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Special Report: Sweetwater GearFest 2016
There's nothing else in the industry quite like the annual Sweetwater GearFest.
Hosted at the music and pro audio retailer's headquarters in Fort Wayne, IN, this
summer event draws visitors from all over the world to check out special deals on
a wide variety of gear-this year, 18 tents in the parking lot were packed with
products from over 475 manufacturers. Visitors can buy and sell at an onsite flea
market, watch special seminars on all kinds of topics, and get to meet some of the
folks behind the products they buy and use... all free of charge.
GearFest 2016 was held on June 17-18, and the two days were packed with things to see and people to meet. Most of the
photos in this report are taken from our Facebook and Twitter accounts (@RecordingMag), where we posted friendly faces and
cool toys for two days straight. (Check them out for all the pictures we couldn't fit into this report.)
Once again, several manufacturers chose GearFest to premiere new gear, or show it in North America for the first time.
Notable examples: the U195 condenser mic from the reborn Soundelux, the Crane Song Solaris Quantum D/A converter,
iConnectivity's powerful mio interfaces, the Microphone Cassette channel strip from Chandler Limited, TK Audio's TK-lizer 500
Series EQ, and Reason 9 from Propellerhead.
The weekend also featured dozens of demonstrations, workshops, and seminars. Many presenters were famous musicians like
Carl Verheyen, Queen Cora Dunham, Andy Timmons, Bunny Brunel, and Jordan Rudess, but the engineering community was well
represented as well, with Sylvia Massy, Fab Dupont, Russ Berger, and Lynn Fuston on the roster.
Behind the scenes, renowned engineers (and Recording contributors) Mark Hornsby and Dave Martin gave us a quick look at
Sweetwater's beautiful in-house recording studios. Studio A was in use for a seminar, but we were able to tour Studios B and C
and admire their wonderful sonics.
The overall mood at GearFest was enthusiastic all around; over 12,000 attendees came out to learn, buy, and have fun. We
had a blast chatting with gear makers and readers alike, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and we're looking forward to
doing it again next year!
Our thanks to Chuck Surack and everyone at Sweetwater, with a special shout out to Doug Strahm, Christopher Guerin, and
Mitch Gallagher for their help.-MM and PV

Friendly faces at Sweetwater GearFest 2016 (from top left): Eben Grace teaches a customer how to use the Grace Design
FELiX; Geoff Daking of Daking Audio jokes with Paul Vnuk Jr.; Eric Blackmer demonstrates how the Earthworks SR20 won't
feed back at 180┬║; Alan Venitosh of Telefunken with Mike Metlay; Jordan Rudess at the ROLI booth; Sweetwater's Studio B.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording - August 2016

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Recording - August 2016 - Intro
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