Focusrite

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Focusrite plc.
IndustryElectronics, Professional Audio
Founded1985; 35 years ago (1985)
FounderRupert Neve
HeadquartersWindsor House, Turnpike Rd, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Key people
Phil Dudderidge
Divisions
  • Focusrite
  • Focusrite Pro
  • Novation
  • Ampify Music
Subsidiaries
  • Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited (with subsidiaries Focusrite Novation Inc and Focusrite Novation Asia Limited)
  • ADAM Audio GmbH
  • Martin Audio Limited
Website

Focusrite plc is an English music and audio products group based in High Wycombe, England (with its history in Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.). The Focusrite Group trades under six brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation, and Ampify Music. Focusrite designs and markets audio interfaces, microphone preamps, consoles, analogue EQs and Channel strips, and digital audio processing hardware and software for professional and home studios.[1] Many, but not all, Focusrite products are manufactured in China.

Focusrite has been the recipient of four Queen's Awards for Enterprise, two for International Trade and two for Technology.[2]

Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ CRESCENTE STUDIO, Setagaya Tokyo Japan
Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ CRESCENTE STUDIO, Setagaya Tokyo Japan
No.10 Plate of Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan
Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan
Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan
Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan
Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan
Lexicon 480L LARC Focusrite Console 72in 48out with GML Fader Automation @ Sound City Setagaya, Tokyo Japan

History[edit]

Founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, Focusrite's first contracts included a commission from Sir George Martin to build extensions to Air studios' custom Neve consoles, initially the vintage recording console in Martin's Air Montserrat studio in the Caribbean – specifically a no-compromise microphone preamplifier and equaliser.[3]

Audio industry veteran and co-founder of Soundcraft Electronics Ltd, Phil Dudderidge purchased the company's assets in April 1989, establishing Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd and reissuing the original modules along with some new designs.[4] The company also designed a new console, the Focusrite Studio Console, released in 1990.

In August 2004, Focusrite acquired electronic instrument manufacturer Novation which became a subsidiary called Novation Digital Music Systems Ltd.[5]

On 12 December 2014, Focusrite was floated on the AIM market as Focusrite plc.[6]

In July 2019, Focusrite acquired monitor speaker manufacturer ADAM Audio[7], and in December 2019 acquired Martin Audio[8] who manufacture loudspeaker systems for sound reinforcement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Focusrite". Focusrite. April 2013.
  2. ^ "The Queen's Awards for Enterprise". www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Letter from Focusrite to Mercenary Audio". Mercenary Audio. September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Focusrite Company History". Plan 2 Music. September 2006. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Focusrite acquire Novation". Novation Music. 1 August 2004. Archived from the original on 13 November 2005.
  6. ^ "Focusrite PLC - Intention to Float". London Stock Exchange. 24 November 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "ADAM Audio becomes a part of Focusrite Group". ADAM Audio. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Focusrite plc announces the acquisition of Martin Audio Ltd". martin-audio.com. Retrieved 23 April 2020.

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