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Sweetwater GearFest 2010 Draws Record Crowd

Leading retailer Sweetwater Sound reports that its GearFest 2010 attracted a record-breaking crowd comprising thousands of musicians, engineers and producers from all over the world. Held on June 25 and 26, 2010, at Sweetwater’s campus at Fort Wayne, Ind., GearFest is said to be the nation’s largest end user-oriented music and pro audio festival. It featured manufacturer exhibits, along with workshops, clinics, seminars, live demos, special performances, a musicians’ flea market and more.

The Producers’ Panel at GearFest 2010 featured Sweetwater editorial director Mitch Gallagher (far right) in a wide-ranging discussion with recording industry luminaries (left to right) Geoff Daking, Fab Dupont, Ross Hogarth and Dusty Wakeman.

Feature events included the Producer Forum, an all-star panel of producers led by Sweetwater editorial director Mitch Gallagher in a wide-ranging discussion of recording topics; the story behind Gretsch Guitars with Fred Gretsch; and a presentation by acoustics expert Russ Berger on home studio acoustics.

Other highlights included producer/engineer Fab Dupont’s workshop on mixing; acclaimed producer/engineer Jacquire King’s seminar on mixing with plug-ins; and recording engineer/producer Ross Hogarth’s presentation on recording techniques.

GearFest wrapped up with a seminar featuring renowned daytime television stars/recording artists Kurth & Taylor, who gave a special concert and discussed how they created their DIY album and video releases.

In total, GearFest offered more than 40 workshops and seminars on guitar, recording, live sound, music creation with computers, acoustics, songwriting and tutorials on using electronic instruments. Guitar virtuosos David Grissom and Greg Koch and dozens of other nationally known performing artists performed on the latest new guitars, keyboards and electronic drums.

More than 170 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment were on hand to provide GearFest attendees a look at the latest gear. In addition, hourly prizes were given away, along with three grand prize equipment packages totaling more than $75,000.

Attendance was up by 50 percent for GearFest 2010.

“There’s literally nothing like GearFest in the entire country that’s free and open to the public,” says Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack. “We’re thrilled that hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of customers came out to enjoy this amazing event with us.”

For those who couldn’t attend GearFest in person, videos, photos, and hourly updates were posted to Sweetwater’s Facebook page, as well as to YouTube and Twitter.

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