If you’ve been putting off registering, or thought you missed the deadline in my original post even though I speculated that it would be extended, this is probably your last chance. Scroll down a few posts for more details, or to register, click here
Sorry for the late notice, but I just got the word. A long list of manufacturers of synthesizers and other electronic music production tools are presenting Knobcon, a weekend geek-out for synthesizer afficianodos. Hands-on demos of modern and vintage instruments, boutique trade show with designers demonstrating and selling their gear, performances, and build-it-yourself workshops where you can learn workbench skills including soldering, and actually build something useful.
Admission for the full weekend is $35, with separate kit fees for the build-it-yourself workshops.
If you’re into electronic-based or experimental music and the tools used to create it, particularly if you’re in the Chicago area, this is the place for you this weekend.
Location:The Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
Schedule: Party with performances Friday, exhibits and workshops 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday
Full details at the Knobcon web site
On September 9, 2016 (#909day, a hash tag for those who lust after Roland’s classic TR-909 Rhythm Composer), Roland will be hosting a 24-hour streaming online musical instruments festival which they’re calling “The Future. Redefined.” More than 30 new products will debut during streaming video broadcasts from VIP events in eight major cities around the world. Artists performing during the festival will be autographing and contributing a variety of Roland gear to MusiCares®, the non-profit organization established by The Recording Academy® to help music people in times of hardship.
For information on what it’s about and what new products will be shown (honestly, most of it is behind a curtain as of Sept 1 other than hints by product category) click here.
To go directly to the schedule of presentations, click here. Remember to convert the Pacific Daylight Times into your local time zone.
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Boz Digital Labs along with Toontrack and Groove3 are having a contest in which you download tracks (there are a lot of them), mix them to your taste, and submit your mix. The first three prizes are for what’s judged to be the best mixes (by their admittedly biased judges). Fourth prize is a random drawing among the losers, so you could win prizes even if your mix sucks. And if you decide not to enter, you can have fun mixing some well tracks including MIDI tracks for the drums should you want to edit the drum parts or substitute your own sounds for theirs. It’s a metal-punkish song, not my bag at all, so don’t worry about competing with me for the big prizes.
Prizes include Toontrack’s Superior Drummer (1st prize) or EZ Drummer (other prizes), Groove3 on-line classes (a year for 1st prize, a month for other prizes), and a Boz Digital plug-in of your choice. Contest closes at midnight Pacific time September 4.
Details, downloads, and entry information here.
The US AES show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center again this year. As has been the case in the past several years, early on-line registration (officially through August 31, but usually extended) for an Exhibits Plus badge is free. This gets you entrance to the exhibits (“toy show”) as well as certain special events and the on-going Live Sound Expo and Project Studio Expo. These Expos are a wonderful series of talks and demonstrations by experts in the field, covering a wide variety of subjects, for beginners as well as seasoned engineers.
To register, click here. Use Promo Code AES141SHOWNEWS if the registration form doesn’t already plug one in for you. You don’t need to be an AES member to attend, but you do need to register. Do it soon so you won’t forget. If you don’t live in the area, think about where you’re going to stay. Hotel prices near the Convention Center are outrageous for us poor starving musicians, but there an LA Metro (subway) stop a couple of blocks away.
My 2016 NAB Show report is now available. Visit the Trade Show page or just click here to download it. As usual, it’s a PDF. The photos are at fairly high resolution, so you can zoom into the PDF to get a closer look,
I finally cleared the snow away (well, it was warm and it rained all day yesterday so I had some help) and I put together my full NAMM show report for 2016. Visit the Trade Show Reports page to download it, or just jump right to it here. As usual, it’s a PDF that you can read at your leisure. By the way, some of the pictures are at fairly high resolution, so you can blow up the PDF page and see some details. All the links to the product web sites should be good, at least for a while.