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CITT/ICTS Ready for Rendez-vous 2017 in Saint John

July 24th, 2017

01 Rendez-vousRendez-vous 2017, CITT/ICTS’s annual trade show and conference, will be heading to the Imperial Theatre and Saint John Theatre Company in Saint John, NB from Aug. 9-12.

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IMSTA FESTA Toronto Returning to Ryerson University in October

July 24th, 2017

IMSTA FESTAThe fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show will head back to Ryerson University on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.  Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, IMSTA FESTA events will be held in Chicago, New York, and Berlin, in addition to Toronto, and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

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U.S. Patent Office Rules in Favour of 64 Audio in IEM Design Dispute with JH Audio

July 21st, 2017

64-2On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of 64 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears), finding all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,897,463, held by Jerry Harvey Audio Holdings (JH Audio), unpatentable.  A copy of the PTAB’s ruling can be found here.

The claims found to be unpatentable are directed to a dual high frequency driver in-ear monitor.  JH Audio asserted the claims against 64 Audio in a lawsuit filed in December 2014.  64 Audio sought PTAB review of the dual high frequency driver claims in January 2016.

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d&b audiotechnik Announces Management Changes for the Americas

July 20th, 2017
(L-R) d&b's William Cornell, Colin Beveridge & Jan Scheffels

(L-R) d&b’s William Cornell, Colin Beveridge & Jan Scheffels

Colin Beveridge, CEO of d&b Corporation since its inception in the mid 1990s has transferred his responsibilities for d&b audiotechnik in the Americas to the next generation as part of a planned retirement. Following the transition, Beveridge will remain on board as senior strategic advisor for the management team in the Americas and company headquarters in Backnang, Germany.

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Erikson Audio Now Canadian Distributor for Ferrofish Products

July 10th, 2017

Ferrofish, a German manufacturer of advanced audio solutions and like the A32 Dante AD/DA converter and Verto Series ADAT /MADI / DANTE network solutions, has named Erikson Audio as its exclusive distributor for Canada.

“We’ve been carrying select Ferrofish models for some time,” says Tim Marshall, product manager for Erikson Audio.  “Their association with RME, another brand we represent in Canada allowed us to handle the occasional Ferrofish sale on a case by case basis.   Now, with a regular stream of new, innovative and well placed products coming from Ferrofish, we saw the opportunity for a more formal distribution relationship with them moving forward.”

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Sounds Distribution Announces New Board of Directors

July 10th, 2017
Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Sounds Distribution has announced its new management structure following the sudden passing of company president Rohan Persaud in May 2017.

“Our review over the past four weeks allowed us to better understand our strategy, goals and business needs, and resulted in a change in how our management team is structured,” the company said in its announcement to clients and customers.

The following appointments are effective immediately:

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Dynaudio Implements Significant North America Management Changes

July 7th, 2017
Andrew Werdean

Andrew Werdean

Dynaudio, the Danish high-end loudspeaker specialist, and its newly appointed CEO for North and South America, Andrew Werdean, has announced a number of key promotions, a new hire, extension of the Dynaudio reseller network, and strategic initiatives designed to build the company’s presence and improve the customer experience.

Werdean, who previously served as vice president of sales for the company’s North American business, is a CE leader whose 30 years of industry experience includes work with well-known manufacturers such as RTI, Klipsch, and Jamo, as well as the establishment of two successful installation companies. In leading the Dynaudio sales efforts, he has focused on extending the company’s integration business while overseeing marketing and product management.

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Expanded PLASA Show Seminar Program Announced

July 5th, 2017

PLASA seminarThe PLASA Show seminar program is one of its most important and popular features of show, each year hosting industry experts from around the world who share their knowledge, skills, and experience. This year, with the show taking place Sept. 17-19 in London, U.K., the new, enhanced program is set to deliver more content than before and will feature a diverse range of subjects that will look at topical issues, ground-breaking concepts, and deliver real insight into the world of entertainment technology.

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Kinesys & Drifter Rigging to Host Demo Day in Toronto

June 30th, 2017

KinesysAutomation specialist Kinesys is staging its first product awareness demonstration in Canada on July 8th, 2017. The goal is to make people aware that Kinesys products have “officially landed” in Canada and are available through Toronto’s Drifter Rigging.

The Demo Day is a collaboration between David Bond, who runs Kinesys’ North American operation, and Mark “Drifter” Desloges from Drifter Rigging, a new rental operation recently established in Toronto with a selection of Kinesys equipment. It will be held in a warehouse facility at 100 Carson St., Unit A, in Etobicoke.

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InfoComm Show Experiences 14% Attendance Increase

June 29th, 2017

InfoComm, North America’s largest audiovisual trade show, welcomed more than 40,000 visitors for the first time in its history.

“It’s a watershed year for InfoComm,” says Jason McGraw, senior VP of expositions for InfoComm International. “The technology on display was amazing again, and we’re thrilled with the tremendous response, but we’re especially excited that guest after guest told us this InfoComm offered new and different experiences for our growing, innovative audience.”

By the time the doors closed for the week, InfoComm 2017 had logged 44,077 registered attendees, 13 per cent more than the last time it was held in Orlando, FL, in 2015, and 14 per cent more than InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas.

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