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Gefen Canada Changes Name to GCI Distribution

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gefen Canada and officially changed its name to GCI Distribution Inc.  The new branding will be in use as of March 1, 2016.

Today, the company’s director of sales, marketing, and operation, Patrice Larose,  released the following statement to customers and business partners:

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InfoComm Releases New Standard to Harmonize Cable Labeling Practices

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Component-cablesInfoComm International has announced the publication of a new audiovisual standard, Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems (CLAS). The new standard defines requirements for labeling cables used in installed AV systems and provides guidance for the easy identification of all power and signal paths in a completed system. Proper cable labeling aids in the operation, support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of AV systems.

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Rode Microphones’ Peter Freedman Receives Order of Australia

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Peter Freedman

Peter Freedman

Founder and managing director of Australian audio company RØDE Microphones, Peter Freedman, has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in recognition for significant service to business, manufacturing and export, and his philanthropic support of cultural events.

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EAW Co-Founder Kenton Forsythe Announces Retirement

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Forsythe_kenton_bEastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, executive vice president of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.

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Open Control Architecture is standardized as AES70

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Open Control Architecture (OCA) – an open control and monitoring standard for professional audio and AV media network devices – has been officially standardized on 4 January 2016 by the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC) in the newly published AES70-2015 standard for audio applications of networks – Open Control Architecture. With the ratification of OCA as AES70, it is now an official public open standard.

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Eighteen Sound Purchases CIARE Brand

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Pierpaolo Marziali

Pierpaolo Marziali, Eighteen Sound CEO

Eighteen Sound Srl of Reggio Emilia, Italy has announced its purchase of the CIARE brand, of Senigallia, Italy.  The purchase takes effect immediately and broadens the scope of the Eighteen Sound product line offering, as well as expanding its access to new global markets.

“This is a direct response to our assessment of our product line offerings and will allow us to offer a broader pallet of products,” notes Giacomo Previ, director of global sales.  “Eighteen Sound will revitalize and strengthen the brand, while maintaining its focus on the professional audio marketplace.  The CIARE brand will be maintained autonomously and continue its storied 70 year history while catering to its loyal client following and maintaining its solid performance standards.”

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PLASA Addresses Financial Challenges, Separation from ESTA & Future Changes

Monday, October 26th, 2015

PLASAPLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has outlined its current position in the wake of various recent changes, and asked for members’ feedback on its next steps as it moves forward.

Speaking at a meeting for PLASA members held during the PLASA Show, John Simpson, PLASA Governing Body chairman and chairman of the White Light Group of companies, said: “Without doubt our major issue this year has been that of diminishing profit, which has led to a critical cash-flow problem for the organisation.

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Tracktion Acquires 2JW Design

Monday, October 19th, 2015

2jw_BldgTracktion Corporation, a developer of music recording software, has completed the acquisition of Seattle-based, audio hardware manufacturer, 2JW Design. The merger is seen as the next step toward Tracktion’s stated goal of creating a new line of boutique professional audio hardware. The first of these products, a computer interface called Copper Reference, is due in 2016.

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AES67-2015 Confirms Stability of Interoperability Standard

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A maintenance revision to AES67-2013 – the AES standard for high-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability – has been issued. The revision, called AES67-2015, clarifies some of the interoperability requirements, based on general implementation and “plugfest” experience.

The possibility to incorporate these revisions was identified during the AES ‘Plugfest’ 1 testing, carried out in cooperation with the European Broadcast Union (EBU), in October last year, and held at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), in Munich, Germany. During these tests ten companies tested 16 currently available networked-audio products with AES67-specific extensions against each other to confirm interoperability.

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PS Publisher Jim Norris Joins Board of Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

PS Oct15 Input JimNThe Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to making music therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information atwww.musictherapytrust.ca.

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