Get hands on with the latest gear.
Whether you are already an accomplished music producer or you want to get into it, you work as a technicians or event producer, or maybe you are looking to deck out your studio - this is the place to scope out new gear. We’ll have loads of stuff to check out, from studio monitor speakers, to microphones, to synthesisers and MIDI controllers, with specialist exhibitors ready to show you the ropes and answer your question. Oh, and there will be some exclusive discounts on offer too so you could end up going home ready to produce that next hit!
The Exhibitor Zone is located in the New Amphion and will be open from 10am - 6pm on Friday and Saturday. The exhibitors will also be demonstrating products throughout the weekend in The Study Sessions, pick up a programme to find out when.
Red Dog Music was formed in May 2008 by former staff of Sound Control and Turnkey, previously the UK’s largest musical instrument and technology retailers. Frustrated by the general direction of musical instrument shops, they decided that we’d start our own and run it in the way we think music shops should be run. Red Dog are defiantly independent - there are no sinister men in suits and dark glasses telling us what we should and should not do – and the store is both owned and run by musicians. As such, they set out to live up to the motto - “The Friendly Music Store” – not only by offering friendly service to our customers, but genuinely caring about our staff and the wider community, including our suppliers and competitors, and the music world that allows us to exist. Red Dog will be running exclusive deals on gear that you can buy and go home with from the festival!
Akai Professional entered the electronic music industry in 1984 with one purpose - to give artists the tools they need to express and explore new musical possibilities. Since then, Akai Professional products have become a fixture of modern music both in studio and on stage. The refinement of their digital sampling technology has become the building block of today's most popular music. The uniqueness of their MPC sequencing samplers has forever changed the way modern music is created by enabling digital samples to become the basis for beat-making and musical composition. They will be demoing their new Fire Controller for FL Studio in The Study Sessions.
Source Distribution will be on hand to demo the latest and greatest analogue synthesizers, drum machines and effects from these major music technology brands, with the incredible Moog Grandmother, Arturia MiniBrute II, DrumBrute Impact Eventide H9 effect and more on hand to try.
In just two years, this British microphone manufacturer has taken the audio market by storm with it's innovative, great sounding and affordable products. Aston microphones are rapidly replacing mics of ten times the price in major studios around the world, becoming the first choice for such notable artists and producers as Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Thom Yorke, Stevie Wonder, Neck Deep and Idles. The Aston Halo is widely considered to be the best reflection filter money can buy.
“A microphone is not just a piece of electronic equipment, it’s a musical instrument and the first point of entry for everything you ever record… better get it right!” - James Young – Owner
The Sennheiser UK team will be bringing along a selection of the latest Sennheiser and Neumann vocal and instrument mics, for use on stage and in the studio.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of musical instruments including pianos, keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices. They will be showcasing AIRA, Synth, Dance and DJ products.
"Inspire the Enjoyment of Creativity"
Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today. Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.
Focusrite is a global music and audio products group that develops and markets proprietary hardware and software products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning almost three decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry. Focusrite and Focusrite Pro offer audio interfaces and other products for recording musicians, producers and professional audio facilities. Novation and Ampify products are used in the creation of electronic music, from synthesisers and grooveboxes to industry-shaping controllers and inspirational music-making software and apps.
Sound Technology is the UK distributor for a number of high profile audio brands including AKG, Apogee, Cranborne Audio, JBL Professional, Nord, ROLI, Solid State Logic, Soundcraft and Teenage Engineering. Amongst the products they will be showing at Edinburgh Festival of Sound are:
Teenage Engineering’s eagerly anticipated OP-Z multimedia synthesizer and sequencer.
The new SSL Fusion stereo outboard processor, with a suite of new analogue processing tools, ideal for the modern hybrid studio.
New British company Cranborne Audio’s modern approach to vintage sound. The 500R8 USB is a 26/28 channel USB audio interface with controller, discrete analogue summing mixer, and built-in 8 slot high-current 500 series rack. The Camden 500 is an astonishingly clean preamp.
JBL 3 Series MkII. The next generation of JBL’s hugely popular studio monitors including a new 6” model.
ROLI’s BLOCKS and Seaboard RISE controllers, and their Equator, Noise and ROLI Play software.
Apogee makes some of the best audio devices in the world including the Symphony O/O Mk2, Ensemble and Element interfaces.
Physical Audio creates new technology for the music industry. We use cutting-edge research in acoustics to create new musical instruments and audio effects, using numerical modelling techniques. These expand the range and quality of sounds available to musicians, sound designers and studio engineers. They will be showing of their PA1 Dynamic Plate Reverb, PA3 Derailer and PA4 Dual Spring Reverb.
Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the sound technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality. Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages and progresses the inclusion of women at all levels from studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities. YSWN enables the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities. Through its network YSWN provides strong, skilled and professional role models who actively encourage women and girls to participate and develop skills in sound and music digital technology. We are now beginning to deliver further activities focused where we have identified a need in industry and education. Please come and say hello and find out how you can support equality in the audio industry!
Krotos develops innovative technologies that fundamentally improve the way sound is made and performed. The company’s flagship software, Dehumaniser, is a unique sound design tool that produces studio-quality monster and creature sounds in real-time. Dehumaniser wowed Hollywood and the video games industry when it was used to create creature sounds in blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Jungle Book, Far Cry and Stranger Things.