2018 NAMM Hits the Ground Running

Largest music gathering of the year to make some noise

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This year might just be getting warmed up, but one of the largest gatherings of music and audio professionals is ready to get things going. With tons of exhibitors and scores of workshops, meetings, and award ceremonies, the 2018 NAMM show is bound to have something for everyone under the roof of the Anaheim convention center.

Where Do We Start?

2018 NAMM will be held in beautiful Anaheim California from January 25th-28th at the Anaheim Convention Center. There are three venues as well. Here is how it all breaks out:


Anaheim Convention Center, ACC North Hall & Anaheim Marriott


 Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center (Lobby C & Arena)


Grand Plaza – Live Music All Day & Nightly Headliners

The show floor itself will be jammed packed with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. They want to meet you and tell you all about their unique products. Professionals will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with producers, sound engineers, lighting and stage gear heads, and of course all kinds of musical instruments and other manufacturers on the exhibition floor. Let's take a look at some of the major building blocks that will make the 2018 NAMM really special this year. Oh yeah one thing worth noting - you have to plan out your time. There is so much to see and hear that if you don't plan it out you will miss some stuff you really want to get to.

I know if you are like me you want to see everything, but sometimes you have to pick and choose if you want to go for quality not quantity.

But first the new stuff

Let's say it like it is. Most people LOVE new stuff! The folks at NAMM always have new events and things that will are bound to get your attention. It's the new things that make you pause, refresh, or inspire to grow professionally. Check it out: 


AES (Audio Engineering Society) has formed an alliance with NAMM for the January show and will present AES @ NAMM: Pro Sound Symposium Live and Studio. Agendas will include technical sessions, expert speaker presentations, hands-on workshops and tutorials, as well as networking events and social opportunities and professional development offerings for music and pro audio professionals.


NAMM has partnered with ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association) to offer event technology professionals a new platform for industry training, business development and networking in lighting, lighting technology, rigging and more.

The Parnelli Awards

Timeless Communications Corp. will relocate The Parnelli Awards to the Anaheim Convention Center as a part of The NAMM Show. The premier award show for the live production community will honor Bobby Thrasher, longtime production manager for Billy Joel and other top artists with the 2018 Parnelli Audio Lifetime Achievement Award; lighting designer Jonathan Smeeton (The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, Jane's Addiction, Taylor Swift), who will be receiving the Parnelli Visionary Award; and pro audio pioneer and DiGiCo technical director John Stadius will be honored with the 2018 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award.

And of course there are always a few crowd favorites:

TEC Awards

The 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards honoring excellence in sound technology and creativity in worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films. Stay tuned to find out who will receive the Les Paul Award and who will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Last year, The NAMM TEC Awards honored Aerosmith's Joe Perry and his producer, Jack Douglas.

TEC Tracks

TEC Tracks sessions will again feature master classes, live interviews and panel discussions on the most relevant topics for recording, live sound, DJ, lighting, music business and entertainment technology professionals.

I told you there was a lot of ground to cover!

Like I said earlier, with tons of exhibitors classes and events, you might be pretty busy, but like a surfer dude friend told me one time, you have to climb up to the top of the wave to get the most out of the wave. Makes sense to me. First things first - I am getting the map located on the NAMM.org website and looking at where I have to get to and where is it on the floor. If you are still with me then you will see that the pro audio and technologies are shaded darker. Doesn't mean you shouldn't see other things just means now you will know where to start if that's your thing. Again, for me it is what are the MUST see, what are the need to see, and what I want to see if I have one ounce of energy left. That's just the exhibit floor! Other parts are sure to follow, but these are a few things that really got my attention.

From the Exhibition Floor

ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio

ZYLIA is the world’s first Portable Recording Studio that allows you to record entire sound scenes with only one microphone then separate the individual sound sources from the recording. By combining advanced digital signal processing algorithms and microphone array technology we have created a truly unique and innovative product.  

ZYLIA for Podcasters

  • Record multiple guests/speakers with one-mic-only!
  • Separate individual dialogue tracks from your recordings
  • Easily mix your tracks in ZYLIA Studio or export to DAW

ZYLIA PRO - For Audio Professionals

Capture immersive 3D audio (360/VR/AR) with high definition quality (3rd order Ambisonics)

  • Use 'Virtual Microphones' to get ultimate control over the recorded sound-field
  • Use ready presets for surround or ambient recordings, such as 5.1, 7.1, 5.1.4 up to 22.2

ZYLIA ZM-1 Microphone

ZYLIA ZM-1 is a special type of microphone array that was designed for high quality, multi-track recording. In order to capture selected sound sources on specified directions and distances the ZM-1 microphone uses 19 omnidirectional capsules (based on state-of-the-art MEMS technology). 

ZYLIA Studio Software

ZYLIA Studio is a dedicated application acting as the “Control Center” for the ZYLIA ZM-1 hardware and enables musicians/bands to record songs and extract recorded instruments to individual tracks, allowing for fine-tuning of the mix with gain level and pan controls or exporting of tracks to an external DAW.

Main features:

  • Desktop application for Mac OS, Linux and Windows
  • Record, mix and store your recordings
  • Extract individual instruments into separate tracks
  • Produce and export tracks in WAVE (24 bits PCM, 48 kHz)
  • Presets for surround or ambient recordings (5.1, 7.1 and more)

ZYLIA Studio Pro

ZYLIA Studio PRO is a VST/AU plugin which gives you access to spatial filtering and signal separation directly within a DAW. ZYLIA Studio PRO transforms a single 19 capsule microphone ZYLIA ZM-1 into an unlimited number of virtual microphones.

Main features:

  • Possibility to set and monitor virtual microphones of multiple polar patterns or characteristics - live or during postproduction.
  • Presets for surround or ambient recordings (5.1, 7.1, 5.4.1, 22.2 and more)
  • Sound sources separation in real-time
  • Automatically detects the positions of sound sources

ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter

ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter (ZAC) converts the ZM-1 multi-channel recordings to Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) and enables you to prepare 3D audio recordings for playback on the 'Facebook 360' and 'Youtube 360’ platforms.

From the TEC Track Sessions

Avid CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. Presents Master Class Hal Leonard

Avid CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. to Speak on the Future of Content Creation and Distribution in NAMM TEC Tracks Session

Hal Leonard LLC and Avid Technology are pleased to announce “The Storyteller’s Dilemma: Overcoming the Challenges in the Digital Media Age,” a NAMM TEC Track master class scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 2 pm in the NAMM U Hilton Education Center’s fourth floor Avilla room.

Contemporary storytellers face a fundamental dilemma: while distributors’ operating budgets are at all-time highs, most participants seem to make less than ever before. How can storytellers remain creatively potent, immediately relevant, and consistently profitable in the face of ongoing upheaval?

Today, the economics of storytelling matter to everybody and a rewrite of the way our industry engages and transacts with audiences is long overdue. As chairman and CEO of Avid Technology, one of the world’s most iconic media technology firms, Louis Hernandez, Jr. enabled his company to navigate the industry shifts, as well as helping Avid customers survive and thrive amid disruption. The extraordinary energy and diversity of Avid’s customer base, responsible for some of the most engaging and inspiring media of the past three decades, offers Louis a connection with their creativity that is as extraordinary as it is rare.

In his “The Storyteller’s Dilemma” TEC Track master class, Louis will offer his unique insights on how technology is changing the way we share experiences and shaping the industry’s mutable economic bases. This session urges artists, producers, innovators, and consumers to embrace the revolution and strive for an entertaining, informative, and creative future undergirded by new, mutually beneficent programs and business models. By moving away from unviable practices, it’s possible to achieve profits while more equitably compensating all involved parties.

About the Speaker

Louis Hernandez, Jr., author of The Storyteller’s Dilemma: Overcoming the Challenges in the Digital Media Age (Hal Leonard Books, 2017), is the chairman and CEO of Avid Technology, a global leader in media technology. An award-winning entrepreneur and author, he has founded, invested in, and advised organizations of all sizes on strategy, execution, technology, and leadership. Louis is a passionate supporter of the power of a storyteller’s impact on the global community.

From the Stage

Singer-Songwriter Jackson Browne to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award at 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

The NAMM Foundation has announced that singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.

Eight Groundbreaking Products to be Inducted to NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

At the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards (TEC Awards), eight products and technologies inspired by a series of global sound pioneers will find their place in audio history when they are inducted into NAMM’s prestigious TECnology Hall of Fame. The ceremony, and later the awards show, will take place Saturday, January 27, as part of The 2018 NAMM Show.

So, to sum it all up there will be just a ton of things to see, hear and do at the 2018 NAMM show. Like I said to make the most of your time take a step back first and then jump in with both feet. It will be worth every minute!

About the Writer

Mark J. Foley, MBA BA is an award winning producer and director and the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB.com.   He is on a mission to provide the best in new equipment reviews, along with exclusive analysis and interviews with the best, the brightest, and most creative minds in the entertainment and production business. Have a suggestion for a review? Mark can be reached at: mfoley@productionhub.com. 

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