Audient has announced it is now under new ownership, with Simon Blackwood taking the helm at Audient. Blackwood, whose previous experience includes stints at Harman, Turbosound and DiGiCo, is already working closely with the Hampshire-based team.
“I have keenly followed Audient’s success over the years, so the opportunity to work directly with the team to take the business to the next level was too compelling to turn down,” he said. “The brand has become universally recognised for producing award-winning, innovative products for modern music recording and production,” he continued, highlighting the landmark sale of the 500th ASP8024 flagship mixing console to a studio in Canada as a recent example of the company’s achievements. He cites David Dearden as the brand’s lynchpin, having first met him at the Frankfurt MusikMesse in 1999. “He’s one of a very small group of world class audio designers who continue to innovate for today’s digital markets. He has migrated from engineering in studios, building bespoke mixers for the home studios for three of the four lads from Liverpool, to designing DDA and Midas mixers and founding DDA and Audient with Gareth Davies. His designs have stood the test of time because, quite simply, they sound great.” Going forward, Blackwood says the company is “going to invest in product and people more than ever before. We are going to build a lot of great products and have a lot of fun along the way. After all, we have a compelling story, one of the world’s best teams of audio designers, a highly creative team and high user expectations to exceed!” Pictures above are (L-R) Tom Waterman, Simon Blackwood, David Dearden, Steve Flower, Luke Baldry in the factory at Audient’s HQ in Hampshire. www.audient.com