The amplification experts at Powersoft have had an enormous impact on the pro-audio landscape thanks to their high power amp modules and rack amps. Zoe Mutter travelled to the HQ in Florence to hear the company’s fascinating story from its founding members.
Richards began his career working as an AV technician at Samuelson Communications before moving into freelance production management for a number of years. After taking on the role of senior production manager with PCI Fitch, Richards joined the Jack Morton team as technical director in 2005.
On a recent trip to Crestron’s US home, Clive Couldwell surveyed the company’s inner workings, learned just what makes the company tick and discussed future product development.
Group Director of IT, BuroHappold Engineering.
It’s the need that matters, not the box. Future markets will demand that AV companies can deliver both business savvy and engineering skills, Electrosonic’s Sarah Joyce tells Peter Lloyd.
After completing a Bachelor in Audio Visual Production Techniques in 1996, Camies completed a second study at the Academy for Arts in Groningen, Netherlands with one year as an exchange student at the Academy Royal des Beaux Arts et Métiers in Brussels where he helped set up the Academy’s Media Technology department in 1999.
In a world with ubiquitous IT, reams of data and high-profile security needs, AV has to work in an interconnected world. But it’s still vital, as SMW president Fred Shen told Peter Lloyd.
Brameld is a long standing AV practitioner and AV Awards judge. Currently leading the multimedia team at PTS Consulting, his interest in AV started in his teenage years. After gaining a Physics degree from Imperial College London, Brameld joined the BBC as a Broadcast Projects Engineer. He subsequently worked in AV contracting for 12 years before becoming an AV consultant which has kept him busy for the last 12 years or so at MJC and PTS Consulting.
Clive Couldwell talks to Harman’s Blake Augsburger about his company’s future direction and product development.
When Brian Waterfield started at Jaguar Landrover in 2000, he never thought that he would be upping his game to the level he has achieved today. From starting out as a pattern maker then moving into design and inspection, Waterfield identified an opportunity for this whole process to exist in a virtual world before reality, creating a faster and more efficient route to market. One Masters in Virtual Reality, Gaming Technology and High End Visualisation later VR manager Waterfield journeys back to share his secrets of JLRs alternative universe with AV.
Several years working as a member of the project team at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford responsible for a £61 million refurbishment of its 32 galleries, followed by a stint as exhibition coordinator at the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, has given Nick Butterley a deep understanding of the role that AV installations can play in museums and exhibitions. These roles provided invaluable background experience for his new position as senior project manager, working with SyscoAV on the inaugural exhibition in the new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum, says Steve Montgomery.
Buying AMX takes pro audio manufacturer Harman into new territory. But the deal also opens up new markets for AMX at a time when the whole AV scene is changing, as AMX president, Rashid Skaf, told Peter Lloyd earlier this year.
AV channel change is on everyone’s minds. But as Europe’s longest-established multi-country trade distributor, COMM-TEC has found a formula that works, says Peter Lloyd.
In a rather unusual turn of events, instead of going back to the drawing board, BIM director for Balfour Beatty’s UK construction Major Projects business, Tom Loader is rewriting the rules of said drawing board. The construction industry is on the cusp of a technology revolution with Loader very much at the helm spending his days developing the use of virtual reality in CAVES, although not as you might know them, using 3D modelling to replicate real environments at all phases of the design process to enhance the customer experience and improve business efficiency.
Former Impact Marcom head Julian Phillips moved into the American AV business three years ago. Now he’s in a good position to promote change in the industry, says Peter Lloyd.
Not many people can claim their client list includes Her Majesty the Queen and Queen the rock group, but Piers Shepperd can, writes Paul Bray. In more than 20 years in the backstage business, the 42-year-old founder and technical director of London-based events company, Wonder Works has worked not only at Buckingham Palace but with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, Take That and Tina Turner.
Once malaise-ridden, Barco has become one of the most successful and relentlessly changing AV manufacturers. Peter Lloyd asked corporate AV director Peter Pauwels what’s changed, and where it’s going.
New directions are important. But to make the most of them a manufacturer’s products, marketing, partners and people all have to work together. This is the message Peter Lloyd took away from his interview with Christie’s vice-president EMEA, Dale Miller, recently.