NAMM 2016: She Rocks Awards celebrates women in music

Chaka Khan accepts her Legend Award at the 2016 She Rocks Awards ceremony.
Chaka Khan accepts her Legend Award at the 2016 She Rocks Awards ceremony.

Friday, January 22, The NAMM Show celebrated outstanding women in music with dynamic performances and an array of honorees at the 2016 She Rocks Awards. The She Rocks Awards is held by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN); WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitar shredder Nita Strauss hosted this year’s festivities.

The evening’s list of artists and award winners was a broad one that comprised established and rising celebrities, music biz veterans and a host of their colleagues, family and friends. The night’s highest honors went to living legends Jennifer Batten and Chaka Khan. Guitarist Batten, renowned  for her work with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck, grabbed a guitar and regaled the crowd with a sampling of her formidable chops immediately after accepting her Icon Award. Eminent R&B vocalist Khan received the evening’s top acknowledgement, the Legend Award. She gave a charmingly brief acceptance speech after which several vocalists took the stage to deliver a spirited medley of her greatest hits.

The She Rocks Awards shone refreshing light on the depth and breadth of women making profound impacts across all facets of the music industry. An all-female house band laid down powerful grooves and the grrrl-power love in the room was palpable. There was no shortage of impressive stage presence and charisma during arresting performances delivered most notably by Amy Heidmann, who performed with her duo Karmin and Mona Tavakoli, who performed with Raining Jane.

Below is the complete list of 2016 She Rocks Awards Honorees:

Amy Heidemann of Karmin – Mad Skills Award
Jennifer Batten – Icon Award
Pamela Cole & Leigh Maples of Fanny’s House of Music – Motivator Award
Crystal Morris of Gator Cases – Enterprise Award
Cathy Carter Duncan of Seymour Duncan – Trailblazer Award
Mary Luehrsen of NAMM and the NAMM Foundation – Champion Award
Mindy Seegal Abovitz of Tom Tom Magazine – Dreaming Out Loud Award
Chalise Zolezzi of Taylor Guitars – Excellence Award
Mona Tavakoli and Becky Gebhardt of the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls L.A. and Raining Jane – Inspire Award
Sujata Murthy of Universal Music Enterprises – Vision Award
Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound – Powerhouse Award
Chaka Khan – Legend Award
Tom Gilbert – Real Deal Award

For more information on The She Rocks Awards and WiMN:
http://www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards/

NAMM 2016: The ONE Smart Piano teaches how to play

Stevie Wonder at the Smart Piano booth.
Stevie Wonder at the Smart Piano booth.

Times, they are a’changing. Music education evolves right along with them. When we learned to play piano in an era long gone the best teachers granted lessons only to those of us fortunate enough to enjoy homes furnished with spendy upright acoustic pianos. Holy grail grand pianos were so out of reach for the average working parent they barely merit mention. The evolution of keyboards and synthesizers in the MTV ’80s heralded a slew of affordable consumer models that inspired a new wave of kids eager to learn to play. Unweighted, shortened, affordable keyboards flooded the market and hopeful parents bought them as gifts to their eager children for Christmas–only to be rejected. The purist piano teacher said no to any child who did not have an acoustic piano at home. Acoustic piano and electric keyboards were not remotely the same animal and a proper pianistic foundation was impossible to establish on anything electronic.

Pan forward 30 years. Technology is a marvel and the teaching tools available today are unlike anything previously imaginable. Enter The ONE Smart Piano, “The piano that teaches you how to play.”

Their display on the 3rd floor at NAMM was inconspicious, as NAMM goes. We wandered past several times on our hurried way elsewhere before stopping to give it a real gander.

The One Smart Piano is designed to make learning to play piano easy and fun  through its innovative e-learning model. The instrument itself is the teacher; the student plugs in an 6.0 IOS+ iPhones and iPads devices  Android 4.0+ device and follows along with Smart Piano’s downloadable sheet music as light-up keys guide finger placement. Video lessons and even piano games are available online.

TheOne is available in two models: the 61-key digital Light Keyboard and the 88-key digital upright Smart Piano. The Light Keyboard retails for $299 and features backlit, touch-responsive keys, 64-note polyphony, sustain, 128+ tones and 20 presets, folding stand and integrated app. The Smart Piano is a full-sized upright digital piano that retails for $1499.00 and features 88 weighted keys, 3 foot pedals, 64-note max polyphony, 128 tones and six drum sounds, a bidirectional USB MIDI port and integrated speakers.

The premise was so compelling Stevie Wonder stopped by Sunday afternoon to take it for a spin before a crowd of admirers. We were at their booth checking out their boards when everything became this:

“Stevie Wonder chose to play The ONE Smart Piano, out of all of the pianos in the entire piano hallway. He sat down, played through a few scales and rifts, and declared that the piano was something he would be interested in getting for his daughter. We were blown away!”

For more information:
http://www.smartpiano.com/

NAMM 2016: 31st NAMM TEC Awards honors Don Was, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

jeffbaxter_2016TECAwardsWe so dig attending the TEC Awards each year at The NAMM Show. It never fails to thrill, to delight, to educate and to entertain–yes, even when we’re eagerly awaiting the excited winner for Best Signal Processing Software. Trust us, you have to be there. It’s a long show. There’s a lot of cheering.

This year was equally as satisfying. Saturday night, January 23, the 2016 31st NAMM TEC Awards kicked off with the welcom return of last year’s popular master of ceremonies, comedian Sinbad, who is there not just to provide levity to an event celebrating achievements that could easily seem dry to non-technophiles. The funnyman is himself both a gearhead and a musician with a bent toward all things guitar. He might have repeated a few jokes from last year but it’s cool. He’s a delight and is still just as funny.

The night’s honorees were Grammy-award winning artists Don Was, Jeff “Skunk Baxter and Record Plant founders Chris Stone and the late Gary Kellgren. Baxter, Stone and Kellgren were inducted to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame, which recognizes “those individuals whose careers have best exemplified the spirit of creative and technical excellence in professional recording and sound.” Stone and Kellgren were acknowledged for their work that “transformed the music studio into a new, creative and collaborative environment and, at the same time, introduced the newest multitrack, acoustical and mixing technologies.” Baxter is a founding member of the Doobie Brothers, a former member of Steely Dan and an accomplished studio musician and composer. He is also a defense consultant  and chair of a missile defense Congressional advisory board. After accepting his award Baxter performed a blazing set of Steely Dan tunes, including “My Old School” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

Don Was received the event’s highest honor, the Les Paul TEC Award for innovation and technological achievements in music. Bass player Was is president of Blue Note Records. He has won Grammy awards for his work over three decades as a producer for renowned artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to Ziggy Marley. He is also the founding member of the successful group Was (Not Was), which produced several hit singles in the ’80s and ’90s. Was was celebrated for being “one of music’s most significant artists and executives, excelling in multiple roles and serving as one of the industry’s beacons for integrity and forward-thinking. During this period of disruption and rapid evolution in the worldwide music business, Was remains committed to music as an art form and its importance to contemporary culture.” Was closed the show with a rousing performance that included his 1987 hit “Walk the Dinosaur.”

Below is a complete list of the night’s winners:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE – STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENT
Antelope Audio / Satori Monitoring Controller

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT
Rupert Neve Designs / RNDI: Active Transformer Direct Interface

AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
PreSonus / Notion 2 for iOS

COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWARE
Universal Audio / Apollo 8p Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

HARDWARE / PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
Shure / MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Mic

HEADPHONE / EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY
Audio-Technica Corporation / ATH-R70x Pro

LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
Solid State Logic / XL DESK

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS
Manley Labs / Manley FORCE

MICROPHONES – RECORDING
Neumann / U47 FET

MICROPHONES – SOUND REINFORCEMENT
Shure / 5575LE Unidyne 75th Anniversary Vocal Microphone MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTS
Eventide / H9 MAX

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HARDWARE
Moog Music / Modular Recreation

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOFTWARE
iZotope / Iris 2

RECORDING DEVICES
Zoom/F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE
Tube-Tech / HLT 2A Equalizer

SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE (500 SERIES MODULES)
Solid State Logic / 500-Format LMC+

SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE (DYNAMICS/EQ/UTILITIES)
iZotope / RX 4 Complete Audio Repair & Enhancement

SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE (EFFECTS)
AMS Neve / AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb Plug-In For UAD-2 Platform

SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
Avid / Pro Tools I S3

SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKERS
Meyer Sound / LEOPARD

STUDIO MONITORS
Genelec / 8351A SAM

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Sennheiser / Evolution Wireless D1

WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGY
Avid / Pro Tools 12

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT
FILM SOUND PRODUCTION
Birdman

INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Batman: Arkham Knight

RECORD PRODUCTION / ALBUM
Before This World by James Taylor

RECORD PRODUCTION / SINGLE OR TRACK
Dreams by Beck

REMOTE PRODUCTION / RECORDING OR BROADCAST
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

STUDIO DESIGN PROJECT
Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios, London, UK

TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTION
Game of Thrones

TOUR / EVENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Sonic Highways World Tour, Foo Fighters

Winners in more than 31 categories were selected from 180 nominees by voters from major pro audio publications including Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, Sound & Video Contractor and Electronic Musician magazines, as well as members of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Game Audio Network Guild and select NAMM members.

For more information:
https://www.tecawards.org/landing page examplesвидеоглазок цифровой