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The Guitar Show 2019

We’re hugely excited to be returning to The Guitar Show at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall this February, for the continuation of our Focusrite Guitar Masterclass series.

Across eight action-packed sessions (four per day), some of today’s most influential artists and producers will be discussing their playing, recording and production careers, and sharing a wealth of invaluable hints and tips along the way.

We’ll be exploring the gamut of recording techniques, from choosing and getting the most out of your audio interface, miking up your cab and tone design, to successfully deploying EQ, compression and other effects plugins, translating your recorded tone to the live stage, and capturing the sounds of some of rock’s biggest names.

Visitors to the Focusrite stand will also be able to get hands-on with the perfect home recording studio setup. We’ll be showcasing our guitarist-friendly Scarlett and Clarett USB interfaces, as well as industry-leading studio monitors and microphones from KRK and sE Electronics.

Focusrite’s Guitar Masterclasses at The Guitar Show offer a unique opportunity for guitarists of all ability levels to learn and take inspiration from some of the finest up-and-coming session players, artists, producers, YouTubers and product specialists in the industry. Be sure to stop by and chat to the Focusrite team on Stand F0 too, who will be on hand to give advice on all aspects of capturing your creativity in the studio.

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The Masterclass Sessions:

Pete Cottrell

Taking your sound online

Dubbed the ‘YouTube musical mad scientist’ by leading metal musician website Gear Gods, Pete Cottrell is a hugely successful UK-based guitarist and gear demonstrator.

Pete started making gear demos on YouTube back in 2012, originally as a way to get his songs out to a wider audience, and develop his songwriting and production skills. Since then, he’s expanded his video remit to include wacky musical experiments such as playing Meshuggah songs with candy, using mathematics as guitar tab, and performing Metallica songs on one string.

In this Masterclass, Pete will discuss the development of his sound from ideas to online, walk through his guitar and recording setup, and tell the story of his meteoric rise to YouTube fame, currently pegged at over 14,000,000 views and 180,000 subscribers.


Mike Exeter
Capturing a Legend

We all dream of working with our heroes, having an influence over their sound and making a mark on their musical output. Grammy award winning audio engineer and producer Mike Exeter has done just that, with credits including the hard rocking likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Cradle of Filth, to name but a few. Mike will be discussing the techniques he employed to capture guitar demigod Tony Iommi’s signature sound, and presenting plenty of tips and tricks that you can apply to get similar results in your own recordings.


Sam Whiting:
Your tone, anywhere: From studio session to stage with Sam Whiting and Focusrite 
If today’s guitarist wants to get the gig, they need to be able to react to opportunities instantly and, crucially, take their tone with them no matter where they go. Thankfully, the days of carrying multiple amps and a rack of FX around from session to session are long gone – all you need to take your tone on the road in 2019 is a modest profiling rig, laptop, tablet, or even phone-based setup. In this Masterclass, session player and Jam Track Central artist Sam Whiting will show you how to put together the perfect mobile guitar rig, all centred on a Focusrite audio interface and amp modelling technology, featuring a Kemper Profiling Amp and BIAS amp software.


Mark Lowes and Alex Jann (Focusrite):

Write. Rehearse. Record. Take a song idea to a finished track with Focusrite

Inspiration can strike at any time, and if you want to capitalise on it in your recording and production endeavours, you need to be ready. With a great-quality audio interface in your home recording setup, you’re equipped to capture those unpredictable, fleeting moments of genius at the click of a mouse button. And with that unforgettable riff or complete demo track laid down, a Focusrite interface then lets you take it to the next level with the rest of the band.

In this Masterclass, Focusrite product specialists Mark Lowes and Alex Jann – with the help of a guest guitarist – will guide attendees through choosing the right interface, setting up headphone mixes, multitrack recording, mixing and mastering with software plugins, and more.


The Guitar Show runs from February 23-24 at new Bingley Hall, Birmingham. Tickets are available now, priced £12.50 for adults and £6 for children aged 6-16. We’ll see you there!