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..

Crestron Home Adds Lutron Integration That Simplifies Lighting and Shading

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Crestron announced an addition Monday to its Crestron Home software; through an alliance with Lutron, Crestron Home will integrate with Lutron lighting and shading control. Specifically, it will work with RA2 Select, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks with QS and QSX control systems. Focusing on ease of deployment, Crestron Home will automatically detect Lutron hardware on […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 985: You Are About to Make a Fortune Selling Audio, Again

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COVID-19 made us all keenly aware of the value of collaboration. And, collaboration without video is just like watching a silent movie. Not only is audio a heck of a lot more profitable than video but, the post-COVID-19 world is going to bring us a plethora of opportunities to sell  “personalized professional audio gear. Oh, […]

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Medialon Announces Micro-Embedded Solution for Museum Audiovisual Applications

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Medialon has launched a new micro-embedded solution for museum audiovisual (AV) control applications — Showmaster Mini. Showmaster Mini is for simple AV control applications and installation types. It uses a fanless design so it can mount where AV racks aren’t suitable. The ultra-compact design solution is available as standard, with a reduced feature version of […]

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URC and Fusion Research Enter Direct Dealer Sales Agreement

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URC and Fusion Research announced a new URC direct dealer sales agreement Thursday. The companies also announced Total Control 2.0 integration of Fusion Research Solo and Duet Music servers. Starting May 14, 2020, authorized URC direct dealers in the U.S. can purchase Fusion Research Solo and Duet music servers from URC for end-user sales to […]

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BrightSign’s Two New Solutions Aim to Help Retailers Meet Post-COVID, No-Touch Standards

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BrightSign released new products Thursday: BrightLink and BrightMenu. According to BrightSign, the solutions will help businesses operate in the face of new health regulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. BrightLink is a new touchless solution — it enables users to scan a QR code and remotely control a display via their mobile phones, eliminating […]

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AMD Targets BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve With New 8K Capable Radeon Card

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AMD announced the release of the AMD Radeon Pro VII workstation graphics card Wednesday. The graphics card, explicitly aimed at broadcast and in-house production facilities, offers 16GB of extreme speed HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory), and support for 6x synchronized displays and high-bandwidth PCIe 4.0 interconnect technology. Claiming to be 26 percent higher 8K image processing […]

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INFiLED’s New Series Made for Outdoor Advertising Will Be Available This Month

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INFiLED announced its new MV Series Tuesday. The series, according to INFiLED, is suitable for a wide range of fixed outdoor advertising applications. The product features a light-control sensor for day and night automatic brightness adjustment as well as a Remote Display Monitoring System. The MV Series will be available in multiple sizes 1000×1000 mm, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 984: Melody Craigmyle Talks E4v

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On today’s special videocast watch as Gary Kayye and Melody Craigmyle talk about E4v. With COVID-19 impacting the AV industry — Almo Professional AV is the first industry distributor to announce a virtual trade show. E4v connects you to exclusive online education, all while earning up to 8 CTS RUs! Each day includes four tracks […]

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As CEDIA Expo Welcomes Crestron Back, Let’s Issue a Challenge to Dump the Apps

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CEDIA Expo announced that Crestron Electronics will return for the 2020 show, optimistically scheduled to take place Sept. 8-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. And, CEDIA Expo also said Crestron will work with closer to continue the advancement and success of the custom integration channel. “After what has been a challenging year for […]

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Philips Display Solutions Shows How Digital Signage Will Solve Post-COVID-19 Social Distancing Dilemma in Retail

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Philips Professional Display Solutions is providing its vision on how digital signage can help the “new normal” in retail, known as post-COVID-19. The company has created a new series of queue management and people-counting signage solutions designed exclusively to help public settings (including retail stores, supermarkets, cinemas and many more) to monitor and manage footfall […]

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New Panasonic KAIROS Is 100 Gbps AV-over-IP Platform Aimed at Esports and Live TV

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Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America has announced KAIROS. This live production platform provides an AV-over-IP processing platform with an open architecture system for live video switching. Also, it includes complete input and output flexibility, resolution and format independence, maximum CPU/GPU processor utilization and virtually unlimited ME scalability; oh, and it’s uncompressed. As a […]

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Extron Just Dropped the Coolest In-Wall Touch Panel Ever

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Extron is shipping the new TLP Pro 300M 3.5” portrait wall mount TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. The TLP Pro 300M is designed to control video, audio, lighting, shades, HVAC, security and other systems within virtually any environment. This touch panel is equipped with a 320×480 resolution capacitive touch screen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla […]

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Panasonic Unveils New PTZ Camera Aimed at House of Worship, Rental and Broadcast

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Panasonic announced the AW-UE100 integrated pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera, which supports a wide variety of IP transmission protocols, including high-bandwidth NDI, high-efficiency NDI|HX and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT). This new PTZ camera includes a direct drive motor for smooth pan and tilt movement that offers installation flexibility, low noise and high-resolution image capture. It’s designed for […]

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Almo Pro A/V’s Contract Labor and Project Support Now Includes Engineering and Drafting Services

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Almo Professional A/V has expanded its Contract Labor and Project Support offering to now include Engineering and Drafting Services. The expansion comes as Almo partners are looking for ways to keep projects moving forward while providing a smooth and coordinated installation from start-to-finish. “We are all acclimating to an inevitably changed world,” explained Cory Allen, […]

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Savant’s New Hand-Held Remote Comes Equipped With Siri Voice Control

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Savant just launched the new Pro Remote X2 hand-held remote. The Savant X2 can control entertainment, lighting, climate, shades and more and uses Siri voice control. The Savant X2 includes built-in icons for control of favorite services, favorite channels and Savant Scenes and features an all-aluminum chassis and uses a 3.1-inch glass touch screen. It’s […]

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LAVNCH WEEK, By the Numbers

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Last week’s LAVNCH WEEK was huge for both THE rAVe Agency and the industry. In fact, it was the largest virtual AV event, ever, with five days, 36 presenters and 20 hours of streaming — all in one platform. Let’s jump into the numbers. Here are some interesting stats: We streamed 15 terabytes of data […]

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USAV Adds Five New Integrators and a Service Provider

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USAV, a division of PSA, announced Tuesday the addition of five new integrators and one service provider to the USAV consortium. USAV aims to support its members in becoming and sustaining their positions as technology solutions providers. The new partnerships include: Integrators: Bluewater Technologies (Farmington Hills, MI) was founded in 1985 and is the only […]

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MSE Audio Releases Integrator-Focused Applications for the SoundTube IPD Hub 2 DSP Amplifier

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MSE Audio just released applications for the SoundTube IPD Hub 2 DSP Amplifier that shows integrators how to create a Dante-enabled system without a traditional DSP. The IPD Hub 2 is now shipping globally. SoundTube’s IPD Hub 2 amplifier is a two-channel Dante amp with DSP built-in. The amp is AES67-compatible and powered by PoE, […]

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Atomos Now Shipping Module for Ninja V HDR Monitor-Recorder

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Atomos is now shipping the new AtomX SYNC module, which brings wireless timecode, sync and control technology to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder. The module clips in between the Ninja V and your battery using the AtomX expansion system. It connects multiple AtomX SYNC-equipped Ninja Vs with cameras and audio recorders using long-range RF wireless […]

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Legrand Picks Steve Durkee to Lead Legrand | AV as Scott Gill Transitions

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John Selldorff, president and CEO of Legrand North and Central America is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Durkee as Legrand | AV’s next president. Durkee brings to the position an array of experiences in the AV industry. We’d like to send our congratulations to Steve, often referred to as “the nicest guy in AV.” Legrand […]

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Radial Engineering’s New Studio-Grade Preamp Can Be Used for Studio or Touring Applications

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Radial Engineering is shipping its HDI, a high-definition studio-grade direct box and preamp for studio recording or live-touring applications. The cornerstone of the HDI’s capabilities is the color control, which allows the blending of the signal from an ultra-clean operation on one side to amp-like distortion and warm transformer saturation on the other. The results […]

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What Will Jon Sidwick Do Next? We Think We Know!

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After 23 years at Maverick AV Solutions (a TechData company headquartered in the UK), Jon Sidwick, managing director, has announced he will leave the company in May. Maverick transformed from a local projection supplier to a pan-European solution provider in the professional AV, smart signage and smart collaboration markets. Sidwick is passing the baton to […]

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Eventide Releases MicroPitch Dual-Voice Shifter Plug-In for Mac and PC

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Eventide has released its MicroPitch dual-voice pitch shifter plug-in for Mac and PC. MicroPitch is the latest effect originated by Eventide in the 1970s. MicroPitch is a fine-resolution pitch shifter providing effects that range from subtle tone fattening to dramatic slapback effects via longer delays. MicroPitch allows users to mix in detuned and delayed versions […]

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UPDATED: Shure Denied Emergency Motion for Restraining Order Over ClearOne BMA CTH

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Update: Shure sent rAVe the following response to this story: “Attempting to confuse the market, ClearOne continues to publicize every play by play of this litigation, like this recent decision, no matter how inconsequential. Of importance here is Shure’s track record of innovation and market leadership, and ClearOne’s efforts to unlawfully imitate Shure’s products.  Shure’s request […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 983: An Interview with Scott Gill and Steve Durkee of Legrand | AV

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Scott Gill is leaving Legrand | AV in good hands as Steve Durkee, current president of the Legrand | AV’s commercial division, will ascend to the role of President of Legrand | AV later this month. Gary was given the first video interview with both of them on the heels of the announcement of Scott’s departure. Scott and Steve […]

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Listen Technologies Just Bought ExXothermic

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Listen Technologies Corporation has acquired ExXothermic, Inc., a company that makes low-latency Wi-Fi audio technology. ExXothermic has several patents for its Wi-Fi streaming technology and has delivered thousands of Wi-Fi audio channels for use in assistive listening, fitness centers, waiting areas, hospitality and other applications. Listen Technologies and ExXothermic, Inc. have worked together in partnership […]

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TASCAM Announces Audio Interface Compatibility With Cubasis LE3

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TASCAM has announced audio interface compatibility with Steinberg’s new Cubasis LE3 music production app. Previously compatible with iPad only, the new Cubasis LE3 update adds iPhone compatibility as well as other new features. TASCAM is now bundling Cubasis LE3 with its US-1×2 USB audio interface, and SERIES 102i, SERIES 208i, US-2×2, US-4×4 and iXR USB/MIDI […]

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AMC Theatres Is Threatening Universal Studios Like It’s 1999

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Back in the old days, like a decade ago, everyone went to a movie theater to watch “first-run” films — especially blockbusters. We all loved the immersive experience, the better audio, the taste of the popcorn and the giant screen. Now, not so much. Although, in this COVID-19 environment, I’d give nearly anything to sit […]

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Atomos Announces RAW Recording Support for Sony PXW-FX9 Camcorder

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Atomos has just announced RAW recording support for the Sony PXW-FX9 camcorder with full-frame sensor, which will soon output RAW over SDI in a variety of frame rates up to DCI 4Kp60 and up to DCI 2Kp180. Initially, the Atomos Shogun 7 will record Apple ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4Kp60, or in […]

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Ecler Pro Audio Celebrates First Anniversary of Exclusive U.S. Distribution With Almo Pro A/V

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Ecler has over 50 products now available through Almo and offers the ECLER Try & Buy program. Orders are invoiced at dealer cost, net 30-day terms. At 30-days, the integrator can either pay the invoice or request an RMA from Almo. All Ecler products sold by Almo are certified to TAA compliance. The US mix […]

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Solid State Logic Offers New Fixed-Layout Fader Compact Control Surface

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Solid State Logic (SSL) announced the release of the new S300-48 fixed-layout 48+1 fader compact control surface. It can be combined with the portfolio of SSL’s System T consoles, remote tiles and screen interfaces, Tempest Processing Engines and Network I/O options. The expanded console configuration is designed to integrate with larger System T installations or […]

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