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  • soundsandgear 4:58 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Joe Lamond, Peter Asher, Jack Douglas, “Futurism” and 120 sessions offered at The 2017 NAMM Show 

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – November 15, 2016 – At The 2017 NAMM Show, inspiration and innovation, transformative business know-how, and leading strategies and tips for music industry professionals and businesses of all sizes will be offered through more than 120 free educational sessions. The Show’s NAMM U and TEC Tracks sessions have been designed to inspire members from various disciplines within the music products industry — from music product retailers and manufacturers to professionals in pro audio, live sound and lighting. Registrants will have access to learning sessions from the world’s top thought leaders and their peers who will present successful strategies and best practices trending across the industry today.

    On Wednesday, January 18, many business-enhancing opportunities begin before the show officially opens, with an all-day intensive training: Retail Boot Camp. Featuring two different tracks, this training includes a schedule of strategies and tools for everyone involved in music retail who aims to strengthen their businesses and business practices through “Sales, Marketing and Websites” or “Financial Management” tracks. Speakers in the first track include pre-eminent thought-leaders “The Retail Doctor,” Bob Phibbs; digital marketing pioneer Larry Bailin; and Ben Blakesley, social media marketing leader at Reebok. In the financial track, experts Alan Friedman and Daniel Jobe of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co. will offer tools and strategies for sound fiscal management.

    Beginning Thursday morning, the show will officially open each day with NAMM U Breakfast Sessions. Located on the NAMM campus in the Hilton’s Pacific ballroom, the sessions will feature prominent keynote speakers sharing today’s best business practices, innovative ideas and inspirational strategies designed to transform businesses. Thursday morning kicks off the show with “Breakfast of Champions,” an up-close look at the people changing the music products industry, and led by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. On Friday, the show welcomes back marketing expert Larry Bailin for “2020: Future-Proof Your Business,” a session on how customers are changing, and how to prepare your business for the future. On Saturday, best-selling author and social media legend Guy Kawasaki brings “The Art of Innovation,” a presentation designed to reveal practical, surprising and even counterintuitive ideas to trigger innovation in a music store or products business. Sunday morning will welcome the perennial favorite “Best in Show” session. Led by Frank Alkyer of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, a guest panel of music retail experts make their picks for the biggest products and technology breakthroughs found on the NAMM show floor.

    Following each morning’s Breakfast Session, The NAMM Idea Center will come alive with more than 45 free presentations and panels that will help NAMM members discover the most creative ideas that are proving successful in music retail right now. Held in the lobby of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Idea Center will play host to a variety of hot topics in retail today, including search engine optimization (SEO), website upgrades, store design breakthroughs, lesson program improvements and online marketing. Members seeking to enhance their business systems can learn from a variety of NAMM Member service providers appearing on The NAMM Retail Tech stage — new for The 2017 NAMM Show and located inside the NAMM Member Center, also in the lobby. The NAMM Retail Tech stage is the hot spot for a series of sessions on retail software, technology platforms and strategies for business modernization, all offered by NAMM service providers.

    For sound, studio and stage professionals, TEC Tracks returns with more than 70 robust sessions curated to enhance skills that are crucial now and leading into the next decade. For the first time, TEC Tracks will offer themed days to cater to the different audio and technology communities at the show.

    Starting on Thursday, TEC Tracks ushers in the Entertainment Technology (Live Sound and Lighting) day with a special opening session led by live sound engineer Mark Frink and a panel of pre-eminent front-of-house mixing engineers. Also on Thursday, a special “Introduction to Dante” session hosted by Audinate will offer budding audio pros an opportunity to learn more about the networking technology. In addition to the special session, Audinate will host two days of the company’s Dante Training and Certification program.

    On Friday, TEC talks Futurism, when A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) begins its first-for-NAMM, future-focused two-day program. Under the banner of “Creating Harmony Between Man and Machine,” the series of sessions will explore the boundaries of musical creativity using advanced audio applications and technologies that are transforming the MI market.

    On Saturday, TEC Tracks will offer a full day of expertise on Recording day, starting with a special keynote from sonic mastermind, Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Morrissey), who will be interviewed by music industry analyst Bob Leftsetz. Saturday will also play host to Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas as he dissects the band’s “Toys in the Attic” album with award-winning journalist Mr. Bonzai. At the conclusion of the day, Douglas will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame as part of The NAMM TEC Awards. Now in its 32nd year, the annual awards honor a variety of companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television and video games, along with musicians who embody the spirit of industry legend Les Paul with The Les Paul Award. The 2017 recipient of the Les Paul Award is Aerosmith co-founder and lead guitarist, Joe Perry.

    On Sunday, TEC Tracks will switch its focus to “what’s next” during the Music Business day, which will cover everything from marketing to intellectual property to distribution in a forward-thinking program that will speak to emerging and established music professionals.

    Members who are planning to attend The 2017 NAMM Show are encouraged to secure their badges before January 4, 2017 when the free badge deadline expires. Please visit for additional information.

    To view the complete schedule of NAMM U and TEC Tracks sessions, please visit 

  • soundsandgear 8:20 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    Joe Perry / Jack Douglas to be honored at NAMM TEC Awards 

    (October 27, 2016) – As part of its 32nd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), The NAMM Foundation has announced that rocker Joe Perry will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award. The annual award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology  in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul. The award will be presented at a January 21st ceremony being held in Anaheim, CA as part of The 2017 NAMM Show. Perry, who was included in Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” is also scheduled to perform live before an audience of pro audio and sound production inventors, musicians and industry friends.

    “Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor,” says Perry. “Getting an award bearing his name is the icing on the cake.”

    A long-standing co-founding member of a group whose music repertoire spans four decades, Perry’s versatile musicianship and influence has helped pave the way

    for a long list of accolades that reach beyond the band’s more than 150 million albums sold. In the role of principal songwriter, lead guitarist, and as producer for multiple tracks featured on several notable Aerosmith albums, Perry’s talent has helped contribute to the super group’s four Grammy® Awards, (one of which includes Perry’s guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man”); six Billboard Music Awards; twelve MTV Video Awards; and two People’s Choice Awards, to name a few.

    “Joe Perry was a friend of Les Paul’s and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and talented musicians of our time,” says Michael K. Braunstein, Executive Director, Les Paul Foundation. “His ability to push boundaries of the electric guitar with his signature sound and deft playing ability embodies the true spirit of what Les Paul and the award given in his name stands for. The Les Paul Award has been presented at the NAMM TEC Awards to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry, including such luminaries as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash and last year’s recipient, Don Was. The Les Paul Foundation could not be more thrilled to be adding Joe Perry to this amazing list.”

    Hollywood also became a part of Perry’s musical resume when his familiar riffs were heard on the band’s hit song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (from the soundtrack to “Armageddon”), which received an Oscar® nomination for Best Song. Among many other TV and film projects, Perry also composed the theme song for the “Spiderman” animated TV series and provided the instrumental music for “This Thing of Ours,” starring James Caan. Watch for news related to his upcoming sixth solo album and learn more about Joe Perry here.

    Along with Perry, famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. Douglas is associated with many of the band’s most iconic releases and affectionately dubbed “the sixth member” of Aerosmith for having contributed lyrics to several tracks released from the band. He also engineered and produced many multi-platinum Aerosmith albums including Toys in the Attic and Rocks, both of which ranked among Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Douglas rose to prominence when the Record Plant Studio opened its doors and eventually engineered John Lennon’sImagine and the Who’s Who’s Next EP.

    The NAMM TEC Awards celebrate the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live sound, films, television, and video games.

    Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Creative Achievement nominees were announced earlier for the Saturday, January 21 event. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance here for $50 (General Admission) or $175 (VIP). The show will be hosted by comedian Sinbad and will be available via a live event web stream during The NAMM Show.

  • soundsandgear 2:59 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nominees,   

    32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards Nominees 

    Carlsbad, Calif. (September 19, 2016) – The NAMM Foundation has announced  nominees for its 32nd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement. Stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad will return for his third straight year as host. The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live sound, films, television, and video games.

    More than 900 products and projects were considered during the highly-competitive nomination process. This year’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominees were chosen across twenty-three categories and include selections in two new categories: Audio Education Technology and DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software.

    Represented in many of the nominations for the 2017 show are the creators of more compact and mobile products that reflect the demands of an increasing number of independent and home studio musicians.

    Examples in the DJ world include American Audio’s VMS5 Controller, which is both portable and compact with an all-in-one Midi Controller (DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software); double-nominee Moog Music for their Model 15 App – a bonus for on-the-road creativity as the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad and other Apple® devices (Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets); Blue Microphones’ Bottle Mic Locker that offers studio musicians the flexibility and option of layering tracks with different capsules to find the right sound (Microphones – Recording); the Korg Minilogue (Music Instrument Hardware), which is a 37 slim-key fully programmable analog polyphonic synthesizer, reflecting yet another innovative product that helps fuel the19.9% growth in total unit volume among analog synths in the last five years. Nominees will be recognized in an additional nineteen categories that range from Wireless Technology toMusical Instrument Amplification & Effects, Computer Audio Hardware and beyond. (More …)

  • soundsandgear 3:27 am on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: audio interface, iConnect audio 2+,   

    NAMM 2016 iConnectivity iConnect Audio 2+ 

    Checking out the latest audio interface from iConnectivity, the iConnect Audio 2+, 2 in 6 output audio/MIDI interface.

  • soundsandgear 6:15 pm on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airmusictech, ctrl49, vip 2.0   

    NAMM 2016 VIP 2.0 software, M-Audio Accent piano, module, and CTRL 49 

    Took some time to stop by the inMusic booth to get info on the new VIP 2.0 software, M-Audio Accent piano, module as well as the new CTRL 49 controller.

  • soundsandgear 4:55 pm on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , keystep, matrixbrute   

    NAMM 2016 Arturia KeyStep and Matrixbrute 

    My first appointment at NAMM was with Arturia, and this video shows you why! That Matrixbrute is insane, and the KeyStep is going to be a welcome addition to many setup as well.

  • soundsandgear 9:01 pm on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , tonestar   

    NAMM 2016 Studio Electronics Tonestar Module Demo 

    Got a quick demo from one of my favorite synth manufacturers on their new Tonestar module…among other things. Huge fan of Studio Electronics, their stuff just sounds great!

  • soundsandgear 8:58 pm on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: akai pro, mpc, mpc 2.0,   

    NAMM 2016 Akai MPC 2.0 Software Questions Answered 

    Spoke to Dan Gill from Akai Pro about the MPC 2.0 software that is currently in the works. There are some really cool features including full audio track support, real-time timestretch, new fx, and more. Definitely looking forward to this.

  • soundsandgear 8:55 pm on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fm synth, montage, , yamaha   

    NAMM 2016 Yamaha Montage Demo 

    Demo of Yamaha’s new Montage workstation. Has the acoustic instrument engine as well as an FM synthesis engine, along with lots of control, modulation, and a touch screen.

  • soundsandgear 6:21 pm on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , divinci, performance, push   

    NAMM 2015: DiViNCi on Ableton Push 

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