AFMG (Ahnert Feistel Media Group, Berlin, Germany), known for its acoustic simulation and measurement programs EASE, EASERA and SysTune, has created its first official office in the United States, in Minneapolis MN. AFMG Services North America, LLC (AFMG NA), will be taking responsibility for all inquiries in the US and Canada. This step was made to provide direct support and services to customers on the North American continent.
According to the company, constant growth and a broadening range of software tools have been the signs of success. The Berlin-based software firm assumed international distribution of its products in 2012, continuing the expansion of business in Germany and Europe. “AFMG had already been operating with a professional support team for EASE, the industry standard in modeling of electro and room acoustics,” the company said. “Now, the founding of AFMG NA further underlines AFMG’s aspiration to always be readily available for their customers.”
The AFMG NA team includes President/Founder Bruce C. Olson, Charlie Hughes and Ana Jaramillo. Olson has been an active member of the acoustics and pro audio community for many years, having worked closely with AES and ASA. He has more than 20 years of involvement with AFMG.
Hughes, located in North Carolina, joined the AFMG support team in 2010, and has more than 25 years of experience in the professional audio industry and, according to the company, “He is the authority for loudspeaker system design and assessment of quality loudspeaker data for GLL files, AFMG’s loudspeaker file format. He is also a respected expert for AFMG’s measurement programs SysTune and EASERA.” In addition to general software classes, he provides manufacturer training for EASE SpeakerLab. He is a member of the AES, CEA Standards Groups and other institutions.
Ana Maria Jaramillo, providing support in the Minnesota office, has a PhD in architectural acoustics from Virginia Tech. Her experience as a professor at two universities in her native Colombia and her focus on room acoustics supplement the team’s otherwise electro-acoustic background.