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AES 57th Convention to Focus on Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

November 11th, 2014

AES logoThe Audio Engineering Society (AES) is set to host its 57th International Conference on Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, with hotel accommodations across the street at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. With the participation of industry partner SMPTE – the Society of Motion and Television Engineers – and following on the heels of the highly-successful Sound for Picture program track at the recent AES137 International Convention in L.A., the 57th Conference is well positioned to set yet another milestone for the AES. With a direct focus on the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology, this conference will explore the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content, and more, and is being co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive.

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ABACA To Distribute/Represent Prodipe in North America

November 3rd, 2014

VL21_HDMI market audio equipment distributor ABACA Audio Distribution has announced an agreement to exclusively distribute/represent European audio equipment developer Prodipe in North America as of Nov. 3, 2014.

Prodipe offers a wide range of audio equipment — including headphones, microphones, speakers, and various accessories — designed in Europe and manufactured in Asia. “Prodipe is, first and foremost, a human adventure — albeit one made possible by professionals intent on making their mark with high-quality products with a stylish French touch that are accessible to all musicians and producers,” says Prodipe President Jean-Luc Masson, before adding, “Prodipe is the bright choice. The partnership with ABABCA Audio Distribution for the North American market is a new step in the development of the Prodipe philosophy… and the beginning of a new adventure.”

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Music Marketing Now Distributing Sony Creative Software

October 31st, 2014
(L-R) Michael Bryant, Director of Marketing at Sony Creative Software; Music Marketing President Ray Williams & Mike Scheibinger, Marketing Manager at Sony Creative Software

(L-R) Michael Bryant, Director of Marketing at Sony Creative Software; Music Marketing President Ray Williams & Mike Scheibinger, Marketing Manager at Sony Creative Software

Music Marketing is now the North American distributor for Sony Creative Software. This means that now more musical instruments resellers using XCHANGE Market Platform are able to carry and sell Sony Products.

“We are thrilled to be working with a great company like Sony. Their products are of the highest caliber and now MI resellers will be able to serve these great products to their customers digitally. We are very excited.” says Ray Williams, president of Music Marketing.

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Hal Leonard Now Distributing Apogee Electronics

October 28th, 2014

Recent talks between Hal Leonard Corporation and digital audio recording company Apogee Electronics have culminated in a new distribution deal for the MI and pro audio channels in the U.S. and Canada. Apogee director of worldwide sales, Jeremy Stappard, reached the agreement with Brad Smith, senior sales and marketing manager for Hal Leonard.

Hal Leonard will initially distribute Apogee’s ONE for iPad and Mac, MiC 96k, JAM, JAM 96k, andGiO lines. These products were some of the first professional-quality audio interfaces for recording using iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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AES Welcomes Andres Mayo as President

October 24th, 2014

Andres MayoFollowing the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place Oct. 9-12, 2014,  in Los Angeles, the AES is  welcoming new President Andres Mayo as he takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive. Mayo currently serves as owner and senior mastering engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, as an award-winning producer and engineer, he is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the Convention’s return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

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SFM Now Distributing SKB Cases

October 21st, 2014
Simon Tournay, SFM Product Manager responsible for SKB.

Simon Tournay, SFM Product Manager responsible for SKB.

SFM has been appointed the new exclusive distributor of SKB cases.

Established in 1977 by company founders Dave Sanderson and Steve Kottman, SKB Corporation manufactured its first guitar case in a small Anaheim, CA garage. Today, SKB is recognized globally as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of molded polymer transport cases.

“SKB is thrilled to be partnering with SFM. SFM brings world class professionalism and first class customer service to excel SKB into the Canadian market. I’m very excited to welcome SFM to the SKB family” remarks David Sanderson II, Director of International Sales & Business Development for SKB.

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Session Info Announced for High Resolution Audio Program at AES137

October 8th, 2014

AES137Detailed session information has been announced for the AES137 High Resolution Audio (HRA) program, taking place Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Room 304 AB at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles). The direct result of a collaborative effort between the AES and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more.

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James Thomas Engineering joins TOMCAT in Milos Group

October 7th, 2014

JTEJames Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner.  James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977.  Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.

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Aphex Moves to Salt Lake City

October 7th, 2014

AphexPro audio brand Aphex recently announced that it has moved the company to Salt Lake City, in order to increase operational efficiencies by being closer to parent company DWV Entertainment and the core Aphex creative and engineering teams. The move, completed in September, includes opening a new Aphex warehouse in Utah to complement existing manufacturing and shipping facilities in California.

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PS Recorded Sound Market Survey Results

October 1st, 2014

Professional Sound polled recorded audio professionals working in Canada to determine the current trends affecting the recorded sound market. Here are the results…

Which of the following product categories do you feel has made the most impressive technological progress over the last three years?

Mixing consoles – 45.12%

Monitors – 2.44%

Digital Audio Workstations – 23.17%

Plug-ins – 25.61%

Microphones – 2.44%

Other – 1.22%

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