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IMSTA FESTA | July 23, 2016

SAE Institute Chicago | 820 North Orleans Street #125 

On Saturday, July 23rd, the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and SAE Institute Chicago will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA hosts a collection of top music technology companies in an environment where music-makers can network and interact with them face-to-face.

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


Event Highlights:

  • 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.
  • Enter your original song submission into our 2016 Songwriting Competition to win the opportunity to attend Black Rock Studio's in Santorini, Greece! (CHI submission deadline is July 1st, 2016)
  • Explore non-stop live demonstrations from a line-up of reputable software manufacturers.
  • Register HERE a FREE class in the IMSTA Master Class Series featuring the most coveted products from:
    • Focusrite
    • Steinberg
    • Propellerhead
    • McDSP
    • PreSonus
    • Celemony
    • Native Instruments
    • FabFilter


IMSTA FESTA | July 23, 2016

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Founded in Grenoble (France) in 1999, ARTURIA specializes in the development of music software and hardware for both the professional and amateur musician. Focusing on innovation, the company strives to integrate the latest advances in computer music research and technology into their products. This involves working closely with partner research institutions, such as IRCAM France, in the development of leading edge musical instruments and software, the results of which have gone on to been used in the making of numerous hit records and Hollywood sound tracks.

Avid Technology, Inc. is an American company specializing in video and audio production technology; specifically, digital non-linear editing (NLE) systems, management and distribution services. It was created in 1987[3] and became a publicly traded company in 1993. Avid is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.[4]

Avid products are now used in the television and video industry to create television shows, feature films, and commercials. Media Composer, a professional software-based non-linear editing system, is Avid's flagship product.

Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio develops audio software for musicians and audio professionals. We create real time audio processing plugins for the PC and Mac platforms, in VST, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX and DirectX formats: you can find on this websiteprofessional audio effects and innovative audio analysis tools to transform your Digital Audio Workstation into a professional audio processing environment.


Celemony Software GmbH is a German music software company that specializes in digital audio pitch correction software. It produces Melodyne, a unique audio editor with advanced pitch and time editing tools that has become the industry standard.

Melodyne has been adopted by a large number of music, game, and film professionals worldwide to create, edit and manipulate vocals and instruments in audio files signals, or generate MIDI data from audio files. Melodyne DNA, or Direct Note Access, allows for independent manipulation of individual notes within chords and polyphonic recordings.

D16 Group

D16 Group Audio Software officially launched in 2006 with the aim of producing virtual instruments and effects for producers and musicians who required top quality and inspiration in their music. Today, D16 Group Audio Software have become a premium audio plug-ins vendor. Continuously high level of quality and will of improvement allow us to deliver virtual instruments that sets the new standard of sound perfection and effects that brings creativity for the next level. Solid trust from audio community and respect for products fruitful in many rewards make the D16 Group Audio Software company of choice for many musicians around the globe.


Our more than 40 years in the business is testament to our dedicated delivery of relevant products that artists are excited to record with. What started in a New York basement in 1971 has become a ubiquitous name in audio broadcasting and recording. We've revolutionized the industry with our H910, Harmonizer, Instant Phaser, and we're incorporating today's technology with more recent favorites like our stompboxes and plug-ins. 


At FabFilter, we make the best possible tools for music production and audio processing. To achieve this, we continually rethink and challenge industry standards: we've never been afraid of reinventing the wheel. Considering every little detail, we tune our algorithms and interfaces until they sound perfect, look amazing and feel great to work with.


For more than 28 years Focusrite have been designing premium quality mic pre amps, channel strips and audio interfaces. Focusrite offer USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet audio recording solutions. Drawing on its heritage, Focusrite’s extensive ranges of audio interfaces share the same 'attention to sound', bringing professional recording within reach of today's aspiring music makers. Focusrite produces class-leading products and award winning designs for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

IK Multimedia
IK Multimedia Production is an international music software company which develops music software designed to take advantage of personal computer performance and revolutionize the way people compose and play music. IK’s product line includes the AmpliTube family, the ARC System, Miroslav Philharmonik, SampleTank, Sonik Synth, and T-RackS.

Its unique approach to innovative music software has allowed the development of one of the widest and fastest growing range on the market: from DJ and re-mixing to loop and sound collections & high-quality effects processors for the studio to cutting-edge software musical instruments for keyboard players and guitarists.

Image Line

Image-Line is a Belgium based company that produces innovative and leading music applications for computer-based music producers, musicians and sound-designers. Their flagship product, FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops), is downloaded over 30,000 times every day making it one of the world's most popular Digital Audio Workstation applications. Image Line products include: FL Studio, FL Studio Mobile (Android & iOS), FL Studio Groove (Windows 8), Deckadance, and EZGenerator. Their VST Plugins include: Autogun, Deckadance, DirectWave, Drumaxx, Edison, Groove Machine, Gross Beat, Hardcore, Harmless, Maximus, Harmor, Morphine, Newtone, Ogun, Pitcher, Poizone, Sakura, Sawer, Toxic Biohazard, Vocodex, and Wasp.


KResearch comprises of a group of highly motivated professionals which except of their technical related expertise in effect design and software development, are all involved in musical related activities from composition, performance or production of music.

Our aim is to develop innovative products with rich unique feature sets based on our in house research and development.

McDSP is an innovative Silicon Valley audio software company founded in 1998 by Colin McDowell. Beginning with the release of pioneering equalizer plug-in FilterBank for the Pro Tools digital audio workstation, McDSP has continued producing industry acclaimed and award-winning software titles for the pro audio market.

Such products include the 6030 Ultimate Compressor, Analog Channel, DE555 De-esser, and Synthesizer One. McDSP also licenses audio algorithm IP for use in many other fields including gaming audio and iPhone application development.

MusicLab was formed by a group of multi-talented musicians, composers and software developers. Many years of research in musical theory, musical analysis and artificial intelligence led the MusicLab team to develop several unique technologies.

From these technologies MusicLab was able to create several virtual instruments, which utilize the real instruments’ performing principles on a keyboard. It also allows one musician to play ensemble parts on a single keyboard. These products include the likes of the RealStrat, RealGuitar, and RealLPC.

Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance. Native Instruments products combine outstanding sound quality with far-reaching sonic possibilities, aesthetic interface design with high usability, and comprehensive functionality with an uncompromising attention to detail.

Today, Native Instruments offers an extensive hardware and software product line that covers the whole field of digital music creation, including REAKTOR, MASSIVE, KONTAKT, BATTERY, and MASCHINE. Native Instruments is also spearheading the digital DJ revolution with its TRAKTOR product range. Native Instruments sees itself as a part of a vibrant international music scene, and is in constant communication with artists whose feedback is integrated into the conception and continuous improvement of the products.


Novation make gear for you to play, create and perform music. We started out making high-end synths, and expanded into designing totally new music making tools.

Novation products are designed by musician/producers who use the gear they design every day, and are always looking for fresh ideas. This is the reason bedroom producers and A-list artists alike use our hardware: because it has been designed by and for musicians. From the recording studio to the DJ booth, our equipment is freeing musicians to create and perform with their own workflow, rather than ours.

Throughout the years, PreSonus has developed innovative professional and affordable tools to the music creation industry with the purpose of enhancing the music creation and production process. The signature product developed by Presonus is Studio One, which is an integrated approach to recording music, from tracking to mixing to mastering and distribution. It’s a creative environment built for intuitive use, speed, and efficiency–and yet it’s robust enough for the most complex productions.

The following are other award-winning product innovations by Presonus: DigiMax (2000) – The first 8-channel microphone preamplifier with ADAT output.; FireStation (2002) – One of the first FireWire multi-channel computer recording systems; Central Station (2004) – First monitor controller with talkback; FirePod (2004) – First FireWire recording system with 8 microphone preamplifiers; INSPIRE 1394 (2005) – First daisy-chainable, compact FireWire recording system; FireStudio (2006) – First FireWire recording system with integrated remote control for surround and stereo capable speaker switching and communications.

Prism Sound has been supplying successful high quality analogue and digital studio products for 24 years. Originally set up as an R&D consultancy developing designs for pro and consumer audio companies, Prism Sound now manufactures its own high-end recording and mastering products, as well as audio test and measurement equipment and networked audio logging systems.



Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world's most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards.

Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of superior quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software.

Today, Propellerhead's products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making.


Slate Digital
Slate Digital is a Digital Signal Processing Company specializing in software for the Pro Audio Industry. It was founded in 2008 by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel.

The company has recently produced some of the most talked about plugins in the Industry. The Trigger Drum Replacer, FG-X Virtual Mastering processor, and Virtual Console Collection have all received numerous awards, and have become standards in the field.
For over 30 years Solid State Logic has been at the leading edge of pro audio technology development. Devotion to excellence, technological innovation and a deep understanding of the needs of users has enabled SSL to design and manufacture a wealth of ground breaking products that enable engineers and producers to work faster and sound better. The legacy continues with a current product portfolio that offers benchmark audio quality and streamlined workflow solutions for everyone from the project studio producer to large scale commercial recording facilities. www.solidstatelogic.com

Spitfire produces the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world. It is a beacon of quality not just for it’s own productions but the endorsements it offers to third party sample developers and fellow sound smiths it goes into production partnerships with. At the heart of Spitfire’s evolution is the greatest recorded selection of orchestral samples on the planet thus far, alongside a recent expansion in scope to cover all areas of the music spectrum.


Steinberg has been providing award-winning music and media production tools to music, game, and film professionals since 1984. Today, Steinberg is one of the world's largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware, with more than 1.5 million users worldwide using Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, and Halion.

The Steinberg range of products is used in all aspects of modern digital audio processing. These products form the backbone of facilities specializing in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry among many others.

Wave Arts

Wave Arts focuses on professional grade audio processing software for embedded systems and professional audio applications. Millions of consumers and audio professionals worldwide benefit every day from the research and technology produced by Dr. Gardner and the Wave Arts team in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Yamaha Canada

Since Yamaha Music Foundation was established in 1966, it has generated a wide range of music activities throughout global society, including Yamaha music schools, and the Junior Original Concert. Strong commitment to promote and support music education and popularization is one of the most significant elements to distinguish Yamaha from its competitors.

Yamaha has endeavored to produce products and services that satisfy the diverse needs and desires of people worldwide. Its products and services are recognized the world over for superior quality in acoustics, design, technology, craftsmanship, and customer oriented services. These products and services under the brand name of Yamaha are highly regarded by a large number of professionals, institutions, business people within the related industries, and consumers.

Our corporate philosophies are embedded in our customer oriented management and operations; providing excellence in our products and services; continuous efforts to expand our existing market and create new markets; enhancement of research and development on a long range perspective; commitment to care for end users through providing even better service after sale; pursuit of further globalization of Yamaha's business; fostering positive growth through diversification.

Yamaha's very basic corporate objective is reflected in everything that it does, which is to contribute to the enrichment of the quality of lives for people around the world.

Broadjam provides web-based promotional tools and services for independent musicians, the music industry and fans around the world. One of the world's largest web communities focused on independent music, Broadjam.com hosts a massive online database of searchable songs by artists from all 50 U.S. states and over 150 countries worldwide.

Broadjam helps its tens of thousands of musicians and bands promote their music online. Musicians use Broadjam to, sell music downloads, submit music to film & TV supervisors, build a fan base of Broadjam listeners, enter contests to win prizes and exposure, buy music software, get a musician's website.

Electronic Musician
Electronic Musician is a monthly magazine featuring articles on synthesizers, music production and electronic musicians. It is not merely a recording magazine as it covers all aspects of music production—performance, recording and technology, from studio to stage.

With in-depth coverage on today’s most influential music makers, reviews and analysis of the latest music technology and hands-on production techniques, the new Electronic Musician delivers editorial quality and audience reach like no other media brand does.

Keyboard Magazine

For more than 35 years, Keyboard has forged a legacy of leadership in providing technical know-how to keyboard players, composers, and producers. From lessons penned by music's brightest stars, to hands-on workshops that help players master the latest tools, to the most heavily-cited equipment reviews in the business, Keyboard is a place to learn which notes to play and which knobs to turn—empowering musicians of all styles and skill levels to use music technology the way they want to.

Grammy Producers & Engineers' Wing
The Producers & Engineers Wing is comprised of more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals; when you join The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer, you also become a member of the P&E Wing. As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals.

This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

MIDI is an industry standard music technology protocol that connects products from many different companies including digital musical instruments, computers, tablets and smartphones. MIDI is used everyday around the world by musicians, DJs, producers, educators, artists and hobbyists to create, perform, learn and share music and artistic works. Nearly every hit album, film score, TV show and theatrical production uses MIDI to connect and create

NAMMthe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Our association—and our trade shows—serve as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

SAE Institute
SAE Institute LA is located on 6565 Sunset Blvd. in the heart of Hollywood.
SAE LA gives students unparalleled access to hundreds of professional studios within walking and driving distance. At SAE, students have almost unlimited individual access to various studios with consoles from NEVE, SSL, Toft, Mackie, Yamaha, and a 32 channel Avid ICON D-Controller. SAE LA is one of 50 campuses worldwide that educate students for careers in the recording, audio, live sound, and post production industries.
Sound On Sound

Welcome to SOUND ON SOUND, the world's premier music recording technology magazine. Based in Cambridge, England and independently-owned, we've been delivering our quality monthly print magazine since 1985. This web site houses our continually-expanding archive of highly informative articles (from January 1994) that chart the impact of technology on the music production and recording processes.

SOUND ON SOUND has consistently remained at the forefront of music recording technology since it was launched in 1985 on the UK's Channel 4 TV top music show The Tube by the visionary SOS Publications Group, championing the convergence of MIDI, computer technology and recording equipment that continues to revolutionise the music production industry today, 30 years later.

S&S Records

S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

Sweetwater is one of the largest pro audio dealers in the world, offering a huge selection of music instruments and audio gear. They've got free shipping, free tech support, easy payment plans, and the most knowledgable sales staff in the industry.

SAE Institute - Chicago
820 N.Orleans #125,
Chicago, IL 60610

United States


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.

12:00PM | Keynote: Gavin Lurssen

Gavin Lurssen is the president and principal engineer at Lurssen Mastering. He is a seven-time Grammy nominee and a four-time Grammy winner. He also has received three TEC Awards for outstanding work in the industry as well as a distinguished alumni award from his alma mater Berklee College Of Music.




3:00PM | Making Money With Music

It’s easier than ever to record, distribute, and market your own music today, but what about actually making money? Long-time industry professionals, Electronic Musician Magazine columnist and best-selling author Randy Chertkow will take you step-by-step through proven techniques for establishing steady revenue streams in today’s music business.



4:00PM | The Art of The Remix

Discussing the connection between music and djing. Delving into the core of remixing and what is part of taking an original piece and evolving it onto a memorable remix. 



5:00PM | Don't Lose the Feeling

This panel explores feeling, groove, tempo variation, quantization against the flow of great human performances.  We will explore some limits imposed by technology and strategies to infuse human feeling without sacrificing the benefits of the computer music universe.



5:00PM | Songwriting Contest CHI Finals

Regional winner chosen to challenge for FREE trip to Santorini






MASTER CLASSES 2:00PM 3:00PM 4:00PM 5:00PM



Focusrite Novation
Interface & Circuit Secrets
w/ Raul Resendiz


FabFilter Pro-Q-2
Visual EQ Revolution
w/ Ray Williams


McDSP Active EQ
AE400 EQ Deep Dive
w/ Derek Heimlich





Reason 9 Workshop
Radical Music Marking 1
w/ Bobby Delarocco


Reason 9 Workshop
Radical Music Making 2
w/ Bobby Delarocco


Reason 9 Workshop
Radical Music Making 3
w/ Bobby Delarocco





Celemony Melodyne 4
Vocal Tuning & Sound Editor w/ Johnny Rayborn



Celemony Melodyne 4
Vocal Tuning & Sound Editor
w/ Johnny Rayborn





NI Maschine + Komplete
Shaping All Musical Ideas
w/ Matt Cellitti


NI Stems
A Whole New Way To Play
w/ Josh Helton






Creative Beat Creation
Cubase Pro & Groove Agent w/ Greg Ondo


Vocal Tuning & Editing
Harmony Creation w/
Vari Audio & Greg Ondo


Tempo Control
Editing Live Performances
w/ Greg Ondo


Mastering & Enhancing
Wavelab Pro Wizardry
w/ Greg Ondo


LRC Learning Center



PreSonus Studio One
Studio One Basics
w/ Johnny Geib



PreSonus Studio One
Studio One Advanced
w/ Johnny Geib