Panel and Breakout Sessions | July 18–19

Join us via live stream and get down and dirty with the industry’s top musicians and music producers at Belmont University. Tune in via, Avid Link, or Avid social channels.

Music is in your blood. Whether you’re a musician, producer, mixer or composer, you won’t want to miss the Connect Live events @ Summer NAMM 2019. We’ve gathered the topics, the talent, and the trends to get you inspired from anywhere around the globe. Get ready to stream our panel and breakout sessions straight from Belmont University’s Johnson Center July 18–19, including the LIVE stream of our newest Audio product announcements July 18, 11 AM (CDT)—on, Avid social channels, and our newest app—Avid Link.

Take a look at our topics and meet our guests (subject to change):

Schedule (CDT):

Thursday, July 18

 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Welcome Session & Panel

Join us LIVE from anywhere in the world as we get real with the top talent and announce our latest audio products and innovations. To live stream this awesome session, download Avid Link now.

Nalani & Sarina, Artists
Francois Quereuil, Avid/Director of Product Management I Audio Workstations & Control Surfaces
Ceri Thomas, Dolby Music


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Artist Panel

Get inspired. We’ve gathered a crew of amazing artists and musicians to share their creative processes.

Nalani & Sarina, Artists
Paul Sidoti, Artist

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Music Creation Breakout

Twin musical duo Nalani & Sarina, along with a key member of their production team, Julian Herzfeld, will break down an original Pro Tools session from one of their recent projects.

Nalani & Sarina, Artists
Julian Herzfeld, Producer/Manager

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Dolby Atmos for Music Panel

Dive into the world of immersive audio and learn what Dolby Atmos means for musicians and artists looking to reach the next level of sonic landscapes.

Ceri Thomas, Dolby Music
Colin Heldt, Mix Engineer
More TBD

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Dolby Atmos for Music Breakout

Ceri Thomas from Dolby will host this informative breakout, specifically designed to help those interested in delivering music in the Dolby Atmos format.

Ceri Thomas, Dolby Music

Friday, July 19

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Intro / Artist Panel


Welcome to Day 2! Another group of stellar artists and musicians come together to talk about their creative process and share inspirational commentary about their musical journey.

Mickey Guyton, Artist
David Lyndon Huff, Artist
More TBD

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Music Creation Breakout

Join artist Matt Lange as he dives into his creative process using Pro Tools, live on stage!

Matt Lange

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Producer & Engineer Panel

Artists in their own right, producers and engineers provide the sonic magic that helps to turn a good song into something special.  Join our esteemed panel to hear their insights into the world of music production and engineering.

Mischke, Producer/Songwriter
Steve Marcantonio, Engineer
David Kalmusky, Producer/Engineer

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Mixing Breakout

Recording Engineer extraordinaire Steve Marcantonio will share his insights into the world of audio engineering, and his experiences working with some of the world's biggest artists.

Steve Marcantonio, Engineer

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Get to Know Avid Panel 

Spend some quality time with our Avid team!  Find our more about the passionate and creative people behind some of your favorite audio software and hardware.

Jeff Rosica, CEO
Dana Ruzicka, Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer
Francois Quereuil, Director of Product Management I Audio Workstations & Control Surfaces
Jeff Komar, Solutions Specialist
Robert Miller, Solutions Specialist


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Nalani and Sarina Bolton
Nalani and Sarina, identical twin sisters from New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditional soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come.  Their most recent album, The Circle, is being digitally distributed worldwide by Kobalt/AWAL Music and has been called "some of the best music being made today" by legendary music critic/SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh. In the review of the album's first single, "Young & Inexperienced", raved "Like other great songwriters, Nalani and Sarina are channeling the emotions of their era."
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Mischke is an LA-based Grammy-nominated songwriter/vocal producer/producer signed to Universal Music Publishing. Mischke started his career as part of Rodney Jerkins' Darkchild camp and has gone on to collaborate with many of the world's top music producers and artists. He's worked with and/or has had songs with artists including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Maluma, Little Mix, Jojo, Gwen Stefani, Austin Mahone, Trey Songz, Jhene, Luis Fonsi, and El DeBarge, and is recognized as one of the top vocal producers in the game.
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Greg Drew

Greg Drew is the manager of Nalani & Sarina and also has produced their three recordings: Lessons Learned, Scattered World, and The Circle.

Drew has been a NYC-based vocal coach for over thirty years. His many award-winning students include Lenny Kravitz, Corey Glover, Avril Lavigne, Will Lee, Dan Wilson, Ed Roland, LP, Greg Allman, and Lauren Jenkins.

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Mickey Guyton

Mickey Guyton is a country music singer and songwriter who signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2011. In 2015, Guyton released her self-titled EP featuring her debut single "Better Than You Left Me," which she co-wrote with Jennifer Hanson, Jenn Schott, and Nathan Chapman. The single made Country Aircheck history as the single highest one-week add total for a debut first single. She was nominated for her first Academy of Country Music Award in 2016 for New Female Vocalist. At the 2019 ACM Awards, Guyton performed the song "I'm Standing with You" from the BREAKTHROUGH movie soundtrack, which also features "Hold On"; a song written by Guyton, Karen Kosowski, and Victoria Banks.

Guyton recently released a new song, "Sister" which she co-wrote with Nathan Spicer and Victoria Banks. Guyton has performed on CBS This Morning, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today Show.  She has also been spotlighted in PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.

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Colin Heldt
Colin Heldt is the lead engineer and technician at Universal Music Group’s Berry Hill Studios in Nashville, TN. Heldt has 15 years of experience as an audio engineer bringing the visions of both artists and producers to life and knows what it takes to bring an album to the next level. Most recently, Heldt has been heavily involved in mixing music content for the Dolby Atmos format. He is incredibly excited about the Atmos technology and what it could mean for the future of how we listen to music.
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Julian Herzfeld

Julian Herzfeld is the manager/producer/engineer for Nalani and Sarina. Herzfeld has over 35-years of experience in the music industry, recording and mixing acts from a wide variety of genres, including early hip-hop artists; Rock Master Scott, Davey DMX, Salt n’ Pepper, Spyder D, Roxanne Shante, and Sparky D; #1 dance R&B acts Fonda Rae, Rainy Davis, and Shannon; house music artists; Ten City and Little Louis; industrial dance acts; Ministry, Pigface, and Nine Inch Nails; and mixed pop acts; Duran-Duran, Tom-Tom Club, and Blondie.

Herzfeld has three Grammy nominations in the Blues category for his work with Alligator Records, Koko Taylor, and Charlie Musslewhite. In addition, he has recorded over 350 television commercials for companies including McDonald’s, United Air Lines, Budweiser, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Cubs. Herzfeld has been a Pro Tools user since 1990.

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David Lyndon Huff

David Lyndon Huff has over 20 years of experience in the music business in music production, consulting, music directing, composing, and artist development. Huff's studio collaborations include Thomas Rhett, Bonnie Tyler, Avicii, Kane Brown, Amarie, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Hank Williams Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, and Blake Shelton.

Huff has provided original music for numerous TV shows, including American Idol (2015 & 2016), Nashville, Last Days of Diana, NBC Nightly News, NBC Dateline, PBS, and Live Classical Concerts in the USA. Huff also has worked on major motion picture soundtracks: Top Gun, Where the Heart Is, Runaway Bride, Enough, Serendipity, The Program, The Big Picture, and Life or Something Like That.

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David Kalmusky

David Kalmusky is a Nashville-based, multi-platinum, multiple Billboard #1 charting record producer, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, engineer, mixer, songwriter and technologist. His resume includes work with Journey, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, Megan Trainor, Justin Bieber, John Oates, Tenille Townes, The Sisterhood, Vince Gill, Motley Crue, The Fray, Joe Bonamassa, and many, many others.

Kalmusky is partner at Addiction Sound Studios, in Nashville TN, which he helped design and build with Chris Huston (Led Zeppelin, The Who) and Jonathan Cain (The Baby’s, Bad English, Journey). His private production & mixing room have been featured in publications such as Pro Sound News, Billboard Magazine,, and several high-end audio manufacturers and audio companies, such as Fab Filter, Miktek, and Metric Halo.

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Jeff Komar
Jeff Komar is a 20-year veteran of the Avid product specialist team focusing on professional audio products. He is a musician, engineer, and technician who enjoys helping creative people navigate the flux of technology. Komar has been instrumental in helping major facilities optimize their workflow by integrating solutions from Avid.
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Eric Kuehnl

Eric Kuehnl is a composer, sound designer, and educator, as well as the co-director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Kuehnl is also the director of partner programs at NextPoint Training, Inc., and teaches at Pyramind in San Francisco.  Previously, Kuehnl was an audio training strategist in the Avid Education Department, and a senior house engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

He holds a master's degree from California Institute of the Arts, a bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and studied composition at the Centre Iannis Xenakis in Paris.

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Matt Lange

Matt Lange is a Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum producer, composer, musician, and DJ that challenges categorization. Lange’s career began working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Transeau (BT), co-producing the album These Hopeful Machines in 2011. He then went on to co-write and produce Glenn Morrison’s "Goodbye," which was nominated as the Juno Awards’ Dance Recording of the Year—and later hit double platinum. Most recently, Lange was a producer on the Thirty Seconds to Mars album America, which debuted #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

As an artist, Lange has released records with some of the most influential electronic dance music labels in the industry such as Anjunabeats, mau5trap, and Armada. Lange is also the host of Tap Tempo, a podcast which features insightful interviews with peers, artists, and collaborators ranging from A-list composers to DJs.

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Steve Marcantonio

Steve Marcantonio started his career at the Record Plant Studios in 1978 where he worked on projects with The Blues Brothers, The J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, and John Lennon. In 1987 Marcantonio worked on Roseanne Cash's King's Record Shop and went on to record Rodney Crowell's Diamond's and Dirt—which produced five #1 singles. Marcantonio also has worked with Country greats Alabama, Restless Heart, Deana Carter, Reba, and Brooks and Dunn. Over the past few years, he has worked on records with Thomas Rhett, Taylor Swift, and Kacey Musgraves.

Marcantonio is a board member of NARAS, an alumnus of Leadership Music, and winner of the ACM Engineer of the Year award. He also won a Grammy for the Glenn Campbell documentary I'll Be Me.

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Robert Miller

Robert Miller has been with Avid as a Senior Applications Specialist for 25 years working in New York City. He has been instrumental in transitioning major media companies in film, television post, and broadcast to digital file-based workflows. Currently, Miller is focusing on Avid’s VENUE S6L unified Live Sound mixing platform.

Prior to his time at Avid, Miller was a keyboard player and chief engineer at Water Music Recorders in Hoboken NJ where he recorded and produced many records during the 80’s and early 90’s. Miller keeps his Pro Tools chops up by mixing projects for friends in his home studio.

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Francois Quereuil

As Director of Product Management at Avid, Francois Quereuil leads the development efforts for Avid’s portfolio of software and hardware solutions supporting music and audio post production, including the industry-leading Pro Tools digital audio workstation. With 20 years of experience in technology, Quereuil has held senior marketing positions for Avid in France, the UK, and the US.

Quereuil helped bring to market such groundbreaking audio solutions as Pro Tools | HD, ICON D-Control and D-Command, and the VENUE live sound system. Quereuil is a frequent speaker on technologies and trends around creative software, file-based media workflows, and the use of forward-looking cloud solutions for media production and content delivery. Quereuil is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer that spends his spare time writing, recording, and mixing songs in his San Francisco studio.

Paul Sidoti

Paul Sidoti is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, engineer, and producer who balances touring with session work. Since December 2007 Sidoti has toured as vocalist and guitarist for Taylor Swift.  Sidoti's professional journey in the music industry started when he toured as bassist for 60's artist Gary Lewis and the Playboys from 1993-99.  From 2004-2007, he toured with Eric Carmen and the reunited band Eric originally formed, Raspberries, playing guitar/keyboards/vocals.

Sidoti utilizes Avid's Pro Tools recording software and hardware both at his studio in Nashville and when working from  the road. He uses Avid’s cloud collaboration to work remotely and seamlessly with anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Ceri Thomas
Following 15 years in the film and television industries, Ceri Thomas joined Dolby as part of their virtual reality (VR) program. Thomas is now responsible for content and studio enablement for Dolby Music based out of Los Angeles. Thomas has been an Avid Customer Association (ACA) Leader on the Products and Solutions Advisory Board since its inception.

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