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Cakewalk Live Broadcasts From NAMM 2008
Winter NAMM Site!
Alvarez Yairi Guitars Standard Series WY1T
Saturday, January 19
Winter NAMM to See Music Legends Abound
E-Newsletter from the show floor, January 18
Cakewalk Live Broadcasts From NAMM 2008
Sponsored by Intel & Microsoft
Here's your chance to tune into the action at NAMM live as it happens. Through a special arrangement with Intel and Microsoft, Cakewalk will be broadcasting all of their special events online, and you can even ask questions during the Q&A period. If you work in the pro audio community these are events you can't miss: new product launches including a Minimoog Tribute, masterclasses on film & game scoring and hip hop production, clinics on live sound recording with Roland and Cakewalk's joint SONAR REAC Recording System, and talks with some of the biggest names in the industry including Martin Atkins, Craig Anderton, Benjamin Wright, Terry Howard, the METAlliance's Phil Ramone, George Massenberg, Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, and many others. You'll also get to see how a dual-socket DAW built on the new 45nm Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor performs while running huge, processor intensive SONAR projects.

Visit to register for the broadcasts and learn more.

Winter NAMM Site!
The EM/Mix/Remix Winter NAMM Website is now live, and will be your one-stop place to get up-to-date information on products unveiling at the show, blogs from the editors (letting you know what's cool on the showfloor), nightly podcasts, nightly newsletters, video taken from the showfloor and so much more! Check it out here.

Alvarez Yairi Guitars Standard Series WY1T
Alvarez Yairi Guitars (booth #5776, Hall B) will introduce its Standard Series WY1T, an ultrathin-bodied acoustic/electric guitar designed for recording and live performance environments where high SPL without feedback is paramount. Available in three finishes, the single-cutaway, folk-style WY1T features a flamed (except for BK model) maple body and "sound hole-free" solid Sitka spruce top with hand-scalloped braces, herringbone trim and ebony bridge. The WY1T benefits from a custom Fishman Aura IC system with four discrete "sound images" derived from vintage and contemporary studio microphone. Price: $2,699.99, list; $1,999.99, MAP.

CEntrance AxePort Pro
CEntrance (booth #201-25, level 2) announced its AxePort(tm) Pro USB direct box, which offers 24-bit/96kHz performance and a USB interface for guitar and bass players. AxePort Pro a complete package for recording with almost any DAW on Windows VP/Vista and Mac OS X. Plug a 1/4-inch cord into AxePort from your electric guitar or bass -- or acoustic with built-in pick-up -- and start recording immediately. AxePort Pro is also bundled with Guitar Combos amp-emulation software from Native Instruments, the CEntrance ASIO/GSIF Universal Driver, a belt clip, 3-foot guitar cable, 6-foot USB cable and a velvet carrying pouch.

Lauten Audio LT-381, FC-357, ST-221
Lauten Audio (booth #6983) will debut three new studio microphones: LT-381, FC-357 and ST-221. The FC-357 is a solid-state, multipattern large-diaphragm condenser microphone, with Class-A electronics and a dual-diaphragm capsule capable of omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8 polar patterns. The ST-221 (pictured) is a small-diaphragm tube microphone that will be packaged in pairs; each features interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules, NOS military-grade vacuum tubes and high-resolution electronics. The LT-381 features newly designed large dual-diaphragm capsule; NOS military-grade pentode input and triode output circuit; and variable omni, cardioid and figure-8 polar patterns. These new models are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2008.

Mu Technologies Mu Voice 1.1.1
Mu Technologies' Mu Voice 1.1.1 is now available as an Audio Unit on Mac. In addition, the Mu Voice User Manual can now be downloaded from the company's Website. Booth #1104, Hall E

Neutrik Combo A-Series
Neutrik (booth #6320, Hall A) will introduce its Combo A-Series. The newly developed receptacle accepts both XLR and 1/4-inch phone plug connectors. Based on the A-Series panel cut-out, the smallest available panel-mount XLR, it features high-packing density and space savings. The combo is available in two versions: as a 6-pole vertical receptacle and a horizontal PCB mount receptacle, without switching contacts.


Saturday, January 19
The Retail Apprentice, 8 a.m.; Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Pacific Ballroom

Idea Center Sessions (booth #5501, Hall B)
10:30 a.m.: The Guitar Strap As Clothing
11 a.m.: How to Create Store Environments That Attract Long-Term Students
11:30 a.m.: Hire Like a Casting Director
12 p.m.: How to Set Up Your Internet Marketing...for FREE
1 p.m.: How to Turn the Slowest Weeks of Summer Into a Financial and Public Relations Bonanza
1:30 p.m.: How to Get More Church Business
2 p.m.: Promote the Difference! Five Ways to Stand Out From Your Competition
2:30 p.m.: How MI Retailers Are Using the Internet to Save Thousands of Dollars Per Month, Part 1
3 p.m.: How MI Retailers Are Using the Internet to Save Thousands of Dollars Per Month, Part 2
3:30 p.m.: How to Fix Your Buying Mistakes
4 p.m.: One-Hour Panel Discussion: "Why DIdn't I Think of That?"
For additional information on these sessions, visit

House Ear Institute (HEI), with the ongoing sponsorship commitment from Shure Inc. and NAMM, will provide free hearing screenings, hearing protection, literature and education to WNAMM attendee/exhibotors; the free hearing screenings are sponsored exclusively by Shure and available in booth #1196 in Hall E between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 through Saturday, January 20, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2008. A certified screening technician will conduct the screenings based on regulatory guidelines established by OSHA, and House Ear Institute personnel will provide audiology consultations and hearing health information. The Institute will offer oto-acoustic emissions (OAE) testing and the Hearing-In-Noise Test (HINT) as part of a research study being conducted on hearing loss in the music and pro audio industries.

IMSTA Software Day, Saturday, January 19
IMSTA has partnered with Microsoft to bring the "Software Day" to NAMM. On this day, IMSTA members and supporters will be showing their support for IMSTA by wearing the IMSTA blue T-shirts showing the slogan "Buy the Software You Use." To ensure that IMSTA has the right T-shirt sizes for you and your colleagues, please pre-order your free T-shirts by visiting and clicking on the "Software Day" banner, or visit booth #6329.

Party With Heil, Lectrosonics, R-H
Heil Sound, Lectrosonics, Renkus-Heinz, and Roland Systems Group are co-sponsoring a party on Saturday, January 19 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at 7 p.m. The party will feature the "Loud and Proud" music of the Johnny Hiland Band, Orange County rockers Unit 287 and Eagles tribute band Hotel California. The event's co-sponsors will be handing out passes to the party at their respective NAMM exhibits (Heil Sound: Hall A, booth #6849; Lectrosonics: Hall E, booth #1206; Roland Systems Group: Hall D, booth #2664). The party will include a cash bar.


Winter NAMM to See Music Legends Abound
Sennheiser's "The Right Mic" booth (#6579) campaign will showcase numerous musicians. Here's the lineup for Saturday, January 19
noon, Debby Holiday
12:30 p.m., Adjoa Skinner
1 p.m., Dawn Thomas
1:30 p.m., Phil Parlapiano
2 p.m., The Mighty Regis
2:30 p.m., Phil Parlapiano
3 p.m., Debby Holiday
3:30 p.m., Adjoa Skinner
4 p.m., Dawn Thomas
4:30 p.m., TBD
5 p.m., The Mighty Regis

If you missed last year's show, check out this video on finding Bootsy!


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