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  • Roland Supports National Autism Awareness Day

    MMR | Supplier Scene | April 7, 2015

    As part of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2, 2015, Roland U.S. joined thousands of landmarks, religious institutions, businesses, and communities in more than 130 countries, as Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, celebrated its sixth annual Light It Up Blue campaign — an ongoing initiative to raise the global awareness of autism. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.

    In solidarity with those afflicted with autism worldwide, Roland U.S. lit up their social media sites in blue, provided the URL for donations, and encouraged participation from their fans. Roland U.S. employees also wore blue t-shirts and apparel to work on Thursday.

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  • DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, and Sound Devices to Host Second Sound Summit Event

    MMR | Supplier Scene | April 7, 2015

    On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Ballroom on the west side of downtown Chicago, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, and Sound Devices will host the Sound Summit, Chicago, the second of many being planned throughout the U.S. as an informal mixing and discussion event for the audio community. 

    The event will be held from 3 pm to 8 pm, with short informational presentations from each of the manufacturers from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by food, refreshments, and social time. Presentations by location sound practitioners will take place from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Representatives from all three companies will be available throughout the event to discuss the best practices for utilizing all three brands during a production.

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  • Full Compass Names Livezey Vice President

    Christian Wissmuller | People | April 7, 2015

    Full Compass Systems has announced that Cristin Livezey has expanded her role to vice president of Finance and Procurement. In addition to managing the company’s financial accounting, Cristin will now manage the Purchasing department as well.

    Livezey joined Full Compass as a corporate controller in 2008 and helped to drive initiatives resulting in record sales. In 2010, she was promoted to vice president of Finance and has since been dedicated to deepening outside financial relationships, optimizing internal processes and controls, and managing cash flow to achieve profitable growth for the company.  

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  • Line 6 Names Ryle President

    Christian Wissmuller | People | April 2, 2015

    Line 6, Inc. has announced Marcus Ryle has assumed the role of president, effective April 1, 2015. His appointment completes some planned organizational changes following the purchase last year by Yamaha, coordinated and led by president and CEO Paul Foeckler.

    “I have been privileged to lead Line 6, especially through the most important transition period in its history, all while keeping innovation alive and at the core of the company,” says Foeckler. “I’m especially proud of the company’s launch of AMPLIFi that revolutionized the amplifier market, as well as our first collaboration with Yamaha – the Variax Standard. We have continued to build on a great brand, and Line 6 is extremely well positioned for the future now as a part of Yamaha.  I am confident that Marcus will lead the organization to even greater heights.”

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  • ISP Chosen as Proud to Manufacture in Michigan’s “Featured Manufacturer”

    MMR | Supplier Scene | April 2, 2015ISP Technologies has been selected as the Featured Manufacturer of the Week for the Proud to Manufacture in Michigan program. Read More...
  • Yamaha Forms Professional Audio Division

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | April 2, 2015

    Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has announced that it is forming the Professional Audio division to provide a stronger, more unified presence in the live sound, recording, and sound installation markets.

    Alan Macpherson, a 27-year Yamaha veteran with a solid background in marketing a broad range of Yamaha musical instruments, commercial audio, live sound, and recording products, will lead a dedicated team of professional and commercial audio specialists in the new division. He will report directly to Tom Sumner, senior vice president of YCA.

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  • Orange Amplification Sponsors Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2015

    MMR | Supplier Scene | April 2, 2015

    For the fourth consecutive year, Orange Amplification will be the headline sponsors of The Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2015, in association with World Of Warships. 

    The awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday, June 15, 2015 and will also see HMS Hammer sailing down the Thames for a pre-show boat party with a metal stage to entertain the guests.

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  • TMP Pro Adds DUBS Acoustic Filters to Pro Audio Lineup

    MMR | Supplier Scene | April 2, 2015

    TMP Pro Distribution announced an agreement with Doppler Labs, an NYC-based tech startup, to be the exclusive pro audio distributor for their DUBS Acoustic Filters, across the United States.

    DUBS Acoustic Filters provide effectively transparent SPL attenuation. Instead of muffling sound by merely blocking the ear canal, DUBS reduce sound level in a tailored curve, protecting hearing while maintaining tone and balance.

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  • Warwick Handling European Distribution for Aquila

    Christian Wissmuller | Supplier Scene | March 30, 2015

    As of March 1st,  renowned ukulele strings producer Aquila Strings has entered into an exclusive European distribution product through Warwick/D-Distribution.

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  • Visual Sound is Now Truetone

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 30, 2015

    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.”

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  • Reinhardt Joins Music for All as Marketing Coordinator

    Christian Wissmuller | People | March 27, 2015

    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.

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  • Brothers Gow Fly With Chauvet

    MMR | Supplier Scene | March 26, 2015

    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.”

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