Audio Associates Partners with Renkus-Heinz to Bring Perfectly Placed Sound to the Mid-Atlantic

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Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, is partnering with Audio Associates to bring premium sound solutions to integrators in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington D.C., Maryland, Eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Virginia.

“This is an exciting partnership as it enables integrators across the Mid-Atlantic to make use of solutions that place sound precisely where you want it most: on the audience,” said Joe Fustolo, Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Renkus-Heinz. “We make it a point to seek out partners who truly appreciate the way quality audio impacts an AV integration. The team at Audio Associates fits that description perfectly.”

Ashly Audio Refocuses Ashly University Training to Support 2021 AV Integration “Comeback”

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Ashly Audio, manufacturer of pro audio solutions, is adding new coursework to its Ashly University offerings to meet the expectation that 2021 will see a substantial uptick in pro AV integrations.

Ashly believes key verticals are poised for success as vaccine rollout continues across the globe. Schools, offices, and worship spaces will be seeking new ways of using AV for a long-term blend of in-person and remote offerings. Further, people who have been social distancing over the past year will likely soon be interested in returning to restaurants, live events, and sports – in a modified and safe manner – this summer.

PK SOUND Welcomes James Oliver as Chief Strategy Officer

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PK SOUND, the robotic line array company, has announced the appointment of James Oliver as Chief Strategy Officer. Reporting directly to Founder and CEO Jeremy Bridge, Oliver is responsible for the development, communication, execution, and sustainment of strategic corporate initiatives. In addition to his role on PK SOUND’s senior management team, Oliver has also joined the company’s ownership group.

Oliver comes to PK SOUND following a high-profile, seven-year tenure with Adamson Systems Engineering, most recently serving as Director of Marketing and Sales. Throughout that stint, he spearheaded the development of turnkey system offerings and a sophisticated global distribution network that led to exponential year-over-year growth for the manufacturer.

Renkus-Heinz Promotes Senior Staff To Provide Additional Support and Collaboration Across North America

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Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, have appointed Dudley McLaughlin to the position of National Sales Manager and Garrison Parkin to the position of Western Regional Sales Manager effective February 1st. The positions both cover the North American region.

The promotions serve as a continued commitment to service and support in the United States and Canadian markets. McLaughlin has been with Renkus-Heinz since he was hired as Western Regional Sales Manager in 2018. Parkin joined the company in 2019 as Southwestern Territory Sales Manager.

The Rapids Rise Again as Antix Digital Acquires Live Streaming and Compression Portfolio from Imagine Communications

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The technology behind one of the most respected brands that helped ignite today’s streaming media landscape is back as an independent, sharply-focused company again, as newly-formed Antix Digital Inc. has acquired the live streaming and compression solutions portfolio from Imagine Communications. Led by Tony Huang, the former head of product management for the same product family at Digital Rapids, the new company will accelerate future development of the solutions while taking over service and support for existing customers and systems.

The transaction encompasses software-based compression, processing and streaming solutions that enable leading media enterprises to efficiently and profitably engage audiences across delivery platforms ranging from mobile and OTT services to linear broadcast and cable channels. The foundation of the storied product line was developed by pioneering streaming solutions developer Digital Rapids, which Imagine Communications acquired in 2014. Imagine continued to evolve the portfolio with enhanced features and new products, but with streaming media delivery now deeply entrenched in today’s society far beyond commercial media and entertainment applications, it became clear that there are broader opportunities.

JBL Professional and AKG Win Big at 2021 TEC Awards at The NAMM Show

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that JBL Professional and AKG products earned top honors at the 36th NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.

The annual TEC Awards honored best-in-class products in the professional audio community, and were presented at The NAMM Show 2021’s Believe in Music Week, held the week of January 18, 2021. JBL Professional and AKG earned the following awards

Obsidian offers 4-part ONYX Training Webinar Series

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Obsidian Control Systems is excited to announce a new 4-part webinar series for its popular ONYX Control Platform. Starting January 26th, the webinar series will be presented in an easy-to-follow online format, allowing anyone with our without ONYX experience to get a comprehensive understanding of the powerful software.

The ONYX PC solution is identical to the software provided on all ONYX consoles like the NX4™ and NX2™, providing everyone a true hands-on experience from the comfort of their home. A matching Capture Presentation file provides immediate real-time feedback of a virtual stage, allowing all users to experience the newly introduced support of Fixture and Patch Synchronization between ONYX and Capture.

Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

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Martin Audio has announced a Special Event to take place on February 16th, 2021, getting its 50th Anniversary year off to an energetic start. The virtual presentation will provide important updates, including the announcement of major new product and software releases.

Their rationale for a virtual event is that with much of the global tradeshow calendar still in doubt, there are very few opportunities in the near future for in-person collaboration to highlight significant additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal.

Audinate Offers Seminar on Adapting Music Education for COVID with Dante During NAMM 2021

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Audinate is offering a free seminar during NAMM 2021 on the topic of “Getting Back to Music Education and Professional Live Performances.” The seminar explores how Dante is enabling many different types of live performances while maintaining social distancing and room occupancy safeguards for all.

Also available is a new overview of the revolutionary Dante AV video-over-IP solution from Audinate, and Level 1 and 2 of the popular Dante Certification Course. That means no matter where you are in the world, and no matter your familiarity with Dante, you can gain valuable training and practical insights on using Dante in real-world, AV-over-IP integrations.

Yamaha Virtual Night of Worship – January 21, 2020

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 Featuring an Intimate and Inspirational Session with Jason Lovins Band and We The Kingdom for “Believe in Music”

Yamaha is combining the powerful message of faith through music with the intimate setting of a prayer service for its annual Night of Worship event, January 21, 2021 during Believe in Music Week.

For the past 11 years, the Yamaha Night of Worship concert has presented inspiring live performances by worship music artists. The 2021 version will deliver the same immersive experience but in an online, interactive and personal format.

Believe in Music Week is the virtual reimagining of the annual NAMM Show, canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The hour-long session will feature music performances by We The Kingdom, named the 2020 New Artist of the Year by the Gospel Music Association, and the acclaimed and popular Jason Lovins Band. The bands will also share their experiences using music to inspire, and Yamaha is offering a live chat feature allowing viewers to interact with the artists and special guests during the livestream.

“This year’s event will deliver the best of contemporary worship music artistry, featuring We The Kingdom, an exciting newcomer on the music scene, and Jason Lovins, a beloved recording and touring artist with an incredibly inspirational story,” said nine-time Emmy award-winning producer Chris Gero, chief artist relations executive, Yamaha Artist Relations Group/Yamaha Entertainment Group. “The online and interactive format will allow the viewers to get up close and personal with these artists and establish a deeper connection with their messages of faith through music.”

Night of Worship will stream on January 21, 2021, from 4 to 5 pm PST. The event can be viewed on the Believe in Music “Artist TV Channel,” and viewers must first register for Believe in Music at

A separate registration for Night of Worship is not required.