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Winter NAMM 2020 - The Anderton Report
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Well, since I get to start it off, here's something offbeat, brilliant, hip, and retro, all at the same time! The "Perfect Groove" Virtual Cutting Lathe, from the German company Rebeat, is a software program for people who expect to master to vinyl. It analyzes audio files, and lists all the places (with timings) that the project could run into issues - stereo bass, excessive velocity, etc. etc.

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It won't be ready until summer of this year (but it's software, so hey, anything's possible). The guy behind it, Andreas Wagner, is really into this, personable, a not-scary nerd, and very much understands the constraints of vinyl. It was fun talking to him.

I think maybe it's intended to put me out of a job (my current mastering project an album of jazz "standards" by Martha Davis, of the Motels, for vinyl). I know what needs to be done to master for vinyl, but now you don't have to know - you can prep your file appropriately with this software.

Welcome to NAMM 2020! It should be fun....

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Dave Bryce #3023921 01/16/20 06:24 AM
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I had to chance to find out more about the Roland MIDI 2.0 keyboard, thanks to Jim Stout and Ari Rosenshein (pictured) of Roland. First of all - it's 88 keys, under a grand, and the keybed feels--well, good!

Second, I wanted to know specifically what MIDI 2.0 aspects were included. It has high-resolution 32-bit controllers, a heckuva lot more than the 128 controllers in MIDI 1.0, and expandability for MIDI CI (Capabilities Inquiry), which is a really important part of MIDI 2.0 - among other talents, it's also what allows backwards compatibility to MIDI 1.0 devices for any MIDI 2.0 gear. (And if you've tried to use Mac OS Catalina in the real world...you know about the importance of backward compatibility, or more specifically, the lack thereof.)

It's great that Roland is forging ahead with this. I've also heard rumors of MIDI 2.0-compatible synths that take advantage of MIDI 2.0 at the show, but these may be "behind the velvet rope" product previews, if in fact they exist. I'll find out what I can.

Make no mistake: MIDI 2.0 matters, and is a Big Deal. To find out more, feel free to come to the panel discussion on MIDI 2.0 - Friday, 2 PM, at the Hilton Level 4, A6. I'll be moderating, and the panelists are a pretty formidable collection of people who Know Their Stuff. There will also be a short presentation at the beginning that gives background on MIDI 2.0.

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I was very impressed by the ASI audio in-ear monitors, whose heritage traces back to Sensaphonics. The company stresses that these are about hearing protection as well as monitoring, which of course piqued my interest. Lately, I've noticed a correlation between the treble boost people are applying to masters, versus the treble loss that occurs in people over 40. It's scary - they're almost mirror images. No wonder music hurts when you turn up the volume (assuming you haven't lost your high-frequency hearing response).

The app uses the Sensaphonics live mic technique, but takes it further. You can blend in as much or as little of the live sound you want, so you don't have to feel like you're in an "IEM cocoon," as well as unbalance it if you want one ear louder than the other. You also have custom EQ. I'll be looking into this further at the show, but this is a new company, and I like the direction they're taking - as well as their philosophy about protecting the hearing of performers.

(BTW, sorry about the light reflections off the screens - it's better if you think of them as NAMM 2020 light sabers).

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Microtonal keyboards...the next big thing? Probably not, given the conservative nature of musicians. Then again, you never know...microtonality is a huge part of much non-Western music, so it's entirely possible they know things we don't...but should. I wanted to find out more about the Lumatone, but just at that moment, Gibson kicked off a loud demo (hey guys - I'm really glad you're back, and making great guitars, but a little humility might be appropriate) and I couldn't hear anything else. But, I'll try to track down Lumatone (probably in Hall E, aka "Island of the Lost Toys," also referred to sometimes as Chinatown) to find out more.

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Reverb.com is producing what's shaping up to be a really cool video on the history of guitar effects and pedals. I saw the trailer, and since half the companies referenced getting started with my "Electronic Projects for Musicians" book, Reverb.com wanted to interview me as well. Don't know how much, if any, of my footage they'll use, but what they have so far is really very, very cool. Their video people know what they're doing...can't wait to see the final documentary.

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Not too much to show yet, today was a day of running into people, filling them in on what's happening with musicplayer.com, my eBooks, board meetings, and also, several NDA-oriented discussions (which is too bad, especially because one of them is pretty darn cool). But, IK's AXE I/O has done very well, so it's probably not surprising that IK has scaled it down into a more affordable box for solo musicians, AXE I/O Solo. It also has the Z-Tone input structure, for altering response with respect to impedance, pickups, etc.

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However, Universal Audio had a big deal at the show and I don't have very many good pictures, so let's stick to text. Luna is a Mac-based recording system, based on their hardware with deep Apollo integration, and it has virtually no latency. Putting aside the issue of whether or not you want to learn another DAW, the reality is that Pro Tools has fallen on hard times compared to Avid's halcyon days. My take is that UA sees an entrance to do Pro Tools with a modern slant, that retains a hardware/software synergy instead of going full native.

Think about it: UA doesn't do hardware as an add-on to their software, or software as an add-on to their hardware, but has roots and expertise in both worlds. (Fun fact: E-mu's Dave Rossum is tangentially part of UA's analog expertise.) So it's not surprising they would take that approach, which at one point was so successful for Pro Tools.

The Luna DAW software is free for existing Mac Thunderbolt Apollo users. Projected release date is Spring 2020. It's going to be interesting whether Luna gets traction in a crowded DAW market, but one which has yet to produce a convincing replacement for what made people adopt Pro Tools back in the day.

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Re: Winter NAMM 2020 - The Anderton Report
Dave Bryce #3025024 01/22/20 06:37 AM
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I'm home! Finally! More NAMM news to follow, particularly the more unusual stuff. But for now...it's time for some serious sleeping.

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Dave Bryce #3025157 01/22/20 10:53 PM
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Korg had some cute DIY Arduino-based machines. There wasn't anyone at the booth I could pump for more information, but I'll be keeping my eye on this...

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This is NOT an Apple watch. It is not from Fitbit. You wear S-Control around your wrist, and it generates MIDI controller data in three axes based on your hand motion. The second image shows it being used in conjunction with Ableton Live. I can easily see this as something to give more stage presence to...well, anyone. You know me...I love this kind of stuff smile

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Okay, you're not going to believe this. I may have actually hallucinated it...and the phone's camera had a shared hallucination.

When I first got to this booth, I thought it was kind of idiotic to have a sub in your shoe. Remember Buttkicker? Well, I can picture sitting in a chair and being shaken during various sci-fi movies and such...but shoes? So I politely declined trying them on.

But then I thought that no sacrifice is too great for the MusicPlayer forums, so at the risk of public ridicule ("HEY CRAIG, how do you like those BLUETOOTH SHOES HAHAHA?"),
I tried them on. Well, it's pretty weird to feel music through your feet. I can imagine that gamers would flip for this, but then I realized there is an actual practical application: If I was onstage using in-ear monitors, these would be awesome for feeling the rhythm, and providing another way to monitor audio. If you're used to tapping your feet to stay in time, these kind of do it for you. Now, they're too rich for my blood...but if I was a touring professional, I could actually justify the expenses. This was definitely quite the surprise.

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Who can resist gun-metal gray retro boxes with warm, glowing tubes? Not I. These boxes are from iknmusic.com, and they also have a ship ton of effects. And tympani mallets. And pickups. And ukulele accessories. You guessed it: they're also denizens of NAMM's mythical Hall E, where many the newbie companies are introduced to the world of NAMM.

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And now, Master 8 guitar picks from Japan. Yes, they're just picks, but some of them have a sort of raised, rubbery surface that makes then a little easier to hold on to. Amazingly enough, they also make thumb picks, so I got some samples to try out.

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And what would the Hall E Experience be without some wild and wacky steam punk guitars? Martper guitars from Spain has just what you want. You really owe it to yourself to click on the thumbnails and see the bigger versions of the pictures - especially the second one. (By the way, I didn't take a picture of the guitar with a faux severed, bloody finger placed in a pickup cavity...I didn't want to give anyone nightmares. You're welcome.)

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Like raccoons, I too like Shiny Things. So when I saw the blingacious keyboard key overlays from Kansas-based company ukeys.com, I was attracted like NAMMsters to anything that says "open bar." Although ukeys didn't have an open bar, the concept was pretty cool. I expect these to show up in music videos soon.

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Now, this PianoArc keyboard is the one Yes should have used for playing "Roundabout." Or Joni Mitchell for "The Circle Game." Oh, you want more song titles with "circle"? Okay, how about "Going in Circles," "Circle of Life," "Circle in the Sand," "Full Circle," "The Width of a Circle," "Circles," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Circle Game"...had enough? Good, because there are 72 more. So let's cut to the chase: This is a super-expensive, custom-made, round keyboard controller. But you had already figured that out...right? Unless you think it might be a cleverly disguised UFO...

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And since we're in a circular frame of mind, how about Artiphon's Orba? It's palm-sized and fun...kinda reminds me of ROLI's blocks, but I've included a picture of the signage to provide a description.

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And now, the award for Best Ever Display of Things That Would Otherwise Be Really Boring. Kudos to Switchcraft! It makes me want to go solder a plug.

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Now you know why there were so many representatives of the male species gathered around the Blue Microphones stage. As it turned out, though, she could sing. I actually went there because I heard her singing first, not because she was visible. Really.

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Originally Posted by Anderton
Now, this PianoArc keyboard is the one Yes should have used for playing "Roundabout." Or Joni Mitchell for "The Circle Game." Oh, you want more song titles with "circle"? Okay, how about "Going in Circles," "Circle of Life," "Circle in the Sand," "Full Circle," "The Width of a Circle," "Circles," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Circle Game"...had enough? Good, because there are 72 more. So let's cut to the chase: This is a super-expensive, custom-made, round keyboard controller. But you had already figured that out...right? Unless you think it might be a cleverly disguised UFO...

I reeeeally want to know who the customer is for this.

I reeeeallly do not want to see it in it's case. shudder

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The Bob Moog Foundation is doing really cool stuff, period. There's the Moogseum in Asheville, and the programs for school kids that teach about music and sound. This is all thanks to the dedication of Bob's daughter Michelle, people like Lee Sebel, and active directors and advisers. You could definitely do a lot worse for the world than forego that Starbucks Skinny Latte Caramel Macchiato, and make a donation to https://moogfoundation.org/

Meanwhile, the foundation had a booth at NAMM...and yes, you can get that T-shirt from the Bob Moog Foundation to help support their programs.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce

I reeeeally want to know who the customer is for this.

For starters...someone with money, who would prefer this to a Tesla smile

I could definitely see it in a Vegas residency! Especially if we put the ukeys on it smile

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(BTW sorry if I scared you, Dave)

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Little-known fact about audio engineer and author Sylvia Massy: She takes selfies better than anyone else I've ever known.

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Florian Bome is one of those guys where regardless of whether you recognize his name or not, you've probably used something he created. And you may very well end up using the Bome Box he showed at the show, which is a MIDI hub for stage and studio that connects and maps devices via MIDI, Ethernet, WiFi, and USB - without needing a computer. Fortunately I caught him In a moment of weakness, and talked him into letting me take a unit for review...which I'll do after my NAMM debrief.

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Ever hear of the company 14bitMIDI? I hadn't before the show, but they have mondo cool Cubase/Nuendo controller software for touchscreens that's pretty darn cheap. And you don't need to know scripting to create a custom control surface, which makes me very happy. They have three different versions at different prices - Sherlock, Watson, and Morpheus. The images show a control surface for Cubase and some signage with descriptions of the three options.

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Everywhere you go in California, there are warnings like "Consuming alcohol may slush your brain, cause cancer, lead to cirrhosis, impair judgement, impede driving a motor vehicle, and cause you to be attracted to someone that will cause you grief for the rest of your life." But I've NEVER seen a gas station warn me about the horrors of VST plug-ins.

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NAMM has its own version of the SuperBooth that broke off from the Frankfurt Messe a few years back, and it's synthesizer/modular heaven...well, not as much as the upcoming SynthPlex in Burbank (DON'T MISS OUT!!!), but it's still pretty cool to see all those patch cords at NAMM. Modulars live!! Yeah baby!!

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When Stephan Schmitt left Native Instruments, he decided not to do anything vintage. Good choice!! His Nonlinear Labs showed the C15 - it's not exactly new, it was at the SuperBooth in 2016 IIRC - but it was the first time at NAMM, and worthy of note for sure.

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Frankly, I'm not too sure what this is. But I sensed a "Blipbox photo op." I think it's one of those things that's designed to make music more accessible to normal humanoid bipeds. I also got a photo of one of the residents of Blipbox land.

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I've been using the POK wireless footswitch for DAW and computer control, but Nektar's Pacer is a stage-friendly altermative. Nektar makes cool stuff in general, so I suspect this is no different in use.

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Yeah, this was mentioned in the Keyboard Corner NAMM thread...but it bears repeating. Waves' OVOX is just plain wonderful.

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In the "So Obvious No One Had Thought of It" category, PreSonus essentially combined their single-channel FaderPort with an audio interface, and dubbed it the ioSTATION 24C. Podcasting, anyone? Mobile? Home studio newbies? And did anyone notice that the Upbeat Daily publication that appears at NAMM shows had more ads that related to podcasting than guitar amps? Well, I didn't, until it was pointed out to me. Hmmm....

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Line 6 basically resurrected the Floor Pod with POD Go, which is cooler and sounds better...at least on the NAMM show floor. WHAT? I SAID "AT LEAST ON THE NAMM SHOW FLOOR."

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Okay, so here's what I like about the Power Synth Kontakt Instrument from Q Up Arts: It doesn't have a zillion presets, IIRC it has about 45 or so. But every one of I heard sounded big, useable, and...well, powerful.

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Any pedalboard fans in the crowd? This pedal holder from Mono is 100% carbon fiber - so it's strong and light. As expected, you use Velcro (I assume it's trademarked, please Velcro lawyers, don't sue me) to hold the pedal to the carbon fiber plate. BTW Mono is owned by the same people who own BandLab and Cakewalk, and make some beautiful L5-style Heritage guitars. But I won't show you any pictures of them, because I get sad every time I look at them, and realize they're effing expensive...albeit justifiably so.

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California state law requires that I post at least one NAMM Convention Center picture.

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Oh, and I got to moderate a panel for the A3E session on MIDI 2.0! True story: I got the gig because I was asked to be on the panel, and said I don't really know about the bits and bytes of MIDI, but since I know what questions to ask, I could moderate it. They said "ok." It was a cool collection of people, including representatives from Microsoft, Google, Yamaha, Cycling 74, and other luminaries. The room was PACKED - people really want to know what's going on with MIDI 2.0.

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And of course, NAMM is a chance to meet up with friends. Holly Barker stopped by to say "hi" during the TEC Tracks workshop I did with Public Enemy's Brian Hardgroove on collaboration in the internet age.

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And finally...here I am with Brian. He was sooooo happy we made it through the presentation without any significant technical problems, and even finished on time. It was cool - we had an unreleased Chuck D track that we remixed and added parts to over the internet. If you're a PC/Chuck D fan, sorry...you missed out on Chuck D at one of his finest moments, and Brian's rap was very cool too.

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And of course, there were 45,547,894 other things worth covering at NAMM...but there's only one of me. Thankfully, there are plenty of other people contributing to the MusicPlayer.com NAMM experience...check it out. Feel free to ask any questions about these posts, forgive me in advance for typos (hey, I'm effing exhausted!), and...see you at GearFest, Between the Waves, and Summer NAMM! I'll be making personal appearances at all three, if you're in the area.

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And finally...here I am with Brian. He was sooooo happy we made it through the presentation without any significant technical problems, and even finished on time. It was cool - we had an unreleased Chuck D track that we remixed and added parts to over the internet. If you're a PC/Chuck D fan, sorry...you missed out on Chuck D at one of his finest moments, and Brian's rap was very cool too.


Joe and I were there in the front row. 2thu


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Killer report! Thank you, Craig!

So, what was your favorite product from a technological innovation POV?

If one thing from the show could magically appear in your studio/live rig, what would it be? Besides Syvia Massy, I mean...she's pretty cool. cool
I hear she shoots pianos. bang

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Killer report! Thank you, Craig!

So, what was your favorite product from a technological innovation POV?

I'd have to say MIDI 2.0, even though it's not a product yet (aside from a Roland keyboard). I think it will lead to all sorts of interesting paths, like virtual controllers that are extremely natural to play. I think it will also have a profound effect on dance companies (I was staff synthesis for a while with Berlin's Group Motion, which taught me a lot about what would work with dancers).

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If one thing from the show could magically appear in your studio/live rig, what would it be? Besides Syvia Massy, I mean...she's pretty cool.

I'd rather have her appear in the studio rig, so she could engineer my next album smile But really, I think I already have the things I must have. At this point, I'd be more interested in testing out the programs from the 4 million tiny software developers, to find out which is the killer app I've been waiting for all my life.

Oh, and a gorgeous L5-type guitar, for sure. I was always a big Wes Montgomery fan!

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Originally Posted by Anderton
And did anyone notice that the Upbeat Daily publication that appears at NAMM shows had more ads that related to podcasting than guitar amps? Well, I didn't, until it was pointed out to me. Hmmm....


Podcasting is the next VR or 5G except that it's here and is a really big market. Notice all the new mics that look like the RE20 or SM7 that are priced for podcasters? About half of them are side-address, so be on the lookout for phunny photos.

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Podcasting is the next VR or 5G except that it's here and is a really big market. Notice all the new mics that look like the RE20 or SM7 that are priced for podcasters?

Reeeeally big - and growing all the time. Cloud Mics goes to Podcast Movement instead of Summer NAMM now - Cloudlifters are pretty poplular with those folks

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Like raccoons, I too like Shiny Things. So when I saw the blingacious keyboard key overlays from Kansas-based company ukeys.com, I was attracted like NAMMsters to anything that says "open bar." Although ukeys didn't have an open bar, the concept was pretty cool. I expect these to show up in music videos soon.


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And finally...here I am with Brian. He was sooooo happy we made it through the presentation without any significant technical problems, and even finished on time. It was cool - we had an unreleased Chuck D track that we remixed and added parts to over the internet. If you're a PC/Chuck D fan, sorry...you missed out on Chuck D at one of his finest moments, and Brian's rap was very cool too.


Joe and I were there in the front row. 2thu

Yep, in fact, I was at both of your sessions, Craig, and enjoyed them immensely (except for the fact that someone should have booked a bigger room for MIDI 2.0). I should look into more sessions next time I go, I bet there's tons more I can learn.

The Chuck D track was killer. I feel the same way about his voice you do, Craig. And, that track swung. I mean that literally. It felt great. If it ever gets released, please let me/us know.


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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
Yep, in fact, I was at both of your sessions, Craig, and enjoyed them immensely (except for the fact that someone should have booked a bigger room for MIDI 2.0).

Most of the A3E sessions ran into space problems, they have serious momentum. As to the one Brian and I did, attendance was lower than usual - not sure why, but the person running the TEC Tracks sessions said they should have promoted the people as much as the topic - it's not every day you get an unreleased Chuck D track smile
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I should look into more sessions next time I go, I bet there's tons more I can learn.

Not sure where you live, but Sweetwater's GearFest in Fort Wayne, IN is loaded with useful instructional sessions. Mine (and often others) tend to overflow, so if you attend, try to get to the sessions a few minutes early. If you live near Madison WI, the Between the Waves conference is also heavy on sessions. These involve both techniques and the music business (promotion, gigging, etc.). Also, I think Music Expo (done in conjunction with Sound on Sound) will be announcing its 2020 schedule fairly soon. I was at the Nashville one last September, and it was well worth doing. To find out where I'll be doing workshops and seminars, check out the Personal Appearances page at [/b]craiganderton.org[b].
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The Chuck D track was killer. I feel the same way about his voice you do, Craig.

Yeah, I thought it would be a crime to compress it! Those manual gain changes took forever, but I think they made a big difference...and then just a few dB of limiting to tame the peaks.
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And, that track swung. I mean that literally. It felt great. If it ever gets released, please let me/us know.

Not sure what the track's fate will be, Brian might have some insights on that. I think part of the swing was using the drums as sidechain triggers on gates so parts could follow the drums.

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Wow! Holly Barker. We had the same jazz/funk piano teacher back in Michigan and worked music retail together in Seattle for years. Nice to see she's still plugged into the MI scene.


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Yep, in fact, I was at both of your sessions, Craig, and enjoyed them immensely (except for the fact that someone should have booked a bigger room for MIDI 2.0).

Most of the A3E sessions ran into space problems, they have serious momentum. As to the one Brian and I did, attendance was lower than usual - not sure why, but the person running the TEC Tracks sessions said they should have promoted the people as much as the topic - it's not every day you get an unreleased Chuck D track smile

Yeah, I was surprised by the space in that room. It deserved to be packed as you say.
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Not sure where you live, but Sweetwater's GearFest in Fort Wayne, IN is loaded with useful instructional sessions. Mine (and often others) tend to overflow, so if you attend, try to get to the sessions a few minutes early.

I'm considering GearFest, thanks for the tip about the sessions. I forgot about those there, so I'll definitely plan ahead!


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Great stuff Craig - thanks for posting! As always, it was great seeing you at NAMM, even if only for a few minutes. smile

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Awesome report Maestro! As usual!
Glad to hear Electronic Projects for Musicians continues to be a touchstone reference, even in the seemingly all digital era.

I doubt I will ever get to go to a NAMM or a Gearfest....But if I ever do,,,,You'll know me...The old man with a old, dog-eared copy of Electronic Projects for Musicians...and a pen at the ready begging for you to sign it...With a age appropriate demeanor of course. smile
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I'm considering GearFest, thanks for the tip about the sessions. I forgot about those there, so I'll definitely plan ahead!
I can't recommend it highly enough. There are independents doing sessions, as well as talks from product clinicians. The biggest problem with the sessions is that often, ones you want to see will overlap because there's so much going on. There are also gear specials, like an SM58 for $58, and of course you can talk one-on-one with manufacturer representatives and get gear demos.

The Sweetwater people are unfailingly polite and helpful, for example it's summer so it can get hot - but Sweetwater has barrels of free, cold water instead of charging you $2 - $3 a pop. And Fort Wayne itself is inexpensive, you can get an AirB&B cheap so the trip really doesn't cost much (there's even a campground on the Sweetwater campus). If you can drive there so much the better, because airfares to smaller places tend to be more expensive.

I have a perfect attendance record for GearFest, I feel Sweetwater is doing a good thing for musicians and the industry so I support it in any way I can.

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I always appreciate your "take" on things, my friend. Thanks!!

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