Author Archive: Dan Ferrisi

I am the Editor of The Music & Sound Retailer, the most widely read trade publication serving the music products market. I am a lifelong writer and editor, working for Testa Communications, publisher of The Retailer, for more than 10 years.

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IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2, winner of the Best in CES 2015 award, is now available. iRig 2 is the new and improved version of the iRig guitar interface. It has powerful sound and streamlined convenience, and it packs essential new features like versatile gain control, a ¼-inch amplifier output and Android compatibility into its sleek pocketable enclosure. Now, everyone […]

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Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hal Leonard hosted Alain Boublil, the lyricist and librettist behind such beloved musicals as “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre” and “The Pirate Queen,” at its Milwaukee WI headquarters on March 6. “Les Misérables,” the world’s longest-running musical, made its debut in 1985. Hal Leonard has represented it in print for nearly as long. And […]

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LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

LOUD Technologies has announced the appointment of Sean Humphries as Sales Director, APAC Region, and Craig Lewis as Sales Director, U.S. National Accounts. Lewis comes to LOUD after more than a decade with the MUSIC Group, where he held a number of sales and support positions. His career has also included positions with IK Multimedia, […]

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Johan de Meij Heads To Hal Leonard

Johan de Meij Heads To Hal Leonard

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Noted Dutch composer Johan de Meij conducts and concertizes around the world. Last week, he landed in the Midwest, and Hal Leonard Corp. was happy to host him to celebrate two decades of distributing his acclaimed Amstel Music catalog. De Meij’s magnum opus, Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, is based on Tolkien’s […]

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Congressman Royce Meets With Yamaha Senior Management

Congressman Royce Meets With Yamaha Senior Management

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

U.S. Representative Ed Royce recently met with Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) senior management on a number of common-interest topics, including west coast port labor negotiations and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. Yamaha representatives first met with the 12-term congressman last year as part […]

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CHAUVET DJ Works Magic With Penn Jillette

CHAUVET DJ Works Magic With Penn Jillette

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the taller half of the superstar Las Vegas magic team of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette is a master of illusion, but there was nothing chimerical about the magical lighting effects from CHAUVET DJ that illuminated his performance at the Mobile Beat Show. Rather than “catching bullets,” escaping from helium bags or doing any […]

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Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

My plane touched down days ago, but the NAMM show still has me soaring. Although the music products industry’s annual sojourn in Anaheim is, without a doubt, my single busiest week of the year, it’s also an incredibly invigorating experience: nearly 100,000 passionate music-makers gathering together not only to check out new products and arm […]

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PreSonus Marks Two Decades

PreSonus Marks Two Decades

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

PreSonus Audio Electronics, a company known for its audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware and related accessories, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It’s been a long road since Jim Odom and Brian Smith designed, built and sold their first piece of professional audio equipment back in 1995. Working in a borrowed garage space in […]

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Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sweetwater recently announced another record year in total sales and job creation, plus a significant expansion of its campus in Fort Wayne IN. Since 2010, Sweetwater’s total sales have more than doubled. Total sales in 2014 were up 28 percent over 2013, which was also a record-breaking year. December 2014 sales were up 30 percent […]

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JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

JAM Industries, Ltd., recently announced the asset purchase of the wholesale distribution business, KMC Music, B&J Music and selected trademarks from Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC). The transaction provides JAM Industries an expanded product line and accessory-driven expertise to better serve its dealer network throughout the United States and Canada. The JAM Industries U.S. MI […]

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