East Rutherford, NJ (April 25, 2006)–Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Masque Sound is bigger and better than ever, according to co-principal and 3rd generation-co-owner, Geoff Shearing. “You would be hard-pressed to find a more robust 70-year-old,” Shearing remarked.
“The past few years have found us expanding our services into a variety of related fields including live performance, technology development/installation, and DVD production,” shearing added. “Our 2004 move to a new 70,000 sq. ft. facility in East Rutherford, NJ triggered a burst of activity, which continues to generate a steady flow of challenging new projects.”
Masque Sound co-principals James (left) and Geoff ShearingAmong their new growth areas is the Masque Live Division. Spearheaded by company co-principal James Shearing and live concert veterans Lucas “Rico” Corrubia and Mitch “Bubbles” Keller, Masque Live has reportedly been on the road almost constantly with Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Celtic Woman, Oasis and even film star Kevin Spacey’s “Beyond The Sea” concert tour.
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound has evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement and design companies. Credits such as Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera and Rent, and the Disney/Phil Collins theatrical production of Tarzan, are complimented by Masque’s growing reputation as diversified pro audio specialists.
“Our new building has the room to support a workforce of over 100 tech support, networking and wireless system design/fabrication audio pros,” Shearing noted. “We’ve got the space and heavy duty power drops to create full-scale ‘Show Zone,’ audio installs for live concert and theatrical productions. This enables us to insure everything works perfectly before it leaves the shop.” In addition to concert tours Masque Sound also services the TV broadcast, Industrial and House of Worship markets.
Professional Wireless Services (PWS), the company’s Orlando, FL-based division headed by James Stoffo, has built a reputation for innovative wireless system design/installation. Credits ranging from ABC’s recent Super Bowl broadcast to a major technology upgrade for QVC’s PA-based production center have solidified the PWS position in the broadcast arena.
“Innovative products like our new GX8D amplifier/combiner and HA-8089 Helical Antenna distribution system for in-ear monitors, wireless microphones and intercom installations contribute immeasurably to our cutting-edge profile,” Stoffo said.
Geoff Shearing points to the early success of the recently-formed Masque Entertainment DVD production division as another example of well-planned expansion. “Our award-winning DVD director/producer/special effects expert Gerard Schmidt has attracted such diverse performance productions as Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars troop and “Live As We Roll,” a 2 1/2 hour epic for Canadian rock star Jonas which recently went Platinum,” he added. Schmidt has just begun an ambitious new DVD project for Telemundo.
James Shearing concluded, “My brother Geoff and I are committed to keeping our 70-year-old company as robust and relevant today as it was in our grandfather’s time. The opportunities for new technology innovation and implementation, and the continuing introduction of new venues and applications have greatly broadened our option horizon. We’ve developed a terrific team of highly qualified audio specialists, and we can’t conceive of a project that wouldn’t benefit from our experience and enthusiasm.”