Yamaha acquires Line 6

The deal comes five years after Yamaha acquired French line array company Nexo and almost nine years to the day of its Steinberg buyout.
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Yamaha has acquired amp modeling specialists Line 6 in a deal signed in late December of last year (for more on the company, read PSNEurope's The Lineage of Line 6). Under the terms of the agreement, Yamaha will operate Line 6 as a wholly owned subsidiary. The deal comes five years after Yamaha acquired French line array company Nexo and almost nine years to the day of its Steinberg buyout. “I am very happy that Line 6, which has been creating innovative products and creating new market opportunities consistently over its history, will become a member of the Yamaha group,” said Takuya Nakata, president of Yamaha Corporation. “We look forward to accelerating our growth strategy by pursuing the beneficial effects from both companies and by utilising Line 6’s core brand power centered on guitarists that is so highly regarded worldwide as well as its unique technology, planning and development capabilities.” In addition to its amp modeling software, Line 6 has also developed a StageScape ‘smart’ mixing system (pictured above) and StageSource DSP-controlled loudspeakers. “For over 30 years of developing products, and even further back to my earliest memories as a developing musician, Yamaha has been the brand for which I have always had the most respect,” said Line 6 co-founder and chief strategy officer Marcus Ryle. “Yamaha has consistently set the standard in our industry for quality and innovation, and I am very proud for Line 6 to now be a part of this incredible legacy.” Line 6 CEO and president Paul Foeckler added: "Yamaha’s acquisition of Line 6 will help accelerate the realisation of our vision to drive innovation for musicians across the globe. We’re proud that Yamaha recognises the innovation and value in our people, IP and processes and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead to expand our reach” www.yamaha.com

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