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Rode Microphones Reaches Golden Jubilee

February 9th, 2017
Peter Freedman with his Order of Australia media

Peter Freedman with his Order of Australia media

Throughout 2017, Freedman Electronics, the parent company of Rode Microphones, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over the course of five decades, the company has seen its ups and downs as it transitioned from a small pro audio shop and PA installer founded by Henry and Astrid Freedman, who emigrated from Sweden, into one of Australia’s most successful manufacturers and exporters.

“[I’m] obviously incredibly proud. Half a century, having a business last that long, is pretty special as most businesses fail. But there have been so many things, the ups and downs, and there is so much luck of being in the right place at the right time,” says Peter Freedman, who took over the company from his father in 1987. “But when people say, ‘If you had one piece of advice, what would you say?’ it’s, ‘Never give up.’”

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Adamson Amplifies Focus on Training & Education with New Certifications

February 8th, 2017

05-Adamson-Education-Feb17Ontario-based loudspeaker manufacturer Adamson Systems Engineering is introducing a comprehensive and standardized educational program for 2017 and beyond. The tiered program offers a hybrid of general live sound principles and product-specific training to members of Adamson’s global network and the public, from novice technicians to leading integrators and engineers.

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Roland Announces New Canadian President, Global Appointment

February 8th, 2017
New Roland Canada Pres. & CEO Brian Dupas

New Roland Canada Pres. & CEO Brian Dupas

Roland Canada has announced that Brian Dupas, formerly the vice president of sales for Roland Canada, has been promoted to president and CEO. This move follows the promotion of now-former president and CEO Paul McCabe to the newly-created position of VP of marketing with Roland Corporation.

Over the past 30 years, Dupas has held many roles with Roland Canada, moving his way through the positions of BC sales representative, inside sales manager, and executive sales manager, and his most recent role of VP of sales, which he has held for the past five years.

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GerrAudio Names Peter Snelgrove as Director of Marketing & Education

January 31st, 2017
Peter Snelgrove

Peter Snelgrove

GerrAudio has announced the appointment of Peter Snelgrove to the newly-created position of director of marketing and education.

Snelgrove has 10 years of experience in sales and marketing, initially with the Canadian division of News America Marketing and, most recently, with the mobile application Checkout51. He will be handling GerrAudio’s social media and online presence and will also be co-ordinating all print advertising and online news activities. Snelgrove will also focus new attention on the development and implementation of GerrAudio’s product training seminars and special events, including an expansion of Rational Acoustics Smaart Training across Canada.

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Educational Schedule Released for Expo-Scène 2017

January 27th, 2017

04 Expo-SceneCITT/ICTS is preparing to welcome more than 60 exhibitors and over 1,200 visitors to Montreal for the third annual Expo-Scène trade show and conference, which is returning to the Palais des congrès de Montréal from April 12-13, 2017. Expo-Scène is currently the only major Canadian event dedicated to professionals in the pro audio, sound, lighting, audiovisual, video, and multimedia technology markets.

For this year, educational seminars in French and English are scheduled for the afternoon on both days of the show, spread across four studio spaces. Topics for these classes include live sound production, cargo transportation and customs, what you need to know about drones, real-word beamforming, integration, and more.

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Prolight + Sound 2017 to Focus on Visitor Experience

January 27th, 2017
Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition/Pietro Sutera

Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition/Pietro Sutera

Prolight + Sound 2017, which runs April 4-7 in Frankfurt, Germany, will again be staged in the eastern part of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, as it was for the first time in 2016, which allows the fair to expand the spectrum of products and services, with many exhibitors boasting bigger presentations than before.

An improved visitor-guidance system compared to last year is meant to make it easier for visitors to find the individual product groups. Moreover, there will be separate, clearly laid-out brochures for “special interest” product groups, which bring together the appropriate exhibitors from the various segments. These Quickfinders will be available for the Broadcast, Production & Recording, Stage & Theatre, Media Technology & System Integration, and Event & Congress product segments. Exhibitors from the individual special interest segments can also be found directly via the online search engine of the Prolight + Sound website and the Prolight + Sound app.

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2017 NAMM Show Hosts Record Number of Exhibitors

January 27th, 2017
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

North America’s largest musical products event, the NAMM Show, once again took over the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 19-22, 2017, and this year it continued its expansion into the pro audio market.  Overall, 7,000 brands were represented by the record 1,779 exhibiting companies. There was also a two per cent growth in new exhibiting brands over last year. Overall show registration increased, primarily the result of member company badge allocations, by five per cent to 106,928 from 2016.

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K-array Announces DDH Audio as Exclusive Distributor for Canada

January 27th, 2017
DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard

DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard

K-array has named DDH Audio as its exclusive distributor for Canada.

DDH Audio Owner Daniel Huard acted as a K-array sales representative for K-array America, but after growing the Italian brand’s popularity with its customers in Canada, K-array says it realized the value of having an exclusive distributor for Canada itself.

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PureLink Names Erikson Commercial as its Exclusive Canadian Distributor

January 25th, 2017

PureLink, a provider of HD and UHD/4K video connectivity solutions, has signed an distribution agreement with Erikson Commercial, will now be selling PureLink’s catalog of audio and video matrix routing, signal distribution, extension, and conversion systems.

“Erikson Commercial is very excited to partner with PureLink,” says Erikson VP, Christian Bouchard. “They are an innovative and established company that was first to market with several now standard technologies that shaped the nature of our industry,” he added. “We feel privileged to be introducing to the Canadian marketplace the many solutions PureLink offers, they are indeed a rare commodity, a high quality manufacturer that can offer both affordable and competitive solutions. Consultants and dealers alike will come to realize the high levels of integrity and professionalism that PureLink brings to the table. And all that both on-time and within budget; that’s the edge that makes the difference,” concludes Mr. Bouchard.

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Jeff Rocha Appointed Head of Market Development for North America for L-Acoustics

January 24th, 2017

LA_Jeff_RochaL-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jeff Rocha as Head of Market Development for North America. Reporting directly to L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié, Rocha’s task will be to analyze and develop market strategies for L-Acoustics products in the North American market, collaborating across the applications, marketing, and sales functions for implementation.

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