After 20 years of innovation in the music products industry, Visual Sound is changing its name to Truetone. Company president and founder, Bob Weil, explains why:

“The name of the company was derived from the first product I invented, Visual Volume; the volume pedal with a 10 LED scale to indicate volume level. That was the product that launched Visual Sound at the beginning of 1995. While Visual Volume was the cornerstone of the company back then, it became a secondary product over the past 20-years. Now, we are best known for our effects pedals, including Jekyll & Hyde, Route 66 and H2O. In addition, our 1 SPOT power supplies and accessories have become the industry standard. Our company motto has always been Real Tone for Real People, which underscores our approach to making reliable, high-quality products, at a fair price. With this in mind, we feel that our new name, Truetone, clearly states our vision in one word.”

Read more: Visual Sound is Now Truetone


Music for All has added Kathryn Reinhardt to its Indianapolis staff as marketing coordinator. Reinhardt joins Music for All having served as a media specialist for several globally recognized public relations firms and with a strong personal background in music.

As marketing coordinator, Reinhardt will provide support to Music for All’s marketing and media efforts. Garnering interest from local, regional, and national press, this position’s focus is on putting Music for All in the eye of the public and creating awareness of the organization’s mission and purpose.

Read more: Reinhardt Joins Music for All as Marketing Coordinator

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Brothers Gow has done over 500 live shows since the quintet was formed in Flagstaff, Arizona in late 2007, and it’s safe to say that no two performances have ever been the same. Fans never know where this jam band is going to take them musically as it seamlessly blends rock, funk, jazz, reggae and other genres in fresh new ways. Such music calls for a lightshow with the speed and suppleness to wrap itself around the band’s free-flowing sound, which is exactly what lighting designer Matt Collier is providing on its current “Fly With Me Tour,” using a collection of Chauvet fixtures.

“Brothers Gow is a band that makes a lot of transitions, embraces a lot of different styles of music and is always ready to improvise, so being quick is very important,” said Collier. “Having basic and static red or blue lights on stage wouldn’t do this band or its music justice.”

Read more: Brothers Gow Fly With Chauvet

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When Mount Holly New Jersey’s Jersey Surf needed to build a system for their World Class Drum Corps, they looked to Yorkville Sound’s Paraline Series cabinets for a solution, and along the way found ingenious ways to tailor the expandable system to their highly specialized application.   

Jersey Surf’s system had to be scalable to be adapted to the various venues and had to be reliable night after night in what can only be described as “far less than controlled” environments. The system needed to be highly mobile, with time from set up to performance often less than five minutes including sound check. Above all, the system needed to deliver superior sound quality and seamless coverage in venues that often include NFL stadiums.  

Read more: Jersey Surf Drum Corps Chooses Yorkville for Sound Stadium PA Solution


American Music and Sound (AM&S) has announced the promotion of Kris McDougall to the position of national sales manager, transducer products.

McDougall is an accomplished sales professional with nearly a decade of hands-on technical sales experience and an extensive background in studio recording, video production, and audio engineering. McDougall joined the AM&S sales team after having graduated with honors from Montreal’s Concordia University with a degree in Electroacoustic Studies and Music Technologies. He also attained a degree in Business Administration from John Abbott College.

Read more: AM&S Promotes McDougall to National Sales Manager

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The Association of Washington Business (AWB), which serves as the state’s Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturing and Technology Association, announced their selections for manufacturing excellence for 2014 and Manhasset Specialty Company was awarded with the Green Manufacturing Award. Judges evaluated firms maximizing energy efficiency levels, going above and beyond regulatory requirements, minimizing waste from the production process, and reducing their carbon footprints.

Read more: Manhasset Receives Green Manufacturing Award

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Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of GP Marketing as the company's new representatives for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Based in Redmond, WA, GP Marketing was founded by industry veteran Gary Ponto, and specializes in the Professional Audio and Video, and Security and Data Communications sectors. The firm will represent Renkus-Heinz in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana, as well as Alaska.

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Out of a variety of first prize P. Mauriat saxophones to choose from, competition winner, Katherine Weintraub, chose the new Master-97A.

“It’s always an honor to sponsor the competition in the way we do,” Says Craig Denny, vice president – Band and Orchestra at St. Louis Music. “The Master-97A is a huge step forward for us in terms of saxophone making, and we feel that Katherine choosing the 97A validates all the hard work that went into its design.”

The ISSAC competition was held in October of 2014, and the 1st prize included a cash award, a performance on Dan Trueman’s next album, and the winner’s pick of professional P. Mauriat saxophones. 

Read more: Katherine Weintraub Wins ISSAC; Chooses P. Mauriat Master-97A

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For the seventh consecutive year, Yamaha Cares participated in the Southern California Half Marathon and 5K races to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County for Type 1 juvenile diabetes research.

In January, about two dozen Yamaha staff members and friends completed one of the two races and more than 100 individuals contributed donations, the highest number of participants since the program’s inception. The more than $17,000 raised this year, thanks to matching funds from Yamaha Cares for each donation, brings the grand total of overall donations to just over $77,000. Children’s Hospital of Orange County is one of just a handful of research facilities in the U.S. trying to find a cure for Type 1 Juvenile diabetes.

Read more: Yamaha Helps Take On Type 1 Diabetes


Retired MMR publisher Sid Davis was a contributor to a recent book published by SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), Who’s on First: Replacement Players in World War II, covering major league players who made their entrance into the league during the four seasons in which the U.S. was in the second World War.  Davis authored a biography of Butch Nieman, a hard-hitting outfielder for the Boston Braves during that period. 

Read more: MMR’s Davis Contributes to Who’s on First

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