inMusic is an American enterprise that is the parent company for a family of brands of varying audio products used in the DJ, music production, live sound, musical instrument, pro audio, software, stage lighting, and consumer electronics industries. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Cumberland, Rhode Island, with additional offices in Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, and Bulgaria.

inMusic Brands, Inc
Company typePrivate
Founded2012; 12 years ago (2012)
FounderJack O'Donnell
Number of locations
ProductsMusic production equipment
OwnerJack O'Donnell[1]

History edit

Numark edit

In 1992, future inMusic founder and CEO Jack O’Donnell was working as Vice President of Sales at Stanton Magnetics when he learned the assets of Numark Electronics were available for purchase. Founded in Edison, New Jersey in 1971, Numark was among the earliest DJ equipment manufacturers, and responsible for innovations like the first DJ mixer with a built-in sampler (the DM1775)[2] and the first dual-well CD player (the CD-5020).[3][4][5] O’Donnell proposed to Stanton management that they should acquire Numark's assets, but they chose not to, and O’Donnell decided to resign from his position at Stanton and purchase Numark himself.[6]

Alesis and more acquisitions edit

Under O’Donnell's management, Numark recovered and grew, and he found himself looking for new opportunities. In 2001 O’Donnell acquired Alesis,[7] a company that had established itself in the recording market with affordable effects and later the revolutionary ADAT digital tape recorder, as well as drum machines and synthesizers. The following year he introduced the ION Audio brand, focused on entry-level and consumer electronics products.[8]

In 2005, O’Donnell purchased the Akai Professional Musical Instrument division (previously spun off from Akai Electronics). Musical instrument designer Roger Linn has accused that immediately following the acquisition, Akai ceased all royalty payments owed to him, and that O'Donnell sent legal threats warning him away from attempting to collect further royalties.[9] His company additionally acquired DJ software brand Mixmeister in 2007 and Alto Professional in 2010.[10] Despite continuing to sell the product through Numark, development of MixMeister was subsequently abandoned with the last update being v7.7.1 in 2015.[11] [12]

M-Audio edit

In February 2012 O’Donnell acquired software synthesizer company Sonivox,[13] and in July of the same year, he acquired M-Audio and the AIR Software Group from Avid Technology, Inc. for $17 million.[14][15]

Further growth edit

In April 2014, inMusic acquired Denon DJ, Denon Professional and Marantz Professional from D&M Holdings, who retained the non-professional consumer divisions of those brands.[16]

In August 2015, the company launched a new brand of lighting products, MARQ.[17]

In July 2016, inMusic acquired Rane Corporation.[18]

In 2017, leveraging the legacy of the Akai pedal of the same name, inMusic launched a new line of guitar effects processing products branded HeadRush.[19]

In May 2018, the inMusic company Denon DJ acquired SoundSwitch.[20]

In April 2020, inMusic acquired ROLI's subsidiary FXpansion's drum software instrument BFD.[21] In May of the same year, inMusic acquired Stanton from Gibson Brands.[22][23]

In June 2023, inMusic acquired Moog.[24]

Brands edit

References edit

  1. ^ "About inMusic". inMusic. inMusic Brands. 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the DJ Mixer". 11 April 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ Eisenberg, Anne (2008-01-20). "For Disc Jockeys as Well as Desk Jockeys". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  4. ^ "At home and a DJ without the vinyl". The New York Times. 2007-08-23. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  5. ^ "Numark Industries LP - Company Profile and News". Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Interview: Jack O'Donnell, Numark - English Version". April 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Jack O'Donnell - owner of Alesis and Numark". 2001. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Interview, Jack O'Donnell, Owner of U.S. Audio Specialists Numark & Alesis". MI Professional. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Roger Linn Interview Jacks a Bastard". YouTube.
  10. ^ "Alto Professional Names Jay Schlabs To The Position Of Executive Director". Pro Sound Web. EH Publishing. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Numark sales page". Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  12. ^ "last MixMeister update announcement". Twitter. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  13. ^ "Jack O'Donnell Acquires Sonivox". Electronic Musician. Future plc. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  14. ^ "inMusic's O'Donnell on how technology is "democratizing" music making". The Music Trades. The Music Trades Corporation. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Avid sells M-Audio and AIR lines to Numark/Akai parent". Pro Sound News Europe. Pro Sound News. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  16. ^ "inMusic targets installation after D&M Professional deal". Pro Sound News Europe. Pro Sound News. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Marq Lighting Unveils Initial Product Lineup at DJ Expo". DJ Times. Testa Communications. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Rane set to join Numark and Denon DJ in the inMusic Stable". Future plc. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  19. ^ "New HeadRush brand launches pedalboard with touchscreen". Sound On Sound. SOS Publications Group. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Denon DJ Acquires New Zealand-Based Tech Company, SoundSwitch". DJ Times. Testa Communications. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  21. ^ "inMusic - Home of the world's premier music industry brands". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  22. ^ "inMusic Announces Acquisition of Stanton From Gibson Brands". DJ Times. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  23. ^ "Gibson sells turntable, audio gear unit". NashvillePost. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  24. ^ "Moog Music joins Akai Pro, Alesis and M-Audio in the inMusic family in a bid to "overcome long-standing challenges and strengthen the company"". Future plc. 2023-06-13. Retrieved 2023-06-13.

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