(L-R): Tom Waterman, Simon Blackwood, David Dearden, Steve Flower, Luke Baldry in the factory at Audient’s HQ in Hampshire, UK.Hampshire, UK (December 18, 2013)—Audient has come under the ownership of audio veteran Simon Blackwood as of this month. Taking a hands-on approach to the UK console manufacturer’s business, Blackwood is working with recently appointed managing director, Steve Flower, chief technical officer, Tom Waterman and sales and marketing director Luke Baldry to grow the business.
“The brand has become universally recognized for producing award-winning, innovative products for modern music recording and production,” said Blackwood, noting the sale of the 500th ASP8024 flagship mixing console to a studio in Canada, and the nomination of the “ASP-console grade iD22” audio interface for a 2013 TEC award.
Blackwood’s own experience in the audio industry includes having founded the Soundcraft Spirit business, led the resurgence of Focusrite/Novation and most recently the turnaround at Turbosound and its eventual sale to the Music Group.
Blackwood’s plans for the brand are intensive: “We are 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.”