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In 1992, future inMusic founder and CEO Jack O'Donnell was working as Vice President of Sales at Stanton Magnetics when he learned the assets of Numark Electronics were available for purchase. Founded in Edison, New Jersey in 1971, Numark was among the earliest DJ equipment manufacturers, and responsible for innovations like the first DJ mixer with a built-in sampler (the DM1775) and the first dual-well CD player (the CD-5020). O'Donnell proposed to Stanton management that they should acquire Numark's assets, but they chose not to, and O'Donnell decided to resign from his position at Stanton and purchase Numark himself.
Alesis and more acquisitions
Under O'Donnell's management, Numark recovered and grew, and he found himself looking for new opportunities. In 2001 O'Donnell acquired Alesis, a company that had established itself in the recording market with affordable effects and later the revolutionary ADAT digital tape recorder, as well as drum machines and synthesizers. The following year he introduced the ION Audio brand, focused on entry-level and consumer electronics products.
In 2005, O'Donnell purchased the Akai Professional Musical Instrument division (previously spun off from Akai Electronics). His company additionally acquired DJ software brand Mixmeister in 2007 and Alto Professional in 2010.