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iZotope Hires New CFO

January 30th, 2015

Izotope Michael BayerAudio technology company iZotope has hired Michael Bayer as its chief financial officer. Bayer brings more than 20 years of expertise in finance, operations, technology, and business development for venture-backed technology companies.

 “As iZotope continues its rapid growth, it’s critical to have experienced leaders in place to help guide the way,” explains Mark Ethier, iZotope CEO and co-founder. “Michael brings skill and talent that complements our team and will help us continue to build great things.”

“It’s a thrilling opportunity to join a fast-paced organization like iZotope,” adds Bayer. “The passion for audio and technology is palpable, and the creative drive is strong. I look forward to contributing my expertise and helping to build the infrastructure we need to achieve our vision.”

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Erikson Commercial Now Distributing Williams Sound in Canada

January 28th, 2015
(L to R) Dan Durbin, Kyle McIntosh, Claus Frostell, Clive Smolana, Christian Bouchard & Richard Fontaine with Williams Sound VP of International Sales, Doreen Ingebrigtsen.

(L to R) Dan Durbin, Kyle McIntosh, Claus Frostell, Clive Smolana, Christian Bouchard & Richard Fontaine with Williams Sound VP of International Sales, Doreen Ingebrigtsen.

Williams Sound of Eden Prairie, MN has named Erikson Commercial as its exclusive Canadian
distributor. Williams Sound manufactures a full line of wireless communication technology solutions —
digital, FM, infrared, and loop — for all commercial markets.

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2015 TEC Awards Honour Best Music & Sound

January 26th, 2015

2015 NAMM Show - 30th Anniversary TEC AwardsRecording, audio,and music industry professionals honoured excellence in sound technology and creativity at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards, held on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Anaheim, CA. The TEC Awards celebrate excellence in 30 creative and technical achievement categories. The awards are held annually during the NAMM Show, which draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry to Anaheim.

“The people and products that were nominated at this year’s TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”

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New Store for Solotech Quebec

January 23rd, 2015

Solotech has announced the opening of a new store in Quebec City. With the recent merger of Solotech Quebec Sales and Rentals divisions under the same roof, the company says new Solotech store now occupies the largest audiovisual equipment sales space in Quebec. The store sells a wide range of products in the fields of audio, lighting, DJ, acoustics, and studio, but now it also offers a Solotech Express Rental Counter for standard equipment rentals.

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Sennheiser & Apogee Electronics Announce Future Collaboration

January 23rd, 2015

During the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, audio specialists Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics announced their collaboration on future products.

Apogee’s Betty Bennett and Sennheiser’s Peter Claussen have jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, said that “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional and semi-professional audio customers across the globe. Our product portfolios perfectly complement each other, and I am looking forward to collaborate with a company that has truly pushed the boundaries of digital audio.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers Names New Director of North American Sales

January 20th, 2015

SteveYoungCommunity Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Steve Young as Director, North American Sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management to Community.  He comes to Community from the Music-Group where he was Manager of Business Development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound).

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VUE Audiotechnik Names New VP Americas & Marketing Manager

January 19th, 2015

VUE Audiotechnik has announced the immediate appointment of Ilona Utriainen Adamson as Marketing Manager. The company has also announced immediate internal promotion of Jeff Taylor to Vice Present Americas. Taylor was previously the company’s U.S. Sales Manager.

An industry veteran focused on professional audio marketing and graphic design, Adamson served for eight years as Adamson System Engineering’s Marketing Manager. Along the way, she earned a 2012 PLASA Award for Innovation for Best Live Sound Marketing Team. She then operated a graphic design and business development company in Toronto before joining VUE Audiotechnik.

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Adamson Hires New Applications Engineer

January 16th, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdamson Systems Engineering has expanded their support team with the addition of Jeremiah Karni. The new applications engineer will assist customers with system design and provide product support and training. The announcement was made by James Oliver, director of marketing and sales.

“We have experienced a tremendous amount of growth in the last year,” explains Oliver. “With this expanding client base, it is essential that we maintain the high level of education and support that Adamson clients are accustomed to. Jeremiah fits the mold for the type of character and skills needed to grow our team.”

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HARMAN Professional Names David McKinney VP & GM of Mixer Strategic Business Unit

January 15th, 2015
David McKinney

David McKinney

HARMAN Professional has announced the appointment of David McKinney as Vice President and GM of HARMAN’s Mixer Business Unit, where he will lead the global operations of the Soundcraft and Studer brands. Filling McKinney’s previous position of senior director and general manager of China Operations for HARMAN Professional will be Frank Xiao, who brings more than 15 years experience in the professional AV industry to his new role.

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February Freeze Details Released

January 8th, 2015

FebFreeze14William F. White International has announced the return of its yearly technology showcase, The February Freeze.  Now in its 14th year, this pre-NAB exhibit, known for bringing together some of the brightest minds in the business with the latest innovations and technologies, will return to Toronto’s largest production support complex, William F. White Centre, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, from 4-8 p.m.

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