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THE WORKERS CLUB: NEW LIVE MUSIC VENUE FOR GEELONG

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 28, 2015

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Always great to see a venue opening rather than close. Respected Melbourne venue, The Workers Club and revered Geelong music bookers, Spinning Half have joined forces and announced the opening of Geelong’s newest live music and entertainment venue, The Workers Club Geelong.  Set to open on Little Malop Street in late March, The Workers Club will offer a top-notch live music experience & culture for artists & punters alike.

With over a thousand gigs under their belt and having hosted the likes of everyone from Slash to Lorde to Tame Impala, it’s no wonder The Workers Club Melbourne are thrilled to share the news of their expansion.  Paired with local Geelong music bookers, Spinning Half who have put on over 500 Australian and international gigs in Geelong including Chet Faker, Parkway Drive and Dan Sultan, the venture is sure to be a roaring success that is welcomed with gusto by the local community.  Over thirty live original music shows have already been booked in at the venue, with the first artist announcement (an international act) set to be released today.

“We are driven to provide Geelong with a sustainable and reliable music venue that can service the country’s touring artists, along with showcasing local talent, while focused on helping grow The Workers Club brand,” explains Spinning Half director, Steven Nichols.

“With Spinning Half’s years of local experience and street cred, it is obvious that us pivotonians love good music, food and drink here in the city of dreams,” enthuses Geelong resident born and raised, The Workers Club Melbourne co-owner John O’Brien.  “We are confident that this will tie in with The Workers Club philosophy and look forward to sharing our mutual love of music.”

With a distinct lack of small to medium sized venues built with the purpose of live music in Geelong, The Workers Club’s main goal in the fit out is to ensure the band room space is designed for music with everything else to flow on from there.  “Artist comfort, sound and punter satisfaction are our main priorities,” explains Nichols, “While we can’t have music and entertainment every waking moment, our other key focuses are on awesome food and great beverage options in a comfortable and versatile environment.”

No parmies, no cover bands, no nightclub dj’s and no TV, but the new venue will be showing all the Geelong Cats games on the projector!  The Workers Club philosophy:  Indulge in some amazing tunes with fellow music lovers, chow down on good grub, drink interesting beers, ciders, local vino and then safely retire to your beds satisfied, cultured, content and full of good vibes

The Workers Club will open its doors in late March. Address: 90 – 92 Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC 3220
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WATCH/BOSS BB-1X BASS DRIVER PEDAL AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

The new ‎BOSS BB-1X Bass Driver is not just a bass distortion pedal. It’s a premium bass preamp pedal that is so transparent, you can play in confidence knowing that your tone is pure. Wet/dry blend knob keeps your clean bass attack when mixing with some drive and specialised EQ is tailored to bass guitar frequencies. The additional LINE OUT makes it a great tool for studio and stage.

http://www.rolandcorp.com.au

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WATCH/ROLAND JD-XI SYNTH DEMO AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

Australian Musician demonstration of the new Roland JD-Xi features two digital synth engines that allow you to play leads, arpeggios, sequences and chords in polyphony. Choose from classic Roland leads, pads, strings, bass and drums and your choice of four digital filters.

http://www.rolandcorp.com.au

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WATCH/BOSS VE-1 VOCAL ECHO DEMO AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

Check out our video demo of the new BOSS VE-1 Vocal Echo. Every vocalist can benefit from having professional-grade reverb and studio effects to sound their best on stage. This is what the BOSS VE-1 Vocal Echo is designed for—to make your voice sound even more incredible when you sing. It provides lush reverb and other essential vocal tools magically packaged in a compact and user-friendly unit, allowing you to easily create a great ambient vocal sound every time you perform.

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NAMM 2015: 30TH ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 25, 2015
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

One of the biggest events of NAMM this year had to be the 30th annual TEC Awards, where recording, audio and music industry professionals honor excellence in sound technology and creativity. 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.”

Hosted by comedian Sinbad, who displayed such an insight insight into the music products industry that he must have had some dodgy experience with bands in the past. 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), Corey Feldman (Actor), 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).

The major part of the night however, was the induction into the Hall of Fame of iconic music engineer Ed Cherney (who dedicated his honour to ‘Every engineer’) and bass great Nathan East. Once done with his humble acceptance speech, East then donned his bass and ‘played for his supper’.

Nathan East (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Nathan East (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

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

Slash and Orianthi (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Slash and Orianthi (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Slash and Richie Sambora (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Slash and Richie Sambora (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

And the winners were:

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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NAMM 2015: DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 25, 2015
Drummer Tre Cool attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Drummer Tre Cool attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

NAMM Day 3, the Saturday is always the busiest day of the event. It began with the NAMM U Breakfast Session at the Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballrom with special guest Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak. The audience of around 3,000 was enthralled with Wozniak’s anecdotes and he jokingly suggested that if we continued with the dependance of gadgets in our life, then humans are in danger of becoming ‘like the family pet’. Wozniak also declared himself to be a huge Bob Dylan fan. Later, Wozniak strolled the trade show floor checking out the latest music gadgets.

Engineer Steve Wozniak and NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Engineer Steve Wozniak and NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Engineer Steve Wozniak attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Engineer Steve Wozniak attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Gibson guitars had a bit of fun this year with a Willy Wonka style Golden Ticket giveaway. They hid 40 Golden tickets within a four block radius of the convention centre. The competition was also open to the public as well as NAMM attendees. If found, the ticket could be exchanged for Gibson or Epiphone guitars or Gibson brand pro audio gear. Total value of prizes offered was $50,000.

Spotted in the NAMM house on Saturday were TV’s Randy Jackson, Robby Krieger, the last of The Doors, Jackson Browne, and Green Day’s Tre Cool among a truck load of other well known musicians.

Bassist Randy Jackson attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Bassist Randy Jackson attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

inger-songwriter Jackson Browne attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

inger-songwriter Jackson Browne attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Doors' Guitarist Robby Krieger attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Doors’ Guitarist Robby Krieger attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

 

Saturday night is traditionally party night. It began with the public show, Stanley Randolph & No Wonder” featuring the Stevie Wonder Band, NAMM GoPro Stage on the Grand Plaza.

Meanwhile in the Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom, the 30th annual TEC Awards were being held with Hall of Fame honours being bestowed on bass great Nathan East and Slash receiving the Les Paul Award. See our separate news item on the event with list of winners.

Nathan East at the TEC Awards

Nathan East at the TEC Awards

For dance music fans, there was the Monster Cable After Dark featuring DJ Ecto1 & Crisco Kidd, Venue Stage presented by Pioneer DJ

Hottest ticket of the night may well have been the 65 Amps, Duesenberg party at the Imperial Ball, which featured Joe Walsh and Alice Cooper.

Joe Walsh at the Duesenberg, 65Amps party. pic courtesy Jon Hammond

Joe Walsh at the Duesenberg, 65Amps party. pic courtesy Jon Hammond

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NAMM 2015: THE AUSSIE DELEGATION

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 25, 2015

As always, a large contingent of the Australian music products industry flocks to NAMM to check out the new gear and trends. This year Joe Lamond CEO of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), in conjunction with the Australian Music Association hosted the Australian delegation at a special reception last night. Australian wholesalers and retailers gathered to swap NAMM stories and discuss the state of the industry both here and globally.

Pic 1: Dave Bray (Zenith) & Carole Johnstone (CMC Music). Pic 2: Nick Middleton & Mark Smith (Roland), Mike & Tim Coleman (Cranbourne Music)

Pic 1: Dave Bray (Zenith) & Carole Johnstone (CMC Music). Pic 2: Nick Middleton & Mark Smith (Roland), Mike & Tim Coleman (Cranbourne Music)

Pic 1: Paul Goldsmith (Galactic Music), Thalia and Dom Disisto (Holden Hill Music) and Chris Cumming (Galactic). Pic 2: Jamin Smedes (ABH) and Nathan Higgins (Yamaha Music)

Pic 1: Paul Goldsmith (Galactic Music), Thalia and Dom Disisto (Holden Hill Music) and Chris Cumming (Galactic). Pic 2: Jamin Smedes (ABH) and Nathan Higgins (Yamaha Music)

Pic 1: Warren McAllister, Greg Badger, Joe Bonich (Jade Aust) and Craig Wilson (Musical Merchandisers). Pic 2: The McIlroy family from the Rock Inn WA

Pic 1: Warren McAllister, Greg Badger, Joe Bonich (Jade Aust) and Craig Wilson (Musical Merchandisers). Pic 2: The McIlroy family from the Rock Inn WA

Pic 1: Geoff Mison (Pony Music), Danny Olesh (Sound and Music), Michael Richardson (Acoustic Centre), Michael Jago (Sound and Music). Pic 2: Guy Palmer (Bass Centre) and Rick Chadwick (CMC Music)

Pic 1: Geoff Mison (Pony Music), Danny Olesh (Sound and Music), Michael Richardson (Acoustic Centre), Michael Jago (Sound and Music). Pic 2: Guy Palmer (Bass Centre) and Rick Chadwick (CMC Music)

Pic 1: Peter Troykovic (CMI) and Miles Jackson (Cole Clark). Pic 2: Brian Jelly (ABH) and Anthony Scaffidi (Drum Partner Music Partner)

Pic 1: Peter Troykovic (CMI) and Miles Jackson (Cole Clark). Pic 2: Brian Jelly (ABH) and Anthony Scaffidi (Drum Partner Music Partner)

Steve Vranch (Yamaha Music), Les Brazil (GH music), Mark Amory (Yamaha),  John Goldsmith (Kosmic) and Ivan Stefenchuk (Better Music)

Steve Vranch (Yamaha Music), Les Brazil (GH music), Mark Amory (Yamaha), John Goldsmith (Kosmic) and Ivan Stefenchuk (Better Music)

 

 

 

 

 

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NAMM 2015: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 24, 2015
Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Susanna Hoffs of "The Bangles" attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Susanna Hoffs of “The Bangles” attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

By Friday, NAMM was well and truly in full swing with most of the major product releases announced and meetings happening in rooms behind booths, in hotel rooms and wherever delegates could find some space to chat. The day began with an interesting breakfast session entitled ‘Epic Marketing: Win More Customers by Marketing Less’, a concept a few enthusiastic marketers found contrary to the way they’d been operating in the past.

By the day’s end, delegates were ready to let off a bit of steam at the mass drum circle, an event which went down well in Australia at AMAC last year too.

The gig of the night had to be George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, outside at the street main stage. Somehow the sum of the parts of the huge shambolic group of musicians and singers always ends in the world’s best funk party.

Musician George Clinton performs at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Musician George Clinton performs at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

While Clinton rocked the masses outside, inside things were a little more formal (in a casual kinda way!) with the presentation of the  3rd annual She Rocks Awards in the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton.
The brainchild of publicist/musician Laura B. Whitmore, the She Rocks Awards is a fantastic event giving kudos to not only the world’s finest female musicians but also industry leaders and achievers in the field of music products and administration. This year the event was hosted by our own guitar goddess Orianthi and featured a stunning performance by honourees The Bangles, backed at one point by Orinathi and Richie Sambora.

Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Susanna Hoffs of "The Bangles" attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Susanna Hoffs of “The Bangles” attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Saxophonist Mindi Abair and guitarist Orianthi attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Saxophonist Mindi Abair and guitarist Orianthi attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Of course, famous faces were everywhere to be seen in the trade hall aisles and hotel lobbies etc.

Musician Stevie Wonder attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Musician Stevie Wonder attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Musicians Bob Weir and Mickey Hart  of the band "The Grateful Dead" attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Musicians Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the band “The Grateful Dead” attend the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Guitarist Lita Ford attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

Guitarist Lita Ford attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

More NAMM day 2 action below

A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

 

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NAMM 2015: BANGLES DELIVER AT SHE ROCKS AWARDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 24, 2015

From our friends at Fishman, this iPhone snippet of The Bangles performing Walk like An Egyptian with Orianthi and Richie Sambora moments ago at She Rocks Awards at the Anaheim Hilton. Fishman gear distributed in Australia by Dynamic Music

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NAMM 2015: STEVIE WONDER AT THE CASIO BOOTH

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 24, 2015

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