Mr. Tunes' Namm Report

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Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:32 pm

So i just got home from ye old namm show and i gotta say folks it rocked! i dont think i could've found a more exciting booth to be working at this year cause there was so much going on with IK and SR. oh yeah and i should mention this was my first time at a namm show. it's funny when you talk to people there and they say "i remember my first namm show back in..." and it's really legendary to experience it. there is this saying that namm is all about the musicians, and it's really true. i got to jam, watch people jam, and showed off cool new products to some industry heavy weights. it felt really good.

Here is a quick review of what i did:
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Showed up to namm on thursday afternoon, as you can see my shuttle bus goes to the hilton and there's not *so* many people standing outside. had a bit of trouble getting in because i forgot to get lil dave's cell # and he had my pass. can you imagine how hard it is to work with that? it's freakin' namm you cant get in without a pass. but i found this innocent clerk who felt bad for me and actually ran to the IK booth for me and i was in the show within 20 minutes (but what a stressful 20 minutes eh?).

the camera went off from then until the next morning, but when i showed up to the show lil' dave came out to get me and he brought me my pass. it was hilarious to see this face all of a sudden, the guy who has been responsible for shipping me all my sounds for a long time. lil' dave is the life of the party. he likes to have a good time but also gets the job done and he works really hard for this company. so i guess i was nervous to meet squids for the first time, felt a little weird that it took me so long to meet him and that i hadnt gone to visit florida earlier. as you know him from the forum he's a really nice guy and it's not *that* scary meeting him. also at this time i met jeez who was standing at the desk holding down the fort. i stayed with jeez for the three nights and he's great. the guy knows his stuff inside out and he's lots of fun. Larry is the best! he's so cool to hang out with i was glad to have met him. he had to leave early and i didnt get to say goodbye to the poor bugger. but my sister lives in chicago so larry if you're reading this im coming to jam soon. hopefully we can throw it down at Kingston Mines :wink:

so anywhoo i also met the gang from italy and i enjoyed that a lot. and the rest of the ik staff in the US were also great. everyone opened me with welcome arms. i dont want to start naming everyone and describing more until i talk to squids later.

on thursday night i went to the Keyboard Magazine private party. that's the one magazine that i have been supporting consitently for many years and i have stacks of issues stored away. there were so many amazing keyboard players that night i can barely remember it all but i saw joey defrancesco vs. tony monaco, and tons of great synth players, like patric moraz from YES and Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal. I made friends with Eric and agreed to have him at the booth the next day where i sit down with him and show him Sonik Synth 2 for half an hour. that is thrilling; to show one of your hero's the synth that you love. also at the Keyboard party i met the contributing writer Mike Gallant and he also agreed to see Sonik Synth the next day to his amazement.

oh yeah and it's officially released all the other new IK products that have been unveiled. Amplitube 2, Ampeg Bass, Miroslav, Studiophonik, it's all real folks i saw it with my own eyes. i had four days with the stuff it's all sounding amazing! IK and SR are working their butts off.

so the unfortunate part about friday was we missed squids' set with John Anderson because we wrapped up at the booth and got ready to go over there and their set was short so...
i dont really want to talk about it im kind of bummed about it but the night turned out great anyways. i helped squids pack up the keyboards and had some time to chill with him which was nice. the show was great seeing Earth Wind and Fire, and a whole slew of amazing rock musicians, heard a chunk of the show from the backstage area and it had a real rock concert feel. if you havent seen the lineup of the entire night we'll post it all soon. I chatted with Patrick Moraz backstage and he was debating trying to put a song together even though by that part of the show it was really heavy rock. i kind of helped him come to terms that it probably wasnt going to happen because of what type of show it turned into. see that's the thing about namm right there - it makes musicians want to keep playing and having fun. he's not trying to promote himself or anything and i could totally relate to him backstage having the urge to jump on stage even though by that point of the show it was a throwback to the alternative grunge era with acts like perry ferrel, rather than earlier which dealt with the progressive rockjazz. but i think it wouldve been cool to blend all that since the later groups were also doing a bit of funk rock. i think vernon reid was playing? there was so much going on i could barely keep track of who was playing and who i was looking at backstage.

prog, it was really weird, i thought the party was going to be in a small venue, i dont know LA and i'd never been to the Galaxy, it was a huge concert hall and i was going nuts that i didnt organize a better way to meet with you. so im a bit relieved to know that you didnt make it(yes horrible for me to say that), and i hope to see you soon. the flight wasnt that long and i want to go back to california next opportunity. i also want to go to florida but that's a different story altogether :wink:

i gotta wrap this segment up for now, let me just conclude by saying that i showed off the IK/SR stuff to these artists:
Bendrix, the newest guitarist for Ice T's Bodycount was nuts about amplitube and im setting the guy up proper. he really liked me and that made me feel
warm inside
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and then he came with the mask so i could get a great pic with him - he did this as a thank you present to me!
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Calil, a producer for G-Unit and Xhibit loved my one-on-one showing of Sonik Synth 2 and im going to keep in touch with him.
The guitarist for the current Edgar Winter group-mark meadows had an awesome time viewing my demo of Sonik Synth as well, and im going to try to track him down eventually.
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he liked it so much because he does a lot of other music too and that's the thing about Sonik Synth - every type of musician needs it to paint their ideas. he's all about doing soundtracks for commercials and stuff - its a great way to get your ideas out

and of course Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal:
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if you love great funk jazz fusion check out http://www.garajmahal.net and try to catch a show soon. in a few months if you see him with a laptop running his vintage key sounds on it, he'd be running sonik synth and you can thank me for showing him all the ins and outs of what Sonik is.

im going to write more about my trip later, and tell everyone about the new products. i have way more pictures of really cool musicians playing amplitube 2 and ampeg, and they sounded great and also they felt great about using the plugin in front of the massive crowds at our booth.
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Rainman
KVRist
86 posts since 13 Apr, 2002 from " ...... high in the Custerdome"

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:43 pm

Thanks for that Tunes, I'm really envious that you were able to meet all those cats. Hey, it's nice to be able to put a face to "Mr. Tunes" as well.

Rainman......who looks alot older than Mr. Tunes.

progfusion74
KVRian
711 posts since 16 Mar, 2002 from Mostly in planes and hotels. Terra Firma: Seattle, WA

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:56 pm

Garaj Mahal rocks :)


Yeah, the #1 reason I wanted to be there was to hook up with you and of course get to see Squids and co again, but NAMM always returns to Anaheim so hopefully there will be another opportunity.


I hope you get a chance to do this again and visit SoCal in general .... and back to the grind for me :)

Squids
Sonic Reality Head Chef
8399 posts since 11 Mar, 2002 from Florida

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:46 pm

Good stuff Tunesy. I didn't even see those guys. But, I was running around like crazy as you know. I wish I had more time to hang with you, Jeez and Larry. At least we got to talk backstage at the Sonik Elementz gig. By the way, www.sonikelementz.com and the forum there is technically live. The official opening of it will be coming soon. I am doing some cool interviews for the site now.

Here are some pictures I have from the show:

Mark Hornsby, Jon Anderson, Dave K, Nick D'Virgilio

This is just after the short set playing Long Distance Runaround with Jon which was a lot of fun.
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This is Chester Thompson (trouring drummer for Genesis)

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Here is a picture of me and Nick with original members of Earth, Wind & Fire - Sheldon Reynolds and Larry Dunn plus Ricky Lawson, Bobby Watson and Morris Pleasure.
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I have some more I can post and will all througout this week.
http://www.sonicreality.com
http://www.esoundz.com
My album with guests Steve Hackett, Keith Emerson and more: http://www.davekerzner.com
Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project: http://www.facebook.com/sonicelements

progfusion74
KVRian
711 posts since 16 Mar, 2002 from Mostly in planes and hotels. Terra Firma: Seattle, WA

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:23 pm

WOW ... wish I could have been there .. that said, given the traffic, I would have missed the set :(

I will be dropping by sonikelementz soon :)

PaintedBlue
KVRist
106 posts since 28 Apr, 2003

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:55 pm

Red eye removed...

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Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:02 pm

Rainman wrote:Thanks for that Tunes, I'm really envious that you were able to meet all those cats. Hey, it's nice to be able to put a face to "Mr. Tunes" as well.

Rainman......who looks alot older than Mr. Tunes.
yeah i look so white in those pictures eh?

Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:05 pm

progfusion74 wrote:Garaj Mahal rocks :)


Yeah, the #1 reason I wanted to be there was to hook up with you and of course get to see Squids and co again, but NAMM always returns to Anaheim so hopefully there will be another opportunity.
ah there you are. how's my mad scientist?

i know you'd appreciate the garaj mahal section cause they're from san francisco. i have to call eric soon.

i also met Frank Serafine who did the sound for Tron. i didnt get to talk to him much because squids was hogging him :wink: . but his friend was really cool who i cant remember the name of... but this guy basically invented CG animation on "The Return of the Last Starfighter" i think the title was. he is also really into synths and will love sonik synth when he buys it.
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Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:16 pm

Squids wrote:Good stuff Tunesy. I didn't even see those guys. But, I was running around like crazy as you know. I wish I had more time to hang with you, Jeez and Larry. At least we got to talk backstage at the Sonik Elementz gig.
yeah you were really busy. it's kind of admirable how someone can have that much energy. i actually had a lot of stamina at namm all things considered and sunday night i crashed really hard after my flight.

it was cool to get to chat with you and larry after the sonik elementz gig. it was also fun to jam with you. squids was playing the imap drums and i was running through amplitube 2. if you havent watched videos of squids doing that yet, the guy is freakin' fast.

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al kooper playing amplitube 2:
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Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:19 pm

neil zazza and pollo jones playing amplitube 2 and ampeg

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Freddy Fox on Amp2(nice guy!):
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Caleb
KVRAF
4154 posts since 7 Sep, 2001 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:24 pm

Hey Mr Tunes - you forgot to mention the most important part.

Did you score?

:lol:

Caleb
Happiness is the hidden behind the obvious.

Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:26 pm

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and this is Lil' Dave folks:
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Mr. Tunes
Tunesmith
2891 posts since 12 Mar, 2002 from Toronto

Post Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:08 am

Caleb wrote:Hey Mr Tunes - you forgot to mention the most important part.

Did you score?

:lol:

Caleb
yeah lil' dave gave me my copy of sonik synth 2 before i left. i scored 2 dvds of sounds man!

Caleb
KVRAF
4154 posts since 7 Sep, 2001 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:53 am

Mr. Tunes wrote:
Caleb wrote:Hey Mr Tunes - you forgot to mention the most important part.

Did you score?

:lol:

Caleb
yeah lil' dave gave me my copy of sonik synth 2 before i left. i scored 2 dvds of sounds man!
Well that's nice too I guess. :hihi:


Caleb
Happiness is the hidden behind the obvious.

Kim Lajoie
KVRAF
4692 posts since 28 Jan, 2003 from In these very interwebs

Post Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:34 pm

Caleb wrote:
Mr. Tunes wrote:
Caleb wrote:Hey Mr Tunes - you forgot to mention the most important part.

Did you score?

:lol:

Caleb
yeah lil' dave gave me my copy of sonik synth 2 before i left. i scored 2 dvds of sounds man!
Well that's nice too I guess. :hihi:


Caleb
:lol:

It's all true! I was there with Mr Tunes. He probably recognised more "big names" than me though. I'm terrible with that stuff! I got to shake BT's hand though! :hihi: and I overheard D (another IK guy) leave a phone message about SS2 for Hugo Chad! :love: but that's about it for me and celebrity. :wink:

Forever,




Kim.

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