Meet the HARMAN Luxury Audio Team
Name: Jeff Kadin
Position/Job Title: Senior Manager, Software Engineering
With HARMAN Since May 2013
With Meet The HARMAN Luxury Team, our goal is for you to get to know us better. Each edition we’ll be featuring a different member of the team, and this month it’s Jeff Kadin, Senior Manager, Software Engineering.
How would you describe what you do in your current role?
Manage, write, debug and test software used in Mark Levinson products. I also review and help design hardware for Mark Levinson products.
What did you study in school? Did you always imagine yourself doing something like what you’re doing now, or did the fates just take you in that direction?
I studied Electrical Engineering in college. I love music and I would like to have been a musician, but I knew that was not in the cards. I decided to get into the music industry another way.
Share with us a little bit of your career arc.
I worked for CBS out of college in corporate research where I worked on different projects for divisions across the company’s holdings. I found replacements for optics for the Show and Play Projector and helped design the Quasra for record production. I was also involved with FMX and a key designer of the re-entrant compressor. Later on, I worked solely for CBS Records designing cassette and CD mastering equipment. I was one of the principle engineers for the Digital High Speed Cassette Masters project and received a patent for the design. I worked at Dictaphone as a DSP designer for a short time after Sony bought CBS Records and shut down U.S. Research. After Dictaphone I worked at Krell for many years before I came to HARMAN.
What is the most important thing you have learned over your career?
The most import thing I learned is that you need to take in and evaluate all the information you get to analyze a problem. Often times, after a problem is solved you can see the answer was available but you didn’t realize it was right in front of you.
Any other advice you would offer people just starting out in this industry?
Take good notes, keep a diary or log. Your experience is your future value and writing it down allows you to refer to it or at least remember it.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of my troubleshooting skills.
When did you first realize you had a passion for music or audio? Was there any one song, band or movie that did it for you?
In middle school I joined a band playing organ, and from that point on my passion was music in one form or another.
What current technology impresses you the most?
Artificial intelligence is making its way into all kinds of products from pool vacuums to automated music mixing software. It is the technology I am most impressed with.
What’s your favorite music genre?
The desert island question of course. If you were marooned for eternity and could only listen to three albums, what would they be?
Hits of the ’70s, The Best of Freddie King, Jimmy Smith Retrospective.