They didn’t send us much to go on, and a photo or two would have been nice, but word is out that Gibson Brands is launching a line of “Neat” microphones. Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, says, “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”
Two from Blue
So, who are the guys in this photo? (left to right: Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles) Well, that’s the Neat microphones “dream team” of music industry heavyweights. Skipper Wise (President) has over 35 years of experience as a recording artist/performer; together with audio engineer Martin Saulespurens (Head of R&D), the two formed Blue Microphones in 1995—which shook up the sleepy mic market with a bold combination of style and sound. General Manager Marty Wolf’s experience includes VP of Global Operations at Technocel, as well as VP positions at Blue Microphones and Line 6. Creative Director Ken Niles’ graphics expertise has graced projects from Disney, Atlantic Records, Blue Microphones, Nissan, FIFA, and others.
According to Wise, “Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones—one that innovates from manufacturing processes to final look and feel. Our products are designed to sound better, look better, and be simpler to operate, while helping to pass the torch of musical creativity and excellence to the next generation. Even better, Gibson understands that just because we’re making ground-breaking, serious products doesn’t mean we can’t have fun creating a brand and culture.”
Neat’s first two product lines will debut at the upcoming 2015 CES and Winter NAMM shows—hopefully we can get some photos by then.