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Sunday, January 25, 2015

NAMM 2015: Nektar

Nektar is releasing their new 88 note semi-weighted Impact LX88 Controller Keyboard!

  • Connects through USB
  • 9 faders
  • 9 control buttons
  • 8 pots
  • 6 transport buttons
  • 8 velocity sensitive pads
  • foot switch socket
  • MIDI out and control wheels
  • Set split point
  • program MIDI channels
  • Octave and transpose settings
  • Send program changes on the fly
Nektar is also adding support to MainStage and Reaper!

CREATIVE & TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE 30TH ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS



Hosted by comedian Sinbad

SLASH PERFORMS AND RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS LES PAUL AWARD
Slash tribute band includes: Orianthi, Don Was, Alex Acuna, Kenny Aranoff  

ED CHERNEY AND NATHAN EAST INDUCTED INTO
NAMM TEC AWARDS HALL OF FAME

Presenters for the evening included: Michael Braunstein (Executive Director, Les Paul Foundation), Don Was (Musician/Record Producer), Harry Shearer (Musician/Actor), Bernie Williams (New York Yankee/Guitarist), Orianthi (Singer-Songwriter), Richie Sambora, CJ Vanston (Film Composer), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Guitarist), Bob James (Jazz Pianist), Amy Burr (Studio Manager), Lenise Bent (Producer and Engineer), Young Guru (Audio Engineer/Record Producer), Dave Reitzas (Mixer/Recording Engineer), Brett Leonard (Director/Producer), Frank Serafine (Sound Effects Designer/Composer), Jack Douglas (Record Producer) and Al Schmitt (Recording Engineer/Record Producer)

Anaheim, Calif., (Jan. 24, 2015) – Recording, audio and music industry professionals honor excellence in sound technology and creativity at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS, held January 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The professional audio and music production industry's most prestigious awards celebrate excellence in 30 creative and technical achievement categories. The awards are held annually during the NAMM Show, the world’s leading global music industry trade event, which draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry to Anaheim.

“The people and products that were nominated at this year's TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”

Winners in the creative category include the production team behind the #1 hit song “Happy” from Pharrell Williams, audio production experts from the hit film Gravity and sound professionals in the tour/event category for Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour, among others.

Everything from wireless technology to software and an earpiece technology company were recognized in the evening’s technical achievement categories. Native Instrument’s Razor 1.5 instrument software nabbed the top spot for Musical Instrument Software, while Shure’s GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner edged out competitors in Wireless Technology. Other winners in technical achievement include DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace, honored for Sound Reinforcement.

Comedian and musician Sinbad served as the evening’s host. Bassist Nathan East performed several songs after he and iconic music engineer Ed Cherney became the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

Iconic guitarist Slash rocked the house with a performance after receiving the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician. A tribute band played along and included Orianthi, Don Was and Kenny Aranoff. The Les Paul award recognizes individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT
RECORD PRODUCTION / SINGLE OR TRACK
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
RECORD PRODUCTION / ALBUM
Lazaretto, Jack White
TOUR / EVENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour
REMOTE PRODUCTION / RECORDING OR BROADCAST
56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
FILM SOUND PRODUCTION
Gravity
TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTION
Game of Thrones
INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Call of Duty: Ghosts
STUDIO DESIGN PROJECT
Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT
API 505 DI 500-Series DI Module
AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
PreSonus Capture for iPad
HARDWARE / PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
Apogee MiC 96k
MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS
Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052
STUDIO MONITORS
Genelec 8010
RECORDING DEVICES
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTS
Line 6 POD HD Pro X
AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE - STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENT
Grace Design m920 Monitoring System
COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWARE
Universal Audio Apollo Twin
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HARDWARE
Nord Lead A1
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOFTWARE
Native Instruments Razor 1.5
SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE
Dangerous Music The Dangerous Compressor
SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE (500-Series modules)
Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ
SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE
iZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite
SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKERS
Meyer Sound LYON
MICROPHONES - SOUND REINFORCEMENT
DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace
MICROPHONES – RECORDING
Neumann TLM 107
HEADPHONE / EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY
AKG K812 Headphones
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Shure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner
WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGY
Steinberg Cubase 7.5
SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
Solid State Logic Matrix 2
LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
API "The Box"

For more information, visit www.tecawards.org.

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About NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9,200 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit http://www.nammfoundation.org/Facebook, TwitterYouTube.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NAMM 2015: Muff Wiggler & Noise Engineering

Muff Wiggler was spotted right next to Noise Engineering! 
Modular synthesis is EVERYWHRE this year at NAMM! 
More to come!


NAMM 2015: Bitwig

BITWIG is back this year with a BITWIG STUDIO 1.2 announcement! 

This update will include:
- A free update for all Bitwig license holders
- Group Tracks
- Factory Content Update
- Audition Browser
- and more!

Also, there will be some collaboration features in 2.0! This is very exciting for the only D.A.W. that supports Linux, Windows, AND Mac! 


Friday, January 23, 2015

NAMM 2015 Begins!

NAMM Has Begun! 
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
On Wednesday, January 21st, the NAMM Show kicked off with a sampled preview of what was to come with the
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
funk legend George Clinton making an appearance as well as companies such as IK Multimedia, Roland Corporation, Make Noise, Epsilon, GTC Sound Innovation, and V-MODA giving us a taste of the new and notable. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus was also there early! And then, the flood gates were opened the following day with some of the most memorable events being the grand opening performance by The World Famous Disneyland Band presented by Yamaha!
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
Next up was a Generation Next Keynote: Inside The Practice Room with Moby! More appearances were around the corner with Turnaround Arts: Celebrating the Success of Arts Education in School Reform with Chad Smith, Trombone Shorty, John Lloyd Young, Alfre Woodard and Citizen Cope. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue performed and then Peavey celebrated their 50th Anniversary with Lynyrd Skynryd. Closing out the night was Monster Cable After Dark featuring DJ Simone and DJ Cali Los at The Venue Stage presented by Pioneer DJ. This was only the beginning as thousands of attendees visited the many booths inside the Anaheim Convention Center to discover the latest musical innovations in 2015!
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT2 EP Officially Releases Tomorrow


HERE

Flashlights & Black Holes: Gravenhurst's Bristol

This appeared on Nick Talbot's twitter page making this the last post he made before he died last month:

IFAR Releases Musique Concrète ▁ G▂ l▁ i▂ t▃c▄ ▅h ▆e █ s Compilation

This marks the 32nd release of a compilation series of experimental works hosted by The Institute For Alien Research, all created to exactly the length of 4 minutes and 33 seconds. It also includes Squishy Flip, who will be releasing their debut album with us next month!