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Martin Audio Names New Product Support Specialist for U.S. & Canada

January 22nd, 2018
Paul Giansante

Paul Giansante

Martin Audio North America has named Paul Giansante as product support specialist for the U.S. and Canada.

In this position, Giansante will enable sales by providing technical support services and training in the U.S. and Canada to the sales team, distributors, and dealers. He will also assist in the development of new products, as well as identify and report sales opportunities.

Paul brings a wealth of experience in the audio industry to his new post, including sales, touring, and product management positions at Danley, Meyer, Sennheiser, and Turbosound and an audio engineer for different distributors, DisneyFest Asia, Britannia Row Productions, Maryland Sound Industries, and more.

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L-Acoustics Hires Michael Palmer to Head North American Sales

January 22nd, 2018
Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer

French loudspeaker manufacturer L-Acoustics has expanded its North American sales team and appointed Michael Palmer to the new post of head of sales. The company sales the appointment is motivated by the quadrupling of its sales figures in the past six years.

Palmer comes to L-Acoustics from Allen & Heath, where he spent the past 11 years steering the British console maker through an intense growth period as U.S. national sales manager and, ultimately, VP of sales. Domestic sales and marketing positions with both Turbosound and Radian Audio Engineering further round out his résumé in the industry.

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Techni+Contact Canada Now Distributing Beyerdynamic Consumer Products

January 19th, 2018
Techni+Contact's Julie Legault

Techni+Contact’s Julie Legault

Techni+Contact Canada has announced that it was appointed as Canadian distributor for Beyerdynamic’s consumer product line as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Beyerdynamic has a long-standing reputation for quality headphones and microphones offering solutions for wide markets including mobile applications, gaming, studio and monitoring, live on stage, broadcast, high fidelity enthusiast, as well as presentation and video conference.

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Techni+Contact Announces Two New Appointments to Technical Sales Support Team

January 19th, 2018
Daniel Brassard

Daniel Brassard

Techni+Contact/AMX Canada has announced two new appointments to its technical sales support team – Judson Wong has joined as product specialist and Daniel Brassard is leading business development, effective immediately.

Judson brings 22 years of technical experience in AV, with a focus on project management and implementation of technical strategies. He is tasked with assisting the sales team with technical support on projects across Canada on all the company’s audio lines as well as AMX. “Judson’s expertise and skill-set really complement the team’s. We are very lucky to have him on board,” says Jean-Pierre Xenopoulos, director of sales.

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Intellimix Now the Canadian Distributor for Audix

January 18th, 2018
Intellimix's Darren DeSouza (left) & AVL Media Group's Eric Mongrain.

Intellimix’s Darren DeSouza (left) & AVL Media Group’s Eric Mongrain.

Audix, manufacturer of application specific microphones for the stage, studio, and install markets, has announced Intellimix as its exclusive distributor in Canada. Intellimix will distribute Audix’s complete line of professional microphones for the live, studio, retail, and install markets.

“We are very excited about this opportunity with Intellimix,” says Gene Houck, National Sales Manager for Installed Sound at Audix. “Having Intellimix as our partner in Canada enables Audix to better serve our customers in this important market.”

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Patch Hut Libraries Now Distributed by Plugivery

January 16th, 2018

Plugivery distribution announced today their partnership with Patch Hut, bringing their Virtual Instruments Patch Libraries, sound libraries for VSTi soft synths, including Omnisphere, Loom, Hybrid 3, Vacuum Pro, Presonus Presence and Mai Tai, and more, to a wider global marketplace through worldwide pro audio dealers.

Patch Hut are a new company with a wealth of experience as sound designers, having worked closely with the companies that they have produced their current sound packs/presets for. Their aim is to inspire the soft synth musician and producers with very unique sound libraries, providing content and sounds that expand the general usage and applications of the virtual instrument they are designed for. Their products are extensive collections of sculpted sounds, pads, arpeggio riffs, crafted leads, and basses, developed over years of using said virtual instruments.

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SFM Confirms It’s Distributing ADJ’s Avante Audio Brand in Canada

January 11th, 2018
SFM Brand Manager Franco Caruso

SFM Brand Manager Franco Caruso

In the summer 2017, the ADJ Group of Companies launched Avante Audio, a new professional audio division. Now SFM has confirmed it has been appointed to serve the Canadian market as distributor. SFM is also the Canadian distributor for ADJ’s lines of pro and DJ-oriented lighting and effects products.

Avante Audio is launching with the Achromic Series, a complete range of active loudspeaker cabinets designed to offer powerful output, detailed audio clarity, built-in DSP, and sleek exterior designs. Created for musicians, bands, houses of worship, audio production companies and rental houses, the Achromic Series speakers are equally suited to permanent installation as one-off and touring productions. The Achromic Series comprises three full-range loudspeaker options, the 10-inch A10, 12-inch A12, and 15-inch A15.

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CITT Ontario Section Hosting Ignition 2018 This Friday & Saturday

January 10th, 2018

02 Rendezvous (1)The Ontario section of CITT is hosting Ignition 2018 this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 12-13). It’s a professional development event for students and working professionals held at Ryerson University’s School of Performance campus, just off Young and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

Friday January 12th will be CITT’s 15th year holding the Student Job Fair on Ryerson Theatre’s stage, followed by a Social Night hosted by IATSE local 58. The job fair is free and open to all, but registration is mandatory (the job fair is also included in the Full-event registration).

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Drifter Rigging Launches New Website

January 9th, 2018

Drifter rigging webFollowing its launch in 2017, Toronto’s Drifter Rigging has launched its new website at www.drifterrigging.com.

Drifter Rigging is an automation rental house that specializes in touring, arena and event rigging, and load monitoring. Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched the company in the spring 2017 with the aim of offering the Canadian market access to the most widely used automation products for mid- to higher-range productions. The company’s first formal job was the extensive automation for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand stage, featuring Drifter Rigging’s Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoists and Libra load cells. Additionally, in early July, Drifter Rigging and Kinesys USA hosted a Demo Day at Christie Lites’ Toronto location that featured the first North American deployment of Kinesys’ brand new Apex system.

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PLASA Appoints New Chair & Board Members

January 9th, 2018
 Adam Blaxill

Adam Blaxill

PLASA has announced changes to its elected board, including the appointment of Adam Blaxill as the new chair. Blaxill joined the PLASA Board as the Professional Services Representative in 2012 and was elected as vice-chair in 2014. He has been voted as the new chair of PLASA through a simple majority vote.

Blaxill takes over from Ed Pagett who has served as chair for an extended seven years. During this time Pagett oversaw the de-merger with ESTA with the support of an executive committee which included Blaxill as vice-chair and Martin Hawthorn as treasurer. This valuable work enabled the survival and growth of PLASA.

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