Meyer Sound has announced the promotion of Katrin Rawks to Director of Loudspeaker Engineering and the hiring of Ianina Canalis as Application Architect, Spatial Audio Specialist.
Starting at Meyer Sound as a student intern in 2003, Rawks has steadily taken on increasing responsibilities, culminating in this latest appointment, where she reports directly to Vice President of R&D Marc Chutczer.
In prior positions in mechanical engineering and transducer engineering, Rawks worked directly with company President & CEO John Meyer and Vice President and Chief Loudspeaker Designer Pablo Espinosa on the mechanical and acoustical designs of 23 Meyer Sound products, including LEO Family line array loudspeakers, the new ULTRA-X point source loudspeakers and the breakthrough Bluehorn System. She is co-holder of the technology patent associated with LEOPARD line array loudspeakers as well as five design patents related to Ashby, Amie and LEOPARD.
“It’s been inspiring to work with Katrin over the years, and watching her develop her considerable talents as a key member of our loudspeaker engineering team,” states John Meyer.
“What I really appreciate about Meyer Sound, and why I’ve chosen to make my career here, is the scientific integrity that underscores all we do,” says Rawks. “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who are extremely knowledgeable and who are as enthusiastic about what they do as I am.”
Rawks received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and has completed graduate level courses in acoustics through Penn State Distance Learning. She is based at Meyer Sound’s Berkeley headquarters.
Joining Meyer Sound early in 2020, Canalis is contributing her expertise to the final development stages of Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s spatial sound design and mixing tool. Prior to joining Meyer Sound, she held posts as a lecturer in live sound technology at universities in both the United Kingdom and her native Argentina. During this time, she continued to develop and demonstrate her own software for multichannel live sound production she calls ISSP, or Immersive Sound System Panning.
Canalis initially developed ISSP while earning her Master of Science in Audio Engineering from Leeds Beckett University. She also holds dual bachelor’s degrees (Audiovisual Technology, Sound and Recording) from the National University of Lanús in Argentina. Meyer Sound discovered her talents when she applied ISSP to several live events sponsored by SoundGirls, first at sound:check Xpo 2019 in Mexico City and later that year at the AES convention in New York. Canalis is based in Berlin, Germany and also reports to Chutczer.
“It is wonderful to be part of the Spacemap Go global development team,” says Canalis. “Each member comes with a spectacular background, which enhances the exchanges among us. We are refining this software together, continually improving the tool as we strive to increase the creative possibilities.”
“We continue to be amazed and gratified by the talents of the people we attract to Meyer Sound, and also those we’ve been able to retain for years while they develop their skills,” concludesExecutive Vice President Helen Meyer. “With Ianina and Katrin, we are also proud to continue our industry leadership in promoting gender balance in top-level positions.”