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Sound Ideas Acquires Frank Serafine Sound Effects Collection

October 7th, 2015
Frank Serafine

Frank Serafine

Sound Ideas, the Toronto-based publisher of professional sound effects, has announced the acquisition of the Frank Serafine Sound Effects Collection.

Frank Serafine is an award winning Hollywood sound designer who is credited with the development of many new digital audio techniques. His work has been heard in such Hollywood blockbusters as Star Trek, Lawnmower Man, The Hunt for Red October and Virtuosity. In addition, Frank Serafine holds a unique place in the sound effects library industry as one of the first major sound designers to lend their name to commercial SFX collections.

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Free Registration for IMSTA FESTA Toronto is Open

October 7th, 2015

SMALL-RK-WG-full-roomThe second annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto will head next Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Ryerson University and free registration is open.  Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA), the IMSTA FESTA event 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.

This year’s event will feature a keynote presentation by legendary producers and engineer Jimmy Douglas (Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Al Green). Additionally, Canadian Musician Assistant Editor Michael Raine will be presenting a seminar on “Getting Your Message to the Media.” Other presentation and seminar topics will be “Composing for Visual Media,” “Dance Music Master Class,” and a “Cooking Beats” workshop.

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AES Toronto October Meeting on Broadcast Audio for PanAm Games Ceremonies

October 7th, 2015

01 PanAm1The Toronto chapter of the AES has announced its topic and date for the October meeting. Taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Ryerson University, the topic will be broadcast audio set up for the PanAm Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.

When: Tuesday October 27, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Ryerson University
RCC 361, Rogers Communications Building
80 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2M7

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Read Wineland Retires from Biamp Systems

October 6th, 2015

Biamp_Wineland_ReadBiamp Systems announced that after 28 years in the industry, AV industry veteran Read Wineland is retiring. With his retirement, Michael Frank moves into the role of Eastern North America sales development director.

Vice President of Global Sales, Ron Camden, shared, “I’ve had the pleasure of working side by side with Read for the last 28 years, and his commitment to Biamp and enthusiasm for helping customers build their business has been awe-inspiring.” Camden continued, stating, “Read’s passion for quality audio — whether with a guitar or DSP — is something that cannot be taught. Both Biamp and the professional AV industry will miss Read’s presence as he moves into the coveted retirement phase of life.”

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Meyer Sound Bolsters Marketing Team with Two New Hires

October 6th, 2015
Amy Huson

Amy Huson

Meyer Sound is strengthening its Berkeley, CA in-house marketing team with the addition of two new hires: Amy Huson as director of marketing, business and programs, and Jane Eagleson as public relations manager.

Working closely with sales and business development, Huson will take responsibility for a variety of key marketing areas including the international trade show program, lead generation, channel support efforts, vertical market strategies and website initiatives. Eagleson will be the primary contact for pro audio trade media, support mainstream media outreach, and drive content development.

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Audioprof Group International Acquires Majority Share in Community Professional Loudspeakers

October 6th, 2015
Bruce Howze, founder of Community Professional Loudspeakers

Bruce Howze, founder of Community Professional Loudspeakers

Audioprof Group International has acquired a majority share in Community Professional Loudspeakers, a U.S.-based loudspeaker manufacturer with global sales activities.

Community was founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze and became known for, among other things, creating the world’s first dedicated midrange compression driver, the M4, and the first lightweight fiberglass horns. Community designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor loudspeakers  for applications in extreme and challenging environments. Community’s recent installations include Commonwealth Stadium in Canada, Arena Lublin in Poland, St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota, and World Cup venues in Brazil.

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USITT 2016 Registration is Now Open

October 6th, 2015

07 USITTOnline registration for USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT is officially open. Those interested can register and find hotels at www.usittshow.org. USITT’s 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo runs March 16-19 in Salt Lake. Very early registration, by Dec. 3, 2015, saves the most money, with the lowest rates.

The 2016 show features over 200 educational sessions and a showcase of the latest in live entertainment technology at Stage Expo.

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2016 NAMM TEC Awards Nominees Released

October 2nd, 2015
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 24:  Guitarists Orianthi, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Slash and Richie Sambora attend the NAMM Tec Awards at the Anaheim Hilton on on  January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Guitarists Orianthi, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Slash and Richie Sambora attend the 2015 NAMM Tec Awards (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

The NAMM Foundation has announced the nominees for its 31st Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. The awards celebrate the best in professional audio and sound production. Voting begins Dec. 1st, with winners announced at a Saturday evening, Jan. 23, 2016 awards event held in the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom and via a live event web stream during the 2016 NAMM Show.

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CMW Announces First Annual Live Music Industry Awards for 2016

October 2nd, 2015
Alvvays performing at CMW 2015

Alvvays performing at CMW 2015

Canadian Music Week 2016 (CMW) has announced it will host the first annual Live Music Industry Awards on May 7 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to celebrate the best of the live music business sector. As well, CMW organizers say that as the music industry shifts focus from recordings to live performances, CMW will expand its Live Music Summit programming to two days, running May 6-7, 2016.

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Broadcast & Streaming Media To Be Centre Stage At AES139

October 1st, 2015

01 AES137Broadcast and streaming media will be a focal point of the educational sessions and discussion at the 139th AES International Convention, happening Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Audio, video, and digital media professionals are slated to present on a variety of topics regarding content, delivery, technology, and more, curated by Broadcast and Streaming Media Track Chairman David Bialik.

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