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Sound Network expands ahead of 20th anniversary

The London-based pro-audio distributor has set about rebranding and expanding, taking on four new staff and moving to Kentish Town.

Ahead of this year’s November anniversary of its 20th year in business, London-based pro-audio distributor Sound Network has set about rebranding and expanding its operation.

A move to new premises in Kentish Town has been sweetened by the addition of four new members to the team and one new product range to the distribution portfolio.

Audio professionals Ralph Dunlop and Pete Wandless started Sound Network in November 1994, having conceived the idea in a “café in Crouch End”. Taking on the distribution for DPA Microphones in the UK soon afterwards, the partnership have Linear Acoustic, Smart Research, Acoustic Energy, China Cones, Optocore and Rycote to its roster over the years. After nearly two decades in Fitzrovia, the company required larger premises in order to grow, and so relocated to Highgate Studios, a former carpet factory in Kentish Town, but now a centre of new ventures in media, design and technology.

“Sound Network are now in the privileged position to expand in terms of product distribution, personnel and physical space,” says Dunlop.

“We are working very closely with professional users in a variety of market areas endeavoring to ensure that we have the right products and innovating new and relevant advances.

“Despite the recession, we have managed to grow year on year and with all the exciting developments happening behind the scenes with manufacturers we already handle, the future is looking bright. We are also looking for complementary new brands to add to the portfolio and look forward to announcing new lines in the coming months”. Sound Network has recently welcomed new staff, to represent “a new generation of professional audio products”. These are Adam Pierce (UK sales manager). Rob Ramon (product manager), Caleb Hill (marketing manager), Mat Wandless (purchasing and administration manager) and Peter Holmes (IT and technical consultant). [Pictured above are (L-R) Caleb Hill, Rob Ramon, Ralph Dunlop, Mat Wandless, Pete Wandless, Adam Pierce and Pete Holmes.] Bubblebee Industries is the latest augmentation to the product portfolio. Hailing from Denmark, Bubblebee creates microphone windshields for sound professionals called ‘windbubbles’. The products were developed by location sound engineer Poul Mejer in Copenhagen and are made with “finest quality” synthetic fur in a range of sizes to accommodate all popular lavalier mics. “Bubblebee lavalier windshields are proven to produce the most effective wind neutralisation, whilst, importantly, maintaining sonic transparency,” says marketing manager Caleb Hill.