MOD team has participated in numerous international events throughout the years of the company. Events like NAMM and Linux Audio conference are of great importance for us as it gives great insights of what is happening in the music industry in a global perspective. Linux Audio Conference was actually the very first event we participated at in 2013 and have been coming back every year since.
These events are important for us not only to showcase our device and find investors but also to meet and discuss with the community that has always been the biggest part of our project. On events like this you never know who might stumble upon your booth and say “wow, this is amazing!” - that’s how new friendships begin. We would like to dedicate this post for these wonderful people that have been pushing us towards our goal, thank you for believing in us.
Linux Audio Conference
Let’s start with the previously mentioned Linux Audio Conference.
“The Linux Audio Conference (LAC) is the international conference about Free/Open-Source Software for music, sound and other media with GNU/Linux as the main platform.”
MOD Duo runs the linux based operating system, audio, and plugins, therefore, LAC event is just a perfect fit for us. Most of the plugins we have on MOD Duo come from the developers of linux audio community. The same developers are participating in the LAC on a regular basis.
It’s very nice to meet the developers whose software you are using daily. It’s a community of small teams and the bond between the developers and the users is close. Some developers communicate with the users every day.
We have been in contact with the developers over IRC channel and emails but met them personally only in the conference. Some of the great connections we made in LAC includes our two team members Filipe Coelho and Jeremy Jongepier. As well as that, we’re happy to have friends in the developer’s community, including, but not only, Harry van Haaren and Robin Gareus.
We are very much looking forward to attending next year’s LAC, we are awaiting for the announcement of the date and place of 2017 LAC.
Here’s the official NAMM description from their website:
“NAMM, the 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.”
NAMM is one of the biggest trading shows in United States. Since a big majority of our audience is from the US, it’s only natural that we would go to where we already have interest in our product. The event is great for meeting possible distributors, learning about other great events, for example Stompbox show NYC in which we hope to participate next year. The summer NAMM was a great success and we are happy to announce that we will be going to next winter NAMM show on January 2017 in California.
Musikmesse in Frankfurt is the international trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production, and marketing. Our company is located in Berlin so it comes as no surprise to go showcase MOD Duo to the biggest music fair in Germany. Musikmesse is a great place to meet a broad scope of people in the music industry. Actually, we met our current testing intern Jesse Verhage in Musikmesse while he was visiting the event with his friends from University. We would like to attend the event in 2017 as well.
Check out this great video that AinTheMachine produced for us in Musikmesse.
Music Tech Fest
Music tech fest is an event of many great things and different creative disciplines. Here’s a description from their website
“Music Tech Fest is the global festival of music ideas and a giant creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performance, music hacking, and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and business in a vibrant environment. Unique collaborations, new works created on site, premieres of future technology, and a visionary community, make each event an exciting landmark gathering. MTF is cross-genre, international, enriching, and inclusive.”
This is the event where music meets technology. In short, that’s what MOD is all about. It connects musicians with engineers. The music tech fest hackathon, which we sponsored, brings the people with technical and musical background together. In 24 hours they create ideas and prototypes of what could possibly become the next big thing in the music industry.
We met many talented musicians and had a chance to catch up with our friends that joined the event with us. Few musicians that had the chance to try MOD Duo didn’t want to let go of it and now have fully integrated it to their sets, musicians such as Steve Lawson, Eska, and Simon Goff. We met Thomas Lidy, Waves Vienna hackathon organizer and as a result, we are also sponsoring and going to the hackathon in Vienna on October 1st, 2016. As well as that, one of the connections has lead to a new team member in our company - Adam John Williams. We are so happy to have made all of these friendships that will hopefully last years to come. We are looking forward to the next Music Tech Fest and the organic joys that the festival brings.
Over the years, Sonar has become one of the biggest and well-known electronic music festivals in Europe.
“Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering cultural event with a unique format and content. Its first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is thanks to its attention in curation, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with newest trends in dance and electronic music.”
It’s the second time we were participating in Sonar+D. The first time, in 2015, we only had the prototype of MOD Duo. When we got back in 2016 we already had a working Duo which was in production and available for purchase on our website. Many of the participants are coming back each year. It was a pleasure to meet new and familiar faces that came to our stand to see and test MOD Duo.
In 2015 we had success in the investor’s round and in 2016 we started collaborations with Perfect Entropy Productions and Elektron. Sonar is definitely a valuable event to make great connections and meet musicians from all over the world. It’s a great possibility to learn first hand about the great musical technology that is emerging - from ideas, prototypes, to working projects. We are planning to come back to Barcelona for 2017 Sonar.
Futur En Seine
Futur en Seine is an event about innovation, happening yearly at the beginning of June in Paris.
“Futur en Seine is the largest free and open meeting on innovation in Europe. An event where creators, developers and other major players in French and international innovation gather from around the world. Demos, conferences, workshops, business appointments: Futur en Seine is an immersion in the world of digital innovation.”
We were invited to participate in Futur en Seine Start-up Boot Camp organized by ACE Creative. We had a unique opportunity to practice pitching for investors and meet other start-ups and innovative technology.
Betahaus summer party
This summer we participated in Betahaus summer party.
“Betahaus is a coworking space for individuals who want to choose and share their ideas of work.”
Our previous office was located in Betahaus Berlin, where we made many great connections and got introduced to Berlins Start-up scene. We are still very close friends with people from Betahaus and are happy to get invited to their events.
Start-Up Night Berlin
“Startup night is THE event for the Berlin startup scene, where startups have the chance to present themselves. It was launched in 2013 and will take place for the fourth time this year<…>”
Our next upcoming event where you can meet us and try MOD Duo will be in Waves Vienna festival on September 30 - October 1st.
If you know interesting events where you would like to see us, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your suggestions over firstname.lastname@example.org