MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, announces that it has formed a strategic alliance with Tascam, the professional audio division of TEAC America. Under terms of the agreement, MXL will supply microphones to Tascam to be sold under the Tascam brand name.
MXL and Tascam are highly regarded brands in the personal, project and commercial recording studio markets. The two companies’ cooperative venture will commence with a new Tascam-branded microphone that will be sold as an individual product offering in addition to being sold as part of a system package.
System packages, or bundles, have proven popular with consumers because they frequently take the guesswork out of purchasing technologically sophisticated equipment. With bundles, the prospective customer knows in advance the various system components are designed to work together, providing a comfort level that doesn’t exist when individual items must be selected.
“The desktop recording environment can be a rather intimidating place to the beginning and intermediate level user,” says Tascam division manager Rick McClendon. “As a result, there’s a very definite trend to offer complete package solutions that make the process easier. One of Tascam’s strengths lies in its ability to produce computer interfaces for recording applications. Hence, creating a system package makes good sense. So in addition to selling this new microphone as a stand-alone product offering, we’ll also be bundling the mic with a computer interface and recording software, plus a desktop mic stand and a cable.”
Wayne Freeman, MXL’s director of sales and marketing, commented on the new relationship between the two companies: “I believe MXL’s strategic alliance with Tascam enables both companies to offer more complete product offerings in the exploding and highly competitive market for desktop recording. Both companies have solid reputations for manufacturing innovative, reliable recording tools, and together, I’m convinced the consumer is the ultimate winner.”
“We’re very excited about moving forward on this project with MXL,” says McClendon. “Both companies have a solid presence in the recording market, and by pooling our efforts, I’m convinced both companies stand to benefit significantly. I believe that, together, we have the foundation for a great strategic alliance.”