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Vintage King and H.O.T. Zone Present “Meet the Makers” at WinterNAMM

Vintage King Audio and the NAMM H.O.T. Zone have teamed up to produce a very special panel discussion to ring in the new year of pro audio.

Barefoot, Shadow Hills, Slate and Manley on Friday, January 23 at 4pm

Pictured (L-R) are Thomas Barefoot, Peter Reardon, moderator Jack Joseph Puig, Steven Slate, and EveAnna Manley.

Vintage King Audio and the NAMM H.O.T. Zone have teamed up to produce a very special panel discussion to ring in the new year of pro audio.  “Meet the Makers” takes place at NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, California, with a panel that features breakthrough product developers discussing their technology in various categories including outboard gear, monitors, microphones, digital design, and more.

The hour-long discussion will be moderated by Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer, Jack Joseph Puig, leading a panel of four highly distinguished audio professionals known for their inventive designs and impeccable craftsmanship. This panel discussion will be a dynamic highlight of the NAMM Show 2015, and takes place on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 4PM, in the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The ‘Meet the Makers’ panel really epitomizes the goals of the H.O.T Zone,” commented event producer David Schwartz. “Learning from top pros about what goes into the creation of leading edge audio technology.”

Moderator: Jack Joseph Puig – Engineer, Producer, and Product Developer
Renowned in professional music circles, Jack Joseph Puig is an iconic multi-Platinum award-winning record producer and engineer, as well as inventor, technologist and outspoken advocate for high standards in professional and consumer audio. Among his many credits, Puig has worked with The Black Crowes, John Mayer, Weezer, Fiona Apple, Green Day, The Counting Crows, No Doubt, and U2, among many more.

In addition to his work with legendary artists, Puig serves as Director of Creative Innovation for the consumer division of Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of audio DSP Technologies for the music, movies, game, broadcast, and electronics industries and a recipient of a Technical Grammy Award.

Panelist: Thomas Barefoot – Barefoot Sound
At age 13, Thomas Barefoot taught himself how to build guitars and amplifiers using salvaged parts from around the neighborhood. The developer then set his sights on creating a cost-effective, high-quality speaker that could transcend the need for multiple types of monitors. The result is a monitoring solution that has turned the industry upside down, first with the creation of the MiniMain12, then again with the MicroMain27, MicroSUB and MicroMain35. Proving himself once again with the MicroMain45, Barefoot has shown that his brand is at the forefront of multipurpose monitoring solutions.

Panelist: Peter Reardon – Shadow Hills Industries
As President and Chief Developer of Shadow Hills Industries, Peter Reardon has overseen the brand’s development of high quality discrete audio paths, versatile controls and striking antique military aesthetics. The vintage-inspired knobs and heavy-duty mechanical switches inspire users to explore all tonal options Shadow Hills units can offer. From GAMA mic preamps and summing/monitor controllers like the Equinox to the Dual Vandergraph and Mastering Compressor, Shadow Hills manufactures hardware that lets engineers truly latch onto the content of their recordings.

Panelist: Steven Slate – Slate Digital
In 2001, recording engineer Steven Slate created his first drum sample. Today, Slate is the CEO of two companies, Slate Pro Audio, a drum software and boutique hardware brand, and Slate Digital, which is a partnership with expert DSP algorithm designer Fabrice Gabriel. In 2014, Slate Digital revealed one of its most exciting products to date, the Virtual Microphone System, which promises to model dozens of vintage microphones via digital modeling. It is due out in early 2015.

Panelist: EveAnna Manley – Manley Labs
EveAnna Manley has been referred to by some as “The Manley Tube Queen” and even “America’s Goddess of Thermionic Emissions.” Along with her Manley Labs team, EveAnna takes a purist approach to refining, executing and expanding upon the brand’s legacy of vacuum tube design. This dedication to detail and high quality modern components helps deliver the rich, present and natural sound that Manley has become known for over the years.


Vintage King Audio
Vintage King Audio is a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals – from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up – Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff.

The H.O.T. Zone
The NAMM H.O.T. (Hands-On Training) Zone provides live educational sessions and innovative ideas for professionals in the pro audio, entertainment technologies, music business operations, recording, live sound, DJ, house of worship, commercial systems contractors/integrators and stage/lighting industries.

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