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inMusic is a family of leading music technology and consumer electronics brands. Through collaboration and innovation, every inMusic brand has the unique ability to respond dynamically to the demands of its customers, delivering the latest advancements in engineering, design, and technology in the DJ, Music Production, Pro Audio, Musical Instrument, and Consumer Electronics industries.

inMusic was founded by Jack O’Donnell in 2012, former Vice President of Sales at Stanton Magnetics; however, the journey started in 1991 with the purchase of Numark. Jack had a dream of creating world-class products and changing the music world forever.

Over the coming years, many industry firsts were achieved, and the company grew through the acquisition of legends and the creation of new world-class brands.

Today, this elite family of hardware and software companies is known as inMusic. While maintaining unique brand identities, each of inMusicʼs companies is dedicated to creating cutting-edge products that incorporate and build upon the latest in engineering, design, and technology.

Founded in 2016, “2getheraudio” by music software legends Jennifer Hruska, creator of Sonivox, Patrice Tarabbia (creator of Akai VIP and Big Tick Audio) and Rick Cohen (key Sonivox Developer), 2getheraudio set out with a mission to make music accessible to all while raising money for good causes.

They created an online marketplace for high-end DAW plug-ins. The plugins sold on the site are created by 2getheraudio using their own software called “struQture”. “struQture” allows for professional plugin building to be much more accessible to people who are not as familiar with bare-bones computer programming. Adding to the accessibility, they also go by a name-your-price model and allow the customer to donate 10% of their purchase to a charity of their choice.

2getheraudio joined the inMusic family in 2020 with exciting developments on the way!

The ReValver product line was originally created by Peavey Electronics Corporation; the product line was spun out into a separate company AMR. AMR joined the inMusic Family in 2020. ReValver models guitar amplifiers, stompboxes and effects at the component level, resulting in unmatched realism, dynamics and tone.

ReValver's RIR 2 Cabinet Modeling takes convolution cabinet modeling to another level while ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) allows incredible instrument modeling on the input and tone matching on the output. ReValver can also create and load amp clones in our ACT Combo module, making ReValver virtually unlimited. Expand ReValver even further by hosting 3rd party VST/AU plugins within the software.

Joining the group in 2020, Stanton DJ was Founded in 1946 by Walter Stanton (Walter O. Stanton). He was the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, which helped create a consumer market for audio equipment; Stanton Magnetics was one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges. Stanton’s slide-in stylus made it possible for users to replace the needle assembly when it wore out instead of having to send it back to the factory. Audiophiles snapped them up for home use, and the invention became one of the basics in phonograph cartridge design.

Stanton Magnetics is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for clubs, mobile DJs and turntablists. The company’s product range includes turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and the innovative SC System Controller products. With over 70 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJ’s trust.

Beginning with the first microgroove phono cartridge, then with the first user-replaceable stylus in 1954 and the first stereo cartridge in 1958, Stanton was well-positioned to meet the demands of the hi-fi market and the advent of the 33⅓ rpm Long Play (LP) microgroove vinyl record.

In 1970, Stanton introduced the 500AL, a cartridge specifically designed to withstand the back-cueing technique of radio disc jockeys, which led to it becoming a popular cartridge choice for mixing and scratching by the growing number of hip hop and club DJs. Stanton's product offering at the time included a wide range of cartridges, replacement styli, headphones, and a phono preamp.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Stanton 500AL cartridge found a new market as hip-hop DJs, club DJs, and turntablists chose it for its durability and reliable tracking. A-Trak and DJ Craze both used Stanton cartridges in DMC World DJ Championships wins.

Beginning in the late 1990s, Stanton further expanded its product offering, expanding into DJ mixers, turntables, and CDJs.

In the early 2000s, Stanton helped pioneer Digital Vinyl Systems (DVS) through its involvement with Dutch company 'N2IT'. N2IT, with initial input from Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) and John Acquaviva, developed Final Scratch, software for manipulation of digital audio files using a turntable and a special vinyl record. In January 2002 FinalScratch was released as a Stanton-branded product at The NAMM Show. Stanton Magnetics acquired FinalScratch from N2IT, and later partnered with Native Instruments to bring the original BeOS-based software to a broader audience via Mac/PC platforms.

Stanton proceeded to launch a series of innovative of DJ controllers in the mid-2000’s

The SCS.1M and SCS.1D make up the SC 1 system. The SCS.1D was a scratch turntable controller that uses a 10" vinyl disc with a direct drive motor. The SCS.1M was a 4 channel mixer with an onboard audio card that connects via FireWire to a PC or Mac. The SCS.3m and two SCS.3d's make up the SCS.3 system. The SCS.3 system was entirely touch-controlled, which allows for more versatile control over your software. The SCS.3d was a "turntable" controller that uses a platter like a touchpad, 6 touch buttons, 2 touch-sensitive slides, and 4 soft buttons. The SCS.3m had 3 touch slides for each deck's EQ, two gain slides, along with a crossfader slide.

Stanton's first stand-alone controller is the SCS.4DJ. This controller is an all-in-one package that allows virtual DJs to perform without a computer, a revolutionary product at the time.

ArKaos develops VJ Software, Media Server and LED mapping Software used at shows, events, concerts and tours since 1996. ArKaos had previously collaborated with Numark in the inMusic group.

We grew again in 2018 with the addition of SoundSwitch founded in 2012 as a world leader in innovative DJ lighting. SoundSwitch is widely recognized as the originator in unifying DJ waveform-driven lighting control that enables DJs to seamlessly integrate custom and automated lighting into their DJ set. SoundSwitch software and hardware is trusted by DJs everywhere to deliver the exciting, dynamic visual and lighting elements that advance their performance to new heights.

2017 saw inMusic create a brand-new company called HeadRush. We listened to the world’s top guitarists who told us they needed gear that effortlessly worked with them to enhance their creative musical efforts. “Conventional” wouldn’t do. Our initial product, the HeadRush Pedalboard, is a guitar FX and Amp Modeling Processor in an easy-to-use Pedalboard platform. Finally, for guitarists, “Your perfect tone is just a touch away.”

In 2016, inMusic welcomed the highly-regarded name Rane to its family of distinguished products.

Rane Corporation, founded and incorporated in 1981 in Washington State, is a privately held company. The original owners previously worked together in middle management positions at Phase Linear Corporation, a high-end consumer electronics company. With this background, they pooled over 40 years of combined audio experience to create RANE Corporation. The owners became separate department heads based upon their expertise. This organization created an unusually strong structure since all department heads had a unique owner’s perspective in making it succeed.

Rane started out with four products aimed at small bands, designed to make their live performances better. With these products, RANE quickly established a new price-point for performance, quality and reliability. RANE products were priced below the top high-end equipment yet outperformed and outlasted them but were still priced significantly above the low-end products, thus creating a new middle ground. A noteworthy testament to RANE’s design significance and reliability reputation is that in their first two years of production, RANE designed and shipped eight new products.

RANE first entered the DJ mixer market upon request from Richard Long of Richard Long & Associates (RLA). Richard Long was a famous sound designer for the biggest names in disco. He designed systems for Studio 54, Annabels (London), Regines (a chain of 19 clubs scattered around the world from Paris and New York to Cairo) and many others that were the vanguard of the disco era.

Richard approached RANE and asked them to redesign his famous X3000 crossover using their proprietary technology. This became the X3000A, built exclusively for Richard Long. They also co-designed a DJ equalizer called the Q5000. Based on his successful relationship with RANE, he persuaded them to research the DJ mixer market. They did and produced their first DJ mixer, the MP24, which rapidly became the industry standard at the time.

After creating many more innovative DJ products following the MP24, RANE was attending an AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention in New York City in 1998. Four extremely talented turntablists introduced them to their art form and invited a couple of RANE guys to join them in their backyard for some tutoring. It was an eye-opening experience for a couple of Joes from the sticks of Mukilteo. They felt privileged to be invited, not only to join in the turntablism fun but also to be the company they selected to build their dream mixer. They knew RANE’s reputation in the club market, and they understood RANE’s design philosophy.

The RANE product designers joined a handful of the city’s top scratch performers, where they literally spread their ideas on the floor of Wiz’s apartment in Spanish Harlem and went to work. Thus, began the anatomy of the TTM 54 Performance mixer. For three days, they enjoyed the company of Rolly Roll, Development, DJ Big Wiz, Sugarcuts, Marz1 and Peter Parker. They watched performances by DJ Quest, The Crash Dummies, The X-Men and many more. During their stay, they defined every detail of the mixer: features, control locations, knob size and feel, as well as fader, feel and much more. Collectively, they created RANE’s first hip-hop battle mixer, which became one of the most successful products in RANE’s history.

The rapid evolution of DJ mixing is absolutely mind-boggling. When RANE began, they never imagined how huge the world of music mixing would become. Disco clubs of the 70s and 80s featured basic blending. Now the genres, techniques and methods have exploded into endless possibilities. The mixer is no longer just a tool, but instead, has become a musical instrument, a vehicle for self-expression. Applications for DJ mixers have gone far beyond what was originally envisioned. There may soon be as many styles of DJ mixers as there are types of guitars. The evolution isn’t over! New mixing styles continue to develop, leading to new demands on both performance and features. The lessons RANE learned, in the beginning, have served them well during this rapid evolution.

2015 saw the birth of a brand-new company, Marq Lighting. Marq offers a comprehensive, high-performance line of entertainment lighting products with an emphasis on innovative design and the user experience.

Marantz Professional also joined the inMusic Family in 2014. Marantz Professional was created as a subsidiary of Marantz created to focus on install and A/V products. The first Marantz audio product was designed and built by Saul Marantz in his home in Kew Gardens, New York. The company had a major influence in the development of high fidelity audio systems.

During the 1980s, while owned by Philips, a pioneer in compact disc technology, Marantz sold some very well received CD players. Beginning in the early 1990s, Marantz focused on higher-end components. Today Marantz Professional carries forth this legacy developing high-quality products for the install market.

Denon Professional also joined the inMusic Family in 2014. Denon Professional was also created as a subsidiary of Denon, focusing on high-end A/V products.

Denon Professional leads the way in professional A/V solutions for commercial integration, custom install, and pro audio needs. With a history of firsts, including digital audio recorders, solid-state media players and networked streaming media players, Denon Professional fuses unheralded quality and experience with dynamic, intuitive technology. With a re-energized team and a cutting-edge product roadmap, Denon Professional is poised to blaze ahead in the audio, video, media, and control markets.

Denon DJ joined the inMusic Family in 2014. Denon DJ was originally created as a subsidiary of Denon in 1991 with the goal of bringing technological excellence to the DJ world.

Denon (株式会社デノン, Kabushiki Kaisha Denon) was started in 1910 by Frederick Whitney Horn, an American entrepreneur. Denon produced the first cylinder audio media in Japan and players to play them. Decades later, Denon was involved in the early stages of the development of digital audio technology while specializing in the manufacture of high-fidelity professional and consumer audio equipment. Denon made Japan's first professional disc recorder and used it to record Emperor Hirohito's voice. For many decades, Denon was a brand name of Nippon-Columbia, including the Nippon Columbia record label. The Denon brand came from a merger of Denki Onkyo. Denon has a long history of industry firsts ranging from the development of the CD-Rom format to pioneering early work on cassette tapes.

The future looks bright for Denon DJ!

Some of Denon's notable achievements:

  • 1910

    Manufacturer of single-sided disc records and gramophones.

  • 1939

    Launched first professional-use disc recorder for the broadcast industry and disk cutting lathe.

  • 1951

    Commenced sales of Japan’s 1st LP records.

  • 1953

    Launched professional-use tape recorder for the broadcast industry.

  • 1958

    Introduced sales of stereo records.

  • 1959

    Commenced production of open-reel audiotapes.

  • 1962

    Introduced Elepian series of electronic pianos.

  • 1963

    Developed the DL-103 phono cartridge.

  • 1964

    Started sales of audio cassette tapes.

  • 1971

    Started producing hi-fi audio components, including turntables, amplifiers, tuners and speakers.

  • 1972

    Introduced the world’s first viable 8 channel digital recorder.

  • 1977

    Awarded US Billboard magazine's "Trend-Setter Award for outstanding contribution to the industry".

  • 1980

    Awarded the 13th Montreux International Diplome d’honneur technique award.

  • 1981

    Developed a professional-use CD player.

  • 1988

    Introduced range of AV amplifiers to product range.

  • 1990

    Awarded three-component awards at Paris hi-fi show. Introduced lineup of DJ Headphones.

  • 1993

    Developed the twin-deck DJ CD player DN-200F. Other early models are the DN1000F, DN2000F and DN2500F. Denon also made the world's only twin MiniDisc player designed for DJ use.

  • 2007

    Introduced the highly acclaimed Denon DJ DN-HD2500 rack mount mass storage media player and controller. Taking Digital DJing to a new level.

  • 2008

    introduced the Denon DJJ DNS1200 hybrid media player. This powerful CD player and mass storage player brought revolutionary features in a compact, cost-effective unit.

  • 2009

    introduced the DN-X1700, a game-changing mixer featuring next level Digital FX. Considered by industry experts as a best in class at the time of launch.

  • 2010

    saw the launch of the Denon DJ DN-HC1000s, one of the worlds, first controllers for the new Serato DJ Pro. This unit allowed users to set and trigger cue points, loops, loop rolls and samplers.

  • 2012

    saw the launch of the SC2900, the forefather of today's Prime Series. The SC2900 was a game-changing controller, CD player and media player. It featured revolutionary hybrid midi and the ability to send DVS timecode without needing control CDs. 2012 also saw the launch of Engine, the forefather of Engine Prime. The Engine software allowed DJ’s to prepare their media using the power of computers, to provide an optimised experience with large collections.

  • 2013

    saw the launch of the SC3900, a flagship motorised vinyl emulation CD Player, Media Player and Midi Controller. The SC3900 featured a real piece of vinyl as the control surface and a turntable motor. It was heralded at the launch time as providing the most realistic experience in a controller to date. The SC3900 also featured the built-in timecode signal and hybrid midi features, allowing complete flexibility.

  • 2016

    saw the launch of the MCX8000 the first product under inMusic Brands ownership of Denon DJ. The first in the line of the now-famous Prime Series products. This revolutionary standalone media player and controller featured the first version of what is now known as Engine OS. The OS featured powerful FX, visual waveforms and the new StagelinQ network connection to control lighting and video software. This year also saw the launch of Engine Prime a next-generation media manager software.

  • 2018

    the Prime Series is born, the SC5000 and SC5000M launch taking standalone media players to a whole new level. Featuring the game-changing Engine OS and a stunning touch screen display, these products provided the power of a computer for DJ’s in a standalone unit. The SC5000 series featured the ability to perform from two media sources at once with two decks of playback in one unit. Allowing a pair of players to be the same as four traditional media players. When the units were linked by the network connection, media could be played off any units on the network. The SC5000M featured real vinyl and a turntable motor building on the amazing legacy of the SC3900 again. The SC5000 series benefited from the latest technology in Serato DJ pro by allowing direct control of the software without the need for timecode. The units received high acclaim from users and reviewers alike for having revolutionised Club DJ technology.

  • 2020

    saw the second generation of the Prime Series launch and the support of Streaming Media Services. As an industry first, DJ’s could use the Wifi features of the Prime Series to stream music and have near limitless media libraries to perform with. These features were also made available to the SC5000 and SC5000M. The revolutionary Prime Go, Prime 4 and 2 standalone players and controllers bring Denon DJ’s high-end technology to a new audience. The Prime 4 and 2 feature a stunning 10-inch touch screen providing an incredible user experience in powerful all-in-one controllers, media players and Digital Mixers. The Prime Go brings the incredible power of Engine OS to an entirely mobile product. Featuring a built-in battery, this product could literally go anywhere. This year also saw the birth of the SC6000 and SC6000M taking the SC series to a whole new level based on customers feedback.

Joining the group in 2012, M-Audio is one of the most revered names in computer Music Production. Almost every producer will have owned an M-Audio product at some time. It is famous for music computer interface and studio integration solutions, keyboard and controller products, and essential musical hardware from microphones to studio monitors.

M-Audio was founded in 1988 under the name of Midiman by Tim Ryan, an engineer and graduate of the California Institute of Technology who had co-designed the Con Brio Advanced Digital Synthesizer and helped develop MIDI software for Commodore and Apple computers, including two of the best-selling MIDI software titles at that time, Studio One and Studio Two. The company was originally engaged in designing software and hardware solutions designed to address the challenges of connecting MIDI, audio, and computers together in a system in order to facilitate the composition and production of electronically-based music.

In 2000, MIDIman debuted the name “M-Audio” for their latest line of audio products. They enjoyed consistent growth from both the MIDI interface and audio hardware categories. In 2002, the first of the famous Oxygen series keyboards hit the market, establishing the important new category of the portable keyboard controller.

The company continued to expand, with an ever-growing product line distinguished by sophisticated engineering with an emphasis on versatility and usability. M-Audio now offers state-of-the-art products in a wide range of categories that serve both the amateur and professional musical markets, including MIDI interfaces, keyboard controllers, drum machines, recording monitors and subwoofers, headphones, and microphones.

Also joining the group in 2012 Based in Germany, AIR Music Technology started as Wizoo Sound Design. Wizoo, founded in 1997, was one of the earliest pioneers in virtual instrument technology. Founded by three principals, including keyboardist, sound designer and author Peter Gorges, Steinberg Media Technologies co-founder Manfred Ruerup, and film composer Hans Zimmer.

Wizoo-branded products on the market included Darbuka, Latigo, and WizooVerb. Wizoo provided the essential components of many other virtual instrument products throughout the industry with their broad array of synthesis and sampling “engineware technologies” and high-quality sound libraries.

Wizoo became part of Digidesign in 2005 and then subsequently Avid evolving into the Advanced Instruments Research Group. In 2012 Air Music Technology was born when inMusic acquired AIR and M-Audio.

The AIR team is responsible for the core of much of the effects offerings in Avid’s Pro Tools® software and also developed a suite of award-winning virtual instruments specifically for Pro Tools. Leveraging this history of excellence, AIR’s mission is to create the world’s most innovative virtual instruments, music software, and effects.

AIR’s technology is now available to purchase in plugin formats and is featured within many of the next generation smart products such as MPC OS, Engine OS and Headrush OS. The future is bright, with many more exciting developments on the way!

Joining the group in 2012, SONiVOX designs, develops and markets music software technologies, products and applications for desktop and mobile consumer devices. Founded in 1993 by industry veteran Jennifer Hruska, SONiVOX has delivered superior music creation and entertainment experiences on hundreds of millions of consumer devices, including Mac and PCs, music synthesizers, cell phones, games, toys, etc. more. SONiVOX products are sold worldwide by Guitar Center and other US and International dealers and direct via the Company's website and direct to OEM clients.

In her early career, Jennifer was a senior sound designer at “Kurzweil Music Systems”. She started her position in 1986, leaving seven years later. In 1993, she founded “SONiVOX”, a music software company that produced audio effects, virtual instruments, sound libraries and more. “SONiVOX” also developed the midi protocol for Google Android OS, a fundamental feature that many music apps rely on today.

Sonivox sounds can be found throughout many of the products in the inMusic Family, for example, within MPC 2 Software or Akai EWI.

In 2010, Alto Professional, a little-known live sound company based in Italy, was added to the group and has since become a leader in live sound reinforcement, adopting the same intense spirit of innovation that pervades each inMusic brand.

Alto Professional was founded in 2000 by a passionate team of audio engineers striving to produce products that delivered superior performance at affordable price points for use in live performance settings. Using modern manufacturing techniques, cutting-edge DSP technology, and sophisticated design, Alto has succeeded in producing a range of products that provide exceptional performance and exceptional value for the performing musician and live sound engineer.

Over the last decade, Alto has become one of the worlds leading brands for Live Sound and PA. Alto Professional specialises in making great quality accessible to all.

In 2007, MixMeister was acquired, adding the first dedicated software company to the group and foreshadowing things to come. From very early on, O’Donnell recognized the implications of the Digital Revolution for music-making and began gearing each brand’s product offerings accordingly through strategic partnerships and the targeting of future acquisitions.

Mixmeister was born in the early 2000s earning a reputation for making powerful digital media products that are miraculously easy to use and sound dreamy. They pride themselves on helping music professionals accomplish burdensome mixing tasks quickly and easily and on enabling newcomers to create professional-sounding, beat-matched music mixes for the first time.

Mixmeister works closely on product refinements with our customers, who include club DJ’s, mobile DJ’s, aspiring and professional music producers, fitness instructors, dance choreographers, audio production engineers, and mix fanatics around the world.

Mixmeister products have won numerous awards, including 5-star ratings by ZDNet,, Tucows, and several DJ publications & music software sites.

The most notable products are the line of DJ mixing software, Studio Remix software and USB Recording Software for ION Audio Turntables.

Professional, one of the world’s most influential music production gear and creator of the legendary MPC. Harnessing the power of advancing technology, Akai Professional’s production tools remain staples of modern music both in the studio and on stage.

Akai entered the electronic musical instrument world in 1984 with a purpose: to give artists the tools they need to express and explore new musical ideas. Built on Akai's advanced technology and long-standing expertise in music, our instruments have become powerful creative tools for musicians, engineers, and producers worldwide.

Akai Electronic Musical Instruments started its journey as a division of the Akai Electric Company. Akai had a long history of innovation and leadership in the fields of audio and video consumer electronics. AKAI prove itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for consumer electronics for many decades.

Akai was founded by Masukichi Akai and his son, Saburo Akai, in 1929, Tokyo, Japan as a manufacturer of radio components, sockets and other electrical parts.

Masukichi's business expanded rapidly through the '20s and '30s. Masukichi's eldest son, Saburo, grew up in the factory and later enrolled in night school at the Tokyo Institute of Technology to study electrical machinery. This turned out to be a watershed event, for as Akai grew, they expanded into the production of electrical motors due largely to Saburo's new expertise in electrical engineering.

The motor Saburo eventually designed caught the attention of a company that was making 16mm film projectors. This was a time when the first 16mm movies were being made in Japan. The new business generated by the production of electrical motors allowed the father/son team to move their facilities from the backyard premises to a factory in Kamata in 1933.

Akai foundered at the onset of the Second World War. Only ten days after getting married in 1939, Saburo Akai received his military enlistment papers. Masukichi had sold all of his premises and equipment to Sawafuji Electric Co., where Saburo took up employment as an engineer after the war. Business was so good that by 1947, Saburo raised his capital investment in the new firm, bought back the Kamata plant from Sawafuji and changed the company's name to Akai Electric Company.

AKAI Electric Co engaged in offering quality home entertainment products specializing in the audio and video arenas. Akai’s mission was to enhance customers life enjoyment from day to day; AKAI combined advanced technology with its unique expertise in consumer electronics to create the best solutions in the market.

In 1984, Akai decided to expand its technological focus to electronic musical instruments and Akai Professional was born. In the ensuing years, Akai has introduced breakthrough products in sampling, synthesis and digital recording, many of which (such as the legendary S-Series samplers and the MPC series) have become industry standards in music and post-production studios around the world.

The history of Akai musical instruments is a history of industry firsts. Some of the highlights include:

  • 1984

    MG1212: first integrated 12-track recorder/mixer launched.

  • 1985

    S612: the first affordable rack-mount digital sampler.

  • 1986

    The legendary S900: the first truly affordable professional multi sampler.

  • 1987

    MPC60 MIDI Production Center: an integrated sampler/drum machine/MIDI sequencer that became the standard production tool in the world of rap and hip hop. EWI1000 and EVI1000 Electronic Wind Instruments: two innovative wind controllers and a matching synth that brought new levels of expressiveness to electronic performance.

  • 1988

    S1000: the first affordable 16-bit professional sampler with a large LCD display and graphic user interface. The S1000 immediately became the standard sampler in professional recording studios worldwide.

  • 1990

    S1100: the first sampler to include hard-disk audio recording along with a host of other new features, including Q-list programming, a SMPTE reader/generator, digital output, etc.

  • 1992

    S3200, S3000, S2800: the next generation of S-Series samplers featuring expanded sample editing and Assignable Program Modulation (ASM) for adding analogue synth-style processing to any sampled sound.

  • 1993

    CD3000: the first sampler with a built-in CD-ROM drive.

  • 1994

    MPC3000 brings 32-voice polyphony, 16-bit sound and enhanced editing to the legendary MPC line. Legendary artist J Dilla’s.

  • 1995

    S3200XL: the latest generation of S-Series samplers add new features, expandability and affordability. REMIX16: a new sampler designed for phrase sampling and DJ live performance. A one-way ticket to Phat City.

  • 1997

    MPC2000: MIDI production centre a game-changing evolution of the MPC Line.

  • 1998

    Saw major evolutions of the S Series Samplers with the S5000 and S6000.

  • 1999

    Saw the birth of a new MPC for the new millennium MPC2000XL, one of the most popular models ever created.

  • 2002

    MPC 4000 The most fully-featured MPC product at the time incorporating the new sampling engine from the latest model in the Akai standalone sampler range, the Z8.

  • 2005

    MPC 1000 and MPC 2500 brought new technologies such as the USB midi connectivity and the ability to use modern flash storage.

  • 2006

    MPC 500 - the first-ever truly portable MPC as it could be run on 6 AA batteries (also a 12V DC plug). It combined a 48-track MIDI sequencer and a 32-voice stereo digital sampler.

  • 2008

    MPC5000 featuring a revolutionary new synth engine and new sampling features.

  • 2012

    MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, the first-ever controller for MPC Software, this Music Production Controller, opened a new world of power using computers. This year's highlights saw the start of the journey towards the MPC Daw with MPC software V1 and iMPC for iPad (one of the first professional music apps for iOS.

  • 2013

    MPC Element and iMPC for iPhone, with the MPC element, the MPC Series had never been more accessible to users; the element could be used either with a Laptop or iPhone/iPad. The iMPC technology was brought to the iPhone platform, now able to take advantage of more powerful processors.

  • 2014

    Saw the release of EWI5000, the revolutionary next generation of the legendary EWI wind instrument.

  • 2015

    MPC Touch, this game-changing MPC controller was the first to feature a touch screen to take advantage of the new MPC 2.0 software. This controller took the computer production world to a whole other level.

  • 2016

    MPC Studio Black, this revised version of the original MPC Studio provided several user experience enhancements and took advantage of a number of the new MPC Software features.

  • 2017

    MPC Live and MPC X are the first in a new line of incredibly powerful hybrid MPC’s. These models had the power of a standalone MPC and the ability to control the MPC 2 software on a desktop. This game-changing product received incredible acclaim and received many awards. With this product, the new MPC OS was born, providing the full features of a DAW for the first time on a standalone unit. MPC Live was designed as a portable unit you could take anywhere inspiration struck and the X as a flagship of your studio.

  • 2018

    iMPC Pro 2 building on the incredible response of the first version, the next generation of Mobile DAW was born. This powerful multitrack DAW was able to take advantage of the ever more powerful mobile processors leveraging features only available on desktop previously.

  • 2020

    MPC One, designed to be the most accessible standalone MPC to date the one brings the power of MPC OS and MPC Desktop software to a whole new generation of producers. This year also saw the release of MPC Live 2 created from user feedback from the original MPC Live; this new model also featured built-in speakers for monitoring wherever the user may be.

  • 2021

    MPC 2.10, one of the largest updates to MPC Software to date. This incredible update brought many instruments and FX previously exclusive to computer-based music production to the standalone platform, including the powerful AIR Vocal Suite and highly acclaimed Hype instrument.

in 2002, O’Donnell ventured into the notoriously competitive Consumer Electronics Industry by creating ION Audio and its flagship product, the USB conversion turntable. It was a huge success. ION has created products that energize entertainment, harness and simplify technology, and make learning a musical instrument fun and easy. ION audio took technology from the group other technologies and made these accessible to a whole new audience.

ION Audio was founded to deliver consumer electronics products that maximize the quality and convenience of people’s lives. Quite simply, ION products deliver the answer to, “Gee, I wish there was a product that could do…...” Our products do exactly that, in a fun, entertaining and innovative way. We started our journey by inventing the USB conversion turntable: Finally, there was a way to convert all those old vinyl records into digital files, preserved forever, available for playback wherever you were.

Ironically this product intended to help people move to new digital technologies sparked an incredible resurgence in the popularity of Vinyl. Whole new generations fell in love again with records with ION’s range of affordable and stylish turntables.

Throughout the decades of the 2000s and 2010s, ION pioneered products that do what no other electronics products can do: We convert your old slides, movies, photographs, VHS and cassette tapes into digital files that you can playback anywhere and share on social media. We’re experts at Bluetooth wireless streaming: we offer speakers with rechargeable batteries that don’t need hookup wires, perfect for tailgating and outdoor parties. We offer a wide range of weather-resistant products that shrug off severe conditions. And many of our products even respond to vocal commands—no button-pushing required!

Ion is a true worldwide leader in advanced technology that creates fun, easy-to-use, problem-solving products that make your life more enjoyable. At ION, the next “Oh wow!” product is right around the corner.

Entering the new decade of the 2020’s ION is looking forward to a bright future. Our latest focus is a range of products that bring the experience and joy of music to a new generation of listeners. From innovative and fun Bluetooth speakers to stylish branded products created in partnership with Ford Motors bringing the iconic designs of the Mustang, there is something for everyone. Joined together with a universal theme of improving the music experience.

In 2001, O’Donnell purchased Alesis, the groundbreaking company with a history of making innovative technology accessible to every musician.

Alesis has revolutionized the music industry repeatedly with its ground-breaking studio recording, electronic percussion, keyboard and live sound gear. Their passion for innovation is unmatched, and they're dedicated to creating gear that empowers musicians, producers and engineers at all skill levels to unleash their full creative potential at home, on-stage and in the studio.

It takes more than just designing, manufacturing and selling digital, analogue, semiconductor and transducer technologies to fulfil the dreams of musicians, producers and audio engineers. It takes unforgettable musical experiences. The experiences can vary. They can be as simple as a gig at a local club recorded on an Alesis Multimix 8 USB, as familiar as a practice session on an Alesis DM5 Pro Kit in the basement or as memorable as that Rock Tour recorded on a tried and true Alesis ADAT.

If there’s one secret to our enduring brand and the passion it ignites in musicians, producers and engineers, it’s that we deliver these experiences rather than merely a collection of products and services. We’re dedicated to inspiring musical creativity and developing musical experiences for all of our stakeholders – customers, employees, partners, suppliers, and the musical community at large. That’s what sets Alesis apart from the crowd and why our brand continues to be on the leading edge of professional audio and music technology.

While our products range from keyboards, synthesizers, hard disk recorders, iPod recording and playback devices, electronic drums, mixers, signal processors, effects units, amplifiers and speakers, one thing remains consistent; our passion for inspiring musical creativity and innovation through new technology.

The company was founded in 1984 by integrated-circuit designer Keith Barr, who previously had been one of the principals at guitar-effects maker MXR. Alesis was founded on innovative semi-conductor chip technology and award-winning industrial designs that allowed entry-level musicians and recording artists to afford professional studio recording products that were never affordable before. With a high “bang for the buck” value, Alesis introduced the world’s first professional 16-bit effects processor under $1000, the Midiverb. Following on the heels of the Midiverb, Alesis progressed into studio-quality drum machines (HR-16 and SR-16) as well as synthesizers, studio monitors and mixing consoles.

1991 proved to be the ground-breaking year for Alesis, introducing the ADAT Multi-Channel Digital Tape Recorder. Before ADAT, a studio would have to invest $50,000 to afford a multi-track digital recorder. With ADAT, the price tag came down to $4,000, essentially allowing every home and project studio to afford digital recording. This new technology allowed any artist or musician to record studio-quality recordings.

In 2000 Alesis used its proficiency in custom IC design to develop the Andromeda, possibly the last large polyphonic analogue synthesizer that will ever be manufactured. Unfortunately, the following year, the company ran into financial difficulties, went through bankruptcy.

In 2001, Alesis was acquired by Jack O’Donnell, and ever since, the company has delivered more solutions and value to musicians than ever before. Under his leadership, the company ventured into producing the worlds most affordable analogue mixers with built-in Digital Signal Processing (award-winning MultiMix Series Mixers), an advanced yet affordable full line of electronic percussion products (USB Pro-Kit, DM5 Pro Kit, SURGE Cymbals, Performance Pad), as well as highly innovative and adaptable computer audio interfaces and controllers (MasterControl). Alesis is committed to delivering the most innovative and inspiring professional audio gear for musicians, producers and engineers of all levels.

Throughout the 2010 decade, Alesis took its Digital Drum technology to new heights growing to be one of the world’s largest eDrum brands; Alesis continued to innovate with new technologies and was one of the first professional music brands to make products for iPhone and iPad. Making recording never before so accessible.

Entering into the new decade of 2020, Alesis’s latest generation of Mesh Kits and the revolutionary Strike Brain provide drummers with the incredible realistic feel of an analogue kit but the power of a digital product. The future looks bright with constant innovation in user experience and playability.

The Journey to inMusic began In 1991 when Jack O’Donnell purchased a company then known as Numark Electronics, a small DJ equipment manufacturer that had been around since the early 70s.

For more than 50 years, Numark has combined an understanding of DJs’ needs with cutting-edge technologies to create products that continually lead the way. Numark has quite literally innovated its way to the top, engineering performance tools for the entire spectrum of the DJ world, from hobbyists to professionals.

One of a handful of original DJ brands, Numark, was founded in Edison, New Jersey by Harry and Robert Kotovsky in 1971. At the time, Numark developed a significant following for its mixers, turntables, and speaker enclosures and was considered one of the leading manufacturers in the DJ industry during the age of Disco. It could be argued without the innovation of Numark, many technologies DJ’s take for granted today would never have existed.

In the 80s, the company made its mark again, introducing the world’s first mixer with a built-in sampler, the DM1775. Before the DM1775, DJs were limited to techniques like prerecording drops on a cassette and then utilizing the rewind button and counter on an external cassette deck to cue the drop. The DM1775 had the ability to record and playback samples instantly, allowing DJs to do their own drops on the fly by sampling a beat, sound effect, or even their own voice.

In 1990, Numark innovated, introducing the world’s first dual-well CD player, the CD-5020. With a rack-mountable two-component design—dual CD drive below and a separate top-facing control surface above —the CD-5020 set the mould for virtually every dual CD DJ system from then on and marked a dramatic change in the way DJs interacted with music. The world of DJing had moved into what the company’s soon-to-be CEO would call “the transitional stage” from analogue to digital sourcing of music.

In 1991, Jack O’Donnell, the former head of sales and marketing for Stanton Magnetics, purchased Numark. By concentrating even more relentlessly on technology and innovation, Numark began to challenge the status quo on multiple fronts, creating DJ equipment with cutting-edge industrial design and functionality. Numark quickly became a standout in a DJ market that, at that time, was limited to mixers, turntables, and CD players. Today, even with a much more varied offering, Numark is still known for producing solid build quality, sleek looks, and intuitive layouts.

As the 1990s progressed, some DJs began to use computers for their music source instead of CDs or vinyl. Rather than running from this change or dismissing it as a peripheral market, Numark embraced this innovative concept and built upon it by introducing one of the first DJ computer software controllers, the DMC-1. The DMC-1 replicated the two-component, rack-mount design and control surface of dual CD players like CD-5020, so DJs could make a seamless transition from using CDs to controlling software.

Even with digital media rapidly taking hold and displacing analogue media, Numark continued to invest in traditional turntablists, releasing the breakthrough TTX turntable in 2002. The TTX’s major impact came in its challenge to the turntable design status quo. Throwing off the boxy shape that had dominated turntables for decades, Numark crafted the TTX with sleek rounded lines and numerous design firsts. The TTX’s groundbreaking industrial design informed not only many subsequent Numark products but also set new design standards across the industry.

In the early 2000s, digital media was not only changing the DJ industry but the consumer world as well. When Apple’s iPod hit the scene, it created a tipping point in the world of digital file-based music storage and playback, establishing hard drive (and later flash) music playback as a mainstay across all industries. The iPod quickly emerged as a serious music playback platform for consumers and DJs alike. Numark wasted no time creating a hard-drive-based tool specifically designed for DJs that validated this rapidly evolving format. The HDCD-1, released in 2003, was the first DJ playback system with a built-in hard drive. DJs no longer had to bring a binder full of CDs or even a computer with them. The HDCD-1 had a familiar rack-mount design and was able to store an entire library of music internally.

In the early 2010’s Numark was a game-changer during the development of its first range of tabletop DJ controllers opening a whole new world of tactile control for DJ’s products such as the Numark Total Control and the first generation of Mixtrack DJ controllers. The Mixtrack series became the world's most popular range of DJ controllers, bringing Digital DJing to the masses in partnership with Virtual DJ and Serato. A new generation of DJ’s was inspired by these technologies allowing performers to perfect their art and discover new possibilities.

Numark continued to have been a major innovator of new technology throughout the decade. Creating new categories of products such as the revolutionary Orbit, which utilized accelerometer technology usually found in high-end smartphones to unlock new creative possibilities for DJs using motion to control parameters.

Today, Numark is the largest manufacturer of DJ equipment in the world, with global distribution and sales that double its closest competitor. In the early days, Numark mixers were the mixer to own, and today Numark digital DJ controllers are setting that same standard. With the introduction of the powerful NS7 series motorized DJ controllers, Numark fused the company’s technological know-how with decades of DJ-minded product development, creating one seamless, powerful system. NS7 brought a level of performance with digital media that had never been achieved, accurately reproducing the look, feel and sound of vinyl, blurring the lines between different eras of DJing so completely that it made them virtually indistinguishable from one another.

Going into the 2020’s Numark has continued to bring its world-class technology to new audiences with its top-rated Party Mix series bringing the inspiration and path of the DJ to even more potential superstars of the future.