HHB Communications Canada Ltd is a major international manufacturer and distributor of recording equipment to the recording, MI, DJ and production sectors of the professional audio industry. HHB and HHB distributed products are sold through all major MI, production Pro-Audio and DJ dealers across Canada. More about us here!
Although you will seldom find it published, a manufacturer's philosophy is indeed built into every product. We believe that true quality is in the details. It's seen in the painstakingly chosen precision components, in the neat and solid construction, in the comprehensive manuals, and most importantly in the care and concern of the dedicated people at Rane that make it all happen. Manufacturers will always make claims, but the real truth is proven with time, in the hands of countless users. In the end, you are the best judge. Whatever your requirements, make sure you choose a product for its quality and reputation--it's worth it. And if it's a piece of Rane gear, we're confident you'll derive as much personal satisfaction in using it as we have from creating it.
Akai Professional entered the electronic music industry in 1984 with one purpose - to give artists the tools they need to express and explore new musical possibilities.
Since then, Akai Professional products have become a fixture of modern music both in studio and on stage. The refinement of our digital sampling technology has become the building block of today's most popular music. The uniqueness of our MPC sequencing samplers has forever changed the way modern music is created by enabling digital samples to become the basis for composition. Akai Pro stands at the forefront of digital technology and remains one of the most influential manufacturers of musical equipment of the last 20 years.
Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.
Specifically, Putnam was the inventor of the modern recording console, the multi-band audio equalizer, and the vocal booth, and he was the first engineer to use artificial reverberation in commercial recording. Alongside his friend Les Paul, Putnam was also involved in the early development of stereophonic recording.
Putnam, a natural entrepreneur, started three audio product companies during his long career: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics, and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction, including the ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history, used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen’s eponymous debut.
Re-founded in 1999
Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.
Nothing better represents the merging of our analog heritage and groundbreaking digital designs than the award-winning Apollo audio interface. Introduced in 2012, Apollo has become the new worldwide standard for professional music production, and has been used to record breakthrough albums by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, Dr. Dre, Brad Paisley, and many more.
With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.
Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decades long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.
For more than 20 years, our motto has been to 'surprise and inspire' our customers and we've had fantastic support from DJs, artists and clubs around the world to help us achieve this. In recent years, as more people have taken up DJing – either with the intention of eventually becoming professional or just to enjoy mixing with their friends – we've created products and services to help introduce them to the world of music creation. We're committed to continue innovating through our product development and design to satisfy our customers, both professional and amateur, and maintain the reputation of Pioneer DJ equipment as the industry standard.
PROFESSIONAL AUDIO EQUIPMENT BUSINESS We draw on our experience in the DJ and club market to develop and design professional sound systems that deliver powerful, crystal-clear audio. Since 2013, famous venues around the globe – from nightclubs and restaurants to boats and football stadiums – have benefitted from Pioneer Pro Audio set-ups including our our GS-WAVE Series dance floor stacks, XY Series PA/monitor speakers, and XPRS Active Series.
MUSIC PRODUCTION TOOL BUSINESS As well as industry-standard DJ products, we also create instruments and music production tools to inspire producers and artists and help enhance their work in the studio and their performances on the live stage. We're dedicated to designing first-rate products from professional samplers and synthesizers, to monitor speakers and headphones.
THE KUVO COMMUNITY In 2014, we launched KUVO; a social platform and community for clubs, DJs and dance music lovers. The KUVO app and website helps clubbers discover new music, DJs and venues, as well as share their passion with like-minded people.
https://www.KUVO.com Mobile app “KUVO”: KUVO.com/app
The ATB Branch for Arts + Culture, also known as “The Branch”, is a clubhouse, arts venue and financial institution for creatives and cultural workers in Alberta. It’s a place designed for creators, by creators. It’s a place that understands the challenges artists face, because those that work at The Branch are artists themselves.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS and V-MODA. Roland's impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers, and digital mixers.
Roland est un chef de file mondial sur les plans de la conception, de la fabrication et de la distribution d’instruments de musique numériques, d’équipement audio professionnel, de produits multimédias et d’accessoires de musique. Les produits Roland constituent une famille composée des marques Roland, BOSS, et Rodgers. La gamme impressionnante de produits Roland, loin de s’y limiter, inclut notamment des pédales d’effet pour guitare, des percussions électroniques, des pianos numériques réputés, des synthétiseurs et des consoles de mixage numérique.
“At PK Sound we are passionate about providing a powerful connection between artist and fan. We believe that every audio experience should be exceptional. Our loudspeakers are well known for their transparent, full bodied, powerful sound; a result of new technologies created by people who love music, focusing on the evolving demands of artists, engineers and fans.”
Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Our products are used by a community of dedicated musicians, sound designers, and artists from across the world.
Making music isn’t easy. It takes time, effort, and learning. But when you’re in the flow, it’s incredibly rewarding.
We feel the same way about making Ableton products. The driving force behind Ableton is our passion for what we make, and the people we make it for.
We are more than 200 people from 28 different countries divided between our headquarters in Berlin and our office in Los Angeles.
Most of us are active musicians, producers, and DJs, and many of us use Live and Push every day. We come from a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds. Some of us have PhDs, some are self-taught, and most of us are somewhere in between. What connects us is the shared belief that each of us has the skills and knowledge to contribute to something big: helping to shape the future of music culture.
We believe it takes focus to create truly outstanding instruments. We only work on a few products and we strive to make them great.
Rather than having a one-size-fits-all process, we try to give our people what they need to work their magic and grow. We’ve learned that achieving the best results comes from building teams that are richly diverse, and thus able to explore problems from a wider set of perspectives. We don’t always agree with each other, but opinion and debate are valued and openly encouraged.
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Jack Long was a professional trumpet player who, in 1956, thought that maybe he could sell instruments to some of his friends in the musical community. He set up a small store on Carlton Street in Toronto on the second floor of an old house and became a dealer for King Band Instruments. The floor was divided up into music studios so Jack was also able to teach trumpet lessons on the side. About 6 months later, Jack rented out a room to a local drummer named Jack McQuade which he used for drum lessons.
In 1957, the Jacks decided to open up a small retail store on Yonge Street and named it Long & McQuade Musical Instruments. Many existing customer service policies sprang from these early days. The rental program began when the partners decided to start charging their friends for all the instruments they were “borrowing”. The financing program began when a customer asked if he could purchase a drum set but not pay for it all at once. Jack & Jack continued as partners until 1965 when Jack McQuade decided to pursue drumming full time and sold his portion of the company to Jack Long.
Long & McQuade began expanding in 1968 and hasn’t stopped since. Currently there are over 70 Long & McQuade stores across Canada as well as an online store that opened in 2008. The company employs over 1,300 musicians and contracts around 1,000 music teachers across Canada. To this day, the entire company is still 100% owned by the Long family.
Beat Drop is a music production & DJ school in Calgary, AB and Canada's first Ableton Certified Training Centre. Our teachers are professional musicians & DJs who specialize in developing and teaching curriculum in group and 1-on-1 settings. Our small class sizes, modern day approach to hardware & software, and experienced instructors will help you meet your musical goals, develop your craft and understand today’s music industry landscape.