Fulcrum Acoustic is a professional loudspeaker manufacturer known for its unique approach to loudspeaker design. Employing the research of company co-founder David Gunness, Fulcrum Acoustic overcomes common loudspeaker performance limitations by treating advanced DSP algorithms as integral to their designs. The result is loudspeakers that provide stunning output and unmatched clarity even at high SPLs, in the smallest enclosures possible.
Fulcrum’s product catalog includes the TQ Install Series of coaxial installation speakers, VLF Install high-performance installation subwoofers, Prophile Series compact high-intensity music systems, FA Portable high-fidelity portable loudspeakers, Reference Monitors for production and post production, Line Array modules for a wide range of venues, and Cardioid Subwoofers with patent-pending Passive Cardioid Technology™.
All aspects of Fulcrum products are designed with the customer in mind: enclosure shapes to complement various architectural styles, thoughtfully designed mounting hardware for ease of installation, and factory-verified processor settings for nearly every professional digital signal processing (DSP) platform.
Founded in 2008, Fulcrum has garnered attention in the crowded professional audio market by manufacturing high quality, high performing products in the U.S., providing personal access to all members of its staff, and offering customers the most responsive technical support in the industry.
President, Prince of Paperwork, Business Mastermind
Stephen has always been interested in music and technology. While an Electrical Engineering and music student at the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music, he worked as a recording engineer at Eastman’s multi-track recording studios. It was this experience that led Stephen to a career in professional audio and acoustics. He oversees Marketing, Sales, and Purchasing, as well as plays a pivotal role in customer support, new business, and product development. Previously, Stephen spent over a decade as a consultant designing acoustics and audio systems, and held executive positions at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) / Loud Technologies and Ashly Audio. Stephen remains active in music performance as keyboard player for several Jazz and R&B groups in the Rochester, NY area.
Vice President of R&D, Lead Product Designer, Photographer, Copy Writer, Ambassador to Italy, Facilities Maintenance, Director of Calculus, Technical Writer, Lead Coffee Maker
While at the University of Wisconsin, David covered part of his expenses by singing and playing guitar over loudspeakers of his own construction. Upon graduation, he made a go as a pro loudspeaker designer at Electro-Voice and later at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). David holds patents on several inventions and writes technology whitepapers (many published by AES). The KF900 large-scale sound reinforcement system, the DSA digitally steered array, and a suite of innovative processing techniques marketed as “Gunness Focusing™”, are all consequences of David’s career-long emphasis on improving loudspeaker performance with innovative software tools and DSP. These days, he spends his time designing products and inventing new technology applications. Sometimes we let him out of his office to get a little sunlight and fresh water.
Business Sage, International Man of Mystery
Chris began his career in Pro Audio joining the sales and marketing organization at Electro-Voice in 1990. In 1996, he moved to Europe and, along with a small team, managed the EV brand for several years. During this time, Chris earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. From there, he pursued a number of projects, including a Biotech startup which resulted in licensing liquid media technology to industry for stem cell and immune system cell research. Since 2003, Chris has worked with his father in investment management including private equity investments. After meeting up with Stephen and David during the summer of 2007, an opportunity to re-enter the pro audio industry emerged. In 2008, Chris provided investment capital to help form Fulcrum Acoustic.
Operations, Manufacturing, Zen Influence, Comic Relief
Andy is the heart of Fulcrum’s operations department. He works closely with our vendors to ensure timely delivery of product. He also lends his expertise in customer support, purchasing, manufacturing coordination, product bills of material, and inventory management. Previous to joining Fulcrum, Andy spent nearly twelve years at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) working in various roles in product and customer support, and in engineering technical services. Andy is also an accomplished drummer and music lover. He drinks way too much coffee; so much that he’s never tried an energy drink in fear of spontaneous combustion.
Product Development, Processor Settings, Support Materials, Product Support, Amateur Meteorologist, Receptionist
Rich joined Fulcrum Acoustic in 2009 after almost ten years with Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). During his time with EAW, he advanced steadily through several positions in application/customer support and product development. He also consulted on custom loudspeaker projects and conducted on-site system optimization sessions for high-profile clients. At Fulcrum, he works closely with Dave on all aspects of the product line. A native of Michigan, Rich worked as a FOH and monitor engineer with regional and touring bands in the Midwest. It has been said that Rich can detect the amplitude and frequency of a mosquito’s whine, and then provide that mosquito with high-fidelity concert amplification. In his spare time, Rich contemplates the fate of neo-capitalist ideologies in a poststructural era. He is also an inveterate collector of wooden spoons. In 2014, Rich was the recipient of the prestigious Willard Scott medallion for his life-long dedication to the pursuit of weather monitoring and forecasting.
Director of Engineering and All-Around Grown-Up
Don’t let Nathan’s youthful good looks fool you. His wealth of experience with some of the most innovative loudspeaker technologies makes him Fulcrum’s enfant terrible (albeit a very well-mannered one). In addition to his substantial design expertise, Nathan is facile with network cable installation, water cooler plumbing and road biking (but not all at the same time).
Todd "Ziggy Starbucks" Foster
Director of Sales, Man About Town
Todd started his music/audio life as a drummer before realizing that an income would be beneficial. While studying recording technology at the University of Memphis, Todd had the opportunity to operate sound for, and make live recordings for musical groups of many styles. This triggered his interest in large room acoustics and sound system design. At that point, he emerged from the cocoon of the studio and hit the road. For the last 20 years, Todd has filled the roles of sales engineer, system designer, regional manufacturers' rep, rep firm owner, acoustical consultant and church technical director. He enjoys analyzing technical needs and helping create practical solutions to fill them. He is in constant competition with Andy for the Fulcrum caffeine consumption prize.
U.S. Western Regional Sales Manager, Solutions Sage, Matchmaker
Despite Jon’s previous experience with major loudspeaker brands Electro-Voice, EAW, QSC and JBL, he has maintained his credibility and integrity as one of the leading solutions-oriented sales guys in the industry. Jon’s easy-going west coast manner is the perfect foil for Todd’s hyper-caffeinated go-go-go style. Jon also has the dubious distinction of having first introduced Fulcrum co-founders Stephen, David and Chris back in the early ‘90s.
Director of Marketing & Communications, Music Maven, Marcom Jedi
Bill is an award-winning marketing veteran for whom music has always been a guiding passion. He combines his marketing communications (marcom) expertise and music industry knowledge to develop and implement strategies to build the Fulcrum brand and support the sales function. Bill’s extensive marcom experience includes marketing management positions for investment and legal services organizations, as well as holding senior positions at creative agencies where he masterminded projects for international B2B clients. Bill’s passion for music spans genres and styles, as evidenced by his having studied jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music while playing in a Boston DIY/punk band.
Office Manager, General Enforcer
In addition to managing Fulcrum’s accounts payables, Paula works with Fulcrum customers to support the order entry, invoicing and accounts receivable functions.
Her in-house “iron fist in a velvet glove” approach keeps the rest of the team on the straight and narrow.