Sweetwater GearFest 2012

Head to Sweetwater’s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 23–23, for the annual GearFest—the nation’s largest music/pro audio exhibition that is open to the public, and completely free of charge!
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Frank Bello and David Ellefson (inset) throw
down at Gearfest 2011.
Head to Sweetwater’s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 23–23, for the annual GearFest—the nation’s largest music/pro audio exhibition that is open to the public, and completely free of charge!

More than 200 manufacturers will be on site, offering a rare opportunity for you to not only see demos and get your hands on hundreds of guitars, amps, pedals, mics, keyboards, drums, mixers, P.A. systems, studio gear, and software, but to talk directly to product experts, designers, and manufacturer reps. There are also two full days of seminars, clinics, workshops, and performances, including appearances by Thomas Dolby, Jeff Loomis, George Massenburg, Dave Weiner, Lee Roy Parnell, Paul Reed Smith, Paul Pigat, Craig Anderton, Mitch Gallagher, and dozens more. Plus, New York-based engineer/producer Fab Dupont will hold two amazing sessions where he tracks, mixes, and masters a complete recording by a live band.

For full details—a schedule of events, hotel rooms and travel info, etc.—visit sweetwater.com/gearfest. New info about artist appearances and workshops will be added right up to the last day, so check back often for the latest news. Pre-registering at sweetwater.com/gearfest means your registration pack is ready to go when you arrive, and gets you in the show as quickly as possible. Did we mention that is event is free? See you there!