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Mix Nashville 2015 in Pictures

Mix Nashville returned to Music City on August 29, 2015, hosted by industry-leading touring production facility Clair Global Nashville and leading educational facility The Blackbird Academy Live. Presented in conjunction with the local Nashville Section of the AES, Mix Nashville attracted more than 300 attendees to a daylong exhibition with panels, product displays, master classes, Avid’s debut of the S6L Live console and Yamaha rolling in its mobile truck to show the Nuage console for post-production and the new Rivage PM10 live console.

The day kicked off in the main exhibition hall at Clair Global Nashville with a Keynote Speech by Craig Anderton, a musician, technologist, author, audio raconteur and executive vice president at Gibson Brands. His speech, entitled High-Resolution Audio: So What? led the audience through a series of charts and anecdotes that debunked some of the myths in how much the consumer can distinguish, before settling in to the real benefits of recording at 96 kHz and higher frequencies. The event was streamed live, which allowed Anderton to get in a few digs at the sometimes-broken, disrupted nature of streaming audio.

“We were thrilled with the support for the re-emergence of Mix Nashville, both from our sponsors and from the attendees,” says Tom Kenny, editor of Mix. “We had product debuts, master classes and an engaged audience, which is what Mix Nashville was designed for—bringing together the community of manufacturers and users in a professional facility and in an educational setting. We had panels on Tracking Live, Miking Vocals, Studio Business and mixing In and Out of the Box. It was a great day, and I think everyone came away from it with something they learned.”

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Craig Anderton, technologist, musician, author, futurist and executive vice president at Gibson Brands, delivered a Keynote Speech entitled High Resolution Audio: So What? to a rapt audience at Clair Global Nashville.

Avid displayed its S3L control surface in the booth, and across the driveway at The Blackbird Academy Live held workshops and demos on S3L and its new S6L Live console, which made its Nashville debut.

Brian Krawcykowski, sales manager, recording and broadcast, at JBL Professional, seated, goes over the 3 Series monitors with attendees.

The Mix panel on Live Tracking in the Studio kicked off the event, moderated by Mix technology editor Kevin Becka, far left, and including, left to right, Jonell Polansky, Craig Alvin, Steve Marcantonio and Dave Thoener.

Yamaha and Steinberg had a huge presence, with Greg Ondo, seated, hosting Master Classes across the driveway at The Blackbird Academy Live, while the famed Yamaha mobile truck was parked outside showing both Nuage and the new Rivage PM10 live console, for the first time in Nashville.

Frank Oglethorpe of Prism Media (Prism Sound, Maselec, Sadie), shows off the range of audio interfaces to an attendee, including the Lyra 2, which was part of the product giveaway.

Adam Sheppard at the ADAM Audio booth.

Argosy Console showed off its new Halo console furniture.

Full RedNet systems on display at the Focusrite booth.

The panel on Studio Business, entitled 21st Century Studio Business Models, moderated by Frank Wells, included Randy Poole, Cameron Henry, Brandon Bell and Paul Scholten.

Former Pro Sound News editor and past president of the AES Frank Wells hosted the ceremonies, including the elaborate product giveaways to close the show.

The new Bumblebee mic and the Les Paul Reference monitors were on display at the Gibson booth.

Fraser Jones shows off the Independent Audio lines, including Coles and Pearl mics and Merging Technologies DAWs, at Mix Nashville.

Producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay adjusts the mic for singer Cameron Barton as part of the live panel on “Demystifying the Vocal Session,” with panelists, from left, Jonell Polansky, Bil VornDick and Ainlay.

At the product giveaway, Blackbird Academy student Sam Bergeson, left, received a PSc Rak 7 Windows-based workstation (Intel i7 Quad Core, 16 GB RAM, 1TB system and 2 TB audio hard drives, FireWire 400 and 800, DVD-RW drive, dual video ports, Windows 8.1 64-bit), valued at $2k, from Obedia’s Jayce Murphy.

The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy hosted the mixing panel, entitled In the Box or Off the Rack? Mixing in a Hybrid Digital/Analog World. F. Reid Shippen, left, moderated panelists Jacquire King and Jeff Balding.

Justin Hyatt, behind the booth, and his father, Alan Hyatt, with back to camera, showed their new Trident console, 500 Series rack, and a host of other products from their distribution company PMI Audio.