AES Show: Make the Right Connections Audio Engineering Society

AES San Francisco 2008
Audio Product Design Event

Sunday, October 5, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

The Evolution of Electronic Instrument Interfaces: Past, Present, Future

Gino Robair, editor of Electronic Musician magazine
Roger Linn, Roger Linn Designs
Tom Oberheim, Founder, Oberheim Electronics
Dave Smith, Dave Smith Instruments

Developing musical instruments that take advantage of new technologies is exciting. However, coming up with something that is not only intuitive and musically useful but that will be accepted by musicians requires more than just a feature-rich box with sexy industrial design. This panel will discuss the issues involved in creating new musical instruments, with a focus on interface design, as well as explore ways to avoid the mistakes of the past when designing products for the future. These three panelists have brought a variety of innovative products to market (with varying degrees of success), which have made each of them household names in the MI world.