Monday, February 27th, 2017
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).
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
On the eve of its 50th year in business, The Freedman Electronics Group, which includes pro audio brands Rode Microphones, Event Electronics and Aphex, announced its purchasing the surround sound recording company SoundField from TSL Products.
Rode Founder Peter Freedman
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.
Friday, August 26th, 2016
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.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ
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.”
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
NAMM has released its 2016 Global Report, which is available for free online to all NAMM members and to purchase to non-members.
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.
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Roland Corporation and Seattle-based Virtual Sonics have announced a joint venture called Roland Virtual Sonics, which will be a software, services, and media solutions provider.
Roland Virtual Sonics co-directors and brothers Jeremy and Julian Soule say in a statement that “they felt constrained by the modern music creation and production landscape. The lack of fidelity in virtual instruments, the challenges musicians faced on the path to becoming professionals, and the less-than-modern collaborative community all made one thing clear: there was a huge opportunity to create an ecosystem that would benefit all musicians.”