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NAMM announces H.O.T. Zone schedule

David Davies 13 December 2010
NAMM announces H.O.T. Zone schedule

Alan Parsons, Rafa Sardina and Brian Malouf will be among the contributors to the education session schedule for this year’s H.O.T. Zone at The NAMM Show.

Situated on Level 2 of the Anaheim Convention Center, the H.O.T. (Hands-On Training) Zone will offer a wealth of free one-hour classes and sessions over the course of four days.

The full schedule is now online here. Day 1, 13 January, includes sessions on live mixing, acoustical treatments of home studios, hardware and software recording basics, and HoW sound reinforcement. Items on the agenda for the following day include wireless system operation, audio mastering and the optimisation of home studios. An independent engineers’ panel to be presented by Studio Expresso will feature input from producer/engineer Brian Malouf (Michael Franti, Dave Matthews Band), producer/engineer Rafa Sardina (Shakira, Dr Dre) and drummer/producer/engineer Simon Phillips (Stanley Clarke, Mike Oldfield, Toto), among others, whilst there will also be a special ‘fireside chat’ between Alan Parsons and Mr. Bonzai.

Of the two remaining days, 15 January will examine commercial studio collaboration with home-based producers and Cloud recording, among other subjects, while the schedule for 16 January will include sessions on mixing in the box and vocal miking for live performance.

The four-day programme will draw on the involvement of a range of top educational institutions, including USC Thornton School of Music, Musician’s Institute, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Berklee College of Music and SAE Institute.

NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond tells PSN-e: “The H.O.T. Zone is designed specifically to offer the broadest educational experience for industry professionals who work in the live sound, DJ, house of worship, and stage and lighting industries. We encourage those who work in these professions to attend the NAMM Show and participate in what we believe will be the largest gathering and educational offering for this segment of the industry in order to gain insight, knowledge and network with peers from all over the world.”

Those who would like to participate in the H.O.T. Zone educational offerings must be NAMM Members. To obtain a NAMM membership, please visit NAMM’s membership page at to complete an application. If you do not meet the membership qualifications, please RSVP to Badges should be reserved before the 15 December 2010 deadline; after that date, badges will cost $25 each and must be picked up at one of the Will Call stations on the show site.

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