KLANG Announces Custom JH Audio Sharona Giveaway

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s exciting launch of JH Audio’s brand new flagship in-ear monitor, the Sharona, KLANG:technologies now reveals that it will soon be giving away five custom KLANG-branded pairs of the latest JH Audio IEM model for free following a month-long contest.

To enter the giveaway, contenders will need to take or find their favorite photo of themselves with any KLANG product, then simply go online to https://www.klang.com/win and upload the image. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on Friday, June 3, at which point five lucky winners will then be chosen from the images received, with the announcement of the Sharona recipients being revealed on Friday, July 1.

SoundPro Named NAMM Top 100 Dealer, Up for “Dealer of the Year” Award

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Sound Productions (SoundPro) has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music instruments and pro audio products. The NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Award honors industry leaders in music retail from throughout the world.

The annual Top 100 Dealer Award recognizes music product dealers that demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods, and customers—with the overarching goal of creating a more musical world through their local communities. To determine the list, an independent panel of judges reviewed hundreds of submissions and scored them according to a wide range of categories that include customer service, innovation, music advocacy, store design, marketing, and sales promotions.

Cobalt Digital Turns 25!

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Cobalt Digital is turning 25! The designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge and processing devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, has been serving a broad section of industries, ranging from Pro AV applications to Broadcast networks since being established in 1997 by founder Gene Zimmerman.

Explained Zimmerman, “In 1997, George Hoover of NEP asked if I could design and fabricate a modest number of SDI to analog converter boxes. I gladly complied and developed what would become our first product, the 4010 (named for a tractor that I drove in my youth on my family’s farm). The modest quantity manufactured for that model grew into requests for thousands of units and led to an extended range of conversion products. And Cobalt Digital was born. I even took home a Pick Hit award from NAB 1998 for that original model, followed by many other awards over the past 25 years.”

Roland to Launch “INSPIRE THE MUSIC: 50 Years of Roland History” Book in Celebration of 50 Years of Music Innovation

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Roland, the world’s most iconic electronic music instrument brand, is continuing to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of the INSPIRE THE MUSIC: 50 Years of Roland History anniversary book. In collaboration with renowned publisher Bjooks, the 400-page, beautifully photographed hardcover book celebrates the culture, people, and technology that has shaped the brand over the past 50 years.

INSPIRE THE MUSIC is a fun, engaging, and informative tour through evolution and revolution in beat making, keyboards, pianos, synthesizers, guitar and bass products, drums and percussion, music production, and more. Readers will enjoy more than 70 colorful interviews with world-renowned artists and Roland designers, discussing their relationships with the instruments and making music. The book offers deep insights into the worldwide Roland culture, and a timeline traces Roland’s history from its humble beginnings under founder Ikutaro Kakehashi to its current place as a worldwide leader in music technology.

L-Acoustics Introduces New Global Sales Director Team

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With the professional audio industry roaring back to life again across all vertical markets—touring, festivals, theatre, corporate, install, immersive, and more—L-Acoustics has continued investing in its teams to ensure that it will smoothly and sufficiently keep up with customers’ needs. Having recently announced the creation of a team dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region, the manufacturer now announces that it has created and filled three key Sales Director positions to match its regional operational structure: BJ Shaver for the Americas, David Cooper for Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Jacob Barfoed for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). All three directly report to L-Acoustics Global Director of Business Development Jochen Frohn, while Shaver and Cooper will also be developing regional sales strategies in close collaboration with Americas CEO Alan Macpherson and APAC CEO Tim Zhou respectively.

Based in Arkansas, L-Acoustics Sales Director, Americas BJ Shaver has been with the company for over nine years, first serving as a regional sales manager for the southeastern US, and then later as an installation business development director for the Americas. Before joining L-Acoustics, he spent six years with an AVL integrator.

Audio-Technica Celebrates 60 Years of Analog Audio

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Inspired by the depth of emotion he witnessed at vinyl listening sessions organized during his tenure at the Bridgestone Museum of Arts in Tokyo, Hideo Matsushita was determined to enable more people to experience the warmth of analog listening. In a small Shinjuku apartment, he established Audio-Technica and began developing cartridges. His first two products, the AT-1 and AT-3, achieved success and enabled Hideo to expand his business. He opened a larger headquarters in Machida, where the company still operates today.

April 17, 2022, marked 60 years since Hideo created his first cartridge and Audio-Technica will mark this occasion by reaffirming its commitment to analog. Focusing on a human-centered approach to the process of generating sound, the company sees analog as an enjoyment and appreciation for audio that doesn’t alter, despite the rapid changes throughout history.

Guitar Center Partners with D’Addario for Guitar-A-Thon/Earth Day String Recycling Event at Locations Nationwide

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As part of Spring Guitar-A-Thon 2022, and in celebration of Earth Day, Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, is partnering with D’Addario for a special event. From April 14 through May 4, at Guitar Center locations nationwide, any musician bringing in a guitar for a Platinum Setup will receive complimentary D’Addario premium replacement strings – either XS (electric/acoustic) or NYXL (bass) strings – as part of the guitar tune-up, with the old strings being recycled.

This event is part of D’Addario’s Playback, the world’s first-string recycling program, as well as Guitar Center’s year-round string recycling initiative, which has seen more than 1.9 million strings recycled since the program’s inception – approximately 543,484 strings recycled in 2021 alone.

Meyer Sound Powers the Soundtrack for the World’s Largest Digital Art Center

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Housed inside a former World War II submarine base in Bordeaux, France, Bassins des Lumières (“Pools of Light”) claims to be the world’s largest digital art center, with more than 13,000 square meters of projection surface to back up the claim. But the immersive exhibitions of classical and contemporary art are not only a visual experience, as each program is accompanied by a complementary and equally enthralling musical score. For precisely controlled and full-fidelity reproduction throughout the highly reverberant spaces, Bassins des Lumières relies on zoned distributed systems of more than 80 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including — for the most problematic acoustics — 36 CAL® 32 column array loudspeakers with advanced digital beam steering.

All video, audio, and lighting systems for Bassins des Lumières were designed and installed by the French integration firm CADMOS. Project manager and sound designer was Philippe Wojtowicz, aka Wojto, who worked in collaboration with Best Audio, Meyer Sound’s French distributor, on the audio side of the endeavor.

Just Add Power Partners with NETGEAR to Provide Installers With Certified Pro AV Switches

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Just Add Power, a leader in AV-over-IP distribution, has partnered with NETGEAR® Inc., the leading provider of networking products that power businesses both large and small. With this partnership, NETGEAR’s M4250 Series of AV managed switches and Just Add Power’s AV-over-IP solutions have been tested and certified to be interoperable, ensuring installers can quickly and reliably configure, deploy, and complete AV-over-IP projects with ease.

“Just Add Power was built to provide installers with an incredibly simple yet innovative way to install AV-over-IP systems,” said Ed Qualls, CEO and founder of Just Add Power. “At every step of our product development, we’ve worked to maintain our modular approach that allows projects to be scaled infinitely in size and indefinitely into the future. This certification honors our continued commitment to that approach and ensures that integrators won’t be tripped up by complex IP configurations. NETGEAR is one of the most recognized IP brands, and integrators can trust their switch is ready to leverage all the benefits we’ve built into our devices within their projects.”

Biamp Wins Four 2022 Red Dot Awards for Outstanding Product Design

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Biamp, a leading supplier of professional audiovisual solutions, has been awarded four prestigious Red Dot Awards for Desono EX Loudspeakers, NPX Network Paging Stations, Vidi 250 4K Video Conferencing Camera, and the industrial design for both the TesiraFORTÉ X and Devio SCX Digital Signal Processors. The Red Dot Design Awards is one of the world’s largest and most renowned design competitions, with roughly 20,000 submissions from 60 countries for the 2022 awards.

“We are thrilled to announce that for the first time in Biamp history, we’ve taken home not one but four Red Dot Awards,” said Joe Andrulis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Biamp. “The products entered in the Red Dot Awards are the best of the best in terms of design, innovation, and craftsmanship. Congratulations to the product, design, manufacturing, and engineering teams. I’m so proud of their deep and continuous commitment to building exceptional AV solutions that deliver extraordinary user experiences.”