Posts byMarina Muhlfriedel

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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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Light and Sound Together at LDI 2016

Recently, HARMAN Professional Solutions joined leaders in the entertainment technology industry at LDI 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In previous years, the “LDI” acronym stood for Lighting Dimensions International, but this year, the event changed its name to “Live Design International.” The tradeshow’s new and more inclusive moniker reflected the show’s shift in emphasis from
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HARMAN Professional Solutions Heads to CES 2017

At HARMAN, we’ve gone beyond being a market leader in audio and connected car solutions. From the home to the car to enterprises worldwide, we are connecting technologies to drive a revolution in what’s possible and create technologies for seamless living. Our products connect people to music, experiences, each other and the bigger world around
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Jeremy Bules, Associate Director of Engineering – Amplifiers

(DriveCore™ chip) From time-to-time, we like to invite our readers behind the scenes to meet some of the extraordinary engineers who develop new products and technologies at HARMAN Professional Solutions. In this edition of Innovator Spotlight, I’m pleased to introduce Jeremy Bules, Associate Director of Engineering – Amplifiers at HARMAN. Jeremy’s groundbreaking work has impacted
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New York’s Prince of Lighting, an Interview with Ken Billington

(“Dreamgirls,” Apollo Theater 2009. Photography: Joan Marcus) Tony Award winner Ken Billington has been infatuated with lighting since the fourth grade when he was working on a play and did a blackout, and his classmates screamed and cheered as the lights came back up. Since then, as one of Broadway’s most-celebrated lighting designers, Ken has
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Tech Talks: Exploring the Product Design Process of a JBL Engineer

(Jacques Spillmann with JBL senior mechanical engineer, Larry Romestant) Welcome to our latest “Tech Talk,” where we meet with industry experts to discuss issues and ideas surrounding audio, visual and lighting (AVL) technology. In this installment, we’re speaking with Jacques Spillmann, a senior manager in mechanical engineering at JBL Professional. In the five years Jacques has
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Faces of HARMAN: Erika Killen, Executive Assistant

It’s always intriguing to learn about the diverse interests HARMAN employees cultivate outside of work. As a photographer, makeup artist, genealogy buff, dog rescuer and costume collector, Executive Assistant Erika Killen leads an exceptionally vibrant personal life while supporting the work of Senior Vice President and GM of HARMAN Professional Solutions’ Entertainment business unit Bryan
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Jim Pennock, Director of Technology and Manager of Digital Signal Processing

For our next installment of the HARMAN Innovator Spotlight series, I’m pleased to introduce Jim Pennock, a master of digital signal processing (DSP), author of 13 patents and, of all things, a racecar driver. Jim works at HARMAN Professional Solutions’ Salt Lake City campus and spearheads an extraordinary range of technological innovations for several brands,
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Creating High-Impact Immersive Lighting with Michael Smalley, Lighting Designer and Director for Bassnectar and Pitbull

(Photography: aLive Coverage) From a lifelong love of jam bands to the energetic rap of Pitbull to mega DJ shows with Bassnectar, production designer, lighting designer and director Michael Smalley has always been impassioned by the energy lighting creates when matched with great music. While loading in at a recent Bassnectar show in Atlanta, just
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Creating Worlds in People’s Heads with Chad Griswold, Monitor Engineer for KC and the Sunshine Band

Chad Griswold lives a full and rewarding dual life as the in-ear monitor engineer for KC and the Sunshine Band and CEO of Mastermind Production Group Inc. The Orange Country, California native groomed Mastermind from a garage-based business, launched in 2005, to a 9000-square-foot sound and lighting rental and full production company. Mastermind provides top-of-the-line
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World-Class Mixing and Sound Design with Front of House Engineer Pat Baltzell

Award-winning sound mixer Pat Baltzell is a true artist and technical wizard who has worked on an unfathomable range of award shows, political conventions, presidential inaugurations and Super Bowl halftime shows. One of the most strikingly calm, modest and skilled industry pros imaginable, Pat has nearly 1,300 live television shows to his credit and seems
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Painting the Music with Rob Koenig, Lighting Designer for Metallica and Lighting Director for Guns N’ Roses

  (Guns N’ Roses photography:  Katarina Benzova) Growing up in Satellite Beach, Florida, close to Patrick Air Force Base and down the road from Cape Canaveral, Rob Koenig, lighting designer, director and programmer for Ignition Show Design, recalls seeing the night sky filled with light and wonder. Although he didn’t follow his father’s footsteps to work
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Behind the Scenes at Guitar Center—How Sales Associates Train to Assist with Pro Audio Purchases

(photography: Guitar Center, Ryan Hunter)  With nearly 300 retail music stores across the country, an extensive pro network and a vast online site with products ranging from the latest gear to vintage treasures, Guitar Center (GC) is undeniably a major influencer, advising everyone from beginners to veteran professionals on their latest equipment or instrument purchase.
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Faces of HARMAN: Aaron Simon, Global Director of Talent and Entertainment Relations

Stroll through the halls of HARMAN’s Northridge campus, and you’ll likely spot posters of our products sharing the limelight with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Maroon 5, Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lopez—the upshot of Aaron Simon’s deal-making and relationship-building prowess. With music at the heart of all he does, Aaron’s record industry pedigree and
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Live Movie Concerts: Experiencing Classic Films with Composer and Conductor David Newman

(Photography: Philip Holahan) Screenings of film favorites, such as “Back to the Future,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “West Side Story” and “The Wizard of Oz,” accompanied by a live performance of the score have become a global phenomenon, giving a much-needed boost to orchestras everywhere. We recently spoke with composer and conductor David Newman,
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Keeping Jimmy Buffett’s Parrothead Party Going with Front of House Engineer Rich Davis

Creating the ideal mix for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s endless summer sound is central to the wildly successful Margaritaville brand. From concert sound and Buffett’s Sirius Satellite Radio station (which broadcasts the shows) to video mixes for Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurants and even mixes for game apps, front of house (FOH) engineer Rich
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Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling: An Interview with Front of House Engineer Rob McWhorter

(Photography: Adam Elmakias) Virtuoso violinist, YouTube sensation and New York Times Best Selling author, Lindsey Stirling recently embarked on a North American tour and, just before she took off, we had an opportunity to meet her front of house (FOH) engineer and production manager, Rob McWhorter. Lindsey began studying classical violin as a child and
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The Magic of Concert Lighting with Bud Horowitz, Lighting Designer for Yanni

From the Egyptian pyramids to Kremlin Hall, lighting design has led Bud Horowitz to the far reaches of our planet. Out of the 70-plus countries he’s visited, 40 have been while serving as lighting designer for world-renowned instrumentalist Yanni, who Bud has toured with for nearly 20 years. With a penchant for the theatrical, Bud
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From Stage to Studio with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: An Interview with Leah Shapiro and Peter Hayes

(©Michelle Shiers Photography) Since the band’s premier album release in 2001, California powerhouse trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) has continued to grow a devoted worldwide audience for its edgy, seductive sound. As a HARMAN Brand Ambassador, we recently had an opportunity to shoot a video with BRMC at the band’s Los Angeles rehearsal space
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HARMAN Innovator Spotlight: Charles Sprinkle, Principal JBL Loudspeaker Systems Engineer

What first strikes you about Charles Sprinkle—JBL innovator, engineer and multiple patent holder—is the glint in his eyes and the palpable welling up of enthusiasm that accompanies his talking about the reference monitors, consumer loudspeakers and other audio solutions he’s found a deep passion for in a second career. Charles joined HARMAN nearly 16 years
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On Location at the Austin Summer X Games with Extreme Sports Sound Designer Ed Johnson

(Ed Johnson relies on his AKG K181 DJ headphones) Ed Johnson’s life could be the envy of any extreme sports fan. As the audio designer for ESPN’s X Games for the last 16 years and, for nearly as long, having worked a year-round schedule of Red Bull live sports events, Ed has witnessed every conceivable sport
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Illuminating the Stage with Jeff Ravitz, Lighting Designer for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Styx

Even as a child, celebrated lighting designer Jeff Ravitz loved theater and the way diverse artistic elements came together to create a show. Later, playing in rock bands and understanding how good performances involved more than just music, Jeff couldn’t resist integrating lights into their gigs, thus setting the stage for his life’s work. With
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Faces of HARMAN: Patrishia Sepani, Human Resources Manager, Northridge

Given HARMAN’s long and storied history, it’s no surprise that numerous employees have chalked up decades of noteworthy accomplishments. There are, however, recent hires that are also having significant impact. Take Patrishia Sepani, who is celebrating her one year anniversary as a Human Resources Manager for HARMAN’s Professional Solutions division this month. An avid kick
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What It Takes to Make an Acoustically Challenging Space Right for Rock ‘n’ Roll

(The Townsend grand opening, featuring Kathy Valentine and the Bluebonnets, SJ Reid Photography) The Townsend, Austin: A Case Study From the art deco Kessler Theater in Dallas to the historic San Francisco Armory, clubs and concert halls of every shape and size are taking root in older buildings across America. And, with each renovation comes a
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