Recording industry veteran Hector G. La Torre has stepped down as executive director of EQ and Gig magazines to concentrate on the development of an online resource for the recording industry: "The Web presently is a great source for information but not knowledge, and I want to change that," La Torre says. The new site, www.modernrecording.com, will be up and running this month...ThinKware (San Francisco), distributor of computer-hosted audio/video production hardware and software, has named Doug Smith as president. This announcement comes on the heels of the company's largest sales increase in its history...Shure Inc. (Evanston, IL) announced the appointment of Markus Winkler as managing director of Shure Europe Gmbh. Winkler has been associated with Shure since 1993, previously working as the European sales manager...KRK Systems Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA), has named Jim Arvantis, formerly of Kenwood uSA Corporation, VP of sales and marketing...The Internet underground Music Archive (IuMA) has teamed up with Listen.com, enabling unsigned artists to create MP3-based sites quickly and easily, while at the same time uploading their material to Listen.com. IuMA has been pioneering music on the Web since 1993 and is considered one the premier places on the Internet for new music...The AMS Neve Logic Digital Film Console was recently awarded a Scientific and Technical Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences...Manhattan Production Music (NYC), makers of music libraries MPM, Apple Trax, Brg and others, launched its new Web site, www.mpmmusic.com. The site allows users to audition and sample cues, search catalog listings and order CDs...Digigram (Arlington, VA) has announced a deal to distribute the Digigram VX222 with Digital Voodoo's (South Melbourne, Australia) D1 desktop as a bundled package. In other Digigram news, the company has announced the acquisition of Aztec Radiomedia, a French telecommunications designer...CE Distribution (Tempe, AZ) has become the new u.S. distributor for Jensen Vintage Series Guitar and Jensen Pro Audio speakers...Tascam has opened a new research center in Palo Alto, CA. According to the company, the center will take advantage of the wealth of software engineers and designers in Silicon Valley...Harris Corporation (Cincinnati) has acquired Audio Broadcast Group Inc., a national system and product supplier for the broadcast and recording industries...Coxaudio Engineering has moved to 201 E. Celsius Ave., Suite C, Oxnard, CA 93030; phone 805/604-0577; fax 805/604-0858...Chairman of Casio Computer Co. Toshio Kashio and Twice editor-in-chief Bob Gerson were awarded the first-ever Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's CES show in Las Vegas. In other CEA news, Tim McNarra, formerly of Ogilvy Public Relations, has been appointed manager of communications...beyerdynamic (Heilbronn, Germany) appointmented Dr. Karl-Gotz Arnold as general manager of worldwide operations and Hartmut Reichert as director of international marketing and sales...Broadcast technology provider Leitch (North Yolk, Ontario) has picked former Bell Gateways president Terry A. Canning as its new corporate VP of marketing...Bag End Loudspeaker Systems (Barrington, IL) has created a rep network in Canada, consisting of Audio Visual Methods (Toronto), Commercial Electronics, Ltd. (Vancouver, B.C.), Hirtle's Stereo (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Isle), Precision Sound Corporation (Calgary, AB) and unitech (Whitehorse, YK)...Barry Seiden has joined Gem Sound (Bronx, NY) as the new director of sales and marketing.