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  • Mar 02, 2019

    Harman, Festival Sound, Bohemian Rhapsody, NAMM 2019 Wrap Up | #196


    We wrap up our coverage of NAMM 2019 with a look back in musical history and how different the industry is today. Kicking off the show we chat with guest co-host and technology expert, Mike Castanon, about upcoming guests and amazing advancements in music tech affordability. Then, Harman International Industries Director of Corporate Communications, David Glaubke, discusses the history of JBL, from humble beginnings in the 1920s to their role in advancing live sound technology at Woodstock. We also learn about the rigorous testing Harman equipment goes through before its sent out. Next, Amplify Entertainment Marketing Chief Amplifier, Del Breckenfeld, is ecstatic over the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen bio flick, which featured authentic instruments and costumes created by Del and his team. Also, Del fills us in on the results of the Gambler reunion show, and Roland’s new Tone Capsules. Closing out the show, Mike Etchart shares his excitement over Gibson Brand, Inc.’s restructuring and return to NAMM. Listen in for more about Bohemian Rhapsody, Harman International, JBL, Gibson, music history, and dates for the next Gambler reunion show.


    ·[00:00:00] Casio Pianos, Queen, and Amp Emulation
    ·[00:06:25] History of JBL – From MGM to Woodstock
    ·[00:12:30] Harman: Simplicity and Rigorous Testing
    ·[00:19:51] Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born
    ·[00:27:59] Gambler Reunion, Roland Tone Capsules
    ·[00:35:52] Gibson Guitar Comeback and Casio Piano


    [00:00:00] Casio Pianos, Queen, and Amp Emulation

    The cost of entry for musicians is plummeting as the decades go by, and no where is that more evident than at the NAMM show. While walking the floor, host Mike Etchart, and guest co-host and technology expert, Mike Castanon, spotted some sweet deals. Gone are the days of multi-thousand dollar digital keyboards, you can pick up top-of-the-line equipment from Casio for just $599, or $699 for the feature-rich version. Even guitars are becoming less expensive, what used to set Mike back 800 dollars now only costs $400. Tune in for an overall look at the NAMM Show 2019.


    [00:06:25] History of JBL – From MGM to Woodstock

    When you hear Harman and JBL, you know you’re getting quality sound. Harman International Industries Director of Corporate Communications, David Glaubke, gives us the history of JBL, the iconic brand that helped develop live festival sound where it all began: Woodstock. In the mid 20s, James B Lansing was a radio engineer building components for speakers out of his house. Eventually, recognizing his obvious talents, MGM put together a group of engineers including Mr. Lansing. This was the start of a long road that would eventually lead him to found JBL in 1969 after a split with Altec Lansing. Crown amplifiers and JBL speakers would go on to become ubiquitous with quality sound and revolutionize concert sound for years to come. Learn more about JBL’s history here.


    [00:12:30] Harman: Simplicity and Rigorous Testing

    One of the main selling points of JBL and Harman products is their reliability and durability. Harman International Industries Director of Corporate Communications, David Glaubke, describes the rigorous testing their products go through before they’re okayed for shipping. These speakers a blasted to the max in sound chambers, ran through UV chambers, baked in ovens, and rattled on shake plates to make sure there’s nothing you can do to the speakers that hasn’t already been done to them. Also, we learn about Harman’s focus on simplicity at NAMM 2019. Harman is working to bring world class brands into a solution and find new markets to make them easier for people to use. For example, bands don’t want to spend hours in front of house engineers before a live show, trying to perfect the mix. Harman has a solution. Tune in to learn more.  


    [00:19:51] Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born

    The Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has done much better in the box office than anyone expected. Chief Amplifier at Amplify Entertainment Marketing, Del Breckenfeld, is very proud of the work he put into making sure the instruments and clothing were as authentic as possible. Del tells us about the competition he had with his wife, who worked on “A Star Is Born”, to see who had the bigger movie. Of course “A Star Is Born” won, but the success of these two movies is likely to green light many music-based movies in the future. Listen in for more about “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the resurgence of Queen.


    [00:27:59] Gambler Reunion, Roland Tone Capsules

    When Chief Amplifier for Amplify Entertainment Marketing and Rocker, Del Breckenfeld, was last on the show, he unveiled for the first time that his 80’s rock band, Gambler, would be doing a reunion show. We catch up with Del on the results of that show, in which thousands of dollars were raised for a music education scholarship program in chicago, and learn about another upcoming Gambler show at Wire outside of Chicago on May 25th. Changing gears, Del fills us in on Roland Tone Capsules, a new product that automatically configures your amp to the exact settings of a particular artist. Do you want the wholesome sound of Eric Johnson’s guitar for your own?  


    [00:35:52] Gibson Guitar Comeback and Casio Piano

    Nearly 40 years ago legendary rock band AC/DC released “Back in Black” and has since become one of the best selling albums of all time. Host Mike Etchart describes how their unique, easily identifiable crunchy guitar tone was achieved with a Gibson SG through a Marshall Stack amplifier. Speaking of Gibson, after a divergence in recent years in which they focused on becoming a consumer electronics company, they’ve shifted their focus back to what made them great in the first place, guitars. Gibson was back at NAMM in full force this year, showing off some true to form guitars that everybody loves. Along with that development, the latest digital pianos from Casio for under $800 hammered home the idea that now, more than ever, is the best time to get into playing music. Are you ready to start recording your own tunes?


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Guest Co-Host: Mike Castanon | Technology Expert

    ·Special Guest: David Glaubke | Director of Corporate Communications, Harman International Industries

    ·Special Guest: Del Breckenfeld | Chief Amplifier, Amplify Entertainment Marketing/ Music Depot LA

    ·Website: NAMM 2019

    ·Website: JBL

    ·Website: Bohemian Rhapsody

    ·Website: Roland

    ·Website: Gibson


    This episode was produced by Entertainment Right Now (ERN). If you found value in this episode, and you’d like to hear more, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss a beat. Your feedback helps us to reach more enthusiasts around the world! If you have a question you’d like us to answer, please leave a comment below or e-mail us at


    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Guest Co-Host: Mike Castanon
    Special Guest: David Glaubke
    Special Guest: Del Breckenfeld

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