FOR-A America Appoints High-Ranking Sony Executive as President

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FOR-A Corporation of America today announced that industry veteran Satoshi Kanemura has been appointed president of the company, effective April 1. Mr. Kanemura joins FOR-A America from Sony Electronics where he was Vice President of Professional Products and Solutions. Former FOR-A America President, Ken Truong, has become Chief Technology Officer of FOR-A America.

During his 35-year career at Sony, Mr. Kanemura was instrumental in the development of several, new business initiatives, including the world’s first 1080/60P live production system, 4K/8K and cloud-based production solutions, as well as Sony’s deep expansion into digital cinematography. While at Sony, he collaborated with director George Lucas on the first fully digital feature series, Star Wars: Episode II & III and with director James Cameron on the fully 3D digital feature series, Avatar and Avatar 2 & 3. Mr. Kanemura was also head of Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center, which served as a focal point for the Hollywood community looking for hands-on experience with new technologies. He also led Sony’s U.S. efforts into xR virtual reality production, immersive education solutions, and AI-based edge computing technology.

Prase Media Technologies Partners with Renkus-Heinz to Bring Premium Loudspeaker Offerings to Italy

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Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of professional loudspeakers, is partnering with Italian AV distributor Prase Media Technologies to bring intelligent loudspeaker solutions to the Italian market. This partnership results in Renkus-Heinz solutions being made available to more designers, integrators, and end-users – allowing sound to be put precisely where you want it most: on the audience.

“The mission at Renkus-Heinz is to make every location sound better,” said Michal Poplawski, European Technical Sales Manager at Renkus-Heinz. “That requires more than just having product available in a certain area. You need to have a partnership in place with a team that is passionate, knowledgeable, and excited about the solutions you create. We are fortunate to have those qualities in our partnership with Prase Media Technologies.”

Goldsmith Sales & Marketing, Inc. Appointed Rep Firm for A.C. ProMedia

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A.C. ProMedia, distributor of state-of-the-art products and solutions aimed at the commercial and pro-AV installation markets, appoints Goldsmith Sales & Marketing, Inc. as their Sales Representative partner.

Working with A.C. ProMedia’s Michael Colon, Regional Sales Manager, and Franck Fabry, VP of Sales, Goldsmith Sales & Marketing, Inc. will cover the Pacific Northwest sales territory.

Goldsmith Sales represents some of the industry’s greatest manufacturers and distributors, offering a wide variety of products in nearly every category in our industry. They work with their clients acting as their agent and advocate so that the client gets the utmost service and support for the brands they rely on. Goldsmith Sales and Marketing, Inc. Takes pride in being able to take action quickly while helping their customers get what they need in a timely manner.

Renkus-Heinz Launches New Website Focused on Streamlined Support and Technical Documentation

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Renkus-Heinz has launched a new website focused on providing partners with increased support options, expansive product details, and multiple installation examples across key verticals. Additional technical documentation, including Bim/Revit data, is also available. The site is live at www.renkus-heinz.com.

“Over the past few years, Renkus-Heinz has made a point of helping our partners put sound where they want it most,” said Jim Mobley, Vice President of Operations at Renkus-Heinz. “The redesign of the Renkus-Heinz website continues that mission by offering tools that help professional sound experts place sound with precision on an audience.”

Obsidian Control Systems Marks a Year of NETRON

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Obsidian Control Systems marks a successful year of shipping its comprehensive NETRON data distribution line of RDM splitters and EtherDMX nodes and announces a new Version 2.6 firmware release. Prompted by the increasing fixture counts and continuous growth in the number of Universes used on a show, NETRON supports applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments and has enjoyed strong market adaptation globally since its release.

“The introduction of the NETRON line has been a real success story despite the difficult circumstances of 2020,” states Obsidian Control Systems Product Manager Matthias Hinrichs. “The feature set, plug-and-play design and competitive pricing have really hit the sweet spot and the feedback from our users has been phenomenal. It is a perfect complement to our ONYX console range and a well-designed package for anyone requiring rugged, reliable, and affordable data distribution systems.”

Obsidian Control Systems Launches Training Videos for NX4™ Lighting Console

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In keeping with Obsidian Control Systems’ practice of providing valuable educational resources to lighting designers and programmers, the innovative lighting control brand is pleased to make available training videos covering the NX4™ lighting console and ONYX lighting control platform. A training video series covering the compact NX2™ lighting controller will be available soon.

The NX4 training series is the perfect opportunity for any lighting enthusiast to get behind the desk and add to their craft. Hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting (learnstagelighting.com), over 2 hours of content is condensed into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console trainings usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos a tremendous value.

NASHVILLE PRODUCTION & AVL INTEGRATION COMPANY ACQUIRED BY GLOBAL LEADER IN AUDIOVSIUAL & ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY

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Following the February 23 release, Solotech announced today the completion of the acquisition of Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound. With this acquisition, Solotech, expands its activities in the United States and solidifies its presence in the Nashville region by joining forces with the talented live productions and systems integrations teams (InteRise) of Morris Light & Sound.

Martin Tremblay, President and CEO, Solotech, shares why this acquisition is highly strategic: “Our joint capabilities and resources enable us to significantly strengthen our footprint in the USA, and much more in Nashville, to the benefit of all our clients. It is also the assurance of our unmatched readiness for clients in the live productions industry, and our enhanced ability to offer compelling and innovative services and solutions when activities resume after the global crisis. We continue to build based on long-term relationships and delivery excellence to propel our overall footprint locally, nationally and globally.”

TASCAM Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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TASCAM, a leading provider of audio solutions for musicians, engineers, broadcast professionals, and AV system integrators, is pleased to announce the year 2021 marks the company’s 50th Anniversary. As the company that invented the home studio revolution, TASCAM products have made an irrevocable impact on the way people make music and sound. From the 4-track Portastudio to the Emmy® Award winning DA-88 Digital Multitrack and on to the company’s Model series recording mixers and more, TASCAM has redefined audio production at all levels—from the home enthusiast to high-end production facilities and leading installations the world over.

As the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation, TASCAM’s heritage dates back to the late 1960s when the Tani brothers—both engineers—and Dr. Abe (a senior engineer at TEAC) formed a special R&D group named TASC (TEAC Audio Systems Corp.) for the purpose of researching ways to apply TEAC’s recording technology for musicians and recording studios. In 1971 TASCAM (TASC AMerica Corp.) was established for the purpose of distributing TASC products in the U.S. and conducting additional market research. Then in 1974, TASCAM was absorbed by the rapidly growing TEAC Corp. of America sales and distribution company, and TASCAM became the official brand name of all TEAC recording products designed specifically for musicians and recording studios.

RTSales, Inc. Announced as A.C. ProMedia’s New Rep Firm

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A.C. ProMedia, distributor of state-of-the-art products and solutions aimed at the commercial and pro-AV installation markets, announces RTSales, Inc. as their newest Sales Representative partner.

Working with A.C. ProMedia’s Michael Colon, Regional Sales Manager, and Franck Fabry, VP of Sales, RTSales, Inc. will cover Southeast USA, representing;

Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee

Call for Scholarship Applications: Jeff Humphrey Technical Scholarship Awarded by Sound Productions

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For the 11th consecutive year, Sound Productions (SoundPro) is offering a scholarship to one student in pursuit of a technical audiovisual degree. SoundPro CEO Joshua Curlett established the scholarship in 2010 and renamed it in 2020 in memory of SoundPro’s Executive Vice President, Jeff Humphrey, an important person in Sound Production’s history.