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Get Caught Up With NAMM

Updated: Jan 24

January has been a big month for Music Tectonics already! Get caught up with quick links to all our podcasts and new content regarding The 2020 NAMM Show below!

Dmitri and Jade threw a guerrilla music tech meet-up at NAMM! Shown, some of our music tech posse (and a guy with a sandwich)

Nick Kwaś of Korg : Music Tectonics goes to NAMM

We’re launching a new miniseries on innovation in the world of musical instruments, gear, and software! It’s also the first day of the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, where gear makers gather to show off their latest and greatest. Our first gear guest is Nick Kwaś, product specialist at KORG. 2020 is set to be the the electronic musical instrument maker’s biggest launch year ever: find out how their new Wavestate digital synthesizer reimagines wave sequencing, and how their new DIY brand, Nu:Tekt, is designed for customizability with open-source hardware and software. Explore the analog resurgence that’s bringing more musicians back to the sound of analog synthesizers and gear (just as many are turning back to vinyl and other analog listening formats). Learn about the retro innovations KORG is contributing to that trend, like the Nutube, a new generation miniaturized vacuum tube for that warm tube sound, and their reissue of the ARP 2600, the groundbreaking synth that inspired Steve Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Edgar Winter, and Pete Townsend. Check out the ARP 2600 documentary that KORG made with Reverb!


Avid Technology’s Rob D’Amico: Music Tectonics goes to NAMM

On the trade floor at NAMM, Dmitri talks audio innovation with Rob D’Amico, director of product marketing for audio solutions at Avid Technology. They dig into Avid’s ProTools DAW, long the standard for audio production and post-production, and its role in bringing music creation and production to the masses! Music Tectonics is at the 2020 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchandisers annual event in Anaheim. When Dmitri’s not playing with the most exciting new gear on the trade show floor, he’s talking to the companies who are trailblazing with new musical instruments, controllers, and software— or reviving old sounds with new tech. Listen in!


Auto-Tune at NAMM with David Przygoda

Autotune at NAMM with David Przygoda: You’ve probably heard of autotune, the pitch correction software that is used in thousands of songs not only as an aesthetic effect, but to... correct pitches! Join Dmitri as he interviews Prz and finds out the little known origin of Antares Tech, the company behind autotune. Find out about the other types of applications Antares makes available and hear Prz’s top tips for NAMM, the 126,000 person trade conference of the National Association of Music merchandisers.

Music Tectonics is at the 2020 NAMM Show. When Dmitri’s not playing with the most exciting new gear on the trade show floor, he’s talking to the companies who are trailblazing with new musical instruments, controllers, and software— or reviving old sounds with new tech. Listen in!



Moog Music at NAMM: President Mike Adams and CTO Cyril Lance

Moog Music defined the sound of analog synthesizers in the 1960s, and the company is still focused on innovation. Hear the astonishing story of Moog, from the theremins Bob Moog built to put himself through school to the polyphonic Moog 1 (released last year), from Moog Music President Mike Adams and CTO Cyril Lance.

Music Tectonics is at the 2020 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchandisers annual event in Anaheim. When Dmitri’s not playing with the most exciting new gear on the trade show floor, he’s talking to the companies who are trailblazing with new musical instruments, controllers, and software— or reviving old sounds with new tech. Listen in!


From Rescuing Hostages to Kendrick Lamar's iPhone Collaborator: A NAMM Interview with Reason Studio's Ryan Harlin

Did you ever hear the one about the song produced to sneak morse code to hostages in Colombia to help set them free? That was produced using Reason's music production software. Hear about it in this compelling conversation that host Dmitri Vietze had with Reason content marketing lead Ryan Harlin during the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California. Ryan also explains how the growing ease of access to music production helped Kendrick Lamar collaborate with a young artist who solely used iPhone apps for his contributions. As comfortable playing banjo with fiddlers or making video game soundtracks, Ryan offers up gem after gem about how music tech is transforming the new era of music creation and listening.


Yamaha at NAMM with Blake Angelos and Andy Winston

From new keyboards that virtually recreate the circuitry of vintage organs to “silent” guitars, explore the innovations that the Yamaha Corporation of America brought to the 2020 NAMM show. Find out what thrills Blake Angelos, product specialist in Yamaha’s synth department, about the company's current product lineup and their long history of innovation. Get more of Blake's synth expertise on the Yamaha Synth website and his Behind the Synth podcast. Then Andy Winston, guitar product specialist, demonstrates how Yamaha packs their TransAcoustic guitar with reverb and chorus (without wired connections) and what a “silent” guitar sounds like.



That's it for our NAMM coverage, but we have some even bigger announcements planned for the near future! Sign up for the Music Tectonics newsletter to get early news about the 2020 conference, informal meetups, and more deep music tech conversations.