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Editors' Choice Awards @NAMM '08

March 1, 2008
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The Winter NAMM show is the biggest and most exciting event of the year for EM. Each January at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, hundreds of manufacturers gather over four days to announce new products and meet with their clients and the press.

Traditionally, the night before the show, we host an event honoring the winners of the EM Editors' Choice Awards and the Remix Technology Awards. However, this year's awards ceremony was all the more special because we unveiled EM's new design to the dozens of our industry friends in attendance. Here are a few highlights from the evening and the show.

GIBSON GUITAR AND TC GROUP COMBINE

One of the most newsworthy announcements at NAMM didn't concern new products — at least, not yet. What began as a rumor soon became official: TC Group plans to merge with Gibson Guitar. Both companies stressed that the deal isn't a takeover but a merger, and although they have yet to work out all the details, TC's Anders Fauerskov will reportedly serve as the combined company's CEO. TC Group, which is based in Denmark, comprises TC Electronic, TC-Helicon, TC Applied Technologies, Tannoy, and Lab.gruppen. Gibson Guitar, whose long list of brands includes Epiphone, Steinberger, Slingerland, Oberheim, Baldwin, and Wurlitzer, is based in Nashville. The merger should be final by the end of February.
Geary Yelton

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Associate Editor Geary Yelton and Executive Editor/ Senior Media Producer Mike Levine proudly display the newly redesigned EM.
Photo: Jason Vaughn

ROLAND PURCHASES MORE OF CAKEWALK

Roland Corporation and Cakewalk have agreed to a deal in which Roland will become the majority stockholder in the Boston-based software developer. According to both companies, this will mark an expansion of their strategic alliance that has been ongoing for a number of years. Roland first became an investor in Cakewalk back in 2003, when it purchased a minority interest. The two companies have been involved in various collaborations such as the inclusion of Roland's V-Vocal, V-Mixing, and REAC technologies in Cakewalk Sonar, and the distribution of Cakewalk Sonar LE software with a number of Roland, Boss, and Edirol hardware products.

What will Roland's majority interest in Cakewalk mean to the latter company's future? “Although Roland now owns a bigger share of Cakewalk, they didn't acquire the whole company,” says Cakewalk CEO and founder Greg Hendershott. “Cakewalk is not becoming a division of Roland.” Hidekazu Tanaka, the president of Roland Corporation, stated, “Roland and Cakewalk will continue to expand our joint-product line. Together, our companies bring decades of experience in a wide range of music and audio technologies.”

Roland's press release on the acquisition did state that “new products for musicians and professional audio producers will be branded as ‘Cakewalk by Roland.’”
Mike Levine

Photos from the Ceremony and Show

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1. Urs Heckmann and Jayney Klimek pose with Editor Gino Robair and their award for u-he Zebra 2.1.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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2. Remix editor Kylee Swenson with Universal Audio''s Joseph Lemmer.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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3.Katelyn Benton, Brad Zell, and Jim Odom of PreSonus.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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4.Check out our video interview with Herbie Hancock at emusician.com.



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5. XLN Audio''s Niklas Moeller, Lars Erlandsson, and Jakob Moeller.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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6. Yamaha''s Athan Billias gives us a peek at the Pocketrak 2G while accepting the award for the Motif XS6.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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7. Martin Tichy of Vienna Symphonic Library shares a laugh with Gino Robair.
Photo: Jason Vaughn



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8. Ingrid and Roger Linn with Remix technology editor Markkus Rovito.
Photo: Jason Vaughn

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