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  • 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 

  • soundsandgear 2:48 pm on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bboytechreport, suit & tie guy, upright music   

    NAMM 2015 Pre Show interview: BboyTechReport and Upright, plus Suit & Tie Guy 

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