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Erikson Pro Promotes Connie Fontanella & Names New Ontario Sales Rep

September 2nd, 2016
Connie Fontanella

Connie Fontanella

Erikson Pro has announced the promotion of Connie Fontanella to office manager for the Pro & Commercial Divisions. Doubling in her role, Connie will be acting as head-purchaser, oversee retail pricing structures and day-to-day office operations.

Fontanella has been with JAM Industries for 16 years and the company says in a statement that her “natural talent for business and relentless attention to detail are sure to carry us further.”

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Andrew Hope Joins AVL Media Group as Managing Director

September 1st, 2016

Andrew HopeSteve Kosters, CEO of Intellimix and AVL Media Group, has announced that industry veteran Andrew Hope has joined the company in the role of managing director for AVL. Hope comes to AVL after spending more than 25 years with GerrAudio Distribution.

“Bringing with him over 30 years of varied experience in all aspects of professional audio and communications; Andrew enjoys an enviable industry-wide reputation for his professionalism, business acumen, and solution-oriented approach. We at AVL are thrilled to welcome Andrew as managing director,”  says Kosters.

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Rycote Announces ADI as New Canadian Distributor

September 1st, 2016
ADI Pres. Richard Lasnier

ADI Pres. Richard Lasnier

Rycote, the U.K.-based manufacturer of microphone windshields and suspension systems, has announced the appointment of Audio Distributors International (ADI) as its new Canadian distributor.

Speaking of the new appointment, Rycote Managing Director Simon Davies says, “we are thrilled to work with ADI and we look forward to a long and successful partnership in this important and exciting market. This appointment reflects our long term growth ambitions, and having an established Canadian distributor to serve our Canadian dealers will be to the benefit of all. ADI are very well known in the retail audio, video and music sectors in Canada, and have a real passion and dedication for customer service.”

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Registration Open for IMSTA FESTA Toronto; Boi-1da to Give Keynote

September 1st, 2016
Producer Jimmy Douglass at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2015

Producer Jimmy Douglass at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2015

Registration is now open for the third annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show, which is heading back to Ryerson University on Saturday Oct. 15, 2016. As well, organizers have annoucned that Canadian hip-hop producer Boi-1da’s keynote address and Q&A will headline the educational program. Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA), the IMSTA FESTA events are held annually in Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

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Mira Wölfel Named Head of Sales & Planning Department at Musikmesse & Prolight + Sound

August 30th, 2016

Mira_Wölfel_(c)_Messe_FrankfurtMira Wölfel has assumed responsibility for the new Sales & Planning Department of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound. She is now responsible for the sales activities, customer support, and planning and organisation of the two fairs with particular emphasis given to opening up new markets and customer segments. In this position, Wölfel reports to Michael Biwer, Group Show Director of the ‘Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries’ Business Unit.

Wölfel studied International Relations at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and has been with the Messe Frankfurt Group since 2005. She initially worked in the Visitor Services Department before moving to sales in 2011. As sales manager in the ‘Consumer Goods’ Business Unit, she was responsible for the consumer-goods fair, Ambiente, and the related Tendence trade fair. In July 2015, she moved to the Prolight + Sound Sales Team where, most recently, she was in charge of the audio section.

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MUSIC Group Hires Paul Bauman to Lead Touring Sound Product Development

August 30th, 2016
Paul Bauman

Paul Bauman

MUSIC Group has hired Paul Bauman as Director of Product Portfolio – Touring Sound, which includes the companies brands Turbosound, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Midas, and Klark Teknik.

Bauman, who is originally from Toronto and formerly led product development for JBL Professional’s and L-Acoustics’ touring sound speaker divisions, says, “My priority is to reawaken Turbosound by leveraging the incredible power and passion of MUSIC’s 4,000-people organization together with its industry leading technologies of Lab Gruppen, Lake, and Midas. I am extremely excited to be part of a mission to design the most innovative and end-to-end solutions for our customers.”

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AES Announces New Membership Benefits & Exclusive E-Library Content; Membership Fee to Increase in September

August 17th, 2016

AES_ELibraryAudio Engineering Society members now have full access to the AES E-Library as a membership benefit.

“AES has been the driving force behind most, if not all, audio innovation over the past six decades,” says Bob Moses, AES executive director. “From the early days of pro audio in the ’50s, to present developments in networked and spatial audio, virtual and augmented reality, streaming, signal processing, the Society has been at the forefront of development in both science and practice across the full range of professional audio disciplines. The AES E-Library documents this incredible legacy in one searchable, online database, with every paper, AES Standard, and Electronic Brief ever published – it’s not just the papers, but the papers that led to the papers. It’s an incredible asset, and we are opening it up to all AES Members as we strive to provide high value in our membership package.”

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d&b Announces New Advisory Board to Develop Strategic Growth

August 17th, 2016
(L-R) Rolf Hagemann, David Claringbold & Paul Whiting

(L-R) Rolf Hagemann, David Claringbold & Paul Whiting

d&b audiotechnik has announced the creation of a new advisory board that has been appointed to support the strategy implementation process at d&b. Areas of focus include the continuation of the internationalization process; strengthening of the segment strategy with particular attention devoted to installed applications; and structural company development on the growth trajectory path.

d&b has appointed a number of professionals from both inside and outside the industry to form the new advisory board.

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AtlasIED now the Exclusive North American Distributor of Fohhn

August 17th, 2016

Fohhn Audio AG, a manufacturer of digitally adaptive loudspeaker solutions, has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution partnership with AtlasIED. Through this agreement, AtlasIED will act as North America’s sole distributor and provide local sales, marketing, and support services for Fohhn’s U.S. and Canadian business.

“With this partnership, AtlasIED can provide our dealers with complete turnkey systems for the most demanding acoustic environments. Fohhn’s Linea Focus Series provides incredible ‘real-time’ digitally steerable loudspeaker technology that allows highly reverberant spaces to achieve excellent speech intelligibility,” says John Ivey, president of AtlasIED. “We serve a large amount of public facilities such as airports, rail stations, shopping centers, and entertainment venues. Today, these environments require improved audio intelligibility standards for properly alerting people during mass notification and emergency evacuation scenarios. With Fohhn beam steering loudspeakers and our own deep product portfolio, we can provide an industry-best, highly intelligible system package that starts with the audio source and covers everything from mic stands, cables, equipment cabinet, power distribution, DSP, and digitally steering loudspeakers – all working perfectly together.”

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Roland Buys 70% of Headphone & Audio Device Maker V-MODA

August 10th, 2016
(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ

Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.

Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”

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