In de tweede helft van 2013 is het Amerikaanse audioXpress een nieuwe weg ingeslagen. Het verfrissende ontwerp begint vorm te krijgen nu het november-nummer bijna op de mat ligt. Om de expertise van ons broertje in de VS te kunnen delen, werken we aan een Special Page vergelijkbaar met het hoekje van HiFi.nl waar we plaats maakten voor het archief van Music Emotion.
Voor de verdere verdieping en toelichting over de nieuwe route van het magazine en de bijbehorende website, laten we hieronder graag onze collega en hoofdredacteur João Martins aan het woord. Dan kijken wij alvast welke artikelen ook voor onze lezers interessant zijn om op termijn via de geplande Special aan te gaan bieden.
Expanding horizons. Expanding a common passion. Welcome to a new audioXpress.
Having followed the audio market and visited the world’s major trade shows for the last 20 years or more, I gained a broad perspective about how exciting and innovative the audio industry is. In particular, I recall the enlightening perspective you can receive from any Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention. The convention provides a place where industry veterans can share their experiences in engineering and communications. We chose to unveil the redesign of audioXpress at the 135th AES Convention.
In the early 1990s, I was fortunate enough to be responsible for a licensed electronics magazine. I quickly learned that the audience of such practical and project-oriented publications was a combination of students, enthusiasts, and industry professionals. They all share a passion for that field, are involved in many different areas, and use their spare time to pursue electronics-related hobbies — the most popular of which is audio electronics.
Since then, I have started several publications addressing the informational needs of profes-sionals in the broadcasting, professional audio, and installation/systems integration markets. I also learned how the evolution of technology from analog to digital and the convergence with IT platforms and IP infrastructure was changing the market landscape at an exponential pace.
During this time, Edward T. Dell, Jr. (1923–2013) was devoting his life to people with a passion for audio electronics and creating magazines including Audio Amateur (rebranded as Audio Electron- ics in 1996), Glass Audio, Speaker Builder, and later, in 2000, audioXpress. In 2011, Ed Dell sold his company to Elektor International Media (EIM) and retired.
Much in the same spirit of the original Audio Amateur — and with the support of a worldwide organization deeply involved in the electronics industry — we believe that audioXpress will blossom into a fascinating publication that follows the latest audio innovation trends, independent of the application field, and shares a common audience of engineers, consultants, and enthusiasts in the electronics and audio fields, most of whom are involved in R&D.
Although it was deeply rooted in the US, audioXpress — together with its sister publications Voice Coil and the Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook — reached professionals around the world (e.g., Europe, China, India, and Brazil). It has gained more of a global presence since its acquisition by EIM, which also publishes some of the best technical books in the electronics industry.
I am really excited to bring the “new” audioXpress to a wider global audience, knowing that we can build on the tradition of the original publication and its diversified audience. We are working to create a magazine you will enjoy and anticipate reading every month.