GearFest 2013 was pretty much as dope as I expected it to be. Lots of great gear being sold at ridiculously low prices. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go with my wife this year because she was out of town photographing a wedding. Instead, I was joined a few friends and fellow audio engineers. Basically, a total sausage fest on wheels driving an hour out of way to experience a mega sale.
I picked up this sweet new KRK subwoofer to help flesh out my monitoring situation in the studio. This is a much needed upgrade because lately I’ve been mixing a decent amount of hip hop and rap music. I’m perfectly confident with my ability to mix on my Dynaudio BM5A monitors, but I’m excited about the added control that this subwoofer will give me.
Oh, and for anyone who has ever been to GearFest knows… SM57 and SM58 microphones were being sold at RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICES! Seriously. $57 and $58 the respective microphones. I ended up getting one of each which is funny because I didn’t really need either of them, I just can’t resist a good deal. Anyway, enough with all this nonsense, I have this subwoofer hooked up and it’s time to break it in.
My beautiful fiance, Lauren, and I drove up to Fort Wayne today to see just what GearFest 2012 at SweetWater was all about. I don’t think they could have picked a more appropriate name. This place was gear crazy. A small town of tents were erected so that companies from all over could show off the latest and greatest of modern audio gadgets. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention the deals. There were all sorts of crazy sales going on! They were selling SM57’s for $57!!! That’s just ridiculous. I have to mention that Sweetwater is an exceptionally good host. They provided air-conditioned tents, free water, and they didn’t even mark up the food prices at the cafeteria. There are a lot of companies out there that would not think twice about trying to make an butt-load of money just by capitalizing on the basic needs of their customers. Hats off to Sweetwater for putting their customers needs first.
While I was there I managed to procure a few much-needed items for my mobile recording studio at incredibly low prices. I purchased a new 16-track digital mixer along with a sweet and sturdy road case that will protect the mixer while also providing me with plenty of storage space and functionality. I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchases. Oh, and I think I made a good impression with the head of global marketing for Rode Microphones! An excellent contact to have… especially going into this new mobile production that I am putting together.