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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 12:00 am

FORT WAYNE — As Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio celebrates its 30th anniversary, it has expanded the extremely popular and open to the public Gear Fest from one to two days long.

“We had such a large turnout, more than 4,000 people last year, we decided to expand it to two days, to make the most out of all the effort that goes into (the event),” said Christopher Guerin, Director of Program Development for Sweetwater.

With more than 150 vendors present, and...

FORT WAYNE — As Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio celebrates its 30th anniversary, it has expanded the extremely popular and open to the public Gear Fest from one to two days long.

“We had such a large turnout, more than 4,000 people last year, we decided to expand it to two days, to make the most out of all the effort that goes into (the event),” said Christopher Guerin, Director of Program Development for Sweetwater.

With more than 150 vendors present, and many workshops and seminars on various musical aspects, Gear Fest ’09 is a must see event for any music lover. To add the cherry on the music lovers’ extravaganza, Sweetwater is giving away prizes hourly.

“There are also four different venues within the building where we’re running more than 40 different seminars over the two days,” Guerin said. “A lot of educational material, presentations about recording, performing live, singing and songwriting, you name it."

Inside the Sweetwater building there are the Sweetwater gift shops and cafeteria, a free massage booth and an area for free guitar restringing.

Outside there are tents devoted solely to specific musical aspects. For instance a drum tent, a guitar tent and recording tents along with a flea market swap tent, where attendees can bring in their own gear to sell, barter and trade.

Among the seminars and celebrity appearances on Saturday will be Nick Catanese of Black Label Society test driving Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars, while also giving his opinion of the equipment. Similar events are scheduled throughout Saturday.

“If you’re interested in any single aspect of the music making process there’s something here for you,” Guerin said.

Saturday Events

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Microphone Tips and Techniques for Acoustic and Electric Guitar

You'll learn how to capture better acoustic and electric guitar tracks, and learn a variety of must-know miking techniques.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Microphone Tips and Techniques for Drums and Vocals Presented by Chet Chambers

Unsure how to get a "snappy" snare sound or an airy lead vocal take? In this seminar, Sweetwater's Chief Engineer takes you through a range of top techniques for recording drums and vocalists.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Producer Forum

Presented by Mitch Gallagher, Geoff Daking, Dusty Wakeman, Frank Filipetti, Fab Dupont, and Craig Anderton

In this all-star panel of producers, you'll learn insider tips about how they approach sessions everyday.

- Multiple Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Frank Filipetti has worked with an amazing array of artists, including James Taylor, Kiss, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan.

- Working out of NYC's East Village, producer and remix artist Fab Dupont has been behind top tracks for/with/featuring Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Brazilian Girls, and others.

- Having broken into the music industry as the drummer for '60s psychedelic band the Blues Magoos, Geoff Daking went on to make another mark, designing and building boutique-quality studio gear.

- Having amassed producing and engineering credits with artists as diverse as Dwight Yoakem, Lucinda Williams, and Buck Owens, Dusty Wakeman now doubles as president of Mojave Audio.

- Craig Anderton is a leading voice in music technology, serving as editor-in-chief of harmony-central.com and as executive editor of EQ magazine, as well as authoring hundreds of books and articles.

- A Grammy-winning composer, the former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, and a prolific technical writer and author, Mitch Gallagher now serves as Sweetwater's Editorial Director.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Fender Guitars and Amps

Presented by Greg Koch with Fender

Hear guitar wizard Greg Koch put Fender's top gear to work! He'll give you the full story behind the new Roadworn Guitars plus Fender's Vintage Modified amps.

- Dubbed "Twisted Guitar Genius," solo artist, master musician, and Fender fan Greg Koch is a session ace, a frequent columnist, and an instructional book/DVD star.

4 - 5 p.m.

PRS Guitars

Presented by Nick Catanese

Listen as Nick shreds, then shares his take on Paul Reed Smith guitars, including his brand-new PRS signature axe.

- "Evil Twin" guitarist Nick Catanese of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society is widely recognized for his thunderous heavy metal and hard rock chops.

 

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