Shipping the February issue to the printer is always an exciting time for the editors of Electronic Musician. Not only does it give us a chance to present the winners of our coveted Editors’ Choice Awards, it reminds us that the Winter NAMM show, where this issue is distributed, is but a few weeks away.
Held in Anaheim, Calif., each January, NAMM (namm.org) is one of the world’s most important musical instrument and pro-audio events, attracting manufacturers and developers from around the globe. Attending NAMM is an energizing experience because it gives us a chance to meet directly with product designers and hear what’s on tap for the new year. But I can tell you from more than two decades of experience that four days of this trade show is barely enough time to take in all the news that’ll be announced.
And NAMM isn’t just about launching and selling new products. The show’s overflowing events calendar includes performances by compelling artists of every genre, as well as a wide range of educational sessions and discussions. And this year, the education portion gets a major boost.
That’s because 2018 marks the first time the Audio Engineering Society has held a symposium concurrently with NAMM. In addition to networking opportunities with other professionals, attendees of AES@NAMM can take part in training academies for certification in subjects such as live-sound mixing, wireless mic systems, and line-array technologies. If you’re unable to attend the event, but are interested in building your skills and meeting others in your field, visit aes.org to learn more about the benefits of membership in this esteemed organization. Access to the resources from past AES conventions, alone, is worth the price of membership.
The editors and I look forward to sharing with you the latest news from NAMM, so keep an eye on our websites (emusician.com and keyboard mag.com) and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to get up-to-the-minute information about new products and trends for the coming year.