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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)

Solotech Announces New Strategic Shareholders

Monday, October 28th, 2013

SOLOTECH_PROD_Logo_RVBFrançois Ménard, president and shareholder of Solotech, has announced three new strategic financial partners for the company: Claridge, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, and Investissement Québec. These changes are part of a reorganization of the company’s share ownership that also includes the departure of some major shareholders, namely one Quebec-based institutional investor and Denis Lefrançois, co-president and one of the main architects of Solotech from its beginnings in 1977.

Ménard comments, “The addition of these three major investors coincides with the company’s plans to expand, through organic growth and acquisitions, and its global ambitions.”


NAB Show Call For Speaker Now Open

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

03 NAB2The NAB Show Call for Speakers is open. More than 93,000 media and entertainment professionals from 156 countries, including more than 1,700 industry press representatives, attended the 2013 NAB Show. Proposals must be submitted by October 18, 2013, to be considered. In order to be fair to all submitters, this deadline will not be extended.

Proposal Requirements

– Proposals featuring original content, research or rarely-seen yet highly regarded speakers will receive very favorable consideration.

– Proposals promoting company products or services will not be accepted; however proposals explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be considered. NAB Show offers Info Sessions on a space-available basis for companies seeking to promote their services. Click here for Info Session particulars.

– Proposals are reviewed based on relevant topic and target audience. Review the target audience for each conference per the information below prior to submitting. Click here to view a sample proposal.

– NAB Show reserves the right to include additional speakers, edit titles and descriptions, and replace moderators as deemed necessary for the overall success of the session and accepted proposal. All such improvements will be reviewed with each submitter.

– All submitters will be notified no later than the week of December 31, 2013, of the status of their submission via email to the address submitters provide on the submission form.


AES Announces New Networked Audio-Over-IP Interoperability Standard: AES67-2013

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has officially announced the publication of AES67-2013, a new engineering standard for networked/streaming audio-over-IP interoperability.

High-performance media networks support professional quality audio (16 bit, 44.1 kHz and higher) with low latencies (less than 10 milliseconds) compatible with live sound reinforcement. The level of network performance required to meet these requirements is available on local-area networks and is achievable on enterprise-scale networks. A number of networked audio systems have been developed to support high-performance media networking, but until now there were no recommendations for operating these systems in an interoperable manner. This standard provides comprehensive interoperability recommendations in the areas of synchronization, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming, session description and connection management.


Stolen L-Acoustics Equipment Surfacing On The American Continent

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

In January 2012 L-Acoustics sent out a notification that a trailer had been stolen on December 8, 2011, in Mexico City, following a Britney Spears concert. The missing trailer contained 24 L-ACOUSTICS K1 and 18 V-DOSC line source elements, 12 K1-SB low-frequency extension enclosures, and 48 SB-218 subwoofers, among other items.


CineQuip White Becomes Whites Digital Sales & Service

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Paul Bronfman, Chairman & CEO of Whites Digital Sales & Service.

Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. (WFW), has announced the creation of a new company name for CinequipWhite Inc., effective immediately to reflect the company’s emphasis on expanded digital offerings.  Based in Toronto, Whites Digital Sales & Service Inc. will continue to provide customized sales and technical solutions to the broadcast, theatrical, and live entertainment industries across Canada.

Larry Lavoie, who has served as CinequipWhite General Manager for over two years, will continue to manage the newly named operation headquartered in its present location, close to William F. White Centre in Toronto.


Martech Announces Closure Of Its Audio/Video Group

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Martech  has ceased its Audio/Video Group, effective immediately. Martech entered into the commercial audio/video industry in 2007. Martech President Marv Verlage said in a statement to customers:



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