According to Felipe Vargas, a few years ago there were few AV users are now many more, and continue to grow, so stay ahead in the market and be a reference forces continue studying and implementing the various technologies and concepts .

Richard St.

After declaring a frustrated musician, Felipe Vargas decided to pursue the professional audio facilities taking advantage of their skills and acquired his musical training in Classical Piano at the School of Musical Arts at the University of Costa Rica. Thus it began the history of Costa Rica within the audiovisual industry, totaling more than 20 years of experience.

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"At the Angelus Choir of Costa Rica, in 1991, I learned to mix, to connect computers and solve technical problems quickly and effectively. Immediately I began working in John Bansbach Musical Instruments, a company in which I was responsible, in 1993, creating the area of ​​installed projects and also manage representations Bose and Shure for the country. It was there where it all began, "he said.

Since then the career of Felipe Vargas has not stopped and the projects in which he has participated are counted throughout Latin America. By mid-1997 was working in Medellin, Colombia, in Disctronics Pro, related brands like Biamp Systems, Crestron and Barco.

He went by Yamaha Panama, sales manager for Latin America Biamp from Costa Rica, from the same position in Illinois Shure and Bose again from Costa Rica. To 2009 he served as director of Lima Sound Contractors Projects in Peru, and later as Manager Project Engineering in Novotic, Chile.

At present, our Professional of the month for this issue is at the head of the company he founded in May 2015, AV Latin America Consulting Group, a consulting firm in designing audio systems, video and based on his native automation. And from the first of February 2016, share their work with the Project Management Department John Bansbach Musical Instruments.

Improving the sound in churches
Felipe Vargas has excelled in the industry for its design and facilities for churches and temples. His interest in improving the audio of these spaces came on tour with the choir Angelus, through which identified that in the churches audio system was lousy and ended up paying their microphones.

"So I realized that there was the need. And over the years I have also found that audio professionals not involved with churches. This is a captive market, with large and demanding needs. Gradually I was involved with it more and more churches to discover the big potencal they have today, "he said.

More than 325 churches in which Felipe Vargas has intervened to solve their acoustic and speech intelligibility problems, no easy task when you consider that most are old buildings in which no acoustic concept was not included and have conditions architectural individuals that make it even more difficult.

Among them are the cathedrals of Lima, Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Panama and the Votive Temple of Maipu, in Chile. For each project it is based on systems design and acoustic modeling that allow you to develop a suitable solution for each space.

One of the anecdotes reminiscent of his career is related to the installation, in 1997, the sound system of the Cathedral of Ciudad Quesada, in northern Costa Rica. "Mainly we installed the acoustic coating to reduce the reverberation time of the enclosure 11 2,5 seconds within seconds. My 21 years, I had no idea of ​​the scale and magnitude of what he was doing, until I finished, and I said to myself In what I got! Fortunately everything went very well. Today almost 20 years later, the acoustic coating system and still work to perfection. "

An industry with many possibilities
14 hours per day divided into two companies confirm the passion of Felipe Vargas for the AV industry. He said that "really my work is my hobby. For me audio, video, etc., really are my hobby, my hobby, my passion, not only my work. The remaining moments free me I dedicate to my piano studies, and collaboration with the sound system Chorus Angelus ".

Given their knowledge of the AV industry in Latin America, he noted that the size is believed much larger. "We often delude ourselves by our own sales, but actually there are many more integrators we know, and that a biased view assume that the market is smaller than it really is."

He added that "The immediate future will see a great sea of ​​opportunities in which we bear a work of education and training with customers and end users, and, why not, competition too. Often not implemented more and better technological solutions by ignorance of all these, especially IT people ".

On the evolution of the industry has seen, he stressed that increasingly are users looking for digital solutions, with protocols like HDBT and Dante, but you really know the technical implications that entails. In addition, often they ignore the importance of a proper Ethernet network to ensure transmission of audio and video in real time.

"A few years ago there were few users are now many more, and continue to grow, so stay ahead in the market and be a reference forces you to keep studying and implementing the various technologies and concepts, which in often you find them misused. But there are those who want to continue working with similar concepts and outdated, which hinders the development of the industry. "

Finally, said the director of AV Consulting Group that the main challenge of an AV professional is to keep abreast of the various technologies that are being used, both at the level of DSP and uses of AEC, as the protocols HDBT, AVB, Dante and less Cobranet.

"Make sure your team knows all these technologies and be able to pass on knowledge to each of them is a challenge. There are many variables and details to be included to ensure proper handling and application of each of these technologies. Another complex challenge is set reliable solutions, but are salable, because in many cases the customer or end users do not understand the complexity behind such basic concepts as HDMI, HDCP, EDIDs and others, "he said.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.


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