The Guitammer Company was founded by musician, composer, and producer Ken McCaw, who was looking for a way to commercialize a patented guitar accessory called the Hammer Jammer. The next product to emerge from Guitammer was the solution to a problem McCaw and his drummer were experiencing in wanting to be able to feel the low end without turning the stage monitors up so loud that it disturbed the rest of the band.
This was the moment the idea for ButtKicker® brand low frequency audio transducers were born, offering monitoring, timing, and synchronization by allowing the musicians to feel the low-end beat. With the help of Marvin Clamme, former sound engineer for Tom Jones, Merle Haggard, the Beach Boys and others, McCaw developed the original ButtKicker transducer prototypes.
After several years of product development, a patent was issued for ButtKicker brand low frequency audio transducers, which went to market in late 1999. Now, the company is a revenue-generating company with a worldwide market reach.
The company’s product line includes the original ButtKicker transducer, designed for musicians’ monitoring, timing and synchronization. Pearl Drums recently released the Pearl Throne Thumper, by ButtKicker, a co-developed product.
The company’s newly patented broadcast technology, ButtKicker LIVE!® relays the excitement, impact, and feeling of sporting events to broadcast along with the sound and video. The technology is available for cable, satellite, fiber optic, IPTV, and “over-the-air” broadcast and has been successfully tested with several major content (sports) providers.
The ButtKicker low frequency transducer is ideal for home theater use, reproducing bass and special effects from the subwoofer and .1 LFE sound tracks. The technology literally shakes the couch or home theater seating in sync with the movie, music, or game.
The ButtKicker Gamer was specifically designed for gamers who want to “feel” the action from video games and simulators. Users can turn down or turn off the subwoofer and still feel all the bass – even while using headphones.
ButtKicker® brand products are also used in movie theaters, simulation rides, dance floors, 4D theaters, planetariums, science centers, amusement parks, and attractions all over the world to thrill and entertain. ButtKicker 4D theaters allow viewers to “feel” the impacts, special effects and bone-rattling bass. No special encoding is required.
To-date, Guitammer has deployed its technology in nearly 10,000 seats in 12 countries.
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