QSC has announced a co-development partnership with the M&W Design Group (Greg Mackie and Peter Watts) to create a series of digital audio mixing consoles.
Design work on the products will be done by both M&W and QSC while manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing and technical support will be handled entirely by QSC. The first products are expected to be announced during the first half of 2011.
Mackie, who needs little introduction, had the idea to create a new line of digital consoles after leaving Mackie Designs in 2003. He recruited long-time friend and collaborator Peter Watts – an experienced pro-audio veteran who has spent 35 years designing analog and digital recording consoles including the first digitally controlled console, the Trident DiAn – in 2008. The pair then began looking for a partner to help them develop the mixers.
“We needed a pro-audio partner with established sales, marketing and distribution. A partner with a solid reputation for quality and reliability – one that had the technical capabilities to develop advanced digital mixing consoles and the manufacturing know-how to produce the products,” said Greg Mackie. “I had a long time personal friendship with John and Barry Andrews and knew I could trust QSC to be exactly the right partner."
“We are delighted to be working with Greg and Peter,” added Gerry Tschetter, QSC VP of marketing. Their passion for creating fine audio products mirrors our own. Our efforts to create value and performance on the ‘B-Chain’ (processing, power and loudspeaker) side have yielded a number of highly successful product lines. It’s great fun to be working on the ‘A-Chain’ (mixing) side as well."