Gardena, CA (October 24, 2008)–PMI Audio Group has announced its acquisition of the original Trident Audio Developments Company. The company has purchased all of the trademark rights, intellectual property rights, goodwill and assets of Trident Audio Developments from David Stocks, who acquired the company from Relyon after it was sold by Malcolm Toft.
Alan Hyatt, president of the PMI Audio Group, tells Pro Sound News, “The next step is to make sure the new products are real and can stand up to the original Trident company. We will make sure it goes several steps further by making the quality better, using updated technology and parts. We will build consoles in both the UK and USA facilities, but still use offshore goods to implement the build in some form.
“We are setting up to build Valley VCAs in Nashville,” Hyatt adds, “so we may have this factory build other things for us and make efficient use of it. My goal is to bring back Trident Audio Developments in the same manner [Universal Audio] brought back their brand, with the exception that I will not enter the digital plug-in arena. I have been approached by several wanting to do a bank of plug-ins using the Trident name, and when the right deal comes along for me, they will be done.”
Hyatt confirms that PMI Audio now has complete and full rights to the Trident name as well as the company’s design legacy. He also states that the Trident A-Range mic preamp and EQ module will be the first product produced by Trident Audio Developments, which will remain independent of PMI Audio’s Toft Audio Designs division.
In 1972, under the direction of Malcolm Toft and Barry Porter, the company took its name from Trident Recording Studios in London. At that time, Trident Studios was one of the most famous independent recording studios in the world. Because it was the first 8-track studio in Europe, it was chosen by the Beatles to record their top-selling single, “Hey Jude.”
“Trident has always enjoyed a very high reputation for its products, both from a reliability as well as technical point of view,” states designer Malcolm Toft. “Because of its origins, it also has a very good understanding of the operational and ergonomic aspects of recording consoles, together with an ability to design equipment that, on critical listening tests, is very pleasing to the ear.”
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