LOUD Technologies

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LOUD Technologies Inc.
Public company
Traded as OTC Pink: LTEC
Industry Audio technology
Founded 1988
Headquarters Woodinville, Washington, United States
Key people
Mark Graham(Chairman & CEO)
Revenue $ 208 million (2007)
Decrease $ -0.7 million (2007)
Profit Decrease $ -12.6 million (2007)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Alvarez Guitars, Ampeg, Crate Amplifiers, Eastern Acoustic Works, Mackie, Martin Audio
Website www.loudtechinc.com

LOUD Technologies, Inc. is an American professional audio company. It operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan. Originally known as Mackie Designs, Inc., the name was changed to Loud Technologies, Inc. in 2003.[1]


St. Louis Music[edit]

LOUD Technologies Inc. announced its acquisition of St. Louis Music, Inc. on March 7, 2005.[2]


Main article: Alvarez Guitars

Alvarez manufactures multiple types of string instruments including banjos, acoustic guitars, and acoustic bass guitars. Originally owned by St. Louis Music, Inc., Alvarez was founded in 1968. At the time, all Alvarez guitars were made by hand in Japan by Kazuo Yairi.[3]


Main article: Ampeg

St. Louis Music, Inc., purchased Ampeg in 1986.[4] Ampeg is a manufacturer of electric guitars and basses and guitar amplifiers.


Crate manufactures instrument amplifiers of varying types. The first Crate amplifier was built in 1978 by St. Louis Music, Inc.


Blackheart manufactures guitar amplifiers.

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW)[edit]

Mackie Designs Inc., acquired EAW in February 2000.[5] EAW manufactures high-end professional loudspeakers.


Main article: Mackie

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.[6] Mackie manufactures professional audio equipment including mixers, loudspeakers and studio monitors.[7]

Martin Audio[edit]

Main article: Martin Audio

LOUD Technologies Inc., acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of U.K.-based Martin Audio on April 11, 2007, for $33.6 million.[8] Martin Audio manufactures loudspeakers and similar audio equipment and has provided equipment for numerous professional acts including Pink Floyd and Supertramp.[9]


  2. ^ "LOUD Technologies Acquires St. Louis Music". Digital Media Online. 
  3. ^ "St. Louis Music, Inc.". The Gale Group, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound". LOUD Technologies Inc. 
  5. ^ "Mackie Designs Inc.". The Gale Group, Inc. 
  6. ^ "Mackie Designs Inc. Now Loud Technologies". Penton Media, Inc. 
  7. ^ "Mackie - Home". LOUD Technologies Inc. 
  8. ^ "NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  9. ^ "About Martin Audio". Martin Audio Ltd. 

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