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Mouser at SXSW Erik Smith

The 2014 South by Southwest Festival was this past weekend, and I was able to attend with some of my Mouser colleagues. March 13-15 was the Music Gear Expo, where we set up our booth. We were showcasing our Pro Audio line, which includes Bourns' guitar potentiometers and Neutrik's super-cool silentPlug.

While there, we met a wide range of people, from musicians to engineers, all with a common interest: creating their own unique sound. It seemed that everyone we talked to had a guitar with at least a few more components than when they first bought it. Switches, knobs, mini-amps and more covered the face of their instrument (and sometimes the back). It was great getting to talk to everyone and exchange ideas and techniques. It was especially awesome when a few even took the time to plug into our Jackson amp and jam at our booth.

 Outside of the expo was a lot of fun, too. I got to live out my childhood sick-day-from-school fantasy by spinning the "Price is Right" wheel. I got to speak to reps from NASA about the SLS, and geek out trying to name all the different modules of the ISS. Saw plenty of amazing shows by St. Vincent, Band of Skulls, Kelis and Broken Bells, attended great seminars and met interesting people. But enough with the words! On to the pictures!




 "Keep it weird?" More like "Keep it Awesome."



All in all, it was a great experience.

 Do you have an instrument you have / would like to mod? Tell us about it in the comments!

And for a handy list of our pro audio equipment, audio articles and how-tos, be sure to check out our new audio applications page: https://mou.sr/audio-applications


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Erik is the Social and Multi-Media Manager at Mouser Electronics. When he’s not tweeting about what’s next in the world of engineering for @MouserElec or uploading videos to YouTube, he can typically be found nose-down in a good Sci-Fi book. You can see what he’s up to on Twitter: @ErikSmith80

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