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Gearfest 2011Gear retailer Sweetwater has announced GearFest ‘ 11, described as ‘a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music.’

The free event, being held Friday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will feature live music, dozens of workshops, manufacturer exhibits, giveaways and more.


  • This year’s featured speaker is Alan Parsons, legendary producer, engineer, and artist. Parsons is famed for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and his own group, The Alan Parsons Project.
  • GearFest will also offer an appearance by BT.
  • Seminars will cover topics such as tracking the band, songwriting critique, recording on a computer, introduction to Pro Tools 9 recording software, and many, many more.
  • More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear.
  • Performers Paul Pigat, Johnny Hiland, Frank Bello, David Ellefson and many more will take the stage to perform on the latest new guitars, keyboards, and electronic drums.
  • The Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses on display for guests to get their hands on.
  • Sweetwater also  says that they have amassed “more than $30,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees”.

“It is a unique form of trade show,” says Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack.  “There’ s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public, anywhere else in the country.”

Details on GearFest 2011 are available at the Sweetwater site.


The first videos of the Roland Jupiter 80 are starting to come out of Musikmesse 2011.

Here’s a great in-depth look at the Jupiter 80 sounds from early user Howard Jones. This comes via Sonic State, which says that they want to “give a flavour of the instrument, without the usual sales slant that a professional presentation is bound to.”

Here’s an overview of the Jupiter 80:

Here’s what Roland has to say about the Jupiter 80 synthesizer:

A name synonymous with classic 80s synthesis is the Roland Jupiter. Now in 2011, Roland bring back the Jupiter in the form of the Roland Jupiter 80.

Jupiter 80 integrates Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesis engine for organic, huge-sounding synth patches and super expressivity.
With 256 note polyphony, a rugged (yet still retro-looking!) build quality and USB integration for recording and MIDI control, the Jupiter 80 brings back all the charm of the Jupiter synths with a little extra function for the modern keyboard player / musician.

The videos offers some perspective on the scale of the Jupiter-80 and a better view of the interface. Read more…