St Louis, Missouri, the birthplace of Chuck Berry, T-Bone Burnett, Scott Joplin and Budweiser can also boast Jerry Harvey as one of its native sons. Born and raised in this musical Midwest hub, Jerry grew up with a passion for Music and a flare for Audio. That passion and eagerness to learn allowed him to turn running sound in local venues into touring with some of the biggest names in Music history.
In 1994-1995, in-ear monitor technology was in its infancy and not in widespread use in touring as it is today. As Van Halen’s monitor engineer, Jerry was presented with a challenge to find technology that would work for drummer Alex Van Halen. He began to investigate and then to innovate. After trying (and quickly discarding) the available in-ear options, Jerry funneled his experience tuning large arena sound systems and engineered the first 2-way, custom-fit earpiece just for Alex.
Van Halen couldn’t have been happier with the result, and word spread to other artists and engineers on the tour and further to others on the road. Before long, Harvey founded his own company, Ultimate Ears, designing and manufacturing in-ear monitors for touring musicians, crew, and soon audiophiles. Through focusing on innovation, cutting-edge design, and exceptional audio quality his IEMs quickly became the industry standard. In 2005 Logitech acquired Ultimate Ears. Jerry continued to work as one of the top Monitor Engineers in the touring industry.
Now and the Future
Jerry Harvey Audio now offers eight Custom Fit IEM models and three Universal fit models. Jerry’s quest for perfection through innovation continues.