AES Tomorrow; AES Coverage All Weekend

I’m headed to the AES show. I can’t tell you anything, but here are some companies whose meetings I’m excited about: Apple Ableton Cakewalk Native Instruments Cycling ’74 Trinity Audio (the mobile Linux folks) I’ll let you figure this one out; some of those folks have made announcements, and some have not. Exhibiting at AES? Send me your booth number and I’ll try to drop by! I should be around all weekend. Going to AES? Let me know…

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NAMM Hits Austin, Texas; If You’re There, We Want You

The NAMM trade show brings together the biggest gathering of manufacturers of musical instruments and technology twice a year. Summer isn’t quite as big as the massive winter show in Anaheim, but you can still bet on plenty of new product announcements as the show rolls into sweltering Austin, Texas. I’ve decided not to go to summer NAMM this year, so I’ll be covering new tech from afar. I’ll actually be in Chicago through the weekend, updating when I can and probably catching up next week. I have a project I’m really excited about that I’m working on in Chicago, …

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Messe Winners and Losers: International Press Pick their Fave Gear

I’d like to thank the Academy . . . Yes, it’s that time of year when the entire global music press put their heads together to pick their favorite products. It’s a bit like an Editor’s Choice, only with all the editors. The results sometimes lack nuance, and I wouldn’t take them as product advice, but they’re always interesting. See the complete results, but here are some of the categories we care about:

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NAMM: Lots Going Down in the Futuristic-Looking Ableton Booth

Ableton has booked a huge lineup for the NAMM show here in Anaheim, California. I’ll be talking today, Thursday, at Noon about how to abuse Live’s warp features and control Live with a Max/MSP/Jitter video input from a webcam. (Say hello if you make it; I hope to have tutorials on both these topics soon.) But I’m just as interested in the rest of the lineup . . . Shawn Pelton and laptop beatboxer virtuoso Kid Beyond will hold clinics. My colleagues Jim Aikin and Craig Anderton will hold power tips sessions on Friday and Saturday. Ableton will provide tutorials …

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CES: Bringing Guitarists Kicking and Screaming into the Digital Revolution

CDM’s Lee Sherman has been roving through the massive CES tech show and Macworld Expo over the last two weeks. He files this report on how music (namely, guitar music) is making an impact on consumer gadgets. -Ed. Guitarists are finally catching up to their keyboard-playing brethren in embracing digital technology due to a spate of recently introduced products, including the RiffWorks guitar jamming software (which includes online collaboration, shown below) and Gibson’s Digital Guitar.

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Why the NAMM Music Show Will Kick the CES Gadget Show in the Google Pack

Last week, the largest consumer technology show in the world descended on Las Vegas, CES. And what did we get? Well, basically, a lot of boring announcements, a few fairly cool portable media devices, lots of non-shipping Skype devices, and Bill Gates telling us things we already knew about Windows Vista. Afterwards, we had lots of pundits telling us why we didn’t care. For some real cognitive dissonance, ponder: “Bill Gates” and “blow your mind.” So, we’re down on tech? As if. Next week, CDM is headed to Anaheim, California for the massive NAMM music show, the single biggest trade …

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Music Player Live Reviewed; RiffWorks Software Perfect for Writing Songs

Jordan Kolasinski, a grad student in Music Technology at NYU, reports to CDM on the Music Player Live event here in New York over the weekend. Verdict: not so hot, but Jordan did get the scoop on a fantastic piece of software for improvising and creating songs called RiffWorks (shown), currently Windows-only and bundled with hardware but may soon be available a la carte and Mac-compatible. Full scoop on both after the jump. -PK

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AES Preview: New Music Gear and Software to Watch For

AES used to be an insider’s show for audio engineers and academics, but that’s not the case any more. Now, with the audio industry pumping out new products, it’s a show to watch for new gear. (For the uninitiated, that’s AES as in Audio Engineering Society, the folks who gave us, among other things, the AES/EBU digital audio format.) What’s likely to be big at AES? Harmony Central has, as usual, been a reliable source for press releases, and the European sites (darn them) are ignoring the embargoes on the press releases and going live with stories (links attached). Here’s …

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How to Market Your AES Product: A CDM Guide

When I see a product like the new Aurora LT-ADAT LSlot Expansion Card, I think hot. Yet, sadly, the folks at Lynx Studios just send out a bland press release and product photo. In the spirit of selling AmpliTube with Swedish models, I humbly submit my own mascot. And to avoid allegations of being sexist, well, why not this dude . . . Note: To Lynx Studios, I’m really, really sorry.

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Coming Friday: AES Hits NYC, Lots of Audio News Expected

This Friday, it’s a blowout of audio tech here in New York for the Audio Engineering Society convention. I’ll be doing my rounds on Friday; if you’re going to be around, drop me a line. You’ll want to stay tuned in this weekend, as we’re expecting new announcements from Native Instruments as well as plenty of new gear and software. (Yes, software at AES — while this was once a hardware-only show, that’s changed.) News has been slow of late and I’ve just been finishing the last chapter of my book, but I’m now back to you, dear readers.

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