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CCBE 66th Career Development Conference Taking Shape

July 27th, 2017

logoThe Asssociation of Central Canada Broadcast Engineers, Technologists & Engineers (CCBE) will hold its 66th annual Career Development Conference from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2017 at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City, ON.

The conference offers four days of technical papers, workshops and training sessions conducted by design engineers, industry professionals, and their representatives. There is teh opportunity to attend CCBE’s SBE industry training and certification, and a selection of technical papers covering a wide range of topics. Attendees will learn about radio and TV systems, HD and 4k production and post-production, compression technologies, web distribution, and terrestrial digital transmission for fixed or mobile reception. They can mingle with the other attendees and celebrate the awards presented to members of the engineering community.

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Drifter Rigging Opens in Toronto

July 27th, 2017
Mark “Drifter” Desloges &

Mark “Drifter” Desloges

Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched Drifter Rigging in Toronto. The company’s aim is to offer 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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CITT/ICTS Ready for Rendez-vous 2017 in Saint John

July 24th, 2017

01 Rendez-vousRendez-vous 2017, CITT/ICTS’s annual trade show and conference, will be heading to the Imperial Theatre and Saint John Theatre Company in Saint John, NB from Aug. 9-12.

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IMSTA FESTA Toronto Returning to Ryerson University in October

July 24th, 2017

IMSTA FESTAThe fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show will head back to Ryerson University on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.  Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, IMSTA FESTA events will be held in Chicago, New York, and Berlin, in addition to Toronto, and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

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U.S. Patent Office Rules in Favour of 64 Audio in IEM Design Dispute with JH Audio

July 21st, 2017

64-2On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of 64 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears), finding all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,897,463, held by Jerry Harvey Audio Holdings (JH Audio), unpatentable.  A copy of the PTAB’s ruling can be found here.

The claims found to be unpatentable are directed to a dual high frequency driver in-ear monitor.  JH Audio asserted the claims against 64 Audio in a lawsuit filed in December 2014.  64 Audio sought PTAB review of the dual high frequency driver claims in January 2016.

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d&b audiotechnik Announces Management Changes for the Americas

July 20th, 2017
(L-R) d&b's William Cornell, Colin Beveridge & Jan Scheffels

(L-R) d&b’s William Cornell, Colin Beveridge & Jan Scheffels

Colin Beveridge, CEO of d&b Corporation since its inception in the mid 1990s has transferred his responsibilities for d&b audiotechnik in the Americas to the next generation as part of a planned retirement. Following the transition, Beveridge will remain on board as senior strategic advisor for the management team in the Americas and company headquarters in Backnang, Germany.

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Erikson Audio Now Canadian Distributor for Ferrofish Products

July 10th, 2017

Ferrofish, a German manufacturer of advanced audio solutions and like the A32 Dante AD/DA converter and Verto Series ADAT /MADI / DANTE network solutions, has named Erikson Audio as its exclusive distributor for Canada.

“We’ve been carrying select Ferrofish models for some time,” says Tim Marshall, product manager for Erikson Audio.  “Their association with RME, another brand we represent in Canada allowed us to handle the occasional Ferrofish sale on a case by case basis.   Now, with a regular stream of new, innovative and well placed products coming from Ferrofish, we saw the opportunity for a more formal distribution relationship with them moving forward.”

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Sounds Distribution Announces New Board of Directors

July 10th, 2017
Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Sounds Distribution has announced its new management structure following the sudden passing of company president Rohan Persaud in May 2017.

“Our review over the past four weeks allowed us to better understand our strategy, goals and business needs, and resulted in a change in how our management team is structured,” the company said in its announcement to clients and customers.

The following appointments are effective immediately:

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Dynaudio Implements Significant North America Management Changes

July 7th, 2017
Andrew Werdean

Andrew Werdean

Dynaudio, the Danish high-end loudspeaker specialist, and its newly appointed CEO for North and South America, Andrew Werdean, has announced a number of key promotions, a new hire, extension of the Dynaudio reseller network, and strategic initiatives designed to build the company’s presence and improve the customer experience.

Werdean, who previously served as vice president of sales for the company’s North American business, is a CE leader whose 30 years of industry experience includes work with well-known manufacturers such as RTI, Klipsch, and Jamo, as well as the establishment of two successful installation companies. In leading the Dynaudio sales efforts, he has focused on extending the company’s integration business while overseeing marketing and product management.

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Expanded PLASA Show Seminar Program Announced

July 5th, 2017

PLASA seminarThe PLASA Show seminar program is one of its most important and popular features of show, each year hosting industry experts from around the world who share their knowledge, skills, and experience. This year, with the show taking place Sept. 17-19 in London, U.K., the new, enhanced program is set to deliver more content than before and will feature a diverse range of subjects that will look at topical issues, ground-breaking concepts, and deliver real insight into the world of entertainment technology.

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