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Fulcrum Acoustic Completes New, Larger Factory & Warehouse Facilities

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

fulcrum-factoryFulcrum Acoustic has enhanced manufacturing capacity and flexibility by completing work on a new 35,000-sq.-ft. facility in Whitinsville, MA to house its loudspeaker cabinet manufacturing, final assembly, shipping, and warehousing operations.

“This expansion has been a massive undertaking but it’s very gratifying to see it all come together,” says Fulcrum Acoustic Co-founder and Vice President of R&D David Gunness. “The new space includes a precision woodshop featuring a state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) router, as well as dedicated areas for secondary operations, cabinet assembly, finishing and painting. By closely aligning Fulcrum’s engineering and manufacturing functions, the new workspace further enhances our ability to bring innovative, technology-driven loudspeaker solutions to market quickly.”

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Freedman Electronics Group Buys SoundField from TSL Products

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
Rode Founder Peter Freedman

Rode Founder Peter Freedman

On the eve of its 50th year in business, The Freedman Electronics Group, which includes pro audio brands Rode Microphones, Event Electronics and Aphex, announced its purchasing the surround sound recording company SoundField from TSL Products.

Rode Founder and Managing Director Peter Freedman and TSL Products’ Managing Director Chris Exelby signed the deal on Nov. 21, 2016, sealing a deal that now sees Freedman Electronics take control over the entire SoundField company, including the current product line as well as all IP associated with the brand. The existing product line will continue, and all support and warranty for SoundField products will now be handled through the new entity. TSL Products will retain the upmix/downmix processing product range, which will be rebranded.

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L-Acoustics Acquires CAMCO

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
(L-R) Hervé Guillaume, Reiner Sassmann, Joachim Stoecker & Christian Heil.

(L-R) Hervé Guillaume, Reiner Sassmann, Joachim Stoecker & Christian Heil.

L-Acoustics’ holding company, L-Group, has announced the acquisition of CAMCO, the manufacturer of amplified controllers, DSP, and audio network solutions for the professional audio industry.

CAMCO has over 25 years of experience developing amplified controller technology and holds several patents in the trade. Based in Wenden, Germany, CAMCO counts 50 employees and distributes its products in 60 countries around the globe, in addition to supplying components to professional sound system manufacturers.

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SMPTE Elects Officers & Governors for 2017-2018; Goldman to Serve as Society’s New President

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced that the membership has elected new officers and governors for the 2017-2018 term. Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson, will take office as the new SMPTE president on Jan. 1, 2017.

“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” says SMPTE Past President Wendy Aylsworth, who served as the chair of the Society Nominating Committee. “Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the Society’s growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term — and those who continue in their existing roles — are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry.”

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QSC Acquires Ultra-Stereo Labs

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

QSC, LLC has announced the acquisition of Ultra-Stereo Labs, Inc., effective September 30, 2016.  The acquisition will allow QSC to enhance its portfolio of audio-visual processing and B-chain solutions under the QSC and USL brands for the motion picture exhibition industry.

“As the first major acquisition in the nearly 50-year history of our company, we naturally wanted to find a company that would be an excellent strategic fit for QSC,” says Jatan Shah, Chief Operating Officer of QSC. “We recognize the many valuable contributions that USL has made to the cinema industry over the years, and are confident that the integration of the two companies will provide an even more powerful total value proposition for our customers.  The two companies are complementary in terms of product offering and how we view our commitment to the customer.”

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Audio-Technica Launches New High-Tech Subsidiary Company, Alteros

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Philip Cajka & Jackie Green

Philip Cajka & Jackie Green

Audio-Technica has announced the formation of a new subsidiary company named Alteros. Audio-Technica says the creation of this new company will allow for dedicated focus and flexible action to provide a wide range of technically advanced solutions that directly address issues surrounding the shrinking frequency spectrum, affecting the operation of wireless products used in live audio production, broadcast studios, sporting events, theaters, and other applications. The announcement of the formation of Alteros was made by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. president and CEO, and Jackie Green, Audio-Technica’s U.S. VP of R&D and engineering and Alteros president and CTO. In addition to Jackie Green, the Alteros management team includes Brian Fair, executive VP of digital engineering, and Bob Green, Executive VP of product engineering.

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InfoComm Releases its 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel & Trends Report

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

trends-1024x682-0916InfoComm International has released the 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel and Trends Report. This new report explores the ways pro-AV products and services move through the market – from manufacturer to end-user organization – and identifies factors that influence the various channels. It also includes market forecasts through 2017.

InfoComm engaged Lewis Research to conduct the report, which involved a primary survey, in-depth interviews, secondary data sources, and past InfoComm research, to uncover key trends that impact the stakeholders throughout the pro-AV channel.

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AES Announces New Membership Benefits & Exclusive E-Library Content; Membership Fee to Increase in September

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

AES_ELibraryAudio Engineering Society members now have full access to the AES E-Library as a membership benefit.

“AES has been the driving force behind most, if not all, audio innovation over the past six decades,” says Bob Moses, AES executive director. “From the early days of pro audio in the ’50s, to present developments in networked and spatial audio, virtual and augmented reality, streaming, signal processing, the Society has been at the forefront of development in both science and practice across the full range of professional audio disciplines. The AES E-Library documents this incredible legacy in one searchable, online database, with every paper, AES Standard, and Electronic Brief ever published – it’s not just the papers, but the papers that led to the papers. It’s an incredible asset, and we are opening it up to all AES Members as we strive to provide high value in our membership package.”

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Roland Buys 70% of Headphone & Audio Device Maker V-MODA

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.

Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”

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Digiflex Introduces a New Brand Identity

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
New Digiflex logo

New Digiflex logo

Digiflex has revamped its image, introducing a new brand identity with a modernized logo and redefined product structure.

Operating since 1983, Digiflex manufacturers audio, video, data, lighting, and custom cables. Its products are designed and assembled in Montreal, QC.

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