Renkus-Heinz Appoints Sebastian Rivas as Software Development & Research Engineer

Michael Raine
July 11, 2022

Renkus-Heinz has named industry expert Sebastian Rivas as software development and research engineer. Rivas will work closely with Chief Technology Officer Ralph Heinz and Engineering Manager Chad DeFranco.

“I had the opportunity to speak with Harro Heinz about the role and found great value in learning about the history of the company and the innovative processes that have put them as the leader in beam steering loudspeaker technology,” says Rivas. “Renkus-Heinz is a leader in the audio solutions industry and I am fortunate to enter the company at a time to contribute to the sound revolution.”

With close to 15 years in the audio/visual industry, Rivas is well positioned to join the Renkus-Heinz team and advance the company’s audio engineering efforts. Prior to joining Renkus-Heinz, Rivas worked as a professor at St. Thomas University, 2D software developer at Sensey Electronics in Mexico, and at Danley Sound Labs developing the Direct Sound System modeling software.

“Sebastian’s talent and ambition in the audio industry made him the best candidate for the role,” says Heinz. “I know he will be a huge asset to the Renkus-Heinz team and look forward to working with him to advance the Sound Solution.”

“The addition of Sebastian to our team will advance our software algorithms to generate FIR filters that will ultimately enhance the overall sound of our audio solutions,” added DeFranco

Rivas joins the Renkus-Heinz team at a pivotal time as the company has just completed organizational changes with Founder, Harro Heinz, retiring and appointing Monika Smetona as president of the company. The loudspeaker manufacturer has also recently debuted new products at ISE and InfoComm including the PCX Series featuring Passive UniBeam technology for greater application in a variety of installations.

Renkus-Heinz is distributed in Canada by Contact Distribution.

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.