Digico has announced the acquisition of KLANG:technologies, marking a key new addition to the Audiotonix family.
The Audiotonix family already includes leading audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec, DigiGrid, Solid State Logic and Digico.
KLANG:technologies, based in Germany, is the world’s first manufacturer of 3D in-ear monitor mixing technologies. The company’s core product, KLANG:fabrik, is a professional rack-mount monitoring mixing engine, specifically designed to be used with IEMs and providing musicians with three-dimensional sound.
The deal was concluded last week and, according to Digico, further brings together some of the most influential and innovative brands within the pro audio industry.
James Gordon CEO of Audiotonix commented: “We have had the pleasure of working with KLANG and its pioneering immersive technology for a couple of years. When the opportunity arose for them to join Audiotonix, we were keen to make it happen. We have always stressed that with our M&A, we would look at each brand’s requirements and help support them with their aspirations. On that basis, KLANG will become a key part of Digico’s future as they combine forces to improve the listening world of artists and monitor engineers alike. It is about to sound a lot more natural, with the arrival of I-IEM (Immersive In Ear Monitoring)."
"The team at KLANG are culturally very similar to Digico and we are already talking about future products and integration of KLANG into Digico. I don't want to give too much away at this stage, but it should be a good 2019, and may be starting sooner than you might expect."
As for Digico's immediate plans following the acquisition, he told PSNEurope: "To go and have a glass of wine to celebrate them joining the Digico team! Then I think there is a lot we can do together, in terms of highlighting Immersive In Ear Monitoring and how it improves the audio quality and space in the artist's monitoring, as well as the added benefit of, on average, reducing audio levels to their ears by 6dB."
Austin Freshwater, general manager of Digico, added: “We have been working in the background with KLANG for some months on increasing our level of integration. Over that time, it was clear the ethos of the development teams were similar, with a lot of shared common goals. Combining the control of the KLANG system into the DigcCo work surface will allow I-IEM and 3D personal monitoring to be a part of an engineer’s natural work-flow, and that’s just the beginning for us and the KLANG team. We are keen to meet all of its existing supporters and help more potential users understand the difference a KLANG system can make.”
Roman Scharrer, CEO of KLANG stated: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the team at KLANG. Having Digico’s wealth of industry knowledge and relationships at our disposal, it is really going to allow us to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to those we feel will advance the most from our ground-breaking development work. Being part of the Audiotonix family will allow our R&D team to bring more of our ideas to life. We can already anticipate that 2019 is going to be a busy year for us and we will continue to excite our users with innovative and sustainable solutions.”