARMAN. Uffe graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design before joining the Lego
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ISE 2017: Daily Updates

We are at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2017 all this week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands! We’ll be at Stand #1-F6 from Tuesday, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 10. If you’re at the show, please be sure to stop by and say hello! If not, you can still stay up to date on our new product announcements and all
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What to Expect at ISE 2017

Integrated Systems Europe 2017 (ISE) is coming up fast. As we look toward one of the largest professional AV tradeshows in the world, set for 7 Feb. through 10 Feb. 2017, I thought it would be good to sit down and discuss some of this year’s market trends with two of our top leaders in
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We’re at CES This Week! [UPDATED]

It’s CES time! We’re thrilled to be making our Professional Solutions debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The show runs from Thurs., Jan. 5 through Sun., Jan. 8. HARMAN Professional Solutions is taking over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino along with our other three divisions—Connected Car, Lifestyle Audio and
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TECH TALKS: User Experience in Enterprise AV (Part Two: Consistency)

Welcome back to another Tech Talk, the blog series where we speak with industry professionals about important technology trends and issues. In today’s Tech Talk, we’re speaking again with two of our user experience experts here at HARMAN Professional Solutions: Michael Saadeh, Product Manager, User Interfaces and Chris Reed, Interaction Design Manager. Last time we
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TECH TALKS: User Experience in Enterprise AV (Part One: Usability)

In our Tech Talks series, we speak with the industry professionals here at HARMAN about important technology trends and issues. In today’s Tech Talk, we actually have the insight of two of our great innovators in the user interface field. First, we have Michael Saadeh, Product Manager, User Interfaces for HARMAN Professional Solutions. Michael has
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TECH TALKS: #Convergence and the Role of Audio in the Modern Video Matrix Switcher

Those who follow the blog should be familiar with my distaste for industry buzzwords, particularly the overused word “collaboration,” which I term “hashtag collaboration.” A close second to that famously clichéd term is another, similarly vague buzzword: convergence (or should it be #convergence?). As the rise in digital technology has allowed different products to combine,
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Why Flipped Classrooms Work (and How Technology Can Help)

A while back, I spoke with Kaleb Plamondon about using networked AV in a flipped classroom environment. Technology solutions like Networked AV are great for innovative educational approaches, such as the flipped classroom approach, but what exactly is a “flipped classroom” in the first place? More importantly, why have flipped classrooms become a popular teaching
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Types of Audio Processing: A Primer

In recent weeks, we’ve been walking through the AVL signal chain, looking closer at the different parts of the technology that goes into an audio, video and lighting system, following the signal chain through source, processing, distribution, output and control. So far, we’ve looked at source devices, which include live capture devices, such as cameras and
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TECH TALKS: Using the Network for Your Building-Wide Audio and Video Infrastructure

In our “Tech Talk” series, we interview the experts here at HARMAN Professional Solutions to discuss how we can solve important problems associated with AVL solutions. Today, I’m speaking with Matthew Massaro, a System Designer out of our Huntsville, Alabama office. Matthew has an interesting history. He got his start in the entertainment business with
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Design Requirements for Audio and Video Sources, Part Two: Play Devices

In previous posts, we’ve been taking a closer look at how an integrated AVL system works (and how different parts of the chain impacts the overall AVL design). We started with source devices. Source devices, we said, could be divided generally into devices that capture events happening live in the room (which we looked at
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Niels Rasmussen, Martin Lighting Engineer

One of the things we like to do regularly here on HARMAN Insights is to look at some of the brilliant engineers behind our industry-leading AVL products. In today’s innovator spotlight, we’re looking at Niels Rasmussen, Senior Principal Engineer, R&D Innovation, Lighting for HARMAN Professional Solutions. As a mechanical engineer working on Martin’s moving lighting
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Design Requirements for Audio and Video Sources, Part One: Live-Capture Devices

Recently, I wrote about the AVL signal chain and how the audio, video and lighting systems are actually a single interconnected system, where audio, video and lighting signals go from source through processing and distribution to output. While there are many factors that affect the way this system comes together, the design considerations often start
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A Look at the AVL Signal Chain

If you asked someone what industry HARMAN Professional Solutions participated in, they would probably say “professional AV.” This is true enough, as far as it goes, but the term “AV” doesn’t really capture everything that is involved. In reality, “professional AV” actually involves audio, video, lighting, control and management technology—a wide breadth of solutions that
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TECH TALKS: Installing Creative LED Video on Tour

Welcome to another entry in our “Tech Talks” series, where we sit down with industry experts and discuss common technology problems and how to solve them. In our previous Tech Talk, I spoke with Wouter Verlinden, Product Manager, LED Video at HARMAN Professional Solutions, about designing for creative LED video on tour. In that interview, we
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TECH TALKS: Designing for Creative LED Video on Tour

In today’s “Tech Talk,” I’m speaking with Wouter Verlinden, Product Manager, LED Video at HARMAN Professional Solutions. In our “Tech Talks” series, we sit down with industry experts like Wouter here at HARMAN and discuss common technology problems and how to solve them. Wouter works out of HARMAN’s Aarhus, Denmark office. Wouter has been working
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Designing for Fiber in Audio and Video Distribution Installations

When it comes to the world of IT infrastructure, “category cabling” (Cat5, Cat6, etc.) is undoubtedly king. It is cost effective and easy to terminate, and its ubiquity only leads to more ubiquity in the marketplace. That’s why manufacturers have found ways to use twisted pair cabling for the distribution of audio and video, whether
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