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|Traded as||OTC Pink: LTEC|
|Founded||1988 (as Mackie Designs, Inc.)|
|Headquarters||Woodinville, Washington, United States|
|Mark Graham(Chairman & CEO)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Alvarez Guitars, Ampeg, Crate Amplifiers, Eastern Acoustic Works, Mackie, Martin Audio|
LOUD Technologies, Inc. is a professional audio company based in the United States, operating in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan. Originally known as Mackie Designs, Inc., the name was changed to Loud Technologies in 2003, in order to differentiate the larger company from their founding subsidiary, mixing console manufacturer Mackie.
St. Louis Music
Founded in 1922, St. Louis Music (SLM) is presently a United States importer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories. SLM launched their SLM Electronics division in 1976 to develop their Electra line of guitars, and subsequently Crate amplifiers and Audio-Centron sound reinforcement.
LOUD announced its acquisition of SLM on March 7, 2005.
Early Alvarez acoustic guitars were made in Japan by luthier Kazuo Yairi, a partnership that continues. These instruments are colloquially known as "Alvarez-Yairi," with a distinctive stylized headstock logo and generally a "Y" in the model prefix.
Ampeg is a manufacturer of electric guitars and basses and guitar amplifiers. St. Louis Music purchased Ampeg in 1986. As of May 2018 the Ampeg brand is no longer part of LOUD Technologies. It was acquired from LOUD Technologies by Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc.
Austin is a line of budget-level guitars and basses.
The Crate brand of instrument amplifiers was launched in 1978 by St. Louis Music. Under SLM, Crate products were manufactured in the United States.
Blackheart manufactures guitar amplifiers.
Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW)
Mackie Designs Inc., acquired EAW in February 2000. EAW manufactures high-end professional loudspeakers.
LOUD Technologies' original name was Mackie Designs, Inc. The name was changed in 2003 to avoid confusion between the parent corporation and the Mackie brand. Mackie manufactures professional audio equipment including mixers, loudspeakers and studio monitors.
LOUD Technologies Inc., acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of U.K.-based Martin Audio on April 11, 2007, for $33.6 million. Martin Audio manufactures loudspeakers and similar audio equipment and has provided equipment for numerous professional acts including Pink Floyd and Supertramp.
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