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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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The Long Reach Long Riders Complete 13th Annual Charity Ride

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
[Photo by Bill Ellis]

[Photo by Bill Ellis]

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced that its 13th annual charity motorcycle ride was a tremendous success. The ride, which was dubbed The Radioactive Ride by ride marshal Loren Schreiber, raised over $45,000 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, bringing the total raised since the LRLR rides began to well over $550,000.

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Music Group Moving Tannoy Loudspeaker Production from Scotland to China

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Music Group has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company says it is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees, but in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations completely. In this event, the Tannoy loudspeaker production would be transferred to Music Group’s new manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China, with its research and development and marketing activities being relocated to Music Group’s Innovation centre in Manchester, UK.

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HK Audio Creates New Business Solutions Division to Target Installation Market

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
François Lay, Head of HK Audio's Business Solutions

François Lay, Head of HK Audio’s Business Solutions

HK Audio has formed a new Business Solutions division, which is offering packages worldwide for installation projects that require special custom solutions.

With a focus on the hospitality sector, HK Audio Business Solutions will service customers who are not only looking for exemplary sound reinforcement, but who also want to be able to aesthetically integrate loudspeakers into sophisticated design environments, according to the company. To this end, Business Solutions customers will be able to customize their HK Audio system of choice to suit their needs.

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

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