ConnectSound Goes OnlineThe first exclusively online music store offering pro audio and A/V products for musicians, DJs and houses of worship, ConnectSound combines an Internet retail store with an extensive data warehouse. A division of mVest Technology Solutions Inc., this Newtown Square, Pa.-based business offers a searchable database of hundreds of products-from cables to consoles-both as individual items and prepackaged systems. The site offers a "technical data warehouse," where consumers can read or download specs and product info, and customers can make purchases via a secure SSL-encrypted ordering system.
A planned feature of the ConnectSound site is the "Configurator" software, which allows users to configure small or portable sound reinforcement systems, with built-in qualifiers that recognize when a customer may need additional assistance from a contractor. In such cases where a contractor's advice or services would be a better plan of action, ConnectSound will recommend a local NSCA contractor to the user, and during the first quarter of this year, ConnectSound will provide a special section for contractors who would be interested in offering their profile to visitors. For more information, visit www.connectsound.com or call 610/359-9488.
JoeMeek Acquires Trident-MTAPMI Audio Group announced that Fletcher ElectroAcoustics, makers of JoeMeek equipment, has purchased the assets of Malcolm Toft Associates. Toft, founder of Trident consoles, formed MTA after leaving Trident.
The new company will carry the original 1972 name, Trident Audio Developments Ltd., but will be known as Trident-MTA. Toft will supervise the console division of Fletcher ElectroAcoustics, which has distribution in the Americas by PMI Audio Group, based in Torrance, Calif.
Mix Reader Profile AvailableThe 1999 Mix Reader Profile-a biannual survey of subscribers' preferences, purchasing intents and equipment use-is now available. The survey, mailed to 1,000 randomly selected readers in July, profiles a typical reader's involvement with the music/recording industry, identifies their intent to purchase equipment and picks out trends, and gathers key demographic information.
Some of the more notable results include: 41.4% of Mix readers have been involved in professional audio or related activities for 20 years or more; the median household income is $67,808; 31.5% of readers' primary work takes place in a commercial facility, while 31.2% takes place in a personal or project facility; and 45.2% list their primary business activity as "owner/manager," with 24% listing "sound engineer/mixer" as a primary business activity (42.8% list "sound engineer/mixer" as a secondary activity).
On the equipment front, 32.9% plan to buy microphones in the coming year, 28.1% plan to buy CD recorders/burners, 28.8% plan to buy outboard signal processing, 24.3% plan to buy signal processing plug-ins, and 24.3% plan to purchase high-capacity hard disks.
For more information, or for a complete copy of the survey, contact the Mix marketing department at 6400 Hollis St. No. 12, Emeryville, CA 94608; 510/653-3307; fax 510/653-5142; or e-mail email@example.com.
ExpoLatina 2000 Dates SetThe second annual ExpoLatina trade show and conference will take place May 23-25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Targeted toward the burgeoning Latin American market, ExpoLatina is the only conference of its kind, with a focus on entertainment design and technology.
More than 200 international manufacturers are expected to attend, with products aimed at live performance, film and television production, themed environment, club, concert and professional audio markets. The conference program is presented primarily in Spanish, with roundtable discussions, project portfolios and hands-on workshops led by industry professionals.
ExpoLatina is sponsored by the Entertainment Division of Intertec Publishing, parent of Mix and publishers of Mix Edicion en Espanol and Electronic Musician.