Industry specialist Mike Mann has joined professional audio distributor Autograph Sales in the newly-created role of technical manager, as 2003 kicks off with personnel expansion for the UK-based company. Mann will provide pre- and post-sales support to customers as well as technical training to Autograph Sales staff. Mann will have particular responsibility for Meyer Sound MAPP Online and SIM software, Clear-Com Matrix Plus intercom systems and BSS Soundweb DSP networking systems. He will also be working closely with customers and consultants on larger projects to provide technical solutions, handholding new system owners and troubleshooting in the field.

Mann has a wide range of experience, starting in the early days of his career as a sound technician at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1987. Particularly relevant to his new role is a stint running the European office of Meyer Sound, whose high quality loudspeakers are Autograph Sales' longest-standing product line. In his most recent role as a freelance technical writer (including stories in the pages of Entertainment Design ) and photographer, Mann has covered many of Autograph Sales' key projects. His career has also included positions with theatrical console manufacturer Cadac Electronics, Soundcraft Electronics and Drake Electronics.

"I'm thrilled to be working for such a respected company as Autograph Sales, and with people I have known and had the pleasure of working with for many years," says Mann. "I have always loved the distinctive sound of Meyer Sound loudspeakers, and the chance to use some of my broadcast and communications knowledge with the Clear-Com range is very exciting."