Guitar Center Professional Hosts Two Nights of Digidesign Workshops at Nashville Location

 Last month, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, hosted two nights of informative events at its Nashville location highlighting different aspects of Digidesign's Pro Tools 7.4 HD®. Kurt Howell, Pro Tools Product Specialist, Southeastern Region - HD, led the first night's clinic, and he was joined by veteran engineer and mixer Tony Shepperd for the second night. The events, sponsored by Digidesign, were presented as part of GC Pro's unparalleled commitment to providing customers with ongoing technology and enhancement opportunities.

Both presenters brought with them an impressive list of credits. Howell's diverse experience as a recording and touring artist, A&R rep, session player, songwriter, producer and publisher has placed him at the industry's forefront and led him to work with such top stars as James Brown, Emmylou Harris, the Beach Boys, Amy Grant, Johnny Cash, Huey Lewis and the News, Hank Williams Jr. and many more. Shepperd's career has followed an equally impressive trajectory; an early partnership with 1980s gospel hitmakers Take 6 has since expanded into a wide and remarkable discography, including work with Backstreet Boys, Kenny Loggins, Madonna, Elton John, Boyz II Men, the Cheetah Girls and many more.

Kurt Howell's clinic on the first night focused on all aspects of a song demo project for songwriters/engineers aiming to pitch songs to the industry, including starting a session, file management, editing, adding effects, virtual instruments and production of a final mix. Howell guided a capacity crowd through this process, giving tips and answering questions along the way.

The second night began with Howell isolating and manipulating the actual tracks from Joss Stone's hit "Tell Me 'Bout It" to demonstrate Pro Tools 7.4's powerful editing and composition/arranging capabilities and other unique features. The clinic then switched gears as Shepperd guided the crowd through an expert presentation on mixing "in-the-box."

Chad Evans, Nashville GC Pro Account Manager, stated, "These events were enormously successful for attendees and presenters alike. GC Pro realizes the importance of keeping up with the ever-evolving technological landscape for every musician and engineer, from hobbyist to professional. We are proud to offer such opportunities to put our customers and friends in contact with industry experts."