Greetings from NAMM!
We just finished our first day of the NAMM show. We have a larger booth this year and things are going very well here. We were wondering how the show would be after hearing that the CES show was down substantially this year, but it seemed to be a very busy first day - comparable to other years.
This year we are hosting Microsoft at our booth giving demos of Songsmith. People are very impressed with this interesting new music creation tool. Dan Morris and Sumit from Microsoft Research are giving demos. Tom Hopkins and his wife Amy, Jeff, Jim Ortner (Haydn), David and Eric are also at the booth helping out this year.
The Steinway Basic is being demonstrated at the show. Galileo was kind enough to lend us their Concerto digital piano to use as a keyboard controller for the Steinway. This is a beautiful mahogany and Briarwood mini grand with Italian wood inlays. And the virtual Steinway sounds terrific and people are impressed. Different artists have been playing the virtual Steinway throughout the day. Our first meeting today was with Steinway and Sons and it was good to discuss our upcoming projects.
We are showing the new GPO ARIA. I am very pleased with how it plays and sounds. The addition of SAM Brass and other sounds with the efficient ARIA engine make this a compelling upgrade.
And we're showing ARIA running on a little netbook computers. These little computers are very popular and are the fastest growing segment in computers. Although these dimunative computers cannot replace a full DAW, they can be a perfect complement to do some music work on the go. I'll post some info about it in a separate post.
We also showing a new world instruments library and announcing GOS2 at NAMM. More on that later.
Today we had meetings with Steinway, Berklee College, Steinberg Who announced Garritan support for VST Expression), Hal Leonard, SONY, New Blue, several appointments with the music press, a few distributors and other companies (which I'll tell you about in due course). I feel all talked out and its only day one.
I haven't had a chance to check out many of the new things at the show, but hopefully will get a chance to see some more. I'll post some more information and pictures when I return.
Seeing many of our members from the forum at NAMM was a real treat and I wish to thank those who took the time to visit us. We missed Snor and Jeannot this year and will have to ask them to join us next year.
I would like to invite anyone that is attending NAMM to come by and visit our team.
All the best,