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Adamson Grows North American Support Team

May 10th, 2016
Scott Shields (left) & Richard Woida join the Adamson team.

Scott Shields (left) & Richard Woida join the Adamson team.

Ontario-based Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the expansion of its North American support team. Richard Woida has joined the U.S applications group to reinforce Adamson’s growing client base in the United States.  Scott Shields has been hired as sales and marketing coordinator, working out of the Canadian headquarters.

James Oliver, director of marketing and sales, notes, “We’re a company that’s driven by the love of audio and not by financial investors. We’ve grown organically by bringing in individuals of the highest character and technical skill. Both Richard and Scott fit the mold and they’re perfectly suited to support and continue to grow our rapidly expanding user base.”

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Expo-Scène 2016 Brings AV Pros To Montreal

May 10th, 2016
Photo by: Marco Laperrière EXPO-SCÈNE 2016

Photo by: Marco Laperrière EXPO-SCÈNE 2016

Over 1,400 professionals gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montreal for Expo-Scène 2016 on May 2nd and 3rd. The show featured over 65 exhibitors from Canada and the U.S., as well as 15 different seminars and demos over the course of the two-day event.

 Exhibitors and speakers covered all areas of the pro audio, lighting, audiovisual, and multimedia technology industries. The seminars included how stage lighting is changing with the advent of LED-powered fixtures, as well as two sessions on how to create visual projection on video/LED walls for concerts, theatres, etc. and an overview of truss systems, connections, and load bearings. There was also a seminar on remote device management and monitoring for today’s lighting systems and PL&P Publisher Jim Norris discussed business marketing.

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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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