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DPA Partners with Riverside

DPA MICROPHONES has joined forces with global private equity firm The Riverside Company. “DPA is already a very successful and profitable

company, which has been experiencing a 15 percent increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” said DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff (pictured, right). “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.” “This is a solid foundation for further growth,

and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” Riverside partner Thomas Blomqvist said.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO

Christian Poulsen (left) and Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40 percent shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board. “For our day-to-day operation, it is business as

usual,” Poulsen said. “What has changed is our ability to capitalise on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the

>>> EVENT Success For InMusic’13 By Justin Paterson

THE INAUGURAL Innovation in Music conference (InMusic’13) took place in York over 4-6 December, jointly hosted by the University of York and York St John University, and backed by KES International. The scope of this new annual European event extends from the artist to music production, through technology and audio engineering, the music business, games audio, mastering, and more. The two-day event was preceded by an opening concert where London band IMPRINTS played a quadraphonic immersive live tape loop performance, with a darkly ambient set of grainy, tape-saturated atmospheres merged with pedal-steel-guitar, circuit-bent machines, and synthesisers. Mastering engineer Crispin Murray opened

the first day of InMusic’13 with an insightful keynote about ‘quality’, which was followed by a mixture of parallel paper sessions and other special events from Jerry Fleming’s robotic drummer that responded to audience tweets, to Phil Dudderidge and Dave Hodder from sponsors Focusrite/Novation discussing innovative aspects of their business. Thomas Lund of TC Electronic gave his keynote on loudness and perception while Dr Paul Ferguson of Edinburgh Napier University discussed live performance over the internet with the LOLA AV system.

audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.” DPA joins California-based Blue Microphones in the Riverside Company’s growing portfolio of pro-audio brands.

The second day commenced with Jeff

Levison discussing his incredible 103.4 array, followed by Andrew McPherson demonstrating his multi-touch piano keyboard overlay and then Liz Dobson’s ‘CollabHub’ enterprise project. For the final keynote, top producer and entrepreneur Jake Gosling gave an insight into his working practices through an interview with Rob Toulson. Further parallel papers were presented on topics ranging from multi-touch control of audio waveform visualisations to producer- defined semantics to assist parameter modulation, while mastering legends Ray Staff and Barry Grint collaborated for a paper on the embedding of ISRCs in BWAVs. The conference journal and ‘best of ’ book will be published in early 2014. InMusic’14 will be held in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin University.

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