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RIP Peter Traynor, Co-founder of Traynor Amps/Yorkville Sound

May 9th, 2016
Peter Traynor in the 1960s.

Peter Traynor in the 1960s.

It’s with great sadness we pass on the news that Peter Traynor, the co-founder of Traynor Amplifiers, passed away over the weekend. Peter Traynor and Jack Long began Traynor Amplifiers, which eventually evolved into Yorkville Sound, in the basement of the original Long & McQuade Store in 1963. As the company says, his innovative design concepts, practical solutions, and desire to build rugged and reliable equipment for musicians led to the founding of the brand that still carries his name more than 50 years later, making him an icon in the Canadian music industry to this day. His brilliant mind was matched by his desire for fun and excitement and stories of Peter Traynor are legendary in the Canadian music community.

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Music Group Moving Tannoy Loudspeaker Production from Scotland to China

May 3rd, 2016

Music Group has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company says it is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees, but in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations completely. In this event, the Tannoy loudspeaker production would be transferred to Music Group’s new manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China, with its research and development and marketing activities being relocated to Music Group’s Innovation centre in Manchester, UK.

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HK Audio Creates New Business Solutions Division to Target Installation Market

May 3rd, 2016
François Lay, Head of HK Audio's Business Solutions

François Lay, Head of HK Audio’s Business Solutions

HK Audio has formed a new Business Solutions division, which is offering packages worldwide for installation projects that require special custom solutions.

With a focus on the hospitality sector, HK Audio Business Solutions will service customers who are not only looking for exemplary sound reinforcement, but who also want to be able to aesthetically integrate loudspeakers into sophisticated design environments, according to the company. To this end, Business Solutions customers will be able to customize their HK Audio system of choice to suit their needs.

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Mike Poirier Joins Solotech’s Broadcast Team

April 28th, 2016
Solotech's Mike Poirier

Solotech’s Mike Poirier

Solotech has announced that Mike Poirier has joined its Integration Division as Business Development Director for the broadcast market. Poirier will work within Solotech’s broadcast sales team.

Poirier joins the company with more than three decades of experience in the broadcast, AV, and post-production industries. “Mike has extensive experience in selling system solutions in both Canada and the US,” says Danny Berthelet, executive VP of Solotech’s Integration Division. “With his rich blend of technical expertise and his know-how in marketing and sales, he will be a valuable asset as Solotech steps up its efforts in the broadcast markets”.

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2016 NAB Show Sees 103K Registered Attendees

April 25th, 2016
NAB Show 2016 opening crowds [Photo: NAB/Robb Cohen]

NAB Show 2016 opening crowds [Photo: NAB/Robb Cohen]

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the preliminary registered attendance of 103,012 for the 2016 NAB Show. The exhibition featured 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380-net-sq.-ft. of exhibit space

“NAB Show demonstrated again its power as the preeminent destination to make headlines, launch innovative products and connect with key influencers in media, entertainment and technology,” says NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “We’re thrilled with the tremendous feedback from attendees and exhibitors, and we are delighted that NAB Show continues to be a must-attend event for global content creators and distributors.”

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Loud Technologies Appoints Loren Robinson to Mackie & Ampeg Sales Post

April 21st, 2016

MAC-Loren RobinsonLoud Technologies has announced the appointment of Loren Robinson to the position of director of sales, independent accounts (North America) for the Mackie and Ampeg brands.

Robinson comes to Loud Technologies with an extensive background in the industry, having worked for Crown Audio for 10 years, where he called on both MI and production and installation accounts, as well as stints with Community and DAS Audio. Prior to Crown, he was an independent sales representative for GLS Marketing in Southern California.

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JAM Industries Now Distributing TASCAM & TEAC

April 19th, 2016
JAM Industries President Martin Szpiro

JAM Industries President Martin Szpiro

JAM Industries companies Erikson Consumer and Erikson Audio have been named the new Canadian distributors for TEAC Consumer Audio and TASCAM Professional Audio products, respectively.

“I’m very familiar with JAM’s focus on building strong relationships with their suppliers and dealers, and also their emphasis on service and customer satisfaction,” says Jim Mack, executive VP of TASCAM and TEAC in the U.S.  “We know that our end users, retailers, and contractors in Canada will experience better service, quicker shipping, and more immediate attention to their needs.”

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Solotech Opens Nashville Office

April 19th, 2016
Solotech Nashville's Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Solotech Nashville’s Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Pursuing its expansion plan in North America, Solotech announced the opening of a new office in Nashville, TN. Led by Paul Owen, the office will develop new business opportunities in international touring and special events.

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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Cymatic Audio Appoints Audio Plus Services/Plurison as Distributor in the U.S. & Canada

April 19th, 2016
Plurison's Simon Côté

Plurison’s Simon Côté

Cymatic Audio has announced the appointment of Audio Plus Services (USA) and sister company Plurison (Canada) as the distributor of its line of multi-track recorders and players throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Audio Plus Services/Plurison is the distributor of high-end hi-fi and professional brands, such as Focal, Naim, Cambridge Audio, SPL, and many others.

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