All-Star Appearances on M-Audio NAMM Stage
M-Audio’s Main Stage delivered a never-ending parade of star-studded talent at the recent Winter NAMM show
|NAMM 2004 proved to be another star-studded event as Jackson Browne; Earth,
Wind and Fire; Duncan Sheik; BT; The Crystal Method; and numerous others
graced M-Audio’s Main Stage to demonstrate the products they rely
on in the studio, on the stage, and beyond.
Renowned film and television composer Jeff Rona kicked off the show Thursday
morning by unveiling his brand new Liquid Cinema series of sound and loop
libraries. Presentations by Gray Area; Sonic Reality CEO David Kerzner;
and Scott Kinsey and Steve Tavaglione rounded out Thursday afternoon, bringing
the first day of NAMM to a successful close.
by world-class tabla player Satnam Ramgotra and keyboardist Rodney Lee,
film composer Jeff Rona introduces "Tabla Science" from his new
Liquid Cinema series of sounds and loops.
electronic band GRAYAREA spent three days on the road to make it out to
Anaheim for the demonstration, where they incorporated live instruments
into their laptop-based performance.
Kerzner and Dan Dashnaw display the host of rare, playable instruments available
in the Sonic ReFills volumes.
Scott Kinsey, saxophonist/EWI player Steve Tavaglione, and drummer Kirk
Covington demonstrate the seamless integration of live instruments, Ableton
Live, and M-Audio hardware on M-Audio’s Main Stage.
|On Friday, educator Stephanie Sobey-Jones opened the show by introducing
M-Audio’s new “Educator’s Guide to Music Technology,”
which connects educators with the ideal classroom setup for their budget
and requirements. Guest artists Jason Halbert, Carmen Rizzo, Junkie XL,
Tom Scott and Lili Haydn packed the booth during the remainder of the day
with their presentations of Reason, Live and M-Audio hardware.
Stephanie Sobey-Jones presents M-Audio’s educational solutions.
Director Jason Halbert demonstrates how he uses Live to provide backing
tracks during the live performances of such artists as Kelly Clarkson and
left to right, Jed Smith, Carmen Rizzo, and Junkie XL show how Live plays
an integral role in forging their hallmark electronic stylings.
Award-winning saxophonist Tom Scott sat in during M-Audio Lead Clinician
Scott Wilkie’s presentation, revealing how Ableton Live can be used
to support an improvised live performance.
by bandmates Steve Nalepa, keyboardist Christoph Bull, tabla player Satnam
Ramgotra and bassist Leroy Ball, violinist/vocalist Lili Haydn loses herself
in the music. George Clinton watches from the audience before joining Haydn
|Earth, Wind, and Fire brought down the house on Saturday afternoon with
their passionate demonstration of Reason. Keyboardist Myron McKinley jammed
on M-Audio’s brand new Keystation Pro 88 as the group presented perennial
favorites “September” and “Shining Star.” Saturday
also brought appearances by Duncan Sheik, BT, Jeff Rona, and the Obliteration
players Gary Bias and Reggie Young appear on M-Audio’s Main Stage
with Earth, Wind and Fire.
attendees pack the aisles as Earth, Wind and Fire jams.
an exhilarating appearance, Earth, Wind and Fire’s Robert Brookins,
Kim Brewer, Ralph Johnson, Verdine White, John Paris, Benjamin Whitworth,
Myron McKinley, John Johnson, and Daniel de los Reyes snap a quick shot
in front of the Main Stage.
delivers an engrossing demonstration of Ableton Live, which he’ll
be using to execute his “Laptop Symphony” international tour
by drummer Doug Yowell, singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik gives the audience
a listen to the soulful tracks from “Daylight” and his upcoming
release. Sheik and Yowell are both avid Live and Reason enthusiasts.
Wilkie hosts guest artists Andrew Ford and Dave Hill during his presentation
of M-Audio’s “Where do you want to take your music?” theme.
onstage by the Obliteration Quartet on found objects, film composer Jeff
Rona demonstrates another new Liquid Cinema Volume, "The Junkyard Sessions."
|Sunday morning brought an inspiring turn of events as the legendary Jackson
Browne appeared onstage with several students from the George Washington
Prep School. The school’s model music program has provided education,
motivation and direction to thousands of underprivileged students living
in South Central Los Angeles over its nine years of existence. After a student-led
demonstration of how to use Reason for arranging and composing, a group
of musicians from the GWP wowed the audience with a soulful performance
of an original song. There wasn’t a dry eye left in the house by the
time Browne closed the presentation with two of his own songs.
group of eight George Washington Prep School students called The Fabulous
9—the 9 represents the ninth letter of the alphabet, an “i”
for intelligence—demonstrate how their choice to stay away from drugs
and violence has yielded the ability to create powerful original music.
of the Fabulous 9 accompanies the vocalists and horn players with her guitar,
while Reason provides the backing tracks.
by a gospel choir comprised of GWP students, the legendary Jackson Browne
delivers a compelling rendition of his perennial favorites.
|Sunday afternoon featured a lineup of today’s hottest electronic
musicians, including The Crystal Method, Deepsky, and Electric Skychurch.
Their presentations displayed tremendous variety within the genre as each
group used Reason, Live and M-Audio hardware to craft their trademark sound.
the FireWire 410 and Reason, The Crystal Method’s Scott Kirkland and
Ken Jordan demonstrate how they created the single from their brand new
album, “Legion of Boom.”
Scott Giaquinta and Jason Blum of Deepsky use M-Audio hardware and Live
to give the audience an early listen to material from their upcoming album.
Skychurch’s James Lumb records Roxanne Morganstern’s vocals
into Live, demonstrating how he uses the program’s effects—controlled
by M-Audio’s Radium keyboard—to create a signature sound.
|Needless to say, this year’s performances at Winter NAMM were second
to none. M-Audio sends many thanks to the entire line-up of incredible artists
who took time from their busy schedules to join us in presenting this truly