Lauten Audio has announced a new value-added distribution agreement with Nevada-based Summit Audio Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Summit Audio Inc will serve as the exclusive value-added distributor in the United States. For the past three years, Summit Audio has served as the exclusive U.S. sales representative for Lauten Audio, and the move to a full value-added distributorship solidifies the successful partnership. "Working closely with Summit these past three years has been a very rewarding experience. Summit has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience as we brought our microphones to market," says Brian Loudenslager, Founder of Lauten Audio. "Expanding the partnership will help Lauten focus on research, engineering and new product development, such as our new pressure gradient capsules," adds Mr. Loudenslager. Founded in 1979, Summit Audio Inc is well known for their high-end outboard studio gear. In recent years, Summit has expanded its business, adding distribution, representation and custom design services focusing on the professional audio industry. In addition to distributing Lauten Audio, they also distribute the highly acclaimed Bricasti reverb products and are involved in a handful of confidential projects. "It is relationships like this one that has inspired us to serve the United States with quality products that compliment our own. A partnership such as the one we now share with Lauten helps us hold ourselves to a higher standard, and provides us with invaluable insight into our mutual customers' needs and wants. On a simpler note, it gives us the opportunity to be in front of our customers more often, but still with very relevant quality products." says, Erik Papp President of Summit Audio Inc. To help manage their growth, Summit recently hired industry veteran and former Adam Audio US CEO Dave Bryce to lead brand development efforts and help expand U.S. market share. Lauten Audio microphones continue to carve out a niche for recordists seeking microphones with an original sound. The company added to their award-winning Horizon tube microphone and began shipping three new studio microphones in October 2008. Their Oceanus and Torch microphones were recently added to the "Best of" list of upper-class microphones by the Germany-based Professional Audio Musik & Equipment magazine. All of Lauten Audio's microphones have garnered exceptional reviews from both end-users and magazines around the world.