Congrats to the Denon DJ, Numark, Rane DJ teams for product nominations in 5 out of 6 categories for this year’s DJ Mag’s Tech Awards. The awards are part of this year’s BPM Convention happening in Birmingham, England on Sept 11 and 12, 2016.—30+ days ago
In 1992, O’Donnell purchased a company then known as Numark Electronics, a small DJ equipment manufacturer that had been around since the early 70s. Numark has since revolutionized the art of DJing by introducing new technologies and cutting-edge products and is now the largest DJ equipment manufacturer in the world. Numark’s transformation turned out to be a prototype for a long string of similar successes.
In 2001, O’Donnell purchased Alesis, the groundbreaking company with a history of making innovative technology accessible to every musician. Alesis was the first to make studio-quality digital effects and recording affordable to the masses. Today, Alesis is the fastest growing electronic drum company in the world and continues to make tools and instruments that empower everyday musicians.
In 2004, O’Donnell ventured into the notoriously competitive Consumer Electronics Industry with the creation of ION Audio and its flagship product, the USB conversion turntable. It was a huge success. ION has gone on to create products that energize entertainment, harness and simplify technology, and make learning a musical instrument fun and easy.
In 2005, returning to the turnaround trend, O’Donnell purchased another iconic brand: Akai Professional, one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of music production gear and creator of the legendary MPC. Harnessing the power of advancing technology, Akai Professional’s production tools remain staples of modern music both in the studio and on stage.
In 2007, MixMeister was acquired, adding the first dedicated software company to the group and foreshadowing things to come. From very early on, O’Donnell recognized the implications of the Digital Revolution for music-making and began gearing each brand’s product offerings accordingly through strategic partnerships and the targeting of future acquisitions.
In 2010, Alto Professional, a little-known live sound company based in Italy, was added to the group and has since become a leader in live sound reinforcement, adopting the same intense spirit of innovation that pervades each inMusic brand.
In 2012, Sonivox, a developer of premium virtual instruments, was purchased, closely followed by two of the largest acquisitions to date: AIR Music Technology, the groundbreaking developers of acclaimed, industry-standard virtual instruments and audio processing tools, and M-Audio, the world’s largest manufacturer of keyboard controllers and a category leader in studio monitors and computer recording tools for musicians.
In 2014, the venerable brands of Denon Professional, Denon DJ and Marantz Professional joined the inMusic line-up. These three companies, with their long-standing reputations for engineering excellence and technical achievement, deliver an essential degree of precision performance to the professional audio/video markets they serve.
2015 saw the birth of a brand-new company, Marq Lighting. Marq offers a comprehensive, high-performance line of entertainment lighting products with an emphasis on innovative design and the user experience.
Today, this elite family of hardware and software companies is known as inMusic . While maintaining unique brand identities, each of inMusicʼs companies is dedicated to creating cutting-edge products that incorporate and build upon the latest in engineering, design, and technology.
I worked at inMusic full-time (More than 3 years)
InMusic has very little bureaucracy in its flat corporate structure. A product manager can go directly to the owner/CEO or the VP of Sales with ideas or questions and get feedback almost instantaneously. Executive management is engaged, savvy and has a keen sense about product features, industrial design and marketing messaging. As a result of the corporate structure and engaged executive management, complex products make it to market quickly and market disruptive impact is consistently achieved. At inMusic, you always know where your idea stands, what direction to take and what's expected of you. There's a deep corporate culture of "get it done" that all successful employees understand. When a deliverable needs expediting, it gets expedited without multiple requests or constant babysitting.
InMusic's Industrial Design and Graphic departments are world class. The products they design and the marketing materials they churn out are among the best in the industry. They're also inspiring, respectful and fun to work with.
InMusic's engineers are technically excellent and solid collaborators. Product managers have direct relationships with the engineers developing their products and engage daily. There's a strong sense of mutual respect.
InMusic's tech specialists are the best in the business. They're knowledgeable, communicative wizards with positive, humble attitudes. I really enjoyed working with this group.
InMusic was a great company to work for and I was sad to leave.
Rhode Island isn't for everyone and to be a truly successful product manager (of physical products), being on-site is extremely important.
There's little to no training involved in product management. You're expected to figure out how to do what needs to be done. This was fine for me, but for some, this might pose a challenge.
The facilities aren't glamorous. This is not a big deal, but an employee shower would be a nice improvement.
The expense report policy is a little dated and the process is fairly time consuming. It could use a revamp.
Advice to Management
Keep it up
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at inMusic (Cumberland, RI) in October 2016.
The whole interview process was very thorough. The Human Resource person that coordinated the initial screening, as well as follow up meetings, was very responsive and worked within my schedule. The people that I met with genuinely took the time to learn about my background, while asking informative questions that created a good give and take exchange. They also provided me with a lot of feedback throughout the process, while giving me a realistic timeline on when I could expect to hear back from them. Within a few days of the final interview, HR circled back to provide a very clear and detailed offer for employment. Overall I would say that whole process from start to finish was very positive.