Focusrite acquires Sequential

Focusrite has acquired Sequential, a respected American synthesiser manufacturer led by electronic instrument designer and Grammy winner Dave Smith.

Both companies stand to benefit from the acquisition. The Focusrite Group will add the Sequential line of instruments to its portfolio of products, which already includes the Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Adam Audio, Novation and Ampify brands. Sequential will benefit from greater resources to expand its global markets and future R&D efforts.

Sequential’s Dave Smith said: “With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit. [Founder] 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 instruments include the Prophet 5 Rev4 polyphonic synth, Pro 3 hybrid monosynth and Prophet X Samples + Synthesis keyboard. They are a mainstay of performing and recording artists and can be seen and heard on countless stages and recordings.

Focusrite founder Phil Dudderidge commented: “We’re excited and pleased to add Sequential’s instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group’s portfolio of audio and music production tools. 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.”

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 Smith and his team.

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.”

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