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Primacoustic Launches New Website Featuring Customized User Experience

December 20th, 2016

primacousticlaunchesnewwebsitePrimacoustic has launched its new website featuring a streamlined user experience that customizes to the individual user’s needs, a brand new blog section announcing the latest product news, and featured applications as well an extensive library of educational resources. The site retains the online room calculator/quote feature from the previous site.

Primacoustic’s Steve Dickson, Business Development, comments, “The markets and applications for acoustic treatment continue to snowball year after year and we decided we needed to restructure our website to provide the optimal user experience. We know when a potential customer lands on our site, they need to find their application quickly and be walked through potential solution scenarios with as little fuss and distraction as possible. Users also have immediate access to case studies and stories about installations that relate closely to their own situation. As always, a free quote feature allows users to submit their room specifics and measurements to learn more about their solution and the associated cost of materials.”

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Kees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal

December 9th, 2016

keesweblogoKees van Draanen back with Réalisations Inc. Montreal. He has more than 30 thirty years of experience working for cultural organisations based in Québec, Ontario, and Europe in the fields of administration, human resources, and finance.

After studies in history followed by diplomas in accounting and economics, Kees worked most notably for Cirque du Soleil as an administrative director from 1988 to 1993 in Canada and from 1994 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2005 in Europe. Upon his return to Canada in 2006, he consulted for the Palais Montcalm theatre to put into place its administrative structure. He then worked for Réalisations as its director of administration and finances and afterwards worked with the Grand Ballets Canadiens and, most recently, with RIDEAU – an independent network of presenters of artistic events.

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Techni+Contact Hires New Central Ontario Regional Sales Manager

December 5th, 2016
George Grech

George Grech

Techni+Contact Canada has announced the appointment of George Grech to the position of regional sales manager for Central Ontario, effective immediately.

Grech is a recognized professional in the Canadian audio visual technology integration industry with extensive experience in AV/IT technology sales and training. He has over 25 years’ experience in the conference and integration industry combining in-depth knowledge of audio and video solutions.

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February Freeze 2017 Fast Approaching

November 25th, 2016

03freezeWilliam F. White is preparing to host the 16th annual edition of February Freeze. This technology showcase is a pre-NAB exhibit that lets production professionals navigate the latest innovations and technologies while connecting with one another. The event will take place at the William F. White Centre on February 7th, 2017, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Production professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in these technologies are invited to take part in free workshops and seminars, participate in demos, ask questions to industry leaders, and test new equipment onsite.

Visit www.februaryfreeze.com for more information.

NAMM Boosts Pro Audio Focus for 2017 Show

November 25th, 2016

01nammThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced it will feature Dante training and certification sessions on Jan. 20-21 at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, in addition to other pro audio show features. The 2017 NAMM Show will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center Jan. 19-22, 2017.

The Dante training sessions will be presented at the show by Audinate, and will offer attendees an intensive two-days, hands-on training program as part of the company’s Dante Certification Program. As an added programming bonus, TEC Tracks at The NAMM Show will host an “Introduction to Dante” session during its newly-announced Live Sound Day on Thursday, Jan. 19. On that day, participants can learn more about the multi-channel, digital media networking protocol.

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Theatre Sound Designer Peter McBoyle to Present at AES Toronto’s December Meeting

November 24th, 2016

peter_mcboyleThe Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that it’s next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 and will feature accomplished theatre sound designer Peter McBoyle discussing his career and specific productions, including this summer’s Stratford Festival production of A Chorus Line.

About the Event

Sound design for live musical theatre productions has significantly benefited from technological developments in digital audio and digital signal processing in recent years.

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Riedel Communications Expands North America Technical Services Staff with Two New Hires

November 22nd, 2016
Justin McClellan

Justin McClellan

Building out the technical capacity and capabilities of its North American team, Riedel Communications has hired Zach Funk and Justin McClellan as service and support engineers in the Riedel North America Technical Services department. Through their previous experiences in live-event production and broadcast television, both Funk and McClellan have overseen setup, implementation, and maintenance of Riedel signal distribution and communications systems.

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QSC Expands its Leadership Team with Senior Management Promotions 

November 22nd, 2016

QSC has announced the promotions of several long-term employees to senior leadership roles within its powerful global sales, engineering, and executive management teams.  The new promotions include Anna Csontos to VP, Chief of Staff; Perry Celia to Senior Director, Domestic Sales; and Arnie Marx to Senior Director, Software Development.

Anna Csontos, Vice President, Chief of Staff

Anna Csontos, Vice President, Chief of Staff

“QSC has been very fortunate to have an extremely healthy business that continues to grow year after year, and this is due in large part to the talented people who work here and continue to grow in their careers, “ says QSC CEO Joe Pham. “We congratulate Anna, Perry, and Arnie and I am extremely confident that QSC will continue to benefit immensely from all of their efforts and contributions.”

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Freedman Electronics Group Buys SoundField from TSL Products

November 22nd, 2016
Rode Founder Peter Freedman

Rode Founder Peter Freedman

On the eve of its 50th year in business, The Freedman Electronics Group, which includes pro audio brands Rode Microphones, Event Electronics and Aphex, announced its purchasing the surround sound recording company SoundField from TSL Products.

Rode Founder and Managing Director Peter Freedman and TSL Products’ Managing Director Chris Exelby signed the deal on Nov. 21, 2016, sealing a deal that now sees Freedman Electronics take control over the entire SoundField company, including the current product line as well as all IP associated with the brand. The existing product line will continue, and all support and warranty for SoundField products will now be handled through the new entity. TSL Products will retain the upmix/downmix processing product range, which will be rebranded.

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GerrAudio Expands Ontario & Quebec Sales Support & Service Team

November 21st, 2016
Dany Legendre

Dany Legendre

Bob Snelgrove, president of GerrAudio Distribution, has announced the addition of Dany Legendre and Michael Belluz to the company’s team of technical sales support specialists.

Legendre is described as a highly respected technical artist throughout Quebec and has toured inside and out of Canada mixing a wide variety of concerts, special events, and broadcasts. He has a deep knowledge of DiGiCo mixing consoles as well as being recognized by DPA Microphones as a member of DPA’s “Master’s Club.” Most recently, Legendre has been known for being Roch Voisine’s head of audio. Legendre is based in Montreal and will be primarily looking after the Quebec market.

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