“For nearly 30 years now, Mackie has been an industry leader – Matt Redmon, Director of Channel Marketing
Oakland, NJ (PRWEB)
June 06, 2017
LOUD Technologies is host to some of the most highly-respected and in-demand professional audio and musical products found on earth. Under the LOUD umbrella, Ampeg®, Martin Audio®, EAW®, and – of course – Mackie®. In celebration of Mackie’s tremendous success as a brand and its strong relationship with this innovative company, American Musical Supply released this new behind-the-scenes article on Mackie, by music industry journalist Malcolm Doak.
Mackie the Man.
But before there was LOUD Technologies, before there was Mackie Designs, before there was TAPCO, there was the man who got the ball rolling, and who lent his name to the brand that carries his ideas and ideals forward – Greg Clark Mackie. As with so many iconic industry champions, the Greg Mackie saga begins with a love of music. Born in Seattle, Washington, Greg Mackie was raised on some 25 miles north in the Puget Sound town of Mukilteo. He played drums in a cover band, back when amplifiers were rare and prohibitively expensive; the amps needed to be rented for every gig. As the son of a ham radio operator, Greg Mackie was exposed early on to the scores of electronic parts around the house, and to the piles of electronic parts catalogs. After dissecting one of the rental amps and comparing parts from those catalogs, Greg Mackie was convinced he could make a higher-performing product – and that he could make it for less money.
The TAPCO Timeline
After graduating from high school and a few years spent at Boeing, Greg Mackie teamed up with Martin Schneider to create TAPCO [Technical Audio Products COmpany] in 1971. Rock music was exploding across America. Tapco…