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Zivix to Showcase Jamstik and PUC at Summer NAMM

jamstixHere’s a sneak peek into what Zivix is going to be showing off  during Summer NAMM in Nashville. The jamstik has real strings, real frets and a light-sensing fretboard that gives real-time feedback to musicians. It connects wirelessly to iOS devices, and boasts MIDI capabilities to generate the sound of virtually any instrument. It can easily fit into a carry-on, letting you jam in the middle seat on a plane! It’s also compatible with hundreds of apps like Logic Pro, Animoog, KORG iPolysix to name a few. While not intended to replace a traditional guitar, it’s designed to be an additional tool in the musician’s arsenal, and entice a new generation of tech savvy musicians by showing them the art of plucking strings.

PUCThe PUC is a wireless link that connects MIDI compatible musical instruments with iOS devices via Wi-Fi, providing seamless music creation. It integrates with MIDI keyboards, drum pads, DJ controllers, floor pedal controllers and more for ultimate portability and to minimize cable clutter. It’s also designed to seamlessly fit into your existing setup and can leverage your existing iOS apps.

Stop by the Exhibit Hall A, Booth #450 to check out these new music gadgets. 

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The Sweet Sound of Savings: Tech Gear Leader @MONOPRICE Showcases NEW Pro Audio Series at Summer @NAMM SHOW JULY 17-19, 2014

monoprice_headerMonoprice Expands Its Line of High-Quality and Affordable Pro Audio Products with New 10-inch Powered Studio Subwoofer, “Foothill Flat Top” Acoustic/Electric Guitar with EQ, Guitar Effects Pedals,  Electronic Drum Kit, Eb Alto Saxophone, 4/4 Flamed Maple Violin and 8-Way DMX Distributor

In continuing to hit all the right notes with price conscious musicians, singers, producers and DJs, tech gear direct sales leader Monoprice is showcasing its expanded line of Pro Audio Series products at the Summer NAMM Show (Booth #354 in Exhibit Hall A2) at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on July 17-19, 2014.

Monoprice (www.monoprice.com ) is an e-commerce company that specializes in delivering high-quality gear and accessories for AV, home theater, pro audio and other tech needs at bargain prices from a selection of more than 6,500 branded and non-branded products offered on its website.

Monoprice’s return to Summer NAMM will again feature a booth with functioning demonstrations of everything music lovers and professionals could possibly want, from new guitar models to expanded stage lighting and rigging equipment at prices 50 to 70 percent below competitors’ comparable brand products, enabling visitors to try out the company’s latest high-quality, affordable pro audio gear.

“We at Monoprice are excited to be showing many new kinds of products for our ever-growing and enthusiastic customer base,” said Jess Macintyre, Monoprice’s product manager for Pro Audio. “Monoprice continues to redefine music industry expectations by bringing the same high-quality pro audio products directly to consumers without the price markup typically seen in retail music stores. The quality and benefits of our pro audio line becomes clearly evident when experienced musicians, performers and producers are given an opportunity to try our stuff out in our booth.”

At the Summer NAMM Show, Monoprice is showing several new pro audio products such as studio equipment, guitars, percussion, band & orchestra gear, as well as stage lighting equipment.

Studio Equipment

Monoprice expands its studio offerings with a new 10-inch powered studio subwoofer ($219.99, Product ID #605999) that will complement its existing monitor line. In addition, Monoprice will showcase:

  • A new 300-Watt (150w RMS x 2) Studio Power Amplifier ($115.99, Product ID #605030) for use with passive monitoring systems
  • A new 10 Channel Mixer with USB ($69.99, Product ID # 615810)
  • 48-Point TRS Patchbay ($59.99, Product ID #615040)

Guitars

For those musicians who want to rock out with high-quality instruments without spending a fortune, Monoprice offers classic electric guitars with amplifiers and a new line of guitar effects pedals to boot.

 

In addition to its already impressive guitar line, Monoprice is now offering its “Foothill Flat Top” Acoustic/Electric Guitar with EQ in two new finishes: classic black ($129.99, Product ID #610051) and cherry burst ($132.99Product ID #610052). Whichever style you select, you can expect great sound and great savings.

 

Monoprice also is expanding its guitar amplifier line to include:

 

  • A new 20-Watt 1×8 combo amplifier ($55.99, Product ID #611720)
  • A new 5-Watt 1×8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker ($124.99, Product ID # 611705)
  • A new 15-Watt 1×12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker and Spring Reverb ($226.99, Product ID # 611815)

 

Monoprice is also pleased to be debuting a new line of full-sized guitar effects pedals, as well as show their expanded line of mini effects pedals. These new pedals offer classic tones at a remarkable price point of $36.99 each, and are available in a variety of distortion and classic modulation effects.

 

Monoprice’s new pedal lineup includes the following tones:

 

  • Overdrive (Product ID # 611614)
  • Distortion (Product ID # 611613)
  • Blues Overdrive (Product ID # 611611)
  • EQ Booster (Product ID #611612)
  • Chorus (Product ID # 611610)

 

Monoprice is also expanding its line of mini effects pedals.  These smaller sized pedals allow for the guitarist to fit more effects on their pedalboard.  Monoprice’s mini pedal line includes:

 

  • Flanger (Product ID # 611604)
  • Delay (Product ID #611603)
  • Compressor (Product ID #611605)
  • DI Mini (Product ID # 611606)

 

In addition to these new effects pedals, Monoprice will showcase its new Programmable 4-Loop Pedal Switcher ($94.99, Product ID # 611680). This product allows for musicians to have four fully independent effects loops and combine these effects in whatever way they wish.

 

Percussion

Monoprice also has expanded its product selection in the percussion category, now offering:

  • A new Electronic Drum Kit ($328.99, Product ID #608550)
  • New auxiliary percussion items, including:
    • Handheld Cow Bell – 4 1/2-inch – Black ($9.99, Product ID #608400)
    • Handheld Cow Bell – 7 1/2-inch – Black ($11.99, Product ID #608401)
    • Tunable Maple Tambourine – 8-Inch ($13.25, Product ID #608410)
    • Tunable Maple Tambourine – 10-Inch ($14.25, Product ID #608411)
  • New cymbal selections, including:
    • 20″ Ride Cymbal ($104.99, Product ID #608602)
    • 14″ Hi-Hat Cymbals ($85.99 per pair, Product ID #608641)
    • 16″ Crash/Ride Cymbal ($41.99, Product ID #608661)

Band & Orchestra Line

Taking its symphony of high-quality affordability to a whole new level, Monoprice will proudly showcase the following new additions to its band and orchestral lines:

  • An Eb Alto Saxophone ($239.99, Product ID #609410)
  • Bb Trumpet ($144.99, Product ID #609510)
  • A 4/4 Flamed Maple Violin ($118.99, Product ID #609610), full-sized and featuring a stunning flamed maple body and accessories

Stage Lighting

Monoprice first introduced its stage lighting line at last year’s Summer NAMM. By adding some great new stage lighting to its already affordable line, from standard utilities to classic lighting effects to exciting lighting designs, Monoprice will help its customers save even more. These high-quality additions include:

  • Super-Bright, 12-watt x 7 LED, PAR StageLight (RGBAW) ($139.99, Product ID #612745)
  • Flat PAR BlackLight with 144 LEDs (UV) ($85.99, Product ID #612710)
  • Blacklight UV LED Light Bar ($114.99, Product ID #612610)
  • An 8-Way DMX Distributor ($115.99, Product ID #612160)
  • 10-inch Mirror Ball ($9.99, Product ID #612260) and Motor for Mirror Ball with LED Lights ($6.99, Product ID #612269)
  • 4-Conductor DMX Lighting Bulk Cable (For 5-Pin DMX) – 300FT ($99.00, Product ID #601680)
  • 2-Conductor DMX Lighting & AES/EBU Bulk Cable (For 3-Pin DMX) – 500FT ($89.00, Product ID #601660)
  • 10-inch Mirror Ball ($9.99, Product ID #612260) and Motor for Mirror Ball with LED Lights ($6.99, Product ID #612269)

 

Monoprice encourages all attendees of SummerNAMM 2014 to visit the company’s exhibition booth # 354 in the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee to experience the company’s exciting new pro audio products in person.

 

Ray Benson

Country Music Legend Ray Benson (@bismeaux) to Appear at the @EastmanGuitars Booth (#1016) at Summer @NAMM Thurs. & Fri 12PM-2PM

Ray BensonLegendary frontman for Asleep At The Wheel and nine-time Grammy Award winner Ray Benson will be appearing at the Eastman Guitars booth (#1016) from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 during the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville at the Music City Center. Recently, Eastman Guitars collaborated with the revered songwriter and guitarist on a signature and custom model guitar, the Thinline T486-RB, faithfully built to his exact specifications. 

Benson has released more than 25 studio and live albums over the last four decades. As a producer, he has worked with an impressive who’s-who A-list including Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard, Carolyn Wonderland, and Vince Gill. His latest project, a solo album titled A Little Piece, was released earlier this year. Often referred to as a “Texas Legend” and an “American Treasure,” long-time local resident of Austin, Texas; Benson was named the official Texas state musician in 2004 and Texan of the Year in 2011. 

For more information please visit online: www.EastmanGuitars.com. Eastman Guitars is a division of Eastman Music Company www.EastmanMusicCompany.com.

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Daily Events at the @countrymusichof – Thursday, June 5 #cmafest

20140605-082203-30123341.jpgTHURSDAY, JUNE 5TH
11:00am Joel Crouse
FREE performance on the CMT Stage
More info about Joel Crouse

12:30pm Josh Thompson
FREE performance on the CMT Stage
Autograph Signing in the museum’s 5th Avenue Lobby (autograph signing passes are on-sale NOW)
Josh Thompson will sign copies of his new CD, Turn It Up, purchased from the Museum Store.
More info available on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s website
More info about Josh Thompson

2:30pm Tyler Farr
Autograph Signing in the museum’s 5th Avenue Lobby (autograph signing passes are on-sale NOW)
Tyler Farr will sign copies of his new CD, Redneck Crazy, purchased from the Museum Store.
More info available on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s website

4:30pm Kellie Pickler
Autograph Signing in the museum’s 5th Avenue Lobby (autograph signing passes are SOLD OUT)
Kellie Pickler will sign her CD, The Woman I Am, purchased from the Museum Store.
More info available on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s website

The museum’s full and updated CMA Music Fest schedule can be found at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/contentpages/cma-music-fest-happenings

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CMA’S 2014 SRO AWARDS FINAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Voting on Final Ballot Begins Today

NASHVILLE – The finalists have been determined for CMA’s touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards and the final ballot will be emailed to voters today (June 3).

Ballots will be sent to CMA members in the following categories: Advertising/Public Relations/Media, Affiliated, Artist, Entertainment Services, Marketing/Digital, Musician, Personal Manager, Record Label, Talent Agent, Talent Buyer/Promoter, Touring, and Venue. Final voting for the SRO Awards will take place online through Friday, June 20. Ballots will be tabulated by the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Finalists were determined during the first round of the balloting process when voters submitted nominations in each category.

CMA’s SRO Awards 2014 Final Nominees are as follows (in alphabetical order):

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Duane Clark – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Cheryl Harris – O’Neil Hagaman, PLLC
Kris Wiatr – Wiatr & Associates, LLC

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Kelley Beck – Blake Shelton
Ron Easley – Jason Aldean
Michael Kersh – Little Big Town

CATEGORY 3 – FOH (FRONT OF HOUSE) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Freeman – Brad Paisley
Jon Garber – The Band Perry
Jeff Parsons – Blake Shelton

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Taylor Price – Hunter Hayes
Steve Richards – Taylor Swift
Chris Shrom – Little Big Town

CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Robert Allen –13 Management
Kerri Edwards – Red Light Management
Jason Owen – Sandbox Entertainment

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Canady – Blake Shelton
Tristan Kirkbride – Rascal Flatts
Erica Worden – Taylor Swift

CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Brad Baisley –Blake Shelton
Robert Bull – Martina McBride
Jordan Kolenc – Taylor Swift

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Arthur Kemish –Taylor Swift
Joseph Lloyd – Jason Aldean
Todd Ortmeier – Miranda Lambert

CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR
Mary Hilliard Harrington – The GreenRoom
Ebie McFarland – Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Tree Paine – Premium PR

CATEGORY 10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR
Rob Beckham – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
John Huie – Creative Artists Agency
Darin Murphy – Creative Artist Agency

CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing
Louis Messina – The Messina Group
Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR
Dega Catering
TaDa! Catering
Taste Event Catering

CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
David Cook – Taylor Swift – Keyboard
Devin Malone – Hunter Hayes – Guitar
John Thomasson – Little Big Town – Bass

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEAR
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Brian Carico – Hunter Hayes
Scott Scovill – Moo TV
Michael Tinsley – Taylor Swift

The SRO Awards were originally created by the CMA Board of Directors in 1990 to honor outstanding professional achievement within the touring industry. The first SRO Awards were presented at a black tie gala, hosted by K.T. Oslin and Roger Miller, during CMA’s Entertainment Expo, which was also known as the Talent Buyers Entertainment Marketplace. Ten SRO Awards were presented at the first gala and the number of awards swelled to 19 before the last were handed out at SRO ’97. In 2011, CMA brought back the Touring Musician of the Year Award and in 2012, SRO Awards in 14 categories were handed out in Nashville during “The 42nd Annual IEBA Conference” in conjunction with the presentation of the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction in October, which is recognized as Country Music Month.

About CMA: Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,000 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.