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Nick Kwaś of Korg : Music Tectonics goes to NAMM

Updated: Jan 21

This week on the Music Tectonics podcast, we’re launching a new podcast miniseries on innovation in the world of musical instruments and gear! 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 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.

Learn more about the ARP 2600—both the original instrument and KORG’s new reissue—with a documentary KORG made in collaboration with Reverb. As Nick mentions in the podcast, he produced the video and created the score entirely on an ARP 2600.


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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! The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. Weekly episodes include interviews with music tech movers & shakers, deep dives into seismic shifts, and more.