Gibson Brands Launches Neat Microphones Division (left to right) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles


Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, is growing even further with the launch of Neat Microphones. Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, believes that “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.”

Neat comprises a “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. 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.

“We approach Neat like a band,” says Wise, “where each of us contributes to the overall ‘sound.’ We’re lucky to have been working together as a team for over a decade with a minimal number of ‘Spinal Tap’ moments, and also, that Gibson was completely committed to our starting over with fresh concepts and a clean slate “

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Neat’s goal is nothing less than creating the next generation of microphones by introducing innovation at all stages of the production process—research and design, manufacturing, testing, and look and feel. Wise emphasizes that “Our products are designed to sound better, look better, and be simpler to operate. But we also want to pass the torch of musical creativity and excellence to the next generation—and part of that is providing next-generation recording tools.

“Even better, Gibson understands that just because we’re making ground-breaking products doesn’t mean we can’t have fun creating a brand and culture. We want to be a part of putting the joy back into recording.”

Neat will debut its first two product lines at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 6-9, 2015, and continue on to the Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, CA, on January 22-25. Products will start shipping shortly thereafter.

Juszkiewicz adds, “Gibson is fortunate to work with a team as inventive, professional, and forward-thinking as Neat. Stay tuned. You’re about to see microphones in a whole new way.”