Sweetwater GearFest 2013
Gear Up for GearFest 2013
Sweetwater’s annual two-day music and music technology showcase, GearFest, is already billed as the largest end-user festival of its kind in the country, and it just keeps getting bigger. Taking place this year on June 21 and June 22 at the company’s Fort Wayne, Ind., headquarters, GearFest 2013 will feature more than 240 audio and music exhibitors, host a range of musical performances, and attract an expected attendance of more than 6,000.
The event has become something of an underground favorite for gear junkies, with its slew of gear giveaways and rock-bottom prices, not to mention the intensive product workshops and tutorials, but it has also amped up the live performance and workshop programs in recent years. Noted audio journalist Craig Anderton returns for his popular presentation, Electronic Music Production for Musicians. Sweetwater’s own Mitch Gallagher will speak on Tones of the Pros. And Billy Sheehan will offer tips and techniques for bass players.
Of particular interest to Mix readers is a series of workshops for the pro engineer, including an opening session with legendary producer Jack Douglas, a Live Mix-Off between Fab Dupont and John Paterno, tips and techniques from engineer Frank Filipetti, a mixing workshop with Chris Lord-Alge and a closing session with Fountains of Wayne.
For more information, and to register (it’s free!), visit sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2013.
Pro audio veteran Earl “Buzz” Goodwin Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 26, 2013, at age 62, following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Goodwin was well-known in the pro audio industry, having been with a number of manufacturers including Audio-Technica, where he served as Vice President of Sales from 1989 to 1998, and Harman Professional, where he worked as Vice President of Sales and later Executive Vice President for brands including Lexicon, dbx, BSS Audio, DigiTech and JBL Professional. In 2008, Goodwin resigned from his position with JBL and spent two years as president at FDW Corp—which distributes pro audio, video, lighting and A/V equipment to dealers and systems contractors.
Goodwin was also a talented guitarist and songwriter, and played in several bands, including the country/pop band Silverado. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goodwin; his parents, Earl and Dorothy Jean; his brothers, Kenneth and Paul; his sister Cindy; and his son, Jesse.
Corrections: DPA, DAP and the Saltmine
In our March issue we mistakenly referred to DPA’s “purchase of B&K and the assets of the popular reference mic, the 4006.” B&K has not been purchased by DPA; rather, DPA was founded by two former B&K employees in the early 1990s to handle studio (and now live) microphones for the parent company. Mix regrets the error.
In our April cover story we referred to Dallas Audio Post as the only Dolby-approved stage in the region. It is the only such stage in Dallas, though Austin boasts two, designed by Acoustic Spaces: Robert Rodriquez’s Troublemaker Studios and Keyland Sound.
In our April issue Mix Regional section focusing on the Southwest U.S., the story about The Saltmine in Mesa, Ariz., states that owner Don Salter upgraded his facility with Avid Pro Tools|HDX on brand-new 12-core MacBook Pros. They are 12-core Mac Pro towers.