Posts byMarina Muhlfriedel

Helping ‘Hamilton’ Shine on Broadway and Beyond

(Photography:  Joan Marcus) In 2016, the wildly successful musical “Hamilton” became the most-nominated production in Tony Award history, with 16 nominations and 11 wins, including “Best Lighting Design of a Musical.” Six months after first opening the show at The Public Theater, the lighting team began looking for quiet, reliable lighting fixtures for its Broadway
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Markus Klüsener, Stage Lighting Product Manager

One of my favorite features of the Insights blog is our Innovator Spotlight, which invites readers to meet some of the incredible innovators who develop new products at HARMAN Professional Solutions. As Product Manager for Stage Lighting, Markus Klüsener embodies a bold passion for the artistry and technology that power Martin lighting fixtures, controllers and
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The Many Talents of Ken Floyd, Front of House Audio Engineer, Tour Manager, Production and Special Effects Director for Zedd

(Left-right:  Ken Floyd, Gabe Damast and Zedd) From playing drums in a hardcore band and working as a front of house engineer to being a guitar tech, special effects director, tour manager and lighting programmer, Ken Floyd has held almost every conceivable touring role. During the last five years, however, he has been a core
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Matthias Hinrichs, Global Product Manager for Visual Control Systems

Welcome to the latest edition of our Innovator Spotlight series. Today, I would like to introduce Matthias Hinrichs, Global Product Manager for Visual Control Systems at HARMAN Professional Solutions. Matthias lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and leads the development of lighting control systems that facilitate the operation of Martin lighting fixtures and video elements. From hardware
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Belmont University Enhances its Music, Media and Film Program with a World-Class Dolby Atmos Theater

Belmont University in Nashville has made U.S. News and World Report’s “Most Innovative Schools” list for each of the last nine years and, certainly, one of its most innovative features is the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. In mid-August 2015, the college moved into the $87 million R. Milton and Denice Johnson
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Orchestrating Light with Designer Mike Baldassari

With a career spanning 30 years of lighting for theater, rock ‘n’ roll shows, television, film and almost any other medium you can imagine, Mike Baldassari possesses an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the diversity of his work. A Tony Awards® – and Emmy Award – nominated lighting designer, Mike easily shifts from concerts, like Phish’s Madison Square
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JBL Professional by HARMAN’s New VTX A12 Line Array Debuts at Zedd’s All-Star ACLU Benefit

(Macklemore performs at “Welcome!”) When GRAMMY® Award-winning DJ, musician and producer Zedd hosted “Welcome!,” a concert benefitting the ACLU last month, he wanted to ensure that the production was topnotch and the artist lineup would appeal to the widest possible audience. He recruited fellow DJ, Skrillex and a variety of rock, hip-hop and pop acts,
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Graham Hammell, Director of Platform Group – Application and Protocol Development

In today’s Innovator Spotlight, I would like to shine a light on Graham Hammell, an extraordinary engineer and prolific innovator based at the HARMAN Professional Solutions campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. As Director of the Platform Group for application and protocol development, Graham oversees teams in Utah and Bangalore, India that are responsible for
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Exploring the Unexplored, Delving Into Thomas Dolby’s “The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir”

Thomas Dolby is best known as an 80s synthpop star who lit up the airwaves with hits like “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive.” But, as it turns out, those early recordings were only the beginning of an expansive career in which Thomas has delved into myriad creative and technical mediums. The eloquent Englishman
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America’s Largest Church Takes the Stress Off Its Schedule with a Mixing Console Upgrade

As the largest congregation in the United States, with an extensive live sound and broadcast schedule, Lakewood Church was overdue for an upgrade to its main mixing console. Located in the former Compaq Center in Houston, Texas, Lakewood’s 16,000-seat Central Campus hosts four English services, two Spanish services and a diverse range of other weekly
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Improving PA Sound Quality for Tunnel Safety

Achieving crisp, clear speech reproduction in a tunnel is vital for safety, but it can also present a unique audio challenge. Traffic noise and fans create high levels of background noise, while the tunnel’s shape and hard surfaces result in very high reverberation times. These factors make it impossible to understand a conventional Public Address
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Gearing Up for Prolight + Sound!

Prolight + Sound 2017 is nearly here, and HARMAN Professional Solutions is amped to join audio and lighting customers, colleagues and partners from around the globe at one of the year’s most vibrant tradeshows. Approximately 44,000 people attended last year’s event, and this year’s promises to be the biggest and best yet! Visit us at the
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Upgrading Nashville’s Historical War Memorial Auditorium with Installed Tour-Grade Sound and Lighting

(photo credit: CTS) Nashville-based audiovisual production company CTS recently updated the War Memorial Auditorium with a complete sound and lighting solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions, including a JBL VTX Series system and a full array of Martin fixtures. With construction dating back to the 1920s, the historic building in downtown Nashville hosts a diverse range of
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From Metallica to Microsoft with Tour Lighting Programmer, Corporate Show and Architectural Designer Troy Eckerman

During his nearly four decades as a lighting professional, Troy Eckerman has had an extraordinary career working with artists including Barbra Streisand, Tim McGraw, Beyonce, Madonna, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and others. Besides programming music tours, Troy also designs and operates lighting for a broad array of corporate events, award shows, tradeshows,
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Tech Talks: The Science of Headphones in the Age of Digital Recording

Welcome to Tech Talks, in which we explore a variety technology trends and issues with industry experts. In this edition, we’re speaking with Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager for Headphones and Output Transducers at HARMAN Professional Solutions. Philipp is from Vienna, Austria, where he studied electronics at the prestigious University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
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Tech Talks: Reimagining Ideas that Almost Got Away (Part Two: Designing the JBL CBT 1000)

Welcome to today’s Tech Talk. In this installation, we’re continuing our dialog with Doug Button, Chief Engineer in the Corporate Technology Group at HARMAN Professional Solutions. Last time we spoke with Doug, we delved into the way the evolution of technology often takes the easiest route and can miss opportunities for meaningful progress. Today, we’re
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MODE Architectural’s LED Display Dazzles the Nine Two Nine Office Tower

MODE Architectural recently deployed Martin by HARMAN LED fixtures and video processors to create a unique and highly interactive lighting installation in the atrium of the recently completed Nine Two Nine Office Tower in Bellevue, Washington. The sculpture is composed of LED strips that create patterns in response to real-time traffic and weather data as well as
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Tech Talks: Reimagining Ideas that Almost Got Away (Part One: How Technology Evolves)

Welcome to our latest Tech Talk. Today, we’re speaking with Doug Button, Chief Engineer in the Corporate Technology Group at HARMAN Professional Solutions. Since Doug joined HARMAN in 1988, he has developed innovations, such as the Differential Drive® that have played a vital role in JBL speaker technology. Along with authoring 21 patents, Doug has been a
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The University of Utah Turns Up the Volume and Turns Down the Noise

(Photo Credit: Performance Audio) The University of Utah recently updated its Rice-Eccles Stadium with a complete audio system from HARMAN Professional Solutions. Dallas-based sound and visual consultant WJHW was hired to design the new system, and local systems integrator Performance Audio provided installation services. The university wanted to replace its old point source sound system
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Making Design Matter with Show Director, Lighting and Production Designer Sooner Routhier

(Concert Photography: Todd Moffses) Sooner Routhier is an extraordinary visual artist whose love of lighting has led her to also excel in production design and stage direction. A native of Northern Vermont, Sooner now resides in Nashville, where she co-owns SRae Productions with her long-time business partner, Robert Long. Sooner’s passion for lighting was ignited
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Tech Talks: A New Tilt for Cinema Surround Sound

In the latest of our Tech Talks series, we’re speaking with Paul Peace, a Senior Manager in Engineering at HARMAN Professional Solutions. Paul is a true innovator with tremendous expertise in cinema sound. He oversees loudspeaker design for cinema, retail and commercial applications and is the designer of JBL 9350, 9300 and 9310 Cinema Surround
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Coordinating AV through a Central Control Room for Better Teaching

Since 1956, the Netherlands’ internationally renowned Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has served the educational needs of tomorrow’s innovators. In order to ensure that the school’s resources continue to meet the high standards of today’s discerning students, TU/e recently commissioned a comprehensive renovation of its auditorium and lecture theaters. Leading Dutch systems integrator, MK2 Audiovisueel
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Here Comes NAMM!

This week, music and entertainment pros of every stripe will gather in Anaheim, California for the 2017 NAMM Show. We’re thrilled to invite attendees into the HARMAN Professional Solutions booth, where they’ll experience our latest innovations in three interactive zones—a stage featuring an exciting PA debut, a recording room and our EON ONE stage, which
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Roger Huo, Sr. Principal Acoustics Engineer

Welcome to the latest installment of our Innovator Spotlight. In this edition, I’m pleased to introduce Roger Huo, Sr. Principal Acoustics Engineer at HARMAN Professional Solutions in Shenzhen, China. Roger is an extraordinary innovator who assembled his first loudspeaker and amplifier when he was 15 years old. As a student in middle school, he was
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Faces of HARMAN: Eric Friedlander, Manager of Technical Resources for Tour Audio

With his friendly, laidback manner, it’s easy to imagine Eric Friedlander’s life focused on the guitar playing, surfing and photography he loves. That is, until you see his eyes light up while sharing stories of being on the road, representing HARMAN Professional Solutions at concerts, festivals and tradeshows across the world. From India to Nashville
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Purposeful Illumination with Lighting Designer Chris Lisle

(Photography: Oli Powell) As a lighting designer, university instructor, mentor and parent, Nashville native Chris Lisle is deeply invested in his art and community. Creative expression, music and travel have always been his passions. While working with chart-topping country and rock artists, including Robert Plant, Miranda Lambert, OneRepublic, Billy Currington, Dave Koz, Peter Frampton, Nick
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