New York (September 17, 2010)–QSC Audio Products has entered a partnership with Greg Mackie and Peter Watts of M&W Design Group to create a series of digital mixing consoles.
Mackie retired from Mackie Designs (now Loud Technologies) in 2003, but joined with Watts in 2008 to found M&W Design Group, developing concepts for a line of digital mixing consoles. Watts, too, is an pro-audio veteran, having spent 35 years designing analog and digital recording consoles, including the first digitally controlled console, the Trident DiAn. With concepts and preliminary designs developed, M&W Design Group began looking for a partner to bring the mixers to life.
“We needed a pro-audio partner with established sales, marketing and distribution,” said Mackie. “A partner with a solid reputation for quality and reliability–one that had the technical capabilities to develop advanced digital mixing consoles and the manufacturing know-how to produce the products. I had a long time personal friendship with John and Barry Andrews and knew I could trust QSC to be exactly the right partner.”
“We are delighted to be working with Greg and Peter,” said Gerry Tschetter, QSC VP of Marketing. “Their passion for creating fine audio products mirrors our own. Our efforts to create value and performance on the ‘B-Chain’ (processing, power and loudspeaker) side have yielded a number of highly successful product lines. It’s great fun to be working on the ‘A-Chain’ (mixing) side as well.”
Design work on the products will be done by both M&W and QSC, while manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing and technical support will be handled entirely by QSC. The first products are expected to be announced during the first half of 2011.
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