British studio brand Focusrite PLC have just announced the acquisition of US company Sequential, the synth manufacturers founded by legendary instrument designer Dave Smith. Sequential will join Focusrite's other brands, including such household names as ADAM Audio, Martin Audio, Novation, Ampify, and their newly launched commercial installation brand Optimal Audio.
About the move, Dave Smith comments: “With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit. [Focusrite founder] Phil Dudderidge and his team have a long history of quality, vision, and focus on what musicians and audio professionals really want. We’re excited to join such an industry powerhouse and contribute to our mutual success. I expect great things.”
Phil Dudderidge adds: “We’re excited and pleased to add Sequential’s instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group’s portfolio of world-class audio and music production tools. Dave Smith’s history as an innovator speaks for itself. From his creation of the world’s first fully programmable polysynth, the Prophet 5, to his co-invention of MIDI, Dave has literally changed the world of music several times. We’re looking forward to continuing his history of innovation and expanding the global market for Sequential’s instruments.”
We understand that Sequential's day-to-day operations and R&D programmes will remain unchanged, and will continue under the auspices of Dave Smith.