Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..

Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar Now Zoom-Certified

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced Thursday that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom. Designed for huddle rooms, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System is a wall-mounted unit that features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for […]

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AtlasIED Drops New Sound-Masking Speaker

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AtlasIED has introduced the M1000A35 sound masking speaker to its M1000 lineup. The M1000A35 is powered by an internal 5-watt amplifier and produces 30W output to power additional M1000 passive speakers. The M1000A35 includes a non-repeatable pink noise generator and utilizes its EQ curves to make acoustical room calibrations accurate. If integration into an existing […]

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Waves Audio Updates OVox Vocal ReSynthesis Plug-In

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Waves Audio has released a new update to its OVox Vocal ReSynthesis plug-in, now with a MIDI Out feature, NKS compatibility with Native Instruments controllers, SoundGrid real-time compatibility and hundreds of new presets. New features: MIDI Out in real-time (including Voice-to-MIDI) SoundGrid-compatible for real-time performance NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine 250 presets added, […]

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

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This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers. Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts: Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two […]

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Xilica Releases of Xilica Designer 4.0 Software

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Xilica announced the release of Xilica Designer 4.0 software, a drag-and-drop platform that simplifies the design, configuration and integration of Xilica DSPs and third-party AV systems. Xilica Designer 4.0 software offers integrators a single, centralized platform for project design and management. Xilica Designer software provides optimized configuration of Xilica Solaro DSPs, as well as Xilica’s […]

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VuWall Debuts Free Pre-Populated Coronavirus Command Center App for ANY Device

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We’ve received many COVID-19 press releases — most of them self-serving. This one is NOT. Kudos to VuWall for offering this up. You don’t even have to have a VuWall system to use it (and it even works on a PC). VuWall is looking to partner with those who are on the front lines working […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 975: PSA’s Anthony Bertticelli Talks TEC2020 – The Industry’s Only AV & Security Show

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AV and Security used to be separate markets. But, not anymore. TEC2020, hosted by PSA and USAV, is the industry’s only security — and av-focused show and just-in-time as those two segments of the market are converging with AV-over-IP. The show, scheduled for April 20-23, in Denver, Colorado, is open to any and all to attend! Gary […]

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MediaMatrix Unveils Industrial-Grade PC for Mission-Critical Life-Safety Systems

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The new nCIE PILOT from MediaMatrix is an industrial-grade PC that’s built for mission-critical life-safety systems. Tested and certified to the EN54-16 European Standard, the nCIE PILOT is designed to work in conjunction with the NION Series of digital signal processors (DSPs), also EN54-16 certified, and a host of third-party devices under the MediaMatrix NWare […]

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AVer Integrates Crestron Application Ecosystem WIth Its PTZ Cameras

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AVer announced Wednesday the company has entered the Crestron Application Market ecosystem with its professional auto-tracking and livestreaming PTZ cameras. The integration of AVer Pro AV cameras and the Crestron 3-Series Controller is the first release in this technology partnership. The newly available Crestron module enables control of the AVer TR and PTZ camera models. […]

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MediaMatrix’s NION Series of Digital Signal and Control Processors, nCIE PILOT Control PC Now EN54-16 Certified

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MediaMatrix has announced that its NION Series of digital signal and control processors (DSPs) and nCIE PILOT control PC are now certified by the EN54-16 European Standard. These components form the nucleus of a dynamic VACIE system (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) used to provide optimum protection for the public and for safety personnel. […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

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I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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My Observations From AVI Systems’ AVI LIVE Show: The Last Pre-COVID-19 AV Show

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I am sitting here in my kitchen table writing this. Like many of you who traveled last week, I am in a self-quarantine to protect the world from my potentially having the new coronavirus, sadly known as COVID-19 (sad as COVID used to only refer to that Tempe-based AV manufacturer known for the once-famous EXPiX […]

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SYNNEX Announces New COLLABSolv Division Supporting UCC and Business Collaboration Markets

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SYNNEX Corporation today announced the launch of SYNNEX COLLABSolv, a group designed to provide increased and specialized support for the UCC and business collaboration markets in the U.S. and Canada. SYNNEX COLLABSolv is designed to address AV, IT, CE, UC, cloud, mobile and secure networking technologies under one banner. The business supports a range of […]

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ClearOne Adds Two New Features to COLLABORATE Space Solution

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COLLABORATE Space, the cloud-based collaboration solution from ClearOne added two new features — webinar hosting and Web RTC. COLLABORATE Space Pro, and Enterprise meeting plans can now be upgraded to include the Webinar feature, allowing session hosts to conduct video and audio presentations. Presenters can share video and content to interact with the audience using […]

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BenQ Launches New RM Series, Expands Lineup of Interactive Flat Panels

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BenQ has expanded its lineup of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with the launch of new models in its RM Series. Available in 55”, 65” and 75” versions, the RM UHD IFPs are designed for classrooms. The new models leverage BenQ’s Smart Eye-Care features that they say help protect users’ eyes. The new BenQ RM02K Series […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 974: Here’s Why You Should Sign Up for Wednesday’s UCC Webinar!

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This Wednesday, March 18 at 2:30pm, Gary Kayye (with guest star Dana Cory, of Avocor) will deliver an all-you-need-to-know about UCC webinar. So, what? Well, Gary will focus on every single product used in huddle or meeting spaces and call out the best (and not so best) products out there to use and, well, Dana will […]

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A Letter to the AV Industry from AVIXA About InfoComm and COVID-19

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes sent the following letter out to the AV industry today. My thoughts are below his letter. A Letter to the AV Industry I , as many of you, continue to watch the news on a moment-by-moment basis. As we are making decisions that affect our travel, business and family, I want […]

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It’s Not Often an AV Company Wins an Emmy, But Audinate Did

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Audinate, the developer of Dante, has won a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its contributions in enabling the production industry’s transition of analog audio and video onto the network. Used in thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers, Audinate’s Dante is the de-facto standard for modern AV connectivity. Dante has revolutionized the AV industry […]

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L-Acoustics Gets Recognized With Coolest Award Ever!

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I have been reading Fast Company magazine for nearly 20 years. I regard it as one of the few innovative, forward-looking business pubs in the world — behind WIRED. So, when I saw this from L-Acoustics, I wanted to give the company kudos and recognition! L-Acoustics has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list […]

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BenQ Debuts InstaShow S WDC20 Secure Wireless Presentation System

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BenQ just launched the InstaShow S WDC20. Built from the ground up to eliminate security threats (thus, the “S” in its name) that most wireless presentation systems can introduce. BenQ says that the InstaShow is certified by Onward Security, a leading cybersecurity provider, as having no critical and high-risk vulnerabilities as based on the Common […]

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Vaddio Releases New RoboSHOT 12E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI

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Building on the success of the RoboSHOT 30E NDI Camera, Vaddio recently launched its RoboSHOT 12E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI, a low latency solution in the NDI ecosystem. The RoboSHOT 12E NDI Camera is a recognizable video source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard local area network. In addition, the […]

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Updated: ClearOne Wins Another Patent Judgment Against Shure

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This story has been updated with a statement from Shure. ClearOne has announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued a judgment last Friday affirming a January 2019 decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) confirming the patentability […]

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NETGEAR’s M4300 Series Switches Are Crestron Certified for DM NVX

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NETGEAR today announced the M4300 series switches are now officially Crestron certified for the DM NVX AV-over-IP solutions. NETGEAR has purposely configured the M4300 and new M4500 series switches to work out of the box for most AV-over-IP installations – and this is now the case for Crestron DM NVX endpoints as well. NETGEAR says […]

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Lifesize and Serenova Merge, Thanks to the Same Company That Led AVI-SPL and Whitlock Merger Last Month

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Marlin Equity Partners is merging videoconferencing provider Lifesize and Serenova, a contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) provider. Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management, is the financial sponsor of the merger and will continue to invest and support the growth of the combined business to address the $60 billion […]

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Panasonic Announces New Disney Ride Using 4K Projectors

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Panasonic today announced that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway — the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort has opened inside Hollywood Studios. Using Panasonic 4K projection technology, this is the first ride, believe it or not, that features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. “As Disney guests enter Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, they enter […]

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Sara Potecha, Author of West Point Woman, to Keynote AVIXA Women’s Council 2020 InfoComm Breakfast

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The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the ProAV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2020, on Thurs., June 18, with keynote speaker Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman. “I’m always fascinated by industries where women are not the majority – where they’re going up […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 972: Planar’s ISE 2020 Booth Was Packed; Here’s Why!

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Not only did Planar launch the narrowest, shippable, pixel-pitch LED at ISE 2020 (How narrow? Listen to know) but, they also wow’d the attendees with its Look-Thru Displays. Listen to this ISE 2020 wrap-up podcast with Planar’s VP of product development, Steve Seminario. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Magewell to Release Its Most Powerful Decoder Ever in April

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Magewell will unveil its most powerful decoder to date in April to support both Newtek’s NDI technology (for production-grade media transport) and the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol (developed and open-sourced by Haivision). For internet-delivered H.264 and H.265 streams, the Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K transforms IP streams up to 4K@60Hz for baseband […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 970: Miss Seeing SMART Tech’s New Collaboration Boards at ISE? Well, Here’s a Real-Time Video Demo

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Gary was joined on today’s videocast with SMART’s Manager, Enterprise Strategy, Frazer Couzens, who literally leads a real-time demo of the new SMART collaboration board lineup. And, he shows how you can use SMART’s free TeamWorks app to one-touch join a Zoom, WebEx or Microsoft Teams room from the same board! The SMART collaboration board lineup works in both Room-Based Meetings (RBMs) […]

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