Photo (left to right) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles
NASHVILLE—December 17, 2015— Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, has announced the launch of Neat microphones. Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, states “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”
Neat comprises a “dream team” of music industry heavyweights. Skipper Wise (President) has over 35 years of experience as a recording artist/performer; together with audio engineer Martin Saulespurens (Head of R&D), the two formed Blue Microphones in 1995—which shook up the sleepy mic market with a bold combination of style and sound. General Manager Marty Wolf’s experience includes VP of Global Operations at Technocel, as well as VP positions at Blue Microphones and Line 6. Creative Director Ken Niles’ graphics expertise has graced projects from Disney, Atlantic Records, Blue Microphones, Nissan, FIFA, and others.
According to Wise, “Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones—one that innovates from manufacturing processes to final look and feel. Our products are designed to sound better, look better, and be simpler to operate, while helping to pass the torch of musical creativity and excellence to the next generation. Even better, Gibson understands that just because we’re making ground-breaking, serious products doesn’t mean we can’t have fun creating a brand and culture.”
Juszkiewicz adds, “Gibson is fortunate to work with a team as inventive, professional, and forward-thinking as Neat. Stay tuned. You’re about to see microphones in a whole new way.”
Neat’s first two product lines will debut at the 2015 CES and 2015 Winter NAMM shows, with shipping expected shortly thereafter.
About Gibson Brands:
Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands.
Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.
Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips' Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 format. Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship.
A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world.
All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.