“It’s been a great show for us,” said Amanda Whiting, PR/Media Relations manager, who provided a whirlwind tour around their booths (they had three). “One of the most exciting things we have is the new GW-8 Workstation, the next generation of one of our most popular keyboards.”
Gregory Menas is typical of many musicians with a home studio. He wants great, noise-free recordings. And in the early 1990s, a simple desire to eliminate some audible hum planted the seed that would lead to the founding of new company, one that launched a de facto war on the bane of many musicians everywhere: the ubiquitous “wall-wart.”
When I was in the sixth grade, I started taking drum lessons at my local music store in Louisville, Kentucky. Each week, I walked into my teacher’s studio armed with a new critical problem — how to play the drum beat or fill from my latest favorite song. Almost invariably, mastering the lick never quite lived up to my own internal hype — it just never sounded quite right. Years later, I realized this was because no matter how well I imitated the drummer on the recording, the recording process itself so completely shaped the sound of the drums that I could never make myself sound exactly like whatever drummer I idolized at the time. Even if I had realized the problem then, the idea of trying to make my own recordings was way beyond the realm of possibilities.