KV2 Audio is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. In 2002, KV2 began its journey in a small cottage tucked away in the forests of Southern Bohemia near the Czech town of Milevsko. In January of 2003, the ES System was released at the NAMM Show “and the rest as they say is history,” as the company says.
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On Feb. 24th, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited his country’s most successful audio company, RØDE Microphones, at the manufacturer’s Silverwater facility, in part to celebrate the Freedman Electronics 50th anniversary.
Prime Minister Turnbull and MP Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, were greeted by RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman, Freedman Electronics CEO Mr. Damien Wilson, and Tony Furney of Furney’s Engineering, then toured the RØDE campus’s state-of-the-art anechoic chamber and various manufacturing departments. These include RØDE’s precision CNC metal work, surface-mount-technology electronics production and RØDE’s one-of-a-kind manufacture installation – the Capsule Cell (it makes the “heart” of the microphone – the capsule).
Fulcrum 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
InfoComm 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.
AES Announces New Membership Benefits & Exclusive E-Library Content; Membership Fee to Increase in SeptemberWednesday, August 17th, 2016
“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.”