Peavey Electronics and Yamaha Corporation have both announced their licensing of EtherSound networking technology. Peavey's licensing is for use in Peavey, MediaMatrix, Architectural Acoustics, and Crest Audio professional audio and communications products. Yamaha Corporation has made the EtherSound networking technology part of its mission to create “The Future of Music and Sound” by licensing the open, Ethernet-based standard.

“We have monitored the development and growing acceptance of EtherSound technology, and we’re impressed by its rapid implementation and evolution,” comments Hartley Peavey, founder & CEO of Peavey Electronics and CEO of Crest Audio. “As the networked audio market grows, EtherSound will enable us to continue to expand our scope and deliver exceptional value to our customers,” he adds. “EtherSound’s low latency is especially important to us, because live sound is a major part of our market. The ability to interoperate with a wide range of complementary products is important to our customers, and therefore to us.”

Peavey will take advantage of EtherSound’s rapid implementation support to introduce EtherSound-enabled products at PLASA 2006: Crest Audio amplifiers and mixing consoles are likely to be among the first Peavey products with EtherSound capability.

“We are very excited to have Peavey Electronics, a company with an unsurpassed track record of success in professional audio markets, as a member of the EtherSound family,” says Jimmy Kawalek, business development manager at EtherSound. “Along with the pro audio industry in general, we are eager to see how Peavey and Crest Audio will deploy EtherSound networking technology. Yamaha Corporation’s decision to become a member of the EtherSound community is a strong confirmation that we have the right solution,” adds Kawalek. “Combining EtherSound’s rapidly developing technology with their extensive experience in digital audio will help keep Yamaha at the forefront of professional audio’s transition to an all-digital networked environment.”

Yamaha and EtherSound are hardly strangers: EtherSound Authorized Implementor AuviTran has sold EtherSound network cards for Yamaha consoles and digital signal processors for several years, and will continue to produce these products for Yamaha. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has been distributing AuviTran-branded EtherSound interfaces in the US as well as NEXO loudspeaker systems, another EtherSound licensee. Larry Italia, vice president and general manager of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. comments, “EtherSound is already the network of choice for many of our digital console applications. The low latency is especially important for live sound customers, as is the ability to control and monitor stage inputs from front-of-house and/or monitor consoles.”

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., responsible for Commercial Audio Sales in USA and Canada, has been distributing AuviTran’s EtherSound interfaces for Yamaha digital mixing consoles for several months and the official announcement of the agreement was made September 10 at PLASA 2006.

“EtherSound enhances the capability and value of Yamaha digital consoles,” says Keisuke “Kevin” Kobayashi, general manager for Yamaha commercial Audio business unit. “Our customers have proven that this technology is reliable and flexible..Ethersound makes it simple to make Yamaha digital consoles part of networked audio systems including products from multiple manufacturers.”