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About inMusic and Jack O’Donnell

Jack O’Donnell has always seen challenges as opportunities.

In 1992, O’Donnell purchased a company then known as Numark Electronics, a small DJ equipment manufacturer that had been around since the early 70s. Numark has since revolutionized the art of DJing by introducing new technologies and cutting-edge products and is now the largest DJ equipment manufacturer in the world. Numark’s transformation turned out to be a prototype for a long string of similar successes.

In 2001, O’Donnell purchased Alesis, the groundbreaking company with a history of making innovative technology accessible to every musician. Alesis was the first to make studio-quality digital effects and recording affordable to the masses. Today, Alesis is the fastest growing electronic drum company in the world and continues to make tools and instruments that empower everyday musicians.

In 2002, O’Donnell ventured into the notoriously competitive Consumer Electronics Industry with the creation of ION Audio and its flagship product, the USB conversion turntable. It was a huge success. ION has gone on to create products that energize entertainment, harness and simplify technology, and make learning a musical instrument fun and easy.

In 2005, returning to the turnaround trend, O’Donnell purchased another iconic brand: Akai Professional, one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of 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.

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.

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.

In 2012, Sonivox, a developer of premium virtual instruments, was purchased, closely followed by two of the largest acquisitions to date: AIR Music Technology, the groundbreaking developers of acclaimed, industry-standard virtual instruments and audio processing tools, and M-Audio, the world’s largest manufacturer of keyboard controllers and a category leader in studio monitors and computer recording tools for musicians.

In 2014, the venerable brands of Denon ProfessionalDenon DJ and Marantz Professional joined the inMusic line-up. These three companies, with their long-standing reputations for engineering excellence and technical achievement, deliver an essential degree of precision performance to the professional audio/video markets they serve.

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.

In 2016, inMusic welcomed the highly-regarded name Rane to its family of distinguished products. Rane has established an incredibly enthusiastic, loyal following in the DJ and pro audio spaces since its founding in 1981. Performance, reliability and customer service have always been—and will continue to be—the hallmarks of the Rane brand.

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.”

We grew again in 2018 with the addition of SoundSwitch, 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 advances their performance to new heights.

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.

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