“The Sample Drum – eurorack module has received a nomination for the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound
IK Multimedia has announced a Summer NAMM Slam Savings sale, offering up to 70% off on some of its top music software, including AmpliTube 4, T-RackS 5, Syntronik, and the huge suite of music creation software Total Studio 2 MAX. Do you need to step up your guitar tone game? Snap up AmpliTube 4. Have […]
At Avid Connect Live Nashville at Summer NAMM 2019, Avid has unveiled two new audio control surfaces—the Avid S4 and Avid S1— for professionals at smaller facilities and project studios. Avid S4 brings the power and workflows of Avid’s industry-leading Pro Tools | S6 control surface to budget-conscious audio professionals and small- to mid-size music […]
Today at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show, Casio announced that they are bringing back three models of their classic Casiotone portable mini-synth. 40 years after its initial introduction, the new Casiotone series includes the CT-S200 (black, red and white), CT-S300 (midnight blue) and LK-S250 (black).… Read More Casio Revives Casiotone Keyboard Series
Trade shows can be a strenuous onslaught of noise, cost, and crowds – but then it’s often the weirdest stuff that makes it worth it. And no one finds strange quite like Barry Wood and his annual NAMM Oddities.
Barry impressively tracks every kind of freakish appearance at the enormous US music instruments show, and it’s worth digging through his whole NAMM Oddities guide category by category ($1.2 million-dollar guitar straps and all). I’ve taken the liberty of picking some of my favorites from this year’s haul. Some of it is genuinely useful and cool – some will just make you shake your head and mumble, say wha?
One Synclavier knob. Built-to-order, $399 – half of which you owe as a deposit. This is evidently for people who are esoteric rich people, but with a fraction of the money of really rich crazy people. They … I don’t want to use the word “explain” as that would imply I understand who this is for, but they describe how this four hundred dollar knob is historically accurate:
The weight and feel of the knob are identical, as we have used the exact measurements and a balanced spring arrangement. The two-inch diameter knob is milled from a solid bar of instrument-grade aluminium (yes, we were doing this long before Apple). The interface software and hysteresis algorithm are taken from Synclavier II.
Full hammer action, in any quantity of keys. This is actually a great idea – Piano de Voyage is a hammer action keyboard broken into modules. Want just 2 octaves? Get just one module. (I always wondered why people want a full 88 keys in electronic contexts, actually.) Or if you do want as many as 8 octaves, you can break down the modules so they fit in a bag – unlike a usual full keyboard. No word on pricing or availability, but there’s a sign-up. https://pianodevoyage.com/
A food pedal that looks like it was prototyped in Play-Doh. Effigy Labs Control pedal is what it’s called, and the makers promise unique expression in a foot controller. (This was evidently a big hit at the show, too!)
Color sensing rings. Sphero Specdrums are wireless, optical, color sensing rings. (The idea of having musical rings just keeps coming.)
Giant panda piano. The piano section at NAMM and Germany’s Musikmesse always has something unusual, but this Seiler upright – out there. And if you figured something weird and panda-related came out of Asia, you’d be wrong – Seiler started in Germany, is now a US brand, and recently was bought by Nashville’s Samick Music Corporation.
Remember, never say no to panda.
A light-up uke.Solo Music‘s Lighted Ukulele should qualify as this year’s strangest use of RGB LEDs (though I know given what controllers look like these days, we can’t really make fun of ukelele players).
And basically everything from Game Changer Audio. Need a sound source that’s got spinning discs with optical sensors and electromagnetic pickups? Or 3000 volts of plasma for distortion? Game Changer is all over new ideas; we’ll have reviews of their stuff soon.
Introduced at the Winter NAMM 2019, Eventide Audio’s new and unique guitar and bass effects pedal the Rose is available for pre-order. Rose sounds and behaves differently than all other stomp box pedals currently on the market; rather than effects running on a DSP chip, Rose is a simple, pristine, super-modulated, digital delay line (DDL) […]
“*Keep in mind what the word ‘Subjection Opinion’ means while watching this video, this will help triggered folk cope with what I’m about to say haha*
Since you all know companies don’t run this channel, I do, which is why I say what I like. I know this video will be unpopular to the fanboys, but I could care less as I was actually looking forward to
“We caught up with the TE crew for our Meet the Makers interview at NAMM just after shooting the Modular piece. We spoke to:
david eriksson, head of hardware (left)
jesper kouthoofd, ceo / head of design (mid)
mattias dymling, humanist (right)
tobias von hofsten, mentor (left)
emil kullänger, pr (right)”
“At the 2019 NAMM Show, we got a quick update on the latest Dreadbox gear, including the Dreadbox Hypnosis, their first multi-effect unit; the Dreadbox Komorebi, a chorus flanger pedal; the Dreadbox Erebus 3, the latest version of their popular synth; and the Erebus module.”