Mike Garson, Nick Smith to Appear at NAMM ILIO Booth


Renowned Pianists will Put Synthogy Pianos to the Test

ANAHEIM, CA, January 9, 2012-World-renowned keyboard giants Mike Garson and Nick Smith will appear at the NAMM show, in the ILIO booth (Hall A, 6724). Both will showcase their prodigious talents while playing the new Ivory II virtual piano plug-ins by Synthogy.

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Mike Garson is well known as the longtime keyboardist for David Bowie, and has since collaborated or appeared with such varied acts as Stan Getz, Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins, and Nine Inch Nails, among others. His discography includes 17 solo albums and EPs, plus over 70 albums and recordings with other artists. In addition to his famed skills as a pianist, Garson is a prolific and acclaimed composer, having penned over 4,000 pieces of music, including concert works, jazz, and film scores.

Embracing the idea of the "Renaissance Man," Garson continually experiments with new ways through which he can communicate his humanistic ideals and hopes for the world in which he lives.

Nick Smith, former keyboardist with the Tonight Show Band, was the keyboardist for Stanley Clarke for ten years. Nick has toured with various artists including Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Kenny Garrett, Michel Polnareff, Kirk Whalum, and Marcus Miller. Nick has scored for film and TV including such films as "Brown Sugar," "Eddie," and "Sprung." In 2004, Nick released an independent Jazz CD project titled "It's Like That," which features Stanley Clarke, Dennis Chambers and David Sanchez. Nick's philosophy on playing music is: Always play as if it is your last time playing; then leave them wanting more. Nick's dream for the future is to keep quality music alive.

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Both artists will appear during the NAMM Show in Anaheim at the Synthogy stand inside the ILIO booth, number 6724 in Hall A.

Nick Smith will appear at this time:

  • Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Mike Garson will appear at these times:

  • Friday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Saturday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Ivory II is Synthogy's first major upgrade to all of its Ivory virtual piano products since they were first launched. Significant improvements have been made to both the piano DSP engine and to the integrated sample libraries that come with the products. Ivory II - Grand Pianos, Ivory II - Italian Grand, and Ivory II - Upright Pianos are all available and shipping.

The Ivory II piano DSP engine includes many new features Synthogy customers have been requesting, including Harmonic Resonance Modeling for Sympathetic String Resonance, Half Pedaling, Pedal Noise, Lid Position, Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, Tuning Tables, and New Synth Layers with controls.

Ivory II - Grand Pianos and all Synthogy products are distributed in North America by ILIO, carrying the highest quality virtual instruments, sample libraries, and creative tools for professional musicians.