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Winter NAMM 2017 Recap Panel

It's time for our annual NAMM Recap Panel. Winter 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) was a few weeks ago Anaheim, CA. NAMM is the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry.

As with past NAMM recaps, I'll MC a panel discussion so you can get the scoop on what's new and hot this year including photos and stories from the event. Panelist include:

Alex Anderson (WMD Modular Synthesizers)
Allen Goodman (Recording Magazine)
Gannon Kashiwa (Universal Audio)
Mark Mosher (Modulate This!)
Mathew Yost (Soundtrack Loops)
Mike Metlay (Recording Magazine)

** If you are went to NAMM and want to be considered for the panel, direct-message me on ***

Musical performance at after-meetup is Alex Anderson (aka Nasty Nachos).


MEETUP 7-9pm

7-7:20 Arrive, get name tag, consider a donation, order food and drink at the front bar.

7:20-7:30 Meetup kickoff and announcements.

7:30-8:30 NAMM PANEL

8:30-9:00 Intros & Mingle


AFTER-MEETUP (21 and up) 9-10:30pm

9-9:30 Mingling

9:30pm Musical performance by member Alex Anderson (aka Nasty Nachos)

10-10:30 Mingling and tear down


Alex Anderson is the sales manager and a product specialist for WMD, a modular synthesizer company based in Denver, CO. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has been performing in different groups and playing different roles for as long as he can remember. His current project is called Nasty Nachos, as a reminder to not take things so seriously and just have a good time with the music he creates. For the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet performance, Alex plans to use a mostly modular set up in an improvised fashion. WMD announced a new line of modules at NAMM 2017 geared toward this type of live performance and Alex will be putting them all through the test.

Nasty Nachos will be performing a full live set at the Snowmageddon festival on February 11th, at 3:30 PM at Ruby Hill in Denver. It is a free show and the festival includes a snowboarding exhibition by pro snowboarders and other great acts including One Flew West, DJ Mikey Thunder, and Robert Delong.

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  • Mike M.

    it's always fun to share what we saw with the group!

    6 days ago

  • Mike M.

    it was great seeing everyone, and I was honored to share the panel with so many cool people. If folks are still interested in that group buy of keyboard stands, I will post details in the forum. I will do the same for the upcoming concerts that I mentioned.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Michael H.

    Great to see some folks I haven't seen in a while.

    February 11

  • Mark M.

    A big thanks to all the panelists. Super interesting and informative!

    February 10

  • Thomas L.

    Very informative.

    1 · February 9

  • Brenda

    I enjoy all of the people that attend these events! Hope to make it back soon.

    1 · February 9

  • Gannon K.

    Great hang, interesting meetup!

    1 · February 9

  • Mike T.

    Couldn't make it. Bummer.

    February 8

  • Brenda

    Looking forward to catching you all tonight, it's been a while since I've been able to make it out!

    1 · February 8

  • Bob R.

    Sorry to be negative but it looks like a bust this year. Tom Oberheim stuff is about the only good looking new synth. I believe the music industry has run out of ideas.

    January 29

    • Mark M.

      I think it's more that the Subtractive synth, Drum Machine, and Sampler are now instruments that have stood the test of time. Lots of interesting work to bring them in at different price points and build quality - as well as a few new ideas. But to your point, it's back to making a GREAT instrument and not so much about innovation.

      January 29

  • Darryl N.

    Ok, so everything has been invented already. 😄

    I know from researching the euro market that it is very crowded and perhaps even saturated. What did *you* expect to see that wasn't there?

    January 29

    • Mark M.

      There were some interesting trends and a few interesting innovations. More on this at the panel.

      January 29

  • Bob R.

    Ok, for Electron i was hoping they would finally produce a much improved interface to the octatrack so 'the rest of us' could use it. Akai seems to have done it. For the modular stuff it would be nice to get all those damn wires out of the way and provide a bit of lite for poorly designed face plates. I did see that retrokit has a really nice unit that will integrate the korg volcas together; the RK-004.

    January 29

    • Mark M.

      Elektron's new Digitakt (which was under glass) was the Octatrack for the masses. 1/2 the price of the OT. Less features, but the right features. I think it will be quite the hit.

      January 29

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