Craig Anderton to host all-star keyboard and synth panel at NAMM 2016

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Where are keyboard instruments going? Is hardware in its twilight, or is it having a renaissance for live performance? Is the analog revival here to stay, or a passing fashion? What will keyboards do in the virtual world of the future? Are mobile apps and touchscreens viable for serious music production? In this panel moderated by legendary music technology thought leader Craig Anderton, top experts in keyboard and software design, product management, and media will discuss the future of the electronic musical instrument industry. Panelists include:

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Craig Anderton (moderator), Executive Vice President, Gibson Brands and Editorial Director, Harmony Central.

Athan Billias, Director of Strategic Product Development, Yamaha and advisory board member, MIDI Association.

Stephen Fortner, Editor at Large, Keyboard Magazine.

Ralph Goldheim, President of U.S. Operations, Arturia.

Jimmy Landry, Head of PR and Artist Relations, Cakewalk.

Roger Linn, CEO, Roger Linn Design and inventor of the modern drum machine.

Mike Martin, General Manager of Marketing, Casio.

Jordan Rudess, Keyboardist in Dream Theater and Founder, Wizdom Music.

Dave Smith, President and Founder, Dave Smith Instruments and co-inventor of MIDI.

Topics covered will include virtual instruments, analog synths, traditional keyboards versus alternative controllers, and more. If you’re attending NAMM and into keyboards or synths, don’t miss what is sure to be one of the most thought-provoking discussions at the show.

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 203 A/B (“The Forum”), Anaheim Convention Center

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