Seen on the Scene: Sweetwater GearFest 2015

Every year for two days, Sweetwater GearFest turns Fort Wayne, Indiana, into the center of the musical instrument and pro audio world. People travel hundreds of miles to converge on the campus of internet retailer Sweetwater to attend educational seminars; check out in-depth workshops; network with fellow pros; meet famed producers, engineers and musicians; and nab some deals on gear that are pretty, uh, sweet. Pro Sound News editor-in-chief Frank Wells was on-hand both days this year, sharing the event on the PSN Twitter and Facebook accounts, and here's some of what he saw.
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Every year for two days, Sweetwater GearFest turns Fort Wayne, Indiana, into the center of the musical instrument and pro audio world. People travel hundreds of miles to converge on the campus of internet retailer Sweetwater to attend educational seminars; check out in-depth workshops; network with fellow pros; meet famed producers, engineers and musicians; and nab some deals on gear that are pretty, uh, sweet. Pro Sound News editor-in-chief Frank Wells was on-hand both days this year, sharing the event on the PSN Twitter and Facebook accounts, and here's some of what he saw.

DAY 1:

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We're at Sweetwater Gearfest 2015 today in Indiana, tweeting and posting away. Here's PSN columnist and audio guru Craig Anderton talks dynamics to a full house.

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There's some pretty nice deals at GearFest, too, only available onsite to attendees.

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Jason Spence of JSoundServices talks in-ears at Sweetwater GearFest in a Shure-sponsored session.

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And the rain comes in. People physically dampened but not their enthusiasm--Sweetwater's GearFest marches on.

DAY 2:

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This is the view inside Sweetwater HQ as Day 2 began, with the first in the door pouncing on amazing deals in the on-location only DealZone.


Talking signal chain at Sweetwater GearFest -- star Producer/Engineer Neal Cappellino & Jonathan Pines (sE & RND)

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Ace Sweetwater Sales Engineer Kenny Bergle welcomes attendees to an early morning GearFest session.

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One of GearFest's grand traditions is a sweet deal on Shure 57s and 58s, going for $57 and $58, respectively.

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API is selling so fast that Dan Z had to pull a unit out of the rack for a customer!

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Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater with Sylvia Massey, discussing her new book, Recording Unhinged, as they explore the inside story of gear.

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...And finally, Elvisphant was spotted at GearFest!

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