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Montreal Makes Most Of AES 59th Conference

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

01 AES aRunning from July 15-17, 2015, the recent AES 59th conference on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology took place at Montreal’s McGill University and several other venues around the city.

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Harman Acquires SVSi

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Blake Augsburger, president of the Harman Professional Division

Blake Augsburger, president of the Harman Professional Division

Harman International has acquired SVSi, a maker of networked AV products.

Based in Huntsville, AL, SVSi manufactures and sells an extensive portfolio of products for delivering AV over an IP network. Included among these is a full range of encoders and decoders, windowing/wall processors, an audio transceiver, video recorder, and management software. SVSi will join Harman Professional’s Video and Control Strategic Business Unit (SBU) led by Rashid Skaf and marketed under the AMX by Harman brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Eighth Day Sound Adds Adamson E-Series To Global Inventory

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Adamson_EighthDaySoundEighth Day Sound, headquartered in Highland Heights, OH with offices in the U.K. and Australia, has announced that more than 200 Adamson E-Series loudspeakers will be joining its inventory to ensure system availability worldwide.

In 2013, Eighth Day Sound acquired one of the first E15 line array systems, which was immediately put into use by a number of national and regional tours. When the Eighth Day technical team determined that the company’s consistent growth required expanding their live sound inventory, they again turned to Adamson.

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Music Group Acquires TC Group

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Uli BehringerMusic Group has announced its acquisition of TC Group, one of the largest group of companies in the professional audio industry. Headquartered in Denmark, and with offices around the world, TC Group owns and manages brands such as Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, Lake, TC Electronics, TC Helicon, and TC Applied Technologies.

According to the company, the addition of Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, and Lake allows Music Group to round out its professional install and touring sound offerings alongside Midas, Klark Teknik, and Turbosound, while TC Electronics and TC Helicon complement Music Group’s Bugera guitar tube amplifier brand and Behringer prosumer division. The TC Applied Technologies company is invested in semiconductor designs, networking, and interface technology.

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Kling & Freitag Americas Created for North American Distribution

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
L-R: Vaino Gennaro, Jürgen Freitag, & Susanne Seidel

L-R: Vaino Gennaro, Jürgen Freitag, & Susanne Seidel

Kling & Freitag Americas Inc., a new distribution company based in Montreal, is to take on exclusive distribution rights for German loudspeaker brand, Kling & Freitag, throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico with effect from April 1, 2015.

The company was founded by Vaino Gennaro, formerly of Sennheiser Canada where he was in charge of Kling & Freitag distribution, and Susanne Seidel who has held top management roles within a number of technology-driven corporations, including Sennheiser and DPA. Gennaro will occupy the role of general manager with Seidel providing support in marketing and operations.

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KV2 Audio Launches New Website

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 9.00.53 AMAt Prolight+Sound, KV2 took the opportunity to announce the launch of its brand new website at www.kv2audio.com. The company says, “We believe it will help you to understand better what we are trying to accomplish within the world of professional audio.”

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Yamaha Forms Professional Audio Division

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Alan Macpherson headshot

Alan Macpherson

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has announced that it is forming the Professional Audio division to “provide a stronger, more unified presence in the live sound, recording and sound installation markets.”

Alan Macpherson (pictured), a 27-year Yamaha veteran with a background in marketing a broad range of Yamaha musical instruments, commercial audio, live sound, and recording products, will lead a dedicated team of professional and commercial audio specialists in the new division. He will report directly to Tom Sumner, senior vice president of YCA.

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Expo-Scène A Huge Success

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Expo-Scene [Photo: Mauricio Garzon/milemot photographie]

Expo-Scene [Photo: Mauricio Garzon/milemot photographie]

CITT/ICTS rolled out the red carpet to welcome over 1,000 visitors and 50 exhibitors at its inaugural Expo-Scène show, held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal on March 26th and 27th.

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Recap: AES 57th International Conference on The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Avid Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. gives his keynote speech during the AES 57th International Conference in Hollywood, CA

Avid Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. gives his keynote speech during the AES 57th International Conference

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) hosted its 57th International Conference, titled “The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology: Cinema, Television, and the Internet,” in Hollywood, California, on Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015. Co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive, the conference was intended to stimulate increased dialog between the Hollywood content creation community and the AES, and drew a substantial audience to the three-day program, which was presented at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Keynote addresses were given by noted industry professionals, including Dr. Floyd Toole, former AES president, fellow, and gold medal recipient; Louis Hernandez Jr., Avid chairman, president, and CEO; and Francis Rumsey, chair of the AES Technical Council, fellow, and bronze medal award recipient.

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Solotech Further Expands Its Toronto Presence with P.A. Plus Acquisition

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
(L-R) Ron Morissette, Gabor Szepesi & Louis Racine

(L-R) Ron Morissette, Gabor Szepesi & Louis Racine

Following its acquisition of Midnite Hour Productions in November 2014, Solotech has announced its further growth in Toronto with the acquisition of the assets of P.A. Plus Productions.

According to François Ménard, Solotech’s CEO, this transaction will allow Solotech to add P.A. Plus Productions sound system expertise to services already offered by Solotech in the greater Toronto area. This acquisition will complement Solotech’s offer in audio, lighting, video, rigging, and scenery and will be an addition to the activities of Midnite Hour Productions.

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