Eight Inductees to the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame Announced

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- Innovations to be honored at The 2019 NAMM Show; Span period from the 40s to today -

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Eight culturally-significant audio inventions will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame (THOF), it was announced today by THOF Founder, George Petersen. The inventions span the 1940s through today and will be officially named during a ceremony held at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 26. The event will be presented by the NAMM Museum of Making Music and hosted by Petersen, a veteran pro-audio journalist.

The eight TECnology Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 include: the anechoic audio test chamber (Leo Beranek, 1943); beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone (1957), Bell Labs’ electret microphone patent (1964), Robert Moog’s 1964 Modular Moog Synthesizer; iZ Technology’s RADAR (24-track disk recorder, 1991); Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system (1991); Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier (1992), and the JBL Professional VerTec line array live sound system (2000).

“Each of these innovations has made a major contribution to how sound is created and reproduced — even years after their debut,” says TECnology Hall of Fame Director George Petersen. “In fact, all of these technologies are still in use every day. For example, the patent for the electret microphone by Bell Labs’ Gerhard Sessler/James West not only paved the way for affordable studio microphones used by musicians onstage and in studios, but that same technology is still employed in every one of the nearly five billion cell phones on the planet.”

Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by more than 50 recognized audio experts that include authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. Innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered. Past honorees have ranged from the early Edison cylinder recorders to early microphone and sound system designs, to early-evolution tape recording devices, and products tied to key developments in digital audio workstations and software plug-ins.

Each inductee represents significant milestones and fascinating histories. The late Robert Moog is a household name for his music synthesizer development. His Modular Moog quickly became adopted by The Beatles, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Keith Emerson, and Wendy Carlos’ landmark Switched on Bach album.

Other inductees share long legacies. JBL’s VerTec sound system was first used to provide sound for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, tested before a worldwide audience. Millennia Media’s HV-3 was created by John LaGrou, a classical music engineer who was dissatisfied enough with the audio quality of commercial microphone processing to simply decide to create his own.

Petersen adds, “Perhaps more surprising: all of these products are still in production as working tools - a testament to their relevance.” Every brand, with the exception of Leo Beranek and Bell Labs, will be seen as exhibitors at The NAMM Show.”

The TECnology Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in the Hilton Anaheim, Room A5, Level 4, from 4-6p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis to all credentialed NAMM Show attendees. Following the ceremony, the NAMM TEC Awards will be held in the Hilton Anaheim’s Pacific Ballroom. The show will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin and begins with a VIP-only reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here.

Full List of 2019 TECnology Hall of Fame Nominees

1943 Anechoic Chamber (Leo Beranek)
1957 beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone
1964 Bell Labs electret microphone patent - (Gerhard Sessler/James West)
1964 Modular Moog synthesizer (Robert Moog)
1991 iZ Technology RADAR - 24-track audio disk recorder
1991 Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system
1992 Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier
2000 JBL Professional VerTec line array system

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About the TECnology Hall of Fame

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

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Summer NAMM Provides More Business-Enhancing Opportunities

As a platform to develop new business strategies, connect with industry peers and to springboard into a successful second-half of the year and the all-important holiday sales season, 2017 Summer NAMM welcomed a plethora of buyers, exhibitors, artists, industry veterans and music professionals last week at Music City Center in Nashville (July 13-15). The annual show drew crowds of industry pros seeking to invest in their businesses and gain a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic marketplace.

“The pace of change is accelerating, and with it, never has it been more critical to long-term business success to work on your business rather than in it,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “The three days of Summer NAMM offered our valued members the tools needed to nurture and grow their businesses through opportunities to cultivate new relationships, reaffirm existing ones and invest in their businesses through high-value educational opportunities.”

An abundance of professional education sessions and leading manufacturers welcomed 14,284 industry members to the show, a 2 % increase from 2016. Of note, international attendees accounted for a growth of 14% over 2016, and nearly 28% growth over 2015; a trend which continues to demonstrate the international opportunities available to both buyers and exhibiting members alike. Buyers from around-the-world found their way to Summer NAMM in a comparable count to 2016, but with the diversity of location and store product mix and needs as differentiating factors. This year’s event welcomed a slight increase of 1% buying firms to the show; an increase attributed to multi-line carriers from the U.S. and Europe, and large ecommerce and click and mortar warehouse retailers populating the show floor with buying power.

The show counted 1,650 brands presented by 505 total exhibitors, comparable to 2016, but representing a 2% increase over 2015. Exhibitors included a dynamic mix of top-name makers in traditional MI including Fender, Gibson, Sabian, Peavy, Fishman, Martin, Eventide, Gator Cases, Hal Leonard, Gretsch, Boss, Yamaha, D’Addario, and a variety of pro audio companies were also on-hand including Avid, IK Multimedia, CAD Audio, Casio, PreSonus, Neutrik, Rupert Neve Designs, and many more.

For established brands like Fender, Justin Norvell, Senior Vice President said that "Summer NAMM is the springboard for the back half of the year and a time where you create excitement and create energy with dealers, retailers, and partners in the industry, and set the table for Q3 and 4, which is when most of the business is done in the industry."

David Jahnke, Senior Vice President of Sales for Hal Leonard echoed the sentiment: "We come to meet with existing dealers, but also to make a lot of new connections. It's a great opportunity to connect with a lot of retailers we probably wouldn't see throughout the year. Summer NAMM really gives us the ability to have deeper conversations."

New and returning exhibitors accounted for 235 of the exhibitor count and included emerging brands like Audio Fusion, 3Dio, Devilcat Amplifiers, Locomotive Audio, Serek Basses, the Electric Harmonica Company and many others. For a variety of new exhibitors, the vibrancy and opportunity to exhibit at Summer NAMM is a “must have” for the growth of their business. Tim Barbour, co-founder of Strung, a custom guitar string accessory maker, explained: “We didn’t know what to expect for the first time coming here and we’ve met some amazing people,” he enthused. “Within the first hour of the show, we’ve opened up a few wholesale accounts and we’re already planning to come back.”

Another first-time exhibitor, 3Dio, a binaural microphone company, chose Summer NAMM to launch their products. Jeffrey Anderson, founder and CEO of the company shared, “Summer NAMM is our first show, and being in Nashville is the ideal location for us. There are retailers and manufacturers here to garner interest in our products and make connections, and artists are able to give it a try.”

More than 60 professional development sessions, designed to enhance skills and businesses across the industry, were presented by NAMM U and TEC Tracks. Hot topics included innovative store design, video marketing secrets, and differentiating your lesson program, as well as a variety of technology focused sessions including the art of music production, audio for VR and live sound essentials. Special guests, including country hit-makers Sheryl Crowe and Sara Evans delighted the crowd, making for a could-not-miss gathering for professionals involved in all areas of the industry.

“The Summer NAMM Show goes leaps and bounds beyond the inventory selection process. I use this week as an opportunity to network and meet people, grow, be a sponge and soak up knowledge from other industry veterans,” offered Tim Spicer, owner of Spicer’s Music. “The Idea Center and the networking opportunities give you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and the wisdom gained will help your business for years to come.”

NAMM U and TEC Tracks were top-stop-spots for leading retailers, including Robert Christie, President of A&G Central Music (and 2017 Dealer of the Year), shared, “I come mostly to connect with my peers and attend the educational sessions. There are a lot of smart people here, so I take advantage to learn more. When you're surrounded by people who have the same passions for the things that you do, and are continuing to learn how to do it better, it can't help but rub off on you. We learn lessons at every NAMM Show.”

"We like coming to Summer NAMM for the classes. We've been in business 45 years, we know you always have to keep your eyes and ears open to what's attracting the customer, how we can make ourselves visible in ways we might not have thought of, how to approach a customer with a conversation they might not have thought about,” said Renee Farley, owner of Farley’s House of Pianos.

The show kicked off Thursday morning with a session from futurist and “Retail Prophet” Doug Stephens in a session titled “The Retail Store of the Future.” In the NAMM U Breakfast Session, Stephens shared his thoughts on what awaits retail and how the music products industry can begin to chart the future now. Friday’s Breakfast Session welcomed customer experience expert Doug Fleener as he presented “The Connected Consumer: Customer Experience in an Online World.” Fleener offered best practices for creating a valued customer experience in-store and online. Saturday morning offered perennial favorite “Best in Show.” Presented by moderator and Music Inc. Publisher Frank Alkyer, the panel of independent retailers discussed their top product picks from the show floor.

Networking and exciting NAMM at Night events could be found each day of the show, starting on Thursday with the 34th annual American Eagle Awards. The annual awards show honored country music legend Crystal Gayle; singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith; and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer. Presented by the National Music Council, the highly prestigious awards are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights locally and internationally. NAMM members in attendance enjoyed performances from each artist, and the chance to witness Paul Shaffer and Richard Leigh present the awards.

Friday evening gathered the industry to honor their peers in the Top 100 Dealer awards. Now in its seventh year, the Top 100 applaud the excellence and innovation found in music products retailing and this year, recognized A&G Central Music with the prestigious “Dealer of the Year” award. The event was hosted by Country Music Television personality Cody Alan, complete with music from Tim Akers and The Smoking Section featuring "American Idol" finalist, Melinda Doolittle. A complete list of winners can be found here: https://www.namm.org/news/press-releases/namm-celebrates-world’s-top-1...

On Saturday - Music Industry Day - attendees and members welcomed country music legend Charley Pride. Pride treated the crowd to a rousing performance spanning his decades of hits, including “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?” and a few songs off his recently released album, Music in My Heart.

As the 2017 Summer NAMM Show came to a close, the industry left armed and focused on bringing value back to their businesses for a successful second-half of the year. New exhibitor, Jake Serek, founder of Serek Basses said, “The feedback and connections I’ve made here will carry back with me to my shop and help me improve my business and my products. I’ve made lots of valuable connections at Summer NAMM which I’ll carry home with me.”

Next up for the music instrument, pro audio and live event tech industry will be The 2018 NAMM Show. Held January 25-28 in Anaheim, The 2018 NAMM Show campus will be expanded and reimagined with the addition of 100,000 square-foot building, new alliances with ESTA, AES and others, new exhibitors in the lighting, live sound and event technologies areas, as well as new networking opportunities and events, such as the Parnelli Awards, designed to serve the crossroads of the industry.

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Summer NAMM Show Opening

American Eagle Awards, Honoring Crystal Gayle, Patti Smith and Harry Shearer

Top 100 Dealer Awards

Summer NAMM Music Industry Day Featuring Charley Pride

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Professional Audio Leaves a Big Footprint

To understand how much the NAMM Show is evolving, you simply need to walk the show floor. Once, guitars and drums filled the halls, while the tools of professional audio were hard to find. Now, the rock and roll side of the show remains as healthy as ever, but alongside the instruments are portable loudspeakers, line arrays, mixing consoles and more. The business of professional audio is now a part of NAMM’s DNA.
 

This year, the growth of NAMM is clearer than ever. It says a great deal that one of the year’s most significant mixing console product launches – the arrival of DiGiCo’s SD12 – was hosted right here in Anaheim. A wall of visitors has surrounded the booth since it was unveiled on Thursday morning.
 

Elsewhere, visitors can experience a wide selection of professional audio solutions, from booths designed to mimic a full venue-style set-up, to the numerous line arrays waiting to be heard in Hall A, to new wireless microphone solutions, app-driven live sound ecosystems, world-class studio monitors and more.
 

It’s all part of a gradual expansion that has been taking place over the course of a number of years, and it’s not finished yet. As Saturday night comes into full swing with the ever-anticipated TEC Awards, it’s clear that the future of The NAMM Show really is about becoming the crossroads of many communities, all meeting in California to celebrate the business of music and sound.
 

See you on the floor for the final day of The 2017 NAMM Show!

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[European Agenda for Music]

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” — Plato

Plurality and unity may seem like opposite ends of a spectrum, but this odd little oxymoron is as old as life itself. Consider the human body, with its symphony of constituent parts acting and contributing to a whole. Each organic player rhythmically pulses in a brilliant polyphony, distinct yet united behind a common goal. The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato extended this phenomenon from the personal to the nation-state. As each social actor evolves and interacts, the body politic ages and innovates, reflecting the soul writ large.

In the modern day, the European Union embodies this political phenomenon. A united Europe pursues commonly held democratic ideals and institutions, through the EU parliament and the continent’s various transnational committees and NGOs. Music, Plato’s favorite art form, embodies this mixture of Western tradition and diversity. It is a universal language, which simultaneously transcends and bonds the winds of change to give the very universe its soul.

To this end, the European Music Council works to preserve this critically important sector. Understanding the need to convert esotericism into action, the European Music Council looked to establish an effective strategy for translating this philosophical discussion into hard public-policy.

European Agenda for Music

For the first time, every sector of the music industry came together in an endeavor to craft a policy piece. This continent-wide consultation yielded European Agenda for Music (EAM). Aspirational, yet practical, EAM brought a myriad of voices to sing as one and proclaim the value of the music industry to lawmakers. Strikingly, this advocacy tool delineated music as a right for each citizen.

Through this ambitious manifesto, EAM hopes to realize the democratization of music for all citizens. Much more than a simple policy document, EAM synthesizes knowledge across industries, regions and cultures.

EAM sought dialogue between policymakers and the entirety of the music sector’s stakeholders, ranging from schoolchildren to amateurs to working professionals. In pursuit of mutual understanding, EAM searched for the means to ensure the coexistence of all musical cultures, networking opportunities and initiatives to help sustain participation in music across cultural life.

EAM began by establishing seven working groups, comprised of over 70 experts, with specific focuses across the market: education, participation, media, creation, live, production and information/research. Each group met at least once in person and compiled evidence and reports. By analyzing such a wide breadth of music industry segments, EAM hoped boldly to proclaim the needs of this vitally important sector.

The Right to Make Music

EAM defines music as an art form, a product and a tool that unites. This was derived from a set of five essential musical rights developed by International Music Council, the international organization above European Music Council:

  1. To express themselves musically in all freedom
  2. To learn musical languages and skills
  3. To have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information
  4. To develop their artistry and communicate through all media with proper facilities at their disposal
  5. To obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work

These rights were developed in pursuit of musician and educator success. With this in mind, EAM turns their focus to actualization across the European market.

Achieving EAM’s Goals

EAM highlights three core areas of focus: education and access, diversity and culture, and economic development. Education serves as the mode of discovery for all ages. These new musicians, in turn, shape society. Finally, the increased number of musicians grows the economic engine of the sector and provides ample fuel for prolonged growth and educational funding. With this circular model, music across Europe brings tangible, sustainable rewards to society at large.

Accessible Music Education

EAM stresses their absolute commitment to music as a cultural force. As such, they believe music ought to be made a compulsory subject for all ages. To fund such efforts, EAM seeks long-term structural funding to outfit music students with instruments and train teachers. In addition to government-led efforts, EAM hopes to partner with various NGOs, local institutions, volunteers and established music professionals. EAM likewise stresses the need for short-term funding. This project-oriented approach would allow for mid-career mentorship for professionals and teachers and further develop the marketplace.

Continent-Wide Cultural Identity

Music serves a dual purpose, increasing both unity and individuality through team-oriented and solitary rehearsal. EAM remarks, “Music participation represents and promotes: diversity, tolerance, equality, freedom and solidarity.” Indeed, the educational benefits of music education go well beyond the subject.

The ability to effectively communicate is undoubtedly among the highest transferable skills. Music is a universal language. Through exposure to its many dialects and flavors, learners engage their entire brain via a fun and rewarding process. This growth in social competence reflects EAM’s desire for a shared cultural vision by way of music. To this end, they seek additional exchange opportunities across countries and cooperation between schools.

Growing the Musical Economy

This educational cooperation has equally significant economic effects. EAM stresses the music sector’s ability to create international trade, jobs and innovation. As it stands, the music products and services industry contributes significantly to the European economy, but EAM envisions a future where profits become more democratized.

EAM suggests the European Union safeguards creators and musicians. By recognizing the value of all contributors and crafting legislation that doesn’t prioritize corporate monopolies, EAM believes lifelong engagement with the music sector would grow in number. This bottom-up approach would enable small businesses and independent performers to thrive. In pursuit of this democratization, the EAM recommends redistribution of profits, an awareness campaign for authors’ and performers’ rights, and collective bargaining for all workers in the music sector.

Beyond investment, EAM aims to use technology to foster innovation, access new audiences and develop partnerships between professionals and non-professionals. Furthermore, they hope to increase interdisciplinarity between music and other sectors such as the social sector, health sector, academia, public libraries and other art forms.

The Next Steps

EAM is a tool by which the sector can bind together to sing loudly with one voice. Music possesses within it an inclusive, engaging and life-changing force for good.

While EAM doesn’t claim to have every answer, the immense power of music holds the potential to unite and heal Europe.

EAM boldly states a strong case for music’s value culturally, educationally and economically. Broad cooperation and input have already allowed EAM to go beyond a political declaration of intent. The EU Commission and EU Parliament have received the work positively. Translation initiatives are popping up throughout Europe and bringing the document to an increasingly broad audience.

EAM has connected the diverse voices of the European music sector and united the industry with a common pulse. If the EU classifies music as a right for every citizen, EAM may have composed Europe’s greatest symphony yet.

Across the Pond

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NAMM is an international trade organization, which affords the privilege of learning from other regions of the world. In addition to our members in the US, we urge our European members to make use of this document.

Let’s stand together and advocate for access to music across lifespan, socio-economic spectrum and national borders. With each of us urging public policy on behalf of the industry, music making may indeed become a global right.

Read the full EAM here, and demand action from your legislature.

Allee Willis

Allee Willis wrote a number of successful songs that have become part of the fabric of pop music. Allee either wrote or co-wrote songs such as “September” by Earth Wind & Fire, the theme for the sitcom Friends entitled “I’ll Be there for You,” the Broadway musical The Color Purple, and "Neutron Dance" among many others. She has also been heavily involved with technology and in fact was creating interactive social media experiences on the Internet as early as 1991. As an artist and set designer, Allee has worked with many other performers over the years and continues to create art in many forms that expresses her views, emotions, and gratitude.

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Summer NAMM Provides a Platform to Share New Music Products with the World

2018 Summer NAMM opened today to excited crowds ready to find their next best-selling item for the fall, holiday and back to school selling seasons.

The day opened with a rousing Breakfast Session led by NAMM President and CEO, Joe Lamond. Thousands of retailers were treated to a hot breakfast and the latest strategies to grow their business from a variety of leading retail minds. Eric Matzat of Palen Music Center, Inc. summed up the learning opportunity by sharing, "I took a full page of notes!"

Education will continue across multiple learning tracks including NAMM U, TEC Tracks, NAMM Foundation Policy Forums and other learning opportunities.

On the show floor, more than 1,600 brands are showcasing the latest products to an international collection of music retailers, distributors, pro audio and live sound professionals, as well as representatives from studios, houses of worship, venues and other businesses looking for the latest in music and sound.

Mitch Gallagher, Editorial Director of Sweetwater, characterized how he and his team utilize Summer NAMM to ultimately showcase new products to their global customer base. He mentioned, “Summer NAMM is important for us because of all the new products that come out here, and to have the opportunity to come down to meet the manufacturers and actually see the products in person. We capture them on video and post them to YouTube and Facebook, to our inSync daily blog and our website, then we later use those videos on product pages as well. It is part of our strategy that lets us introduce these new products to our customers all over the world. So, if they really want to see what is new, we want to bring that information to them.”

Whether you are attending Summer NAMM or following the action from home, stay up to date on all the latest news on our brand new mobile app, along with NAMM.org and social media channels.

Summer NAMM continues through Saturday, June 30.

 

 

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