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Loud, FCC Reach Detente

At issue was Mackie gear compliance with importation, marketing rules

Loud Technologies and the commission have reached an agreement that ends an investigation into Loud’s importation and marketing practices.

At issue was the pro audio gear company’s compliance with rules governing the marketing of digital radio frequency devices, “specifically powered loudspeakers, non-powered mixers, compact mixers and active speaker systems.”

As part of the deal, Loud will make an $85,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury and admit no wrongdoing. The company will also institute an FCC compliance plan with regular reports to the agency.

In 2010, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau queried Loud, asking questions related to Loud’s manufacture, importation and marketing of digital devices. Loud gave the commission documentation for Mackie models marketed by the company including technical compliance and labeling information. The Woodinville, Wash. company says all of its imported devices now comply with FCC rules and the company has taken remedial steps to ensure it brings the unlabeled digital devices into compliance also.

The FCC told Loud to appoint a compliance officer within 30 days and a compliance plan within 60 days. The company must also initiate a training program on FCC equipment marketing rules and file regular compliance reports with the agency.

The company can break up the $85,000 payment into three installments, with the first $28,333 due in 30 days.