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04 l May 2014

news EUROPE Return of the Mach

Professional loudspeaker manufacturer Mach Audio has made its pro-audio comeback after a lengthy period of inactivity, writes Murray Stassen

MACH AUDIO has returned to the pro-audio industry following several years of dormancy. Alexander Donath, managing director of Mach Audio Europe, spoke to PSNEurope at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. “Mach Audio’s ambition is to become a serious factor in the global professional audio business,” he asserted.

Mach speakers were originally developed for the audio business unit of Martin Professional in 1993. At the time, Mach was based in Frederikshavn, Denmark, where the company’s equipment was designed and manufactured. Europe and the United States were Mach’s initial target markets, but by the early 2000s the company saw substantial growth in Asia, leading Mach to set up a factory in China for the mass-production of sound, lighting and fog equipment. In 2006 Martin Professional decided to phase out Mach Audio and focus solely on Mach lighting equipment. Mach’s audio activities were halted for six years, until the acquisition of Martin Professional by Harman in 2012 and the release of the Mach brand.

Donath explained: “This was quite the right time to release

installation and have multiple mounting options,” said Donath. “The range starts with a two-way 8-inch plus high-frequency driver cabinet and, at the moment, ends [with] 10 models with a two-way 15-inch/2-inch loudspeaker box. “On the other side we have the Touring Series, also [a product] from [our] past, developed by Danish engineers, with everything standard you need – starting … with our new model, the MTN10T: a classic two-way 10-inch plus high-frequency driver horn-loaded unit.” With a current core focus on Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the company is reintroducing its most successful products, such as the C-Range and CW subwoofers, in addition to the new products launched at Prolight+Sound.

“The headquarters of Mach Audio is now in Hong Kong,” Donath concluded. “We are regaining the distribution [for]

Alexander Donath at the Mach Audio booth at Prolight + Sound

Mach Audio from Martin Professional. A cooperation of Canadian and Hong Kong investors took over... and restarted the business to reinvent Mach Audio.” The company officially returned to the market in 2013, launching its first ever line-array system to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the development of the Mach brand. In Frankfurt this year, Mach debuted its DSP-driven


Focusrite celebrates 25 years under Phil Dudderidge

By Murray Stassen The Mach Audio WLA Series

loudspeakers and a lightweight power amplifier.

“The product range we have consists of a large range of C-Series loudspeaker cabinets, which are specialised for

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and another colleague is in Hong Kong and supplying the entire Asia Pacific market from there.” 

FOCUSRITE AUDIO Engineering, renowned for its mic preamps, EQ/dynamics, audio interfaces and networked audio devices marks 25 years under the leadership of CEO Phil Dudderidge (pictured) this year. Dudderidge took on Rupert Neve’s Focusrite company in 1989 and has since nurtured the business into becoming a household name amongst audio professionals. To celebrate this milestone, two London Routemaster buses were used to take Focusrite employees from their offices in High Wycombe to a celebratory lunch in rural Oxfordshire. One of the buses is owned and maintained by Dudderidge. An ‘iced-A One’ – a cake version of one of Focusrite’s flagship preamps – was presented to Dudderidge at the event. 

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