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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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InfoComm Releases its 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel & Trends Report

September 21st, 2016

trends-1024x682-0916InfoComm International has released the 2016 Global Pro-AV Distribution Channel and Trends Report. This new report explores the ways pro-AV products and services move through the market – from manufacturer to end-user organization – and identifies factors that influence the various channels. It also includes market forecasts through 2017.

InfoComm engaged Lewis Research to conduct the report, which involved a primary survey, in-depth interviews, secondary data sources, and past InfoComm research, to uncover key trends that impact the stakeholders throughout the pro-AV channel.

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Rycote Appoints Gerry Forde as Chief Commercial Officer

September 20th, 2016
Rycote COO Gerry Forde

Rycote CCO Gerry Forde

Rycote, the U.K. manufacturer of microphone windshields and suspension systems, has announced the appointment of Gerry Forde as its chief commercial officer.

The company says Rycote operates a global distributor network and, building upon a strong platform of established sales and market share, is targeting further national and international growth opportunities.

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SC Media Canada Adds Mark Gadomski to Ontario Sales Team

September 20th, 2016

SC Media Canada has announced the appointment of Mark Gadomski to its Ontario sales team as Enterprise Sales and Business Development Manager.

Gadomski is responsible for supporting SC Media’s install customers and developing key relationships in the enterprise market for Ontario, including the Ottawa region. This includes Harman Audio, Barco, and Absen Video solutions for corporate, government, education, large venue, and hospitality customers.

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2017 NAMM TEC Awards Nominees Revealed

September 20th, 2016
[Photo: Courtesy NAMM/TEC Awards]

[Photo: Courtesy NAMM/TEC Awards]

The NAMM Foundation has announced  nominees for its 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. Stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad will return for his third straight year as host. The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live sound, films, television, and video games.

More than 900 products and projects were considered during the nomination process. This year’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominees were chosen across 23 categories and include selections in two new categories: Audio Education Technology and DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software.

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