Focusrite Group and Sequential LLC have announced that Focusrite plc has acquired American synthesizer manufacturer Sequential LLC – led by legendary electronic instrument designer and Grammy winner Dave Smith.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sequential has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Focusrite plc. Sequential’s day-to-day operations and product development remain unchanged and will continue to be guided by Dave Smith and his team.
Both companies stand to benefit from the synergy created by the acquisition. The Focusrite Group will add the Sequential line of instruments to its portfolio of products, which includes the Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify brands, while Sequential will benefit from greater resources to expand its global markets and future R&D efforts.
“With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit,” said Sequential’s Dave Smith.
“Phil Dudderidge and his team have a long history of quality, vision, and focus on what musicians and audio professionals really want. We’re excited to join such an industry powerhouse and contribute to our mutual success. I expect great things.”
Sequential has been a leading force in the resurgent popularity of analogue synthesizers over the last decade. Its instruments, which include the Prophet 5 Rev4 polyphonic synth, Pro 3 hybrid monosynth, and Prophet X Samples + Synthesis keyboard are known for their versatility, ease of use, and are a mainstay of performing and recording artists and can be seen and heard on countless stages and recordings.
“We’re excited and pleased to add Sequential’s instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group’s portfolio of world-class audio and music production tools,” added Focusrite founder Phil Dudderidge.
“Dave Smith’s history as an innovator speaks for itself. From his creation of the world’s first fully programmable polysynth, the Prophet 5, to his co-invention of MIDI, Dave has literally changed the world of music several times. We’re looking forward to continuing his history of innovation and expanding the global market for Sequential’s instruments.”
Tim Carroll, CEO of Focusrite Group, remarked: “Sequential is a premium analogue synth brand with a big stake in music creation. The products are exceptional and the company is run extremely well, and the passion of the people at Sequential aligns perfectly with our Focusrite Group ethos.
“It’s tremendously exciting to be able to bring Sequential into the Focusrite family, further the incredible journey that Dave Smith started, and keep growing together.”