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HHB Canada Creates Broadcast & System Division

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
(L-R) HHB Canada’s Dave Dysart, Norman Verrall & Dave Misener

(L-R) HHB Canada’s Dave Dysart, Norman Verrall & Dave Misener

HHB Canada has appointed Norman Verrall to manage a newly created Broadcast and System Division. The new division is focused on the needs of the broadcast, live sound, install, house of worship, and production industries. It will also provide path to market for these sectors, independent of HHB Canada’s existing MI and pro audio resellers.


Rode Microphones Acquires Aphex

Friday, July 24th, 2015
Rode Founder Peter Freedman (left) & DWV Entertainment Chairman David Wiener.

Rode Founder Peter Freedman (left) & DWV Entertainment Chairman David Wiener.

Australian pro-audio company Rode Microphones has acquired California-based audio technology manufacturer Aphex, known for its range of audio signal processing equipment and technologies.

Founded in the mid-1970s as Aphex Systems, its products and technologies are now used in a wide range of applications for music, film, video, theatre, gaming, and communications. Aphex’s “Exciter” technology was inducted into the TEC “TECnology” Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of its contribution to improving decades of music and voice for countless artists, albums, movies, TV and radio shows around the world.


Ontario Investing $1.5 Million in Live Theatre Across the Province

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

SouPepperThe Government of Ontario has announced that it is supporting live theatre in communities across the province to build interest in arts and culture, create jobs, and strengthen local economies.

Soulpepper Theatre Company will receive $1.5 million over four years to create a permanent touring repertory theatre. The touring theatre will create approximately 100 new jobs for theatre professionals, grow local theatre audiences, and boost tourism revenue and economic activity related to live theatre, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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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