UK: The 2009 edition of the London International Music Show will take place from June 11 to 14, writes David Davies. The LIMS incorporates four exhibitions, among them Sound Recording Technology (SRT), and is set to feature exhibitors including Allen & Heath, Alchemea College, Focusrite, Korg, Notion Music, Proel International, Shure Distribution UK, Studio Spares, Sennheiser, Yamaha and Avid Technology Europe.
Manufacturers to have disclosed their plans include Allen & Heath, which will exhibit a selection of its new mixers. The ZED-R16 Firewire recording mixer (pictured) will be on display, alongside other models from the ZED range of compact USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production, including the ZED-14 and ZED-12FX. The company will also demonstrate the new XB-14 compact broadcast mixer, the Xone:4D mixer/controller and the Xone:22 entry-level DJ mixer.
The PM5D large-format digital mixing console will be among the products showcased by Yamaha, which will also highlight a wide variety of its latest MI and music production products. In addition, the company will also provide opportunities for visitors to take advice from top industry professionals and have their material recorded professionally for free and uploaded to Yamaha's Download Live music site. Accordingly, the centrepiece of the stand will be the Download Mobile - a classic '60s US Airstream trailer converted into a professional recording facility and manned by a team of engineers and producers.
Yamaha Music (UK) sales and marketing director Ricci Hodgson tells PSN-e: "We're delighted to be involved with LIMS for the second year as quite simply it's an ideal opportunity to get in touch directly with our customers. As Yamaha is actively involved in the markets of guitars, drums, pro-audio and music production, a show like LIMS actually represents good value for money as it encourages customers from all these areas to attend. Once on the Yamaha stand, we believe that we can give everyone a real experience."
In addition to occupying its own stand and serving as one of the main SRT sponsors, Alchemea College is teaming up with Apple to provide visitors with free Logic Pro 8 training following a similar programme of workshops at last year's event. Producer and Apple trainer Gary Bromham will present the following sessions each day: Logic 8 Overview - why should I use Logic Pro 8? (11:00-11:45); creating a basic song from start to finish in Logic Pro 8 (12:15-13:00); working with software instruments in Logic Pro 8 (14:00-14:45); and arranging and mixing techniques in Logic Pro 8 (15:30-16:15). Alchemea will also run a daily competition to win an iPod touch.
The wider SRT programme of seminars and panel discussions will also address topics including composition of music for film and TV, and technology for live performances. In addition, show co-organiser Sound on Sound has devised a prize draw to win a studio system, based around a Digidesign 003 and Synergy Audio PC.