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Sennheiser & Apogee Electronics Announce Future Collaboration

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

During the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, audio specialists Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics announced their collaboration on future products.

Apogee’s Betty Bennett and Sennheiser’s Peter Claussen have jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, said that “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional and semi-professional audio customers across the globe. Our product portfolios perfectly complement each other, and I am looking forward to collaborate with a company that has truly pushed the boundaries of digital audio.”


Gibson Brands Launches Neat Microphones Division

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

Gibson Brands has announced the launch of Neat microphones.

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, says, “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”


Solotech Host NUAGE Demo Week in Quebec City

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

A recent Yamaha NUAGE demo took place at Solotech’s location in Quebec City, increasing awareness of the new digital audio production system to the Canadian market, and educating its clients about the new system.

Held in October, the “NUAGE Demo Week” included Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems team member Michel Trépanier and Marcel Maurceri and François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, who conducted approximately a dozen of demos and presentations to clients. “The clients really enjoyed the event and were amazed by NUAGE and its impressive possibilities for post-production,” says Fabien Panou, Marketing & Communications for Solotech.


PLASA Announces 2014 Election Results

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

PLASA’s month-long elections to determine positions on its European and North American Regional Boards, together with its central governing body, concluded at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Companies and individuals from PLASA’s worldwide membership voted in the elections, which were conducted via a secure online poll.

Four positions were up for election on the North American Regional Board with Todd Spencer of PSAV elected as vice-chairman, Tracey Cosgrove of Rosco Laboratories as secretary, Orestes Mihaly of PRG filling the position of production services representative, and John Cini of High Output, Inc. voted on to represent rental members.


Solotech Acquires Midnite Hour Productions

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Solotech has acquired Toronto-based company Midnite Hour Productions.

According to François Ménard, CEO of Solotech, this strategic move will allow Solotech to consolidate its position in the Greater Toronto market in addition to joining a team of experts in tailor-made solutions for lighting, video, rigging, and decor for stage, film, and corporate events. Midnite Hour’s founders, Marty Anderson and Louis Racine, and their employees will now be part of the larger Solotech team.


James Thomas Engineering joins TOMCAT in Milos Group

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

JTEJames Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner.  James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977.  Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.


Yamaha Purchases Revolabs

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Yamaha Corporation President Takuya Nakata.

Yamaha Corporation President Takuya Nakata.

Yamaha Corporation has executed an agreement to purchase Revolabs, Inc. and make it a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha.

With this merger, Yamaha says in a statement, the Japan-based company is promoting business growth through mergers and acquisitions in addition to capital tie-ups as one of its major business strategies according to the three-year medium-term management plan, “Yamaha Management Plan 2016,” which took effect in April 2013.

Established in 2005, Massachusetts-based Revolabs mainly supplies such equipment as wireless microphone systems and wireless conference phones for conference rooms. “With the market for conference room equipment expected to expand worldwide, I am extremely happy to welcome Revolabs — a company that has earned a high level of trust from customers and grown rapidly in this market — as a member of the Yamaha Group,” says Takuya Nakata, president of Yamaha Corporation. “Revolabs’ ethos of creating products that provide value for customers with strong technical capabilities as a base meshes well with the Yamaha Group’s corporate philosophy. By combining Revolabs’ wireless microphone systems and wireless conference phones with Yamaha’s voice communication devices and professional audio equipment, we expect to be able to create even more appealing solutions for our customers.”


AVW-TELAV Rebrands As Freeman Audio Visual

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Freeman Audio Visual & InfoComm President Johanne Bélanger

Freeman Audio Visual & InfoComm President Johanne Bélanger

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, Freeman’s audio visual business in Canada, has announced it will change its brand name to Freeman Audio Visual, explaining in a statement that the change “better represents alignment with Freeman’s entire audio visual offering.”

“We are very excited about the opportunities to align our brands and reinforce to our customers the significant resources we can bring to our customers in Canada,” says Johanne Bélanger, president of Freeman Audio Visual in Canada.

According to the company, existing clients will see no change in their working relationships with their AVW-TELAV account teams. The audio visual operating entities will remain intact, with Ken Sanders leading the Freeman Audio Visual business units worldwide and Johanne Belanger continuing to lead the Canadian audio visual division under Sanders’ direction.


InfoComm Celebrates 75 Years With New Board & Major IT Sponsor

Friday, February 14th, 2014

01 InfoComm.jpgAs InfoComm International’s board of directors settle into their new roles and planning for the 2014 InfoComm Show gets into full gear, the organization’s executive and members are also celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Established in 1939, InfoComm has grown from a small room of educational technologists into a 5,000-member-strong association that includes manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end users, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries.

Leading InfoComm into this milestone year is Board of Directors President Johanne Bélanger, who is also president of Canadian firm Freeman Audio Visual (formerly AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions). Bélanger, along with the rest of the 2014 InfoComm board of directors, assumed her new role on Jan. 1.


Steve Villeneuve: 1951-2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014


SVWe here at PS are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Villeneuve, National Sales Manager, Pro Division at Audio Distributors International. Steve was a very loved person within the audio community and beyond and someone who cannot be replaced.

The following is from ADI’s Richard Lasnier, a long-time friend of Steve:

“It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Steve Villeneuve. Steve died of natural causes late last week.

All who knew Steve loved him and cherished him as a charismatic industry treasure appreciated for his work ethic, his enthusiasm, and his congenial personality.

We who knew him closely loved him as a friend and mentor. We will miss him dearly.

It was Steve’s wish that there be no wake and no funeral service.

Rest in peace, Steve!”

– Richard Lasnier, President & CEO, Audio Distributors International (ADI)


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