Audio Industry News
Dear AXPONA Community,
As the world continues to navigate the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we at AXPONA are focused on 2021 and making plans with the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and press in mind. Given the continued unpredictability and the expectation that restrictions on travel and large gatherings may continue into early next year, we do not believe it would be wise to hold AXPONA in April 2021. We asked the Renaissance Schaumburg for later dates in the calendar year that could accommodate our entire event and we are pleased to announce our new dates will be August 27 – 29, 2021.
The August dates offer many benefits, and most importantly, they give us all valuable time. Events require months of planning for exhibitors, attendees, vendors and show organizers. The extra four months will give us all more time to gauge the progression of COVID-19 through the upcoming fall and winter seasons, along with potential medical treatment breakthroughs, to learn from other trade shows and conventions that are held in the first half of 2021 and to evaluate all the new safety protocols and technologies that will be developed in the months to come to safely reopen venues and live events around the world. We want all exhibitors and attendees to be more comfortable with traveling safely to AXPONA and adjusting to the new normal in 2021.
Exhibiting companies and attendees do not need to take any action with the new dates, as everything will automatically transfer to August. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time or visit <a href=”https://axpona.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2fbd13c6ced6ec9ead5c15cf6&id=0e84d4dc31&e=fdbbd124ee” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>www.axpona.com</a> for event updates.
We send our heartfelt thoughts to those that have been adversely affected by COVD-19. We look forward to bringing the audio community together once again next August 27 – 29, 2021 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Liz Miller Smith Mark Freed
VP, Event Director VP Sales
Tampa, Florida—August 2020—Given the extraordinary times and continued uncertainty, the founders of the Florida Audio Expo, Bart Andeer, Michael Bovaird, John Chait, and Ammar “AJ” Jadusingh, have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show.
“We sincerely appreciate the exhibitors, consumers, and media that support us,” says Bart Andeer, co-founder and operations manager of the Florida Audio Expo. “This decision isn’t the outcome we hoped to announce, but in our estimation, is the best option for our event given the information available at this time. We will always put our customers’ well being first. We remain vigilant and hope that 2022 will bring new opportunities to come together and celebrate our love for music.”
Capital Audiofest 2020 Canceled!!!
Gary Gill sent out this Press Release this morning
Full Press Release
Capital Audiofest and Daedalus Audio Announce Pacific Audio Fest 2021
New Consumer Audio Show
coming to the Seattle area in August 2021
Lou Hinkley of Daedalus Audio, in collaboration with Gary Gill of Capital Audiofest, are pleased to announce the launch of the Pacific Audio Fest, slated for August 6-8 2021. The Pacific Audio Fest is first and foremost a show by exhibitors for exhibitors. With that in mind, we are always open to input and will do everything possible to make this a great show for every exhibitor. By doing that, we are convinced that it will also be a great show for all attendees.
One of the guiding principles for this show will be to keep the scale manageable for everyone. We envision about eighty rooms as optimal for this type of consumer audio show, and will ensure that the show will not expand far beyond that. We expect the show to do quite well in the first year, and then hit its limit no later than the second year. Once we hit our desired capacity, we will have a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. The show will be located in Seattle, Washington, with the venue to be announced in the near future.
It would be an understatement to say we are in uncertain times, but since it takes an immense amount of time and work to initiate a top-quality professional audio show, we will forge ahead. Obviously, there will be no deposits until the COVID-19 situation is manageable. When I began work on PAF in fall of 2019, the date of late July/early August 2021 was established as the goal. We are still shooting for that, but realize that date may need to be pushed back. Regardless of the exact date, there is a need for a solid American Pacific show that will draw from LA to Vancouver, BC, and the Pacific Audio Fest will be ready to rock when the time is right.
Our primary objective is to provide an audio festival that puts the needs of the audio community first, while serving the entire US Pacific Coast, from Los Angeles, CA to Vancouver, BC. The Pacific Northwest has become a mecca for great live music, centered on Seattle, whose long history in Jazz and Rock/Alt Rock is alive today. The Seattle area is a top tech hub, and one of the fastest-growing major U.S. cities. The area also offers excellent demographics for the audio industry, as well as incredible natural beauty. It’s a great destination for audio enthusiasts and their families –truly a vacation paradise in the summer months.
Gary Gill, Capital Audiofest’s Founder and Director, said: “I’m thrilled to be working on a new audio show with Lou in an exciting new location and a market that has been under-served by any consumer audio shows. Lou has exhibited at every type of music show, convention, and festival over a span of almost thirty years, and that experience will help make the Pacific Audio Fest a success for everyone involved.”
“With my nearly thirty years of experience as an exhibitor in music trade shows, and Gary’s decade plus as an audio show promoter and organizer, we can say that the Pacific Audio Fest may well be the first major audio show by exhibitors and music lovers for exhibitors and music lovers!” said Lou Hinkley, Daedalus Audio’s Founder. “We will make this a fun and extremely high-quality event for attendees and vendors, and keep this show on a scale that works for everyone.”
We are wrapping up negotiations with an excellent venue and will have more details in the coming weeks, with information posted on our website, www.PacificAudioFest.com, so please stay tuned.
About Gary Gill
Capital Audiofest is the East Coast’s largest and longest running consumer high-end audio show, and the only show in the Mid-Atlantic area. Started in 2010 by Gary Gill, CAF presents a wide range of music reproduction products for the enthusiast, from start-up and cutting-edge technologies to cost-no-object aspirational gear, and everything in between. Capital Audiofest offers a fun and congenial weekend for the whole family, including live music, seminars and presentations and tastings from local distilleries.
About Lou Hinkley
In 1992 Lou Hinkley founded Daedalus Audio as a manufacturer of high-quality speakers for both professional and home use. In the course of almost three decades, Lou Hinkley has exhibited in practically every type of festival and audio show, and he knows the industry well from the manufacturer’s perspective. For the last 28 years, the highly acclaimed Daedalus speaker systems have been used by professionals in both live and studio settings, as well as in home audio systems around the world.
For more information, please contact:
Pacific Audio Fest – Show Director
Gary Gill, Capital Audiofest
Pacific Audio Fest – Show Manager
No industry is ever immune to setbacks and disasters that loom large on our personal landscapes. Sometimes, they seem small in retrospect, but sometimes, the magnitude of the crisis is never diminished, and the only thing that matters is survival and managing the calamity with as much grace as we can muster. At RMAF, our hearts have been broken by some of those disasters, but our spirit has always triumphed. We have never shied away from difficult times. Over the years, we have endured many obstacles, and through it all we had the support of our community, a sense of humor and the promise of stories to tell our grandchildren.
Here in the RMAF office, we have remained calm and quiet for weeks, waiting for the dust to settle around the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown so that we could evaluate the possibilities for our show in the wake of a worldwide shutdown. Even now, some parts of the United States are beginning to reopen, although the numbers of people contracting the virus, and the number of deaths attributed to it are still rising, and the CDC is projecting an even more deadly second wave in the fall. We remain uncertain that this is the right course of action, although we wish it were otherwise.
The very worst thing that we can envision is for someone to fall ill because they came to our show, whether as an exhibitor, a journalist, an attendee, or a volunteer. Good health is a precious gift, and we are learning that although recovery is possible, the residual effects of COVID-19 can be profound, and we are unwilling to risk even one case. Up until now, we have held onto the possibility that our October show could be produced as planned. After watching and listening to the news concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, and reading all the trade publications, we no longer hold that hope.
We have determined that the course of action is to cancel our show for 2020. You may rest assured that we are facing the future with optimism and exuberance, and plan to use the coming year to explore new ways of making RMAF better and more enjoyable for everyone! We look forward to a time when our closely knit circle of friends can gather again in celebration of sound!
Until then, we send you our heartiest wishes for good health and great happiness.
Marjorie Baumert, Director and Marcie Miller, Operations Director
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest
October 7-10, 2021
Breaking news from JD Events — AXPONA 2020: Cancelled.
April 30, 2020
Dear AXPONA Community;
It is with heartfelt disappointment but concern for the health and safety of all AXPONA participants that we announce today the official cancellation of AXPONA 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. We thank everyone who had committed to making the 2020 event into what would have been the largest and most attended AXPONA in history. Although there remains over three months until our August dates, we do not feel 100% confident that we can provide a safe environment for all of our customers and press to network and do business in Schaumburg by that date.
We are reaching out directly to exhibitors, sponsors and attendees this morning with further details. These are enormously challenging times for everyone’s personal and business lives but let us stay strong, caring and united. The industry will come through this together and it will be a better and safer world on the other side. We look forward to hosting a celebratory AXPONA for the ages when we all meet again in 2021.
Joel A. Davis
Founder & CEO
The Vinyl? It’s Pricey. The Sound? Otherworldly. The Electric Recording Co. in London cuts albums the way they were made in the 1950s and ’60s — literally.
LONDON — Tucked in a trendy co-working complex in West London, just past the food court and the payment processing start-up, is perhaps the most technologically backward-looking record company in the world. The Electric Recording Co., which has been releasing music since 2012, specializes in meticulous recreations of classical and jazz albums from the 1950s and ’60s. Its catalog includes reissues of
landmark recordings by Wilhelm Furtwängler, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, as well as lesser-known artists favored by collectors, like the violinist Johanna Martzy.
But what really sets Electric Recording apart is its method — a philosophy of production more akin to the making of small-batch gourmet chocolate than most shrink-wrapped vinyl.
Its albums, assembled by hand and released in editions of 300 or fewer — at a cost of $400 to $600 for each LP — are made with restored vintage equipment down to glowing vacuum-tube amplifiers, and mono tape systems that have not been used in more than half a century. The goal is to ensure a faithful restoration of what the label’s founder, Pete Hutchison, sees as a lost golden age of record-making. Even its record jackets, printed one by one on letterpress machines, show a fanatical devotion to age-old craft.