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  • soundsandgear 6:30 pm on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , synthesizers   

    Synthesizer Brands Storm 2015 NAMM Show 

    Synthesizer sales soar, as sound “geeks” ride music’s latest wave

    Carlsbad, Calif. (December 17, 2014) – Synthesizers powering today’s chart-topping hits prepare to take the 2015 NAMM Show by storm January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With artists and producers such as Lorde, Bastille and Trent Reznor relying on custom synth sounds paired with a growing interest in analog sound, many in the business predict synths sales to soar into 2015 and beyond.

    More than 130 brands that produce synthesizers and related equipment will exhibit at the upcoming global music products trade event. This represents a 20% increase in the segment’s NAMM Show brand presence compared to 2014. The synthesizer market has nearly doubled its show floor square footage since last year, making this one of the show’s fastest-growing segments.

    Continued popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) and indie rock has enticed more musicians, DJs and producers to dive into the synth world. “EDM artists have noticeably re-energized the market,” said Tom Oberheim, president of Marion Systems Corp. and an audio engineer best known for designing effects processors, analog synthesizers and sequencers. “The boom is spilling over into other genres and once musicians get into synthesizers, they want to take them into other arenas, and create more sounds.”

    Since 2009, retail sales of keyboard synthesizers have increased 15.9%, propelled by an increase of 13.5% in 2013 alone. The number of synthesizers sold annually is up more than 32% in the last decade.

    Analog synthesizer sounds can be heard in late ‘70s and ‘80s pop favorites including Depeche Mode, ‘90s industrial rock tracks from Nine Inch Nails and the last decade’s indie rock hits from MGMT and M83. Today, DJs, producers and artists are increasingly creating their own beats on analog synthesizers, rather than relying on software or samples from other musicians.

    William Matthewson of William Matthewson Devices (WMD), which will exhibit 20 emerging modular analog synthesizer brands at the 2015 NAMM Show, concurs, “Pop culture is shifting toward the nerds and geeks who know how to really immerse themselves in this kind of analog equipment that is tactile, customizable, creative, and above all, totally inspirational.”

    Boutique Eurorack modular synthesizers were until recently considered ‘fringe’ but are now gaining traction in the mainstream as a relatively inexpensive way to pack a lot of functionality into a small space. According to Tony Rolando, co-founder of Make Noise Music, the modular synthesizers on the market today appeal equally to the technician as well as the true musician. “They appeal to those of us looking for a deeper connection to the instrument,” he said. “People used to just play these instruments; now they are crafting their own sounds. It’s meditative, artistic and escapist.”

    Oberheim, who will return to the NAMM Show as an exhibitor for the first time in more than a decade, also credits an overall interest in retro sound for the renewed fervor for analog. “There is a warmth to analog, an organic quality that captures the imagination,” he said. “It’s sort of like the recent affection for turntables and LPs versus CDs or MP3s.”

    The synth boom shows no sign of abating as manufacturers continue to bring innovative gear to market. Dave Smith Instruments and Moog Music have significantly expanded their NAMM Show presence over 2014. Within the WMD and SchneidersBuero booths look for up-and-coming boutique synth builders such as Mutable Instruments, Verbos Electronics, Analogue Haven, Manikin Elektronik, EOWave and more. They’ll join Make Noise, Roland, Nord, Yamaha and many other established brands demonstrating the sounds of synth at this January’s NAMM Show.

    The NAMM Show gathers 95,000 members of the music product industry from around the world to preview new products from every category of music making. Register for badgesto experience more than 5,000 music product, instrument and technology brands, special events, and live entertainment. Limited exhibit space is still available. Learn more about the NAMM Show at http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015.

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  • soundsandgear 4:41 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Les Paul award, SINBAD, Slash,   

    SLASH to receive Les Paul honor/SINBAD to host NAMM TEC Awards 

    Carlsbad, Calif. (December 4, 2014) – Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad will provide the laughs as the evening’s host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

     

    The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, and Peter Gabriel.

     

    As a critically acclaimed, British-American musician and songwriter, Slash has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award, seven nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named Slash second, behind only Jimi Hendrix, on its “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. His famous guitar solos in songs including “November Rain” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock GRAMMY-winning supergroup Velvet Revolver, releasing two successful imprints with Scott Weiland and former GN&R band mates.

     

    Slash now enjoys a thriving solo career with his new band Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. On Sept. 16, 2014 the band unleashed their top ten new albumWorld on Fire to worldwide acclaim. The new album marks Slash’s third straight album to debut in the top ten. The title track “World On Fire” ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio.World on Fire features Slash with Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). The album was released on Slash’s label Dik Hayd International, which is distributed through Caroline. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are on a world tour with additional U.S. dates to be announced in early 2015. Slash supports efforts to revitalize music education programs in public schools, as an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock.

     

    Sinbad, also a guitar player, is ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time. For more than two decades, he has enjoyed a loyal following with his brand of clean standup routines and relatable humorous takes on life. Sinbad is also an accomplished film & TV actor, known internationally for the film Houseguest and his annual NAACP Image Award-winning HBO concert series Sinbad’s 70’s Soul Music Festival.

     

    Also as part of the evening’s festivities, engineer-mixologist Ed Cherney and bassist Nathan East will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

     

    The NAMM TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. The ceremony will be held on the third night of the NAMM Show, one of the world’s largest global music industry trade events annually attracting 96,000 members of the music industry to Anaheim. Tickets can be purchased here.

     
  • soundsandgear 9:01 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alto professional, steal wireless modular speaker system,   

    ALTO PROFESSIONAL STEALTH WIRELESS MODULAR SPEAKER SYSTEM NOMINATED FOR TEC AWARD AT NAMM SHOW 

    StealthWireless_Angle_Web_LGWireless solution eliminates need for long cable runs, expandable to any size setup

    Cumberland, RI (October 24, 2014)—Alto Professional (altoproaudio.com), the world’s leading innovator for live performance reinforcement products, today announced that their Stealth Wireless Modular Speaker System has been nominated for a 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award. The prestigious TEC Awards were established in 1985 to honor outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product innovation.

    The Alto Professional Stealth Wireless system adds wireless audio connectivity to any active loudspeaker, eliminating the need for long, complex cable runs, simplifying setup and teardown, saving time—all without any compromise in audio quality.

    This self-contained kit provides a convenient wireless path to carry a stereo audio signal from the main mixing/listening location to the sound system. Stealth Wireless quickly adds wireless connectivity to nearly any active loudspeaker system. In addition, Stealth Wireless greatly reduces the setup time of a travelling or temporary sound system by eliminating the need for lengthy and unsightly cable runs that may otherwise interfere with the dance floor, patrons, or venue staff.

    The system works perfectly well through walls, floors and ceilings, providing setup flexibility that far exceeds conventional hard-wired systems.

    Stealth Wireless contains a single dual-channel transmitter and two single-channel receivers. The system can be set for mono or stereo use. Two XLR + balanced TRS 1/4″ combo inputs on the transmitter accommodate the main outputs from nearly any mixing board or console. Each of the receiving units has a single XLR output to send the signal to a powered speaker array or a traditional amplifier-and-speaker combo.

    Operating in the reliable UHF band, Stealth Wireless can be set to any of 16 preset channels for interference-free operation. Internal squelch and mute circuits eliminate unwanted noise. The transmitter offers trim controls for each channel to ensure that sound quality remains uncompromised, as indicated by the system’s s/n ratio of greater than 100dB/A and a THD of <0.5% @ 1kHz. A mono/stereo mode switch is also provided. In stereo mode, the system will pre-configure the two receivers for left and right operation. A channel select knob and a series of indicator LEDs are present on each of the receiving units. Each of the three modules (transmitter + two receivers) is provided with an AC power adapter.

    The Stealth Wireless Expander Pack provides two additional receivers for adding more loudspeakers to a system and providing increased coverage. The user may add as many expander packs as needed to accommodate any system size.

    “We understand that to sound professionals, setup time and simplicity are of paramount importance. But there can be no reduction in audio quality for the sake of convenience. Only Stealth Wireless delivers exactly what these professionals demand—faster setup/teardown, more flexibility in system configuration, absolutely uncompromised audio quality and affordability. It’s just what they asked for,” said Bernard Werner, Director of Engineering, Alto Professional.

    Hundreds of entries for nomination were reviewed and voted upon by an extensive panel of veteran sound and music industry professionals in the U.S. and abroad, according to NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the sponsor of the awards.  The winners will be determined by online subscribers to Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, Electronic Musician, and members of professional audio and sound production organizations through online voting, which will take place this December.

    The winners of the 30th Annual TEC Awards will be announced on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton during the NAMM Show.

    Stealth Wireless and the Stealth Wireless Expander Pack are available now at pro audio dealers.

    MSRP for Stealth Wireless is $499 USD.

    MSRP for the Stealth Wireless Expander Pack is $249 USD.

    For more information, visit altoprofessional.com.

     
  • soundsandgear 8:59 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , io dock 2, io dock II,   

    ALESIS iO DOCK II NOMINATED FOR TEC AWARD AT NAMM SHOW 

    iodockii_web_angle_lgLatest Version of iPad Recording Interface Boasts new Features, Improved Performance

    Cumberland, RI (October 24, 2014)— Alesis (http://www.alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and tools for today’s musician, today announced that the Alesis iO Dock II has been nominated for a 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award. The prestigious TEC Awards were established in 1985 to honor outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product innovation.

    The Alesis iO Dock II is the most seamless way to equip any iPad for recording and live performance. iO Dock II is the latest version of the company’s hugely popular and successful iO Dock. This latest version is even more capable than its predecessor, and it now adds support for both Lightning and 30-pin iPads via interchangeable connectors. The updated placement of these connectors also allows for a more stable and secure connection to the iPad.

    The iO Dock II features two combo XLR-1/4-inch inputs for use with both instruments and microphones, and it also includes switchable phantom power for use with professional condenser microphones. A significant upgrade of the new iO Dock II is the improved high-impedance guitar input which provides extremely accurate recording of guitars and bass guitars. For audio outputs, the iO Dock II has a stereo pair of 1/4″ outputs and a ¼” headphone output, each with their own independent volume controls. To assure uncompromised audio during recording and playback, iO Dock II features built-in professional-quality 24-bit converters.

    The iO Dock II also has a versatile set of MIDI connections, including 5-pin MIDI In/Out jacks and a USB MIDI port for connection to a Mac or PC. Sending and receiving SysEx messages is now fully supported, so users can now integrate their iPad with advanced external MIDI hardware setups.

    “We wanted to give artists a more flexible, easier-to-use, better-sounding solution for recording on their iPad. The Alesis iO Dock II fulfills that need with a great combination of simplicity and professional performance. We expect the iO Dock II will be even more popular than the original,” said Walter Skorupski, Project Manager for Alesis.

    Hundreds of entries for nomination were reviewed and voted upon by an extensive panel of veteran sound and music industry professionals in the U.S. and abroad, according to NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the sponsor of the awards.  The winners will be determined by online subscribers to Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, Electronic Musician, and members of professional audio and sound production organizations through online voting, which will take place this December.

    The winners of the 30th Annual TEC Awards will be announced on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton during the NAMM Show.

     

    The Alesis iO Dock II is available now from musical instrument and pro audio retailers.

    Suggested MSRP is $299 USD.

     
  • soundsandgear 8:57 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , impc pro,   

    AKAI PROFESSIONAL iMPC PRO SOFTWARE APP NOMINATED FOR TEC AWARD AT NAMM SHOW 

    impcpro_angle_1200x750With 64-track capability, new flagship app is most powerful iPad music tool available

    Cumberland, RI (October 24, 2014)— Akai Professional (akaipro.com), innovator of audio sampling technology for music production and performance, today announced that the Akai Professional iMPC Pro app for the iPad has been nominated for a 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award. The prestigious TEC Awards were established in 1985 to honor outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product innovation.

    Featuring 64 tracks of intuitive music production capability, iMPC Pro is the most powerful way to create music on the iPad. Developed in partnership with Retronyms, iMPC Pro fuses the acclaimed workflow of a hardware MPC (Music Production Center) with cutting edge tools for composing, editing and mixing music. Extending the beat-production prowess of Akai Pro’s original iMPC app, the new iMPC Pro app includes over 30 new in-demand features that empower and optimize the creative process from conceptualization to finalization.

    Among the new app’s many innovative capabilities are the following:

    • 64 tracks of multi-track music creation, mixing and automation
    • All-new multi-touch interface for editing, slicing and auditioning samples
    • Inter-App Audio support provides flexible sampling, effects and audio routing
    • Sample from your iTunes library, Inter-App Audio and the iPad mic
    • Timeline View provides powerful gesture control of sequences and events
    • Flux Mode for real-time or automated manipulation of tracks
    • Classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, 16 Levels and pad workflow
    • Works seamlessly with MPC Element pad controller via iPad Camera Connection kit
    • 3D-performance mode for tweaking effects, Note Repeat and more
    • Directly upload your tracks to SoundCloud, Twitter, your computer and more
    • All-new effects suite including Turbo Duck side-chain compressor and Boom Room reverb

    “We understand that professional creative artists demand an MPC workflow that is intuitive, combined with the multi-touch capability and power of the iPad for their portable music projects. There is no room for compromise. iMPC Pro delivers the cutting edge features and audio quality that enables the artist to create a truly individual musical production,” said Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill.

    Hundreds of entries for nomination were reviewed and voted upon by an extensive panel of veteran sound and music industry professionals in the U.S. and abroad, according to NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the sponsor of the awards.  The winners will be determined by online subscribers to Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, Electronic Musician, and members of professional audio and sound production organizations through online voting, which will take place this December.

    The winners of the 30th Annual TEC Awards will be announced on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton during the NAMM Show.

    iMPC Pro is currently available for download on the App Store for the limited-time sale price of $12.99 (normally $19.99). For more information, visit akaipro.com/mpc.

     
  • soundsandgear 2:54 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NAMM TEC Awards Celebrates 30 Years and Inducts Nathan East & Ed Cherney into its Hall of Fame 

    Nominees Announced in 22 Technical Achievement Categories and

    Eight Creative Achievement Categories

     

    Carlsbad, Calif., (October 8, 2014) – The NAMM Foundation will induct revered engineer -mixologist Ed Cherney and bassist Nathan East into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards show, to be held Saturday, January 24th in Anaheim, Calif. Nominees across thirty creative and technical categories have also been announced for the NAMM TEC Awards, the longest-running awards show that specifically recognizes outstanding achievement in audio product innovation and sound production.

     

    Renowned bass player Nathan East has worked with the legends of music that range from Daft Punk, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Beyoncé, Phil Collins and Michael Jackson to Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. More than 2,000 recordings make East one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music.

     

    GRAMMY Award-winning instincts make Ed Cherney one of the most sought-after audio engineers in the business. His decades long work as engineer, mixer and producer can be heard on some of rock’s most enduring recordings from Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Eric Clapton. Cherney’s work can also be heard on several hit TV and film soundtracks and scores.

     

    Nominees for Outstanding Creative Achievement include production teams for Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s “Anything Goes,” Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing,” Jack White’sLazaretto album and more. Sound production nominees in TV and film range from Captain America’s sound production team to creatives behind the remote production of theBack to Front: Peter Gabriel Live in London DVD. Eight categories will include Film Sound Production, Interactive Entertainment Sound Production, Studio Design Project and Tour/Event Sound Production and more. The full list of 2015 creative nominees can be found here

     

    Created in recognition of innovative product design, Outstanding Technical Achievement has twenty-two categories that include Studio Monitors, Recording Devices, Computer Audio Hardware, Workstation Technology and more. Several companies, such as Cakewalk, PreSonus, Shure and Audio-Technica, have received multiple nominations. New in 2015 for Outstanding Technical Achievement is a separate category for Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules).  The full list of 2015 technical nominees can be found here

     

    A panel of pro audio and music industry professionals reviewed and chose nominees from hundreds of entries. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2013 and ending August 31, 2014 were eligible for nomination. Online voting by members of the professional audio industry begins in December.

     

    The NAMM TEC Awards were created to recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. The ceremony takes place the third night of the world-famous NAMM Show. Tickets for the general public will be made available in November.

     
  • soundsandgear 3:17 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , motor 49, motor 61, x-touch   

    Behringer Motor 49, 61 and X-Touch Controllers 

    Walking by the Behringer booth some new controllers caught my eye so I grabbed a quick video of the new Motor 49, Motor 61, and the X-Touch controllers

     
  • soundsandgear 2:00 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Interview with Don Johnson from VIP Loops 

    Chatting with Donald Johnson from Vip Loops about the new FUSE library for Kontakt, as well as Urban Legacy XXL and other upcoming products

     
  • soundsandgear 12:37 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ready for the world, sound world   

    Interview with Ready For The World about Sound World 

    Caught up with Ready For The World to discuss their Sound World Kontakt library

     
  • soundsandgear 5:58 pm on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: sound design, soundirion   

    Interview with the Soundiron design team 

    Had a chance to catch up with the crazy folks from Soundiron again, we talked about what’s coming up as well as how they come up with so many crazy and cool libraries

     
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