- Music and Pro Audio Festival Draws Record Crowd -
Sweetwater Sound, the third-largest musical instrument and pro
audio retailer in the world, has announced that GearFest 2010 was an
even bigger success than expected, breaking every record established by
previous GearFests. Sweetwater’s annual GearFest is the nation’s
largest end user-oriented music and pro audio festival, featuring
exhibits from manufacturers; workshops, clinics, and seminars; live
demos; special performances; a musician’s flea market; and much more.
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This year’s two-day event,
which took place June 25 and 26 at Sweetwater’s campus in Fort Wayne,
Indiana, provided even more opportunities for thousands of musicians,
engineers, and producers to participate in the festivities, with
customers traveling from all over the world to participate. Overall
attendance at GearFest was up by more than 50% and onsite sales for the
two days also exceeded the previous record by more than 50%.
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 included
more than 40 workshops and seminars on guitar, recording, and live
sound, music creation with computers, acoustics, songwriting, and how
to use 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 give GearFest attendees a look at the latest gear. In addition,
hourly prizes were given away, along with three grand prize packages
totaling more than $75,000 worth of equipment.
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 sent
Sweetwater Founder and
President Chuck Surack remarked, “There’s literally nothing like
GearFest in the entire country that is free and open to the public.
We’re thrilled that hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of
customers came out to enjoy this amazing event with us.”
A highlight of Sweetwater's recent GearFest 2010 was the Producers'
Panel, where Sweetwater Editorial Director Mitch Gallagher (far right)
led a wide-ranging discussion featuring recording industry luminaries
(left to right) Geoff Daking, Fab Dupont, Ross Hogarth, and Dusty