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Recording Industry Poker Tournament Draws More Than 100 Attendees

The second Annual Recording Industry Poker Tournament took place this past Sunday, August 1, raising much-needed funds for Sound Art, a youth-oriented music education foundation in Los Angeles. Reportedly, more than 100 of the music industry’s top producers, engineers, musicians and audio manufacturers attended the event at The Village Recorders in West Los Angeles, which was hosted by Grammy Award-winning engineer Dave Reitzas.

At The Village Recorder, spectators look on as the final table players compete for the coveted grand prizes donated by top industry manufacturers.

Photo: David Goggin

“The generosity of the sponsors, the enthusiasm of the players, and the caliber of the prizes were just amazing,” says Reitzas. “My goal of creating a fun day where the people of our industry get to see each other face to face has far exceeded my expectations and I am humbled by the support for this event. Thanks everybody!”

Reitzas created this event one year ago as a way of bringing the recording industry community and manufacturers together, while supporting and raising money for a charity that focuses on kids and music.

Poker winner Jody Whitesides (left) holding the Telefunken Elektroakustic C-12 microphone system with RIPT founder and host Dave Reitzas.

Photo: David Goggin

Songwriter/composer Jody Whitesides won the grand prize for Texas Holdem play, and chose a Telefunken Elektroakustik C-12 microphone system, while runner-up Gary Reitzas chose Bricasti’s M1 D/A converter.

Other winners selected from a valuable array of product from sponsors including American Music and Sound, Antares Audio Technologies, Apogee, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Blue Microphones, Brainworx, Design FX, EastWest Sounds and Studios, FXpansion USA, Focusrite-Novation, Gavin Lurssen, Genelec, Korg, Little Labs, Matthew Lane, Millennia Media, Mojave Audio, Ocean Way Drums, Platinum Samples, Propellerhead, RealTraps, Royer, Shure, Solid State Logic, Sonalksis, SPL, Steinberg, Steven Slate Digital, Summit Audio, Tonehunter, Toontrack and Universal Audio.

The Recording Industry Poker Tournament is a KMD Productions event. For more information about the sponsors, visit

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