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Minnetonka Audio Software Now Worldwide Distributor of Dolby Media Emulators

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Minnetonka Audio Software has announced that it is now providing worldwide distribution and resales of the Dolby Media Emulator toolkit from California-based Dolby Laboratories Incorporated.

“Our strategic decision to distribute Dolby Media Emulator strengthens our current product mix and expands our reach into more post suites,” says Jayson Tomlin, vice president of business operations at Minnetonka Audio. “For our customers, Dolby Media Emulator is a bargain in itself. By bundling it with the SurCode suite without raising the price, we’ve created a one-stop shop for media producers that is truly an outstanding value.”


Steve Gamester & Daniel Pellerin to Present at AES Toronto Meeting on Feb. 26

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Toronto section of the Audio Engineering Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Sound by Deluxe (424 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON). Producer Steve Gamester from Entertainment One Television will give a presentation about the back story of how a new History Channel Program, The Perfect Storms: Galveston, was conceived and how sound and music becomes an important partner to the editing and creating the visuals, as far as the CGI and recreations of dramatic elements of the story are concerned. Gamester will be joined by sound mixer Daniel Pellerin from Daniel Pellerin Digital Sound Production.


SoundTube Entertainment Appoints Erikson Commercial Its Exclusive Canadian Distributor

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Erikson Commercial Division Manager Arthur Bronstein

SoundTube Entertainment has announced the appointment of Erikson Commercial as the company’s exclusive distributor for the country of Canada. Erikson Commercial is a division of JAM Industries. In addition to providing office and warehouse space in Montreal, QC, the company has a sales force calling on system integrators, retailers, and commercial sound/lighting installers throughout Canada.

Erikson Commercial Division Manager Arthur Bronstein said the addition of SoundTube to the company is a natural fit for their markets and customer requirements. “The SoundTube line up of products is certainly what we see as the best there is to offer in this segment, the choice for the serious players, the uncompromising approach to the right standard,” said Bronstein. ”Originality in design tied with elegance and superior performance, SoundTube is a brand of choice we are pleased to be representing. We are all looking forward at increasing the brand’s presence in Canada.”


In Memoriam: Victoria “Vicki” Szepesi

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Professional Sound has learned of the very sad news of the passing of Victoria “Vicki” Szepesi, wife of PA Plus owner Gabor Szepesi. Our sincerest condolences go out to Gabor and all of Vicki’s family and friends. Her obituary in the Toronto Star reads:

“SZEPESI, Victoria (Vicki) – Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2013. She will be sadly missed by all. Vicki was the devoted wife and mother of (Gabor) Gup and Jay. Vicki leaves behind her older brother Bill Green of Victoria, BC, her loved sister Sue (Susie) Stymest (Mike) and predeceased by her brother John Green (Marlene). Vicki was loved by her nieces, Kirsty McGeown (Alan), Kim Stymest Shewfelt (John) and Melissa Shipman (Ben). Vicki was great-aunt to Josh and Dylan. No service will be held, but friends and family are welcome to a reception at the family home at 1588 Holburne Road, Mississauga, Wednesday, February 6th, from 3-7 p.m. Vicki loved flowers, so flowers or donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.”

Vicki Szepesi’s obituary can be found in the Feb. 5-6, 2013, issue of the Toronto Star.

Mackie Sells Tracktion To New-Formed Tracktion Software Corporation

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Mackie has announced the sale and transition of Tracktion Music Production Software to the Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC). TSC is led by three principals; Julian ‘Jules’ Storer, the original creator of Tracktion as well as former Mackie employees James ‘Woody’ Woodburn and Dave Christenson.

“With Mackie’s continued focus on creating innovative hardware solutions, the choice to transition Tracktion to TSC was clear,” said Matt Redmon, Mackie product manager. “TSC is fully dedicated to the development, support, and marketing of Tracktion. Their experience with the DAW market and intimate knowledge of Tracktion made them the perfect group to take Tracktion into the future.”


Nimbus Offering Scholarship Through High School Mix Contest

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin.

The Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC is offering Canadian high school students the chance to win scholarship by creating their own mixes. The aspiring recording engineers and producers can enter the Nimbus Mix Contest by mixing their own version of songs from Universal artists Hedley, Sam Roberts, and Karl Wolf.

“This contest is a real opportunity for a new generation of engineers and producers,” said legendary producer Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin.  “This is a chance for talented students to work on tracks from artists they hear on the radio, and to see what it takes to create a mix that stands up to industry standards.”


TOA Canada Hires Ken Kenton As Technical Sales Specialist

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

TOA Canada Corporation has hired Ken Kenton to the position of Technical Sales Specialist.

Kenton’s role will be to assist TOA’s regional sales managers in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, by educating and assisting end users, consultants and engineering firms with product needs and specifications for tender and design build projects. Kenton will be providing technical support from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

Kenton brings to TOA 34 years of electronic communications experience, including sales, technical service, project management and design. He holds Certification in: Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Gold Seal Certification (GSC) in Project Management, The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), Certified Engineering Technologist (CET).


Harman Reaches Agreement To Purchase Martin Professional

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

From L to R:  Christian Engsted (Martin), Blake Augsburger (HARMAN), Jens Bjerg Sørensen (Schouw & Co.)

Schouw & Co., parent company of Martin Professional, has entered into an agreement with the global infotainment and audio company Harman International Industries to sell Martin to HARMAN. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in Q1 2013.

Harman is reportedly purchasing the Denmark-based Martin Professional for 100 million euros (USD $146 million). iStockAnalyst states that Martin Professional reported revenues of around $150 million in fiscal 2011 and employs around 450 people.


Alberta Government Hosting ‘Backstage Access’ Event

Friday, December 14th, 2012


The Alberta government is presenting Backstage Access: Production Expo at the Jube on Jan. 17, 2013. This event consist of theatre production seminars and a technology expo for theatre technicians of all abilities and anyone else who would like to expand their knowledge of staging, lighting, audio, and video in performance events.

A number of manufacturers and distributors will be displaying their latest technologies at a trade expo. As well, factory specialists from a number of lighting, sound, and video companies will be in attendance to answer questions and provide demonstrations.


Contact Distribution Hosting Product Showcase

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Contact Distribution has announced it is holding an event to showcases the major manufacturers and the key people behind those products that Contact Distribution represents across Canada. Technology Showcase or tradeshow/seminar is the largest assembly of product and industry leaders Contact Distribution ever gathered in one spot. The event takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W., in downtown Toronto on Dec. 10-11, 2012.

The heads of the companies or engineering departments will present the latest and future products from Contact Distribution’s partners. All of Contact Distribution’s clients and their staffs as well as their customers/clients are invited to attend.



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