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Focusrite Novation Inc. Names Craig Lewis Director of Sales

October 20th, 2016

craiglewisFocusrite Novation Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based manufacturer Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd., announced the appointment of industry veteran Craig Lewis to the position of director of sales for the Focusrite and Novation brands, with the exception of Focusrite’s Red and RedNet product lines (Focusrite Red and RedNet will continue to be handled by Kurt Howell, National Accounts Manager). The announcement was made by Focusrite Novation Inc. President Phil Wagner.

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LS Media Named Exclusive Canadian Distributor for Avid Live Sound Solutions; Joins Avid Learning Partner Program

October 19th, 2016
LS Media's Hugo Larin

LS Media’s Hugo Larin

After being an Avid agent for the last 10 years, LS Media has become the exclusive Canadian distributor for Avid’s live sound solutions, and it has joined the select Avid Learning Partner (ALP) program providing training in the use of Avid products.

Managed by national sales director Hugo Larin, Montreal-based LS Media, as Avid’s exclusive Canadian distributor for live sound, supplies customers with Avid live sound systems, including the Avid VENUE | S6L mixing system.

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One Systems Names Garry Templin Director Of Sales, North America

October 11th, 2016
One System’s Garry Templin (left) & Doug MacCallum

One System’s Garry Templin (left) & Doug MacCallum

One Systems Inc. has named Garry Templin to the position of director of sales, North America for all three of the company’s brands – One Systems, On Point Audio, and P.Audio. The announcement was made by Doug MacCallum, president of One Systems, Inc.

Templin joined the company earlier this year to spearhead sales efforts for the P.Audio brand. This position provides him better access to the sales reps across all brands, further solidifying the sound reinforcement solutions that One Systems’ products provide to the industry, according to the company.

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SMPTE Elects Officers & Governors for 2017-2018; Goldman to Serve as Society’s New President

October 6th, 2016
Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced that the membership has elected new officers and governors for the 2017-2018 term. Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson, will take office as the new SMPTE president on Jan. 1, 2017.

“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” says SMPTE Past President Wendy Aylsworth, who served as the chair of the Society Nominating Committee. “Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the Society’s growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term — and those who continue in their existing roles — are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry.”

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Music Group Hires James Bradbury to Lead Tannoy’s Lifestyle Division

October 6th, 2016

james-bradburyMUSIC Group, parent company of audio brand Tannoy, has today announced the appointment of a new VP to lead its Lifestyle Division. The company has hired James Bradbury to execute a vision to strengthen Tannoy’s market position.

Bradbury has general management experience in the international marketplace in areas such as connected home and digital marketing.

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QSC Acquires Ultra-Stereo Labs

October 4th, 2016

QSC, LLC has announced the acquisition of Ultra-Stereo Labs, Inc., effective September 30, 2016.  The acquisition will allow QSC to enhance its portfolio of audio-visual processing and B-chain solutions under the QSC and USL brands for the motion picture exhibition industry.

“As the first major acquisition in the nearly 50-year history of our company, we naturally wanted to find a company that would be an excellent strategic fit for QSC,” says Jatan Shah, Chief Operating Officer of QSC. “We recognize the many valuable contributions that USL has made to the cinema industry over the years, and are confident that the integration of the two companies will provide an even more powerful total value proposition for our customers.  The two companies are complementary in terms of product offering and how we view our commitment to the customer.”

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Audio-Technica Launches New High-Tech Subsidiary Company, Alteros

September 30th, 2016
Philip Cajka & Jackie Green

Philip Cajka & Jackie Green

Audio-Technica has announced the formation of a new subsidiary company named Alteros. Audio-Technica says the creation of this new company will allow for dedicated focus and flexible action to provide a wide range of technically advanced solutions that directly address issues surrounding the shrinking frequency spectrum, affecting the operation of wireless products used in live audio production, broadcast studios, sporting events, theaters, and other applications. The announcement of the formation of Alteros was made by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. president and CEO, and Jackie Green, Audio-Technica’s U.S. VP of R&D and engineering and Alteros president and CTO. In addition to Jackie Green, the Alteros management team includes Brian Fair, executive VP of digital engineering, and Bob Green, Executive VP of product engineering.

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Makarand Karanjkar Joins Wohler as Director of Engineering

September 29th, 2016

makarand-karanjkar-headshotWohler Technologies, a manufacturer of video, audio and data monitoring solutions, announced the appointment of Makarand Karanjkar as director of engineering. With more than 18 years of experience in the software industry, Karanjkar will be responsible for creating products that enforce Wohler’s strategic shift toward software-centric monitoring solutions.

“Makarand has extensive experience across multiple technology domains and a proven ability to build sophisticated audio and video platforms,” says Michael Kelly, CEO and president of Wohler Technologies. “We are excited to welcome Makarand to the Wohler family as we continue to invest in bringing new solutions to market that meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

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Celestion Appoints Claudia Haase as Distribution Manager for North America

September 28th, 2016

claudiahaaseCelestion, a U.K.-based manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, has announced the appointment of Claudia Haase as distribution manager for North America. In her new role, Haase, who is based out of the Celestion office in New Jersey, will work together with Celestion’s sales and distribution partners to optimize their offerings throughout North America. Celestion is distributed in Canada by McBride Loudspeaker Source.

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TOA Canada Welcomes Doug Knight to the Technical Support Team

September 22nd, 2016
Doug Knight

Doug Knight

TOA Canada has announced the hiring of Doug Knight to the technical support team.

Reporting to Derek Hunter, product support manager, Knight will fill the role of product support where he will be responsible for technical support, R.A. requests, parts requests, service depot support, and product inspection, among other duties.

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