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Sweetwater GearFest 2012


Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher (left) interviews legendary producer Alan Parsons at GearFest 2011.
This month, Sweetwater is holding its annual GearFest, the nation’s largest free music/pro audio exhibition, on its Fort Wayne, Indiana campus, on June 22-23.

Guitar virtuoso Greg Koch holds a clinic for attendees.
More than 200 manufacturers will be onsite, offering the public an opportunity to watch demos and get their hands on hundreds of instruments, amps, mics, mixers, P.A. systems, studio gear, and software, and to talk directly to product experts, designers, and manufacturer reps. Two full days of seminars, clinics, workshops, and performances include appearances by Thomas Dolby, Jeff Loomis, George Massenburg, Dave Weiner, Lee Roy Parnell, Paul Reed Smith, Paul Pigat, Mitch Gallagher, and Electronic Musician’s Craig Anderton. In addition, New York-based engineer/producer Fab Dupont will hold two sessions in which he tracks, mixes, and masters a complete recording by a live band.

For full details, including a schedule of events, hotel room and travel information, visit New information about artist appearances and workshops will be added up to the last day, so check back often for the latest news. Pre-registering at means your registration pack is ready to go when you arrive, and gets you in the show as quickly as possible. Did we mention that this event is 100-percent free? See you there!

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