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Focusrite is a global music and audio production company. We supply hardware and software products to both professional and amateur customers, enabling them to record and make high quality music with ease. Focusrite develops and markets its products under two brands; Focusrite and Novation. Both brands have a rich, illustrious heritage.

The Focusrite brand is a leading manufacturer of audio recording equipment. It is the number one selling audio interface brand worldwide.

Under the Novation brand, we develop hardware and software products for creating and playing electronic music. Products such as the Novation Launchpad S and Bass Station II continue to play an important part in shaping the sound of electronic music today.

History of Focusrite

In 1985, Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, asked pro-audio designer, Rupert Neve, to augment the recording desks at Air Studios. The result was the Focusrite ISA110: a microphone preamplifier and equaliser module, which quickly became ubiquitous within Pro recording circles.

In 1989, audio industry veteran, Phil Dudderidge, purchased the Focusrite brand and various assets. Over the next 25 years, the company would be responsible for numerous industry firsts, including the legendary Red Range that brought sex appeal to techy gear racks across the globe.

With the advent of computer music production, Focusrite developed what is purported to be the first software designed to mimic both the original look and the sound quality of hardware: the d2 and d3 plug-ins. After embracing international manufacturing to bring high-quality music making to the masses, Focusrite were instrumental in changing the world of home music recording, with the release of the Digidesign MBox interface in 2000; designed and manufactured by Focusrite, who have gone on to become the number one audio interface manufacturer, worldwide.

In 2004, Focusrite acquired Novation Electronic Music Systems: a British institution for electronic music makers, whose synthesisers and controllers were integral to world-renowned artists, from Muse and Madonna, to Skrillex and James Blake.

In 2009, Novation released Launchpad: one of the very first grid-based performance controllers. Its 8x8 grid of illuminated buttons allowed musicians to trigger sounds, loops and effects in the popular music software, Ableton Live. This changed the landscape of electronic music production and performance. To date, Novation Launchpad performance videos on YouTube have been viewed over a billion times.

Today, Focusrite combines an enviable heritage, cutting edge technology and a genuine passion for music, to innovate and build upon its world-class reputation in audio recording equipment and instruments for electronic music. By reinventing how music makers produce and perform music today, Focusrite is helping to shape the sound of tomorrow.

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Management

Phil Dudderidge - Executive Chairman & Founder

Phil has had a distinguished career in the professional audio industry, including working as Led Zeppelin's first dedicated live soundman on their European and US tours in 1970. In 1971, Phil set up his first company with two partners, RSD, building bespoke PA systems with custom-built mixing consoles. This evolved into Soundcraft Electronics Ltd. in 1973, a company specialising in live, recording and broadcast mixing consoles, which was successfully sold to Harman International Inc. in 1988. He acquired the assets of Focusrite Ltd. in early 1989 to form a new company, Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. Initially the company focused on large format studio recording consoles. Phil drove innovation, anticipating the opportunities created by digital recording technology based on PC and Apple computers and personal recording studios. In 2004, Focusrite acquired the assets of Novation, a synthesizer brand, merging it into the business as a sister brand to Focusrite. Phil has a strong marketing and sales bias, having developed the Soundcraft, Focusrite and Novation brands and established global distribution for all. Former Chairman of the UK trade association, APRS.

Dave Froker - Chief Executive Officer

Dave Froker joined Focusrite in March of 2012. He previously led Marketing at Line 6, which provides high-technology products for guitarists and for sound reinforcement. Prior to Line 6, Dave led a turnaround as CEO of The Stanton Group, which comprises the KRK, Cerwin-Vega and Stanton brands. Dave started his career in audio at Digidesign, which he ran as General Manager between 1996 and 2002, tripling the company’s revenues to $135 million while the company’s Pro Tools product line became the industry-standard Digital Audio Workstation. Prior to joining the audio business, Dave held various management consulting positions, including at Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Dave received his masters degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego. He’s played guitar since 1966 and enjoys recording and mixing.

Jeremy Wilson - Financial Director

Jeremy was appointed Finance Director of Focusrite in September 2014. Prior to this, Jeremy had extensive listed experience in CFO / Finance Director roles. His most recent CFO role was with Atex Group Ltd, a leading worldwide developer of content management and advertising software to the media industry. Beforehand, Jeremy was CFO at Regenersis plc, the AIM-listed support services business. Prior to his CFO roles, Jeremy performed several senior finance roles at DHL Express (UK) Ltd and Electrocomponents plc. Jeremy qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG in 1992.

Mike Warriner - Commercial Director

Mike joined Focusrite in January 2010 as Legal Counsel and Head of Business Development, but was quickly promoted to Commercial Director in July of the same year and subsequently appointed as Finance Director in January 2013. Prior to joining Focusrite, Mike was a founding Partner at the M&A specialist corporate law firm White & Black, where he headed up the Technology and IP practice from June 2007 to April 2010. Prior to this, Mike worked at Oxford firm Darbys Solicitors LLP as a lawyer in the corporate, technology and finance team. Mike attended Trinity College of Music from 1994 to 1996 where he achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance for the Double Bass.

Phil Wagner - Focusrite Novation Inc. President/CEO (wholly-owned US subsidiary)

Phil’s entire 30-year career has focused on US subsidiary operations for UK corporations. Starting with Phil Dudderidge’s Soundcraft in the mid-1980s where he ‘cut his teeth’ as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. He went on in a similar role for Rupert Neve Inc./Siemens. Rupert Neve left his namesake company to form Focusrite. Phil then joined Trident Audio Developments, which brought him to California, where he currently resides. For 17 years Phil held various positions for Solid State Logic Inc.; eventually becoming President under Peter Gabriel’s ownership. SSL was the premier supplier of large scale recording, television broadcast and post production mixing console and networked audio systems. Phil attended New York University in the Music, Business & Technology Bachelor program.

Rob Jenkins - Product Director

Rob trained as an electronics engineer (HND) at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering at Barrow in-Furness, Cumbria, where he grew up. As an enthusiastic musician (guitarist) he moved to London to study sound engineering. Rob was hired as a test technician with the nascent company and was personally responsible for the installation and commissioning of most of the classic Focusrite recording consoles built between 1990 and 1993. Rob eventually took over from the technical director and has led the Company’s product strategy and development engineering from 1994. Rob has built his department from a couple of engineers to 40+ people, driving the growth of the business through a combination of vision, innovation and world-class engineering resources.

Tim Dingley - Operations Director

Tim is responsible for supply chain, vendor management, new project delivery and customer service. In a career at Focusrite that approaches nearly 13 years, Tim has implemented key systems designed to allow for sustained, scalable growth and has developed the global supply chain. He created and developed important manufacturing relationships able to deliver consistently high quality and on time delivery of award-winning products at competitive cost. Tim achieved an honours degree in Audio Engineering (Tonmeister) from The University of Surrey, is a well-seasoned traveller to China and has a lifetime passion for all things musical.

Damian Hawley - Global Marketing & Sales Director

Damian joined Focusrite in November 2004 as UK Sales Executive and was quickly promoted through the roles of UK Sales Manager, EMEA Sales Manager and Global Sales Manager, becoming the Sales Director in September 2009 and then extending his remit to cover Marketing and Focusrite Novation Inc. in February 2014 as Global Marketing and Sales Director. Prior to joining the Company, Damian spent 6 years working in both the technology and business sides of JP Morgan. Damian started his career as a professional DJ and electronic music producer before graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering with an Electronic Engineering & Management Honours Degree.

Giles Orford - Marketing Director

Giles joined Focusrite in 2000 and manages an international marketing team in the UK and USA that supports the Focusrite and Novation brands globally. Having graduated from King’s College London, Giles joined Focusrite as a marketing assistant to Phil Dudderidge and fast became a pivotal member of the Company, promoted to Marketing Manager in 2001. Now, as Marketing Director, Giles has developed a group of young marketers into a well-honed modern marketing machine, producing data-driven market-leading results at a fraction of typically outsourced costs. As a keen musician and DJ with a strong musical family heritage, Giles has an intuitive empathy for the mind of the modern music maker; an ability that rests at the heart of everything he does for Focusrite. Equally, he has become instrumental in the promotion of a close-knit culture that remains the bedrock of Focusrite's success.

Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.

Phone: + 44 1494 462246
Fax: +44 1494 459920
Email: vicky.miller@focusrite.com

Registered Office and company number

Windsor House
Turnpike Road
High Wycombe
Bucks HP12 3FX
United Kingdom
Registered in England. No: 02357989

Consumer Media

Will Evans
Phone: + 44 1494 462246
Email: will.evans@focusrite.com

Focusrite/Novation Customer Services

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