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PLASA Appoints New Chair & Board Members

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
 Adam Blaxill

Adam Blaxill

PLASA has announced changes to its elected board, including the appointment of Adam Blaxill as the new chair. Blaxill joined the PLASA Board as the Professional Services Representative in 2012 and was elected as vice-chair in 2014. He has been voted as the new chair of PLASA through a simple majority vote.

Blaxill takes over from Ed Pagett who has served as chair for an extended seven years. During this time Pagett oversaw the de-merger with ESTA with the support of an executive committee which included Blaxill as vice-chair and Martin Hawthorn as treasurer. This valuable work enabled the survival and growth of PLASA.

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QSC Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

QSC BuildingFounded in 1968 — the year of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and the introduction of the 747 jumbo jet — QSC will now be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018.

The company known today as QSC was born as Quilter Sound Things in a small industrial building in Costa Mesa, CA. The original focus for QSC was hand-built guitar amplifiers; the company only later transforming and evolving to become a leading brand in power amplifiers. “Our early vision was to take over the world with high-powered, giant guitar amps, but we missed that boat and refocused our efforts on power amps,” says Pat Quilter, QSC Founder. “Since the beginning, QSC has always focused on staying close to our customers, which is the foundation for the company’s success.”

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Audiotonix Announces Acquisition of Solid State Logic

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix

James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix

Audiotonix is pleased to announce the acquisition of Solid State Logic (SSL) as part of its expanding group of companies that already includes audio brands DiGiCo, DiGiGrid, Calrec, and Allen & Heath. The deal, which concluded today, brings together a number of the audio industry’s leading mixing console companies.

James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, comments: “We are growing the Audiotonix Group with professional audio brands that have exceptional technology, committed people and a real passion for what they do. With their incredible history and reputation, their enthusiasm and loyal customer base, SSL is ideally placed to be the next partner in the group. The whole group will benefit by having SSL as an integral part of the team going forward. Having their help to further expand our international reach, technology, and customer base will be a lot of fun.”

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ACT Lighting Acquires RapcoHorizon

Monday, November 20th, 2017

ACT Lighting has completed its acquisition of RHC Holdings Corp. (RapcoHorizon).  This move follows ACT Lighting’s recent acquisition of AC Power Distribution.

Headquartered in Jackson, MI and with core facilities in Massachusetts, Canada, and Mexico, RapcoHorizon manufactures interconnect assemblies, audio, data, and interface products, and specialty industrial wire. Its brand portfolio includes ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, and StageMASTER and its products are used by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles, and musicians.  RapcoHorizon also has leading research and development capabilities and a modern custom metal shop to build new devices.

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David Scheirman Takes Office as AES President

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
David Scheirman

David Scheirman

The AES has announced that David Scheirman has taken office as the new president of the Audio Engineering Society. In continuing its role of promoting audio science and education, the AES welcomes Scheirman and his 40-plus years of experience and expertise in professional audio – and as a long-time active member of the AES, where he’s served three terms on the board of governors, along with numerous roles and chair positions at AES conventions and within the AES committee system.

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QSC CEO Named President-Elect of 2018 AVIXA Board of Directors

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Joe Pham

Joe Pham

QSC CEO Named President-Elect of 2018 AVIXA Board of Directors

QSC President and CEO Joe Pham has been named president-elect of the 2018 Board of Directors for AVIXA (formerly InfoComm International). This will be Pham’s fourth year serving on the board where he served as secretary-treasurer in 2017.

“Part of AVIXA’s rebranding is to reinvigorate the market and focus more on the user experience,” says Pham. “As this industry shifts into a world of convergence, AVIXA is looking to grow the AV industry globally and offer additional support and programs to its members. It really is an exciting time in our market and I’m thrilled to be part of this transformation.”

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Transom Capita Acquires LOUD Technologies

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Transom Capital Group has acquired all brands from LOUD Technologies, Inc., including the Mackie, Ampeg, EAW, and Martin Audio brands. The new company will be called LOUD Audio, LLC and be led by the executives of LOUD Technologies, ensuring continuity with product development, distribution and the supply chain but with new capital to enable growth across all brands, according to the company.

“This transaction presents a great opportunity to work with the LOUD team to achieve the next stage of growth for these iconic brands,” says Ty Schultz, managing partner of Transom Capital.  “These brands are positioned well with major retailers, installers and production companies and bring with them an outstanding legacy of innovation and category-defining product introductions.  We have been working closely with LOUD’s leadership to ensure continuity of the supply chain, channel relationships and LOUD’s employee base.  We look forward to realizing the compelling growth opportunities for these brands both in the retail and professional audio spaces.”

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SMPTE Elects Officers & Governors for 2018-2019 Term; Paul Briscoe Re-Elected as Canada Region Governor

Friday, October 6th, 2017

v-nova-joins-smpte-to-encourage-deployment-of-next-generation-video-encodingSMPTE has elected its new officers and governors for the 2018-2019 term.

“This year’s elections bring to SMPTE a powerful blend of experience, leadership, and innovation in driving our industry forward,” says SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, who is also senior vice president of technology, TV, and media solutions at Ericsson. “New and returning officers and governors represent the businesses and institutions dedicated to enabling the next generation of content creation, distribution, and consumption. They will play an instrumental role in maintaining the growing momentum of the Society’s standards, education, and membership initiatives.”

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Audio Engineering Society Announces 2017 Election Results

Monday, September 25th, 2017
AES President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

AES President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2017 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October 2017, shortly after the end of the 143rd International AES Convention in New York. Entering the office of President-Elect is Nadja Wallaszkovits, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, fully assuming the Presidency in October 2018 for a one-year term. Joining the Board of Governors as Treasurer-Elect is Richard Wollrich, who will serve alongside Treasurer Garry Margolis for one year, then begin a two-year term as Treasurer. Also in October, current President Alex Case will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President for the 2017-2018 term, as current President-Elect David Scheirman advances into the Presidency.

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Harman Professional Solutions Laying Off 650 Employees

Monday, September 18th, 2017
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Dinesh Paliwal, Pres. & CEO of Harman International Industries.

Audio, video, lighting, and control systems manufacturer Harman Professional Solutions last week confirmed to AVnetwork that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung.

 “To be clear, the changes we announced yesterday are the culmination of a transformation that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, director of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told AVnetwork.com. “The changes will result in several facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, Indiana, South Jordan, Utah and a few smaller offices throughout Europe that came to Harman through a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years. Following these transitions, Harman stated it will enter a “rebuilding” mode and form three “Centers of Competency”: Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centers will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, mechanical structures, and other supporting elements. The job of converting these technologies into competitive products will be for our newly formed New Product Innovation (NPI) teams.

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