Jimmy Hotz

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Jimmy Hotz
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Background information
Birth name Jimmy Hotz
Born (1953-10-12) October 12, 1953 (age 61)
Sherman, Texas
Genres Electronic music, synthpop, funk, soul, rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Music producer, musician, Recording engineer,
Years active 1970–present

Jimmy Hotz (born October 12, 1953)[citation needed] is an American inventor, record producer, recording engineer, electronic music pioneer, audio expert, author and musician.


Hotz began playing guitar at the age of seven.

He plays a number of instruments such as the guitar, keyboards, flute, drums and his own inventions such as the "Hotz Box" and the "Hotz MIDI Translator". Hotz has done a number of recordings where all of the instruments were played by him using only the Hotz Box as an input device.[1][2][3]

You Rock Guitar recently featured a video of Jimmy playing the MIDI guitar with the Hotz Midi Translator.[4]

In 2011 he released his debut novel, The Gates of Time.[5]

Hotz lives and works in Southern California.[citation needed]


He is noted for his pioneering work with electronic music synthesizer midi controller development [6] / programming and as a technical consultant to Microsoft, Intel, Electronic Arts, Atari, JBL and other concerns for new product development.

He is the inventor of the "Hotz Box", Hotz "MIDI vest" and the "Atari Hotz Box", "Hotz MIDI Translator",[7] computer software which has won interest and acclaim at the annual NAMM show. Performers such as Mick Fleetwood, Jon Anderson, Paul Haslinger, Scott Gershin and others have been using Hotz products in their creative work.[citation needed]

He is the inventor of numerous electronic devices and software innovations and has received three US Patents[8][9][10] in music technology.

In the music business he has worked with Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood[3] Dave Mason, Nsync,[11] Mobius 8 [12] BB King, Yes,[13] Jon Anderson, Haven[14] and dozens of other recording artists as either a producer, engineer, mixer, studio musician, or musical instrument designer.

As an expert in 3D computer graphics, Hotz was the chief visionary behind the 3dMAxMedia "Zuma Project",[15] assembling the team which developed the technology to manipulate 3D imagery in real-time with audio, MIDI and other real-time control devices).

"Zuma" won a 2001 Innovation award from Computer Graphics World Magazine and was used on the 2001 NSYNC tour.[16]

Solo work[edit]

He recorded a solo album, Beyond the Crystal Sea, in the late 70s considered an early example of "Art Rock" by critics and collectors.[17] His current music project, The Gates of Time, is his first solo recording in which his inventions are the primary instruments.


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