Canadian Music Trade - October/November 2021 - Page 14
HAL LEONARD ’ S BRAD SMITH
Hal Leonard Now Distributing Vidami ’ s Video Looper Pedals in U . S . & Canada Vidami , maker of the namesake handsfree video looper that integrates with online video platforms , has named Hal Leonard its North American distributor for the U . S . and Canada .
“ We are so excited to be partnering with Hal Leonard ,” says Amy Hayashi-Jones , co-founder and CEO of Vidami . “ Hal Leonard is one of the largest and most respected distributors in the industry , and we ’ re humbled and honoured for Vidami to be added to the prestigious list of Hal Leonard distributed educational products . We are witnessing a revolution in music education and are confident that this partnership will bring the Vidami looper to the millions of students in need of a more inspiring and rewarding online learning experience .”
“ Hal Leonard loves tools that accelerate the pace in ways people can learn to play an instrument . We all benefit . The Vidami hands-free video controller is just that ,” adds Brad Smith , Hal Leonard ’ s VP of MI products . “ Aside from the vast offerings on YouTube , so many teachers had to have online options during lockdown . That made learning via video even more popular . That new aspect of teaching is here to stay as an enhancement . We ’ re excited to see how this ‘ plug-n-play ’ device is sold ( or rented ) and gets incorporated into many learning programs .”
Audio-Technica Canada Adds RF Venue Wireless System Accessories to Distribution Lineup Following the transition of its professional business unit in November 2020 , Audio-Technica Canada ( ATCA ) has entered into a distribution agreement with RF Venue , whereby RF Venue ’ s patented antennas , RF signal distribution systems , and spectrum analysis tools are now available to ATCA dealers .
As part of this agreement , RF Venue ’ s Diversity Fin Antenna and DISTRO4 antenna distributor will become the primary accessories offered for Audio- Technica ’ s flagship 3000 and 5000 series wireless systems . All products will retain the RF Venue brand , and current RF Venue dealers can continue to source products from their current suppliers .
RF Venue President Chris Regan comments , “ We
ATCA ’ S NIKO ROMBERG are excited to grow our relationship with Audio-Technica and to make RF Venue products available to support Audio-Technica wireless systems in the Canadian market .”
Manager of professional audio at ATCA , Niko Romberg , adds , “ We are delighted to be able to offer RF Venue ’ s accessories alongside our wireless systems . RF Venue ’ s product line complements Audio-Technica ’ s offerings very well , and we are eager to expand the successful partnership between Audio-Technica U . S . and RF Venue here in Canada .”
D . W . Fearn / Hazelrigg Industries Open Toronto Offices D . W . Fearn / Hazelrigg Industries , designers of vacuum tube professional audio gear , has opened its first Canadian offices , headed up by tech industry veteran Scott Taylor .
With the new office located in Toronto , the entire line of D . W . Fearn and Hazelrigg Industries tube compressors , preamps , EQ , and direct boxes available to recording facilities , producers , and artists across the country . The Toronto office will be home base for coordinating product demos , end-user and artist relations , and providing product information , service , and support .
Taylor , whose career includes more than three
D . W . FEARN / HAZELRIGG INDUSTRIES ’ SCOTT TAYLOR decades in upper management with Silicon Valley marketing teams at Creative Labs , 3dfx , Rendition , and Pinnacle Systems / Avid , has forged relationships with many Toronto studios and producers and brings a unique understanding of the industry to the company .
“ While I ’ m proud of my accomplishments in Silicon Valley , I ’ ve always admired D . W . Fearn for their unrelenting dedication to quality ,” Taylor remarks . “ Doug Fearn has a long and stellar reputation as a perfectionist , and will not release a product that ’ s anything less than phenomenal . George and Geoff Hazelrigg have followed Doug ’ s ethos precisely , and the entire line of D . W . Fearn / Hazelrigg Industries products are simply the best there is . I ’ m more than proud to help introduce the Canadian pro audio industry to some of the finest sounding recording and live sound gear there is .”
“ There ’ s always been an incredible music scene in Canada , with some truly talented producers and great facilities , and the quality of recordings coming from north of the border is simply stunning ,” adds Doug Fearn . “ We ’ ve heard from so many of the country ’ s most talented producers and audio professionals asking how they can get their hands on our gear , and we ’ re thrilled to have Scott in place to help make it possible .”