The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC), publisher of Projection Lights & Staging News (PLSN), Front of House (FOH), and Stage Directions have formed an alliance to serve the live event production community at The 2018 NAMM Show, the organization’s annual tradeshow in Anaheim, CA. As part of the agreement, TCC will bring its premier award show for the live production community, The Parnelli Awards to The NAMM Show creating a one-stop event for industry pros.
On Feb. 24th, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited his country’s most successful audio company, RØDE Microphones, at the manufacturer’s Silverwater facility, in part to celebrate the Freedman Electronics 50th anniversary.
Prime Minister Turnbull and MP Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, were greeted by RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman, Freedman Electronics CEO Mr. Damien Wilson, and Tony Furney of Furney’s Engineering, then toured the RØDE campus’s state-of-the-art anechoic chamber and various manufacturing departments. These include RØDE’s precision CNC metal work, surface-mount-technology electronics production and RØDE’s one-of-a-kind manufacture installation – the Capsule Cell (it makes the “heart” of the microphone – the capsule).
Rode Founder and Managing Director Peter Freedman and TSL Products’ Managing Director Chris Exelby signed the deal on Nov. 21, 2016, sealing a deal that now sees Freedman Electronics take control over the entire SoundField company, including the current product line as well as all IP associated with the brand. The existing product line will continue, and all support and warranty for SoundField products will now be handled through the new entity. TSL Products will retain the upmix/downmix processing product range, which will be rebranded.
Roland has announced it will hold a worldwide live and online live streaming event on Sept. 9, 2016 called “The Future. Redefined.” It is 24-hour online event streaming live from eight famous cities across the world. A mix of music festival and product launch, this one-off event will introduce and demo 30+ brand-new Roland instruments, including synthesizers, electronic pianos, V-Drums, DJ rigs, guitar accessories from the BOSS brand, and more. Plus, there will also be performances and lectures from well known artists. A teaser video is currently available at tfr.roland.com/ca.
Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.
Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”
NAMM says its members continually cite information and statistics, as well as education and training, as the primary reasons for belonging to the association. In keeping with NAMM’s mission to strengthen the music products industry, it says members can use the comprehensive 2016 NAMM Global Report to discern industry trends and spot new opportunities. The 2016 Global Report reveals retail sales figures, unit sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers for musical instruments and products.