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IMSTA FESTA | SAE Institute LA | 11:00AM - 6:00PM

Join IMSTA (Intl. Music Software Trade Assoc.) and SAE Institute as they host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology packed with Panels, Workshops & Master Classes, Song Critiques, Demonstrations and more. Hosting industry experts in an environment where music-makers can network, interact and learn with each other face-to-face, this annual one-day event is not to be missed. IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to everyone in the music making community; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

Admission is FREE with REGISTRATION.

IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to everyone in the music making community; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

Event Highlights:

  • Register for a FREE class in the IMSTA Master Class Series featuring the most coveted products from your favorite companies.
  • Visit all of the exhibits to get hands-on experience and even win software!
  • Attend the IMSTA Panel Series with industry experts to network and learn.
  • Bring your Song in to have it reviewed by an expert who will provide you with a professional critique. Song Reviews between 2-5pm.
  • Enter your original song submission into our 2018 Songwriting Competition to win the opportunity to attend Black Rock Studio's in Santorini, Greece!

IMSTA FESTA LA will be taking place at:

Location Date Time

SAE Institute Los Angeles
6700 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

May 19, 2018 11:00AM - 6:00PM

IMSTA FESTA 2018 LA Registration

Male   Female

16-25   26-35   36-45   46-55   56+
Professional Semi-Pro Hobbyist Student Instructor
Music Producer
Recording Engineer
Mixing Engineer
Mastering Engineer
Live Sound Engineer
Home Studio Operator
Commercial Studio Operator
Artist Manager
Musical Instruments Reseller



Don't miss the opportunity to check out and experience the most sought-after production tools on the market from the most recognized, award-winning Manufacturers in the music-making world. Doors open at 11am, see you there!

Exhibit at IMSTA FESTA


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Register below for a FREE class in the IMSTA Master Class Series featuring the most coveted products from your favorite companies.

2:00PM 3:00PM 4:00PM
Native Instruments
Creating a Live Performance with Traktor Brian Kullas

The latest Traktor update introduced some exciting new features to the world’s leading DJ software. Gain direct insights from Lead US Product Specialist Brian Kullas about the all-new step sequencing capabilities and learn how Traktor allows you to create a unique live performance using the syncing functionality of Link. In this workshop, you will also learn about Stems, an innovative audio format that enhances creative possibilities for DJ, producers, and live performers.

Serato Sample with Matt Perry

Learn about how to manipulate your samples and sounds with ease using the power of Serato Sample. Matt will demonstrate different approaches to sampling and some very helpful ways to stay inspired and find new sounds and ideas that you can take advantage of using Serato Sample. Find Sampling and chopping sounds faster and more exciting than ever before. Learn how to match and stack multiple versions of Serato Sample to combine beats, leads and vocals with sounds you never thought would match up together!

Native Instruments
Total Nonstop Creativity - Matt Lara

Gain insights into the dual power of the new Maschine MK3 and Komplete Kontrol MK2 from Certified Native Specialist Matt Lara. Learn how to start creative ideas and finish entire tracks from one unified system that unfolds its full potential when combined. Discover how this sonic powerhouse of software and hardware can amplify your own creative potential in this workshop.

Melodyne 4 Vocal Tuning

This class assumes some knowledge of Melodyne. First, we look at the GUI and how to decode what Melodyne is telling you about the music it has analyzed. We then use musical concepts to begin to edit the music to what we need. This class will feature a raw vocal and work towards tuning it. This is perfect for anyone wanting insights on tuning vocals with Melodyne.

FabFilter Pro R and Pro L2

FabFilter plugins are some of the best and most popular on the market. This Master Class focuses on the ground-breaking Pro-R reverb with its unprecedented 6-band control of frequency decay and tonal balance. Learn how to take this reverb into fresh, new, creative territory. Pro-L 2 limiter takes the world's favorite Limiter to the next level and adds true-peak limiting, extensive loudness metering and much more with the same loud and transparent sound.

Celemony Room
Melodyne 4 Audio Processing & Tempo Detection

This class focuses on the creative uses of the Sound Editor with its harmonic EQ, emphasis and resynthesis features. We also take a look at some of the uses of Tempo Detection and how it applies to today's music production. This class is not to be missed.

Maximize Your Mix With McDSP

Find out how to get the most out of McDSP plug-ins from McDSP’s founder Colin McDowell and product specialist Gil Gowing. This masterclass will cover the history behind McDSP as well as looking at some of the unique aspects of these plug-ins and how they can be used to shape your audio in both practical and creative ways. Attend and you may win a give-away during the class!

Presonus Room
PreSonus Studio One Basics

This Master Class is ideal for new users and people checking out Studio One to see what it can do and how it works. You will learn about: Instrument tracks and Audio tracks and their differences; Audio Tracks Channel Mode; Panning basics ; Insert Effects and FX Channels and Mixing 101.

PreSonus Studio One Advanced

This Class is geared for advanced Studio One users. In this Masterclass you will learn about: The Arranger Track; Using Audio Bend; Using the Scratch Pad 4; Working with loops and VST Instruments; The Studio 192 and Studio One Integration.

Nugen Audio
Mastering for Streaming Services

This webinar teaches how to prepare music for Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music. Learn how to avoid inter-sample peaks, learn about audio codec compression, learn how to volume match your mix for each streaming service. This master class is sponsored by NUGEN Audio.


Melodyne 4
Along with his Artistic and Production pursuits, Derek Olds is currently an Instructor at The Los Angeles Film & Recording School in Hollywood, and is also heavily involved in the Audio Engineering/Tech worlds. From 2014 to 2018, he was honored to help run the Celemony: Melodyne booths at NAMM, AES, IMSTA, and the Grammy P&E party. We often hear him describe the 'computer' as just another instrument - another tool to convey emotion. As a result, he has strived and excelled in every aspect of modern music from writing, to performing, to production and sound engineering, resulting in truly individual records.


Serato Sample
Matt has been working with Serato for over 5 years ensuring the worlds best DJ's and producers are staying inspired and getting the most out of their performances with the software they are using to move the crowd.


FL Studio Instruments & Plugins
Kevin has heavily focused on the technical side of production. His love of sound design and education has helped when delivering masterclasses for various synths such has Harmor and Sytrus. Kevin is also a winner of Image-Line's Dance Anthem competition. When not focusing on the aggressive sounds of Hardstyle, Kevin relaxes by producing Melodic Techno. Join him at IMSTA LA 2018 for the full FL Studio experience!


Creating a Live Performance with Traktor
Hailing from Nebraska, this LA resident is making her way through the house and techno scene under the name Mary Droppinz. With her heartwarming musical inspiration stemming from her father's drum beats, Mary Droppinz passion for music started as a baby. Traktor is the reason she is a DJ today as that is what taught her and she's been an advocate ever since. Now performing all around Southern California and Vegas, she is making waves in the community. If that wasn't enough to keep the fire burning, she also is working for Native Instruments on the Marketing Team to combine her passion with her work. Mary Droppinz fuel is driven from empowering others and inspiring a creative musical journey of dance.


Total Nonstop Creativity
Matnetik is the glitch-based, future bass and funk movement that shreds formal electronic conception. His dirty south roots from Miami to Houston led to the Live DJ/Producer taking an unprecedented, multi-genre attack on heavy basslines and wompy, psychedelic melodies. From the glitchy Matnetik projects, to the funky live electronic band SoDope, to the pop of Oh1, and the writing team INFRARED, Matt is breaking his way into the community and creating a forefront to future of a genre blending style.


PreSonus Studio One
Johnny Geib is a music producer in the Chicago area. He's also the owner of Home Studio Trainer, an online blog and training website for recording musicians. He has produced hundreds of videos on StudioOne and uses PreSonus products in his Chicago recording studio.


Music composer for film and television and Berklee College of Music Alumni. Zachary has established himself through scoring a variety of movies and documentaries for various Los Angeles based independent film makers. In addition to his film scoring endeavors, Zachary is also a seasoned audio engineer and studio technician often assisting professional musicians and composers with tasks ranging from troubleshooting and maintenance to audio production and recording of live instruments. He has over 15 years of experience performing at the piano and has extensive knowledge in composition and arranging for orchestra.


Jerry Mateo is an recording and mixing engineer, software educator, live sound engineer, and a video content creator for many software companies. Born and raised in Los Angeles area, Jerry has played many styles of music in various bands for years, ranging from his classically trained roots all the way to hard hitting metal. He is currently recording and teaching many upcoming local acts how to record and wright music that will translate the message they are trying to express.


Tony Franco is a freelance recording and mixing engineer. Tony had cut his teeth working with artists in studios, both small and large, around the greater Los Angeles area. Tony has over half a decade of experience mixing remotely for independent artists from around the world. He specializes in working with Hip Hop and electronic pop genres, but ventures out to work with occasional singer song-writers and rock bands as well. Tony likes to work with artists and musicians on a personal level. He feels that creating a positive vibe, and maintaining open communication between the artist and mixer or producer, can nurture more successful songs.


Recording & mixing engineer / producer based in the San Fernando Valley, California. Luis Fuentes has about 8 years working in the music industry with a variety of song writers, producers, recording artist, record labels and recording studios in Los Angeles. Graduating from the Art Institute of California - Los Angeles with a Bachelors degree in Audio Production, Luis has worked with artists like Sage The Gemini, Akon, Flo Rida, Kat Dahlia and Jojo along side working for Atlantic Records for a few years.

IMSTA FESTA Panel Series

IMSTA is proud to host another exciting panel series during IMSTA FESTA featuring industry leaders and their fresh perspectives on music production. We are bringing together the best minds, innovators and companies in the business of music and audio for this 1-day networking event.

Register for an event today!

Overview: James Edward Fauntleroy II is an American singer, Grammy award winning songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. Fauntleroy currently works with the production team The Y's and is the acting president of 1500 or Nothin'. He is best known for featuring on tracks by high profile artists such as Drake, J. Cole, and Big Sean as well as writing songs for artists including Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. In 2014 and 2018, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.





Sign up for a FREE Song Review from our qualified industry songwriting and production team who will carefully listen to your song and give honest, professional feedback from a songwriting & production perspective. All you need is your song on your phone or music player and our experts will do the rest.

During the Song Reviews 1 'Wild Card' can be decided. A Wild Card is a song that stands apart and is exceptional.

  • The wild card is spontaneously added to the finalists and has a chance at the Grand Prize of Black Rock Studios in Santorini Greece.


IMSTA would like to recruit volunteers that are responsible, enthusiastic, mature and eager. You will assist IMSTA staff with handling programming, set-up/ tear-down and the overall execution of this one day event.

Please email Nadia Adam or phone 416-789-6850 with inquiries.