Chessington, UK (December 17, 2018)—UK live sound console manufacturer DiGiCo has acquired Aachen, Germany-based KLANG:technologies, a manufacturer of immersive IEM technologies.
The acquisition brings KLANG under the umbrella of Audiotonix, which also owns Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiGrid, Solid State Logic and DiGiCo. Ironically, in the US, DiGiCo and KLANG already have a certain level of synergy, as both brands have been distributed here by Farmingdale, NY-Group One Ltd. for a number of years, along with Calrec.
“We have been working in the background with KLANG for some months on increasing our level of integration,” revealed Austin Freshwater, GM of DiGiCo. “Over that time, it was clear the ethos of the development teams was similar, with a lot of shared common goals.”
For the German manufacturer, joining DiGiCo will allow it to expand the reach of its work. “Being part of the Audiotonix family will allow our R&D team to bring more of our ideas to life,” said Roman Scharrer, CEO of KLANG. “We can already anticipate that 2019 is going to be a busy year for us and we will continue to excite our users with innovative and sustainable solutions.”
To that end, immediate plans for the new acquisition will be to continue integrating the technology into DiGiCo’s offerings. Freshwater mused, “Combining the control of the KLANG system into the DiGiCo worksurface will allow Immersive In-Ear Monitoring and 3D personal monitoring to be a part of an engineer’s natural workflow, and that’s just the beginning for us and the KLANG team.”
The joining of DiGiCo and KLANG is a clean fit, according to James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, who noted, “When the opportunity arose for them to join Audiotonix, we were keen to make it happen. We have always stressed that with our M&A, we would look at each brand’s requirement and help support them with their aspirations. On that basis, KLANG will become a key part of DiGiCo’s future, as they combine forces to improve the listening world of artists and monitor engineers alike.”
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