1/13/2011 6:11 PM
Greetings from NAMM!
The EQ team is out in full force down here in sunny Anaheim (did we mention it was 75 degrees out today? Sorry, East Coast!), and reports are trickling in on all the cool gear everyone has seen at the show. The convention floor was rocking today (literally!)—it's only Thursday, but there was definitely more of a Saturday vibe, as the halls were quite packed with musicians, retail buyers, and the ever-present groupie contingent. As Craig Anderton said this morning, this show is truly about innovation—we're not just seeing new features, or new price points, but tools for entirely new ways of working. The following are just a few of the goodies we checked out today, in no particular order. We'll provide a comprehensive report for you in a few days, once we're on the other side!
TODAY'S RANDOM COOL STUFF:
The Korg KRONOS workstation combines multiple synthesis technologies, including tonewheel and analog modeling, a color touchscreen, and the PCM components are measured in GB, not MB. As Keyboard editor Steve Fortner says, "it's basically the OASYS they've always wanted to make."
Mastering engineers: Sonnox introduced a Fraunhofer codec plug-in. You can tweak it in real time...
The UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required.
In the "why didn't we think of that?" category, ribbon mic maker Cloud Microphones' Cloudlifter usesnany 24-48V phantom powered device to safely supply up to 25 dB of initial gain to any passive, low-output ribbon or dynamic microphone.
JH Audio, formed by the founder of Ultimate Ears, showed a bunch of very high-end in-ear monitors, starting at $399.
Radial acquired Reamp. We should be seeing some interesting products come out of that partnership!
RapcoHorizon's i-BLOX serves as an audio interface that connects an instrument to an iPhone amplifier as well as mobile recording applications. Also, RapcoHorizon and Taylor Guitars showed the VCable, an instrument cable with a built-in volume control.
Auralex showed new entry-level, cloth-wrapped foam panels: Sonolite 2x2-foot panels are $25 each; buy then a la carte at your retailer.
Newcomer showed a cool app that lets you search for and hire musicians, negotiate royalties, swap MP3 demos, generate contacts and more.
Allen & Heath released an iPad app for its iLive digital mixing system. iLiveMixPad connects to an iLive MixRack on a wireless network and provides controls for live mixing.
MORE TOMORROW...TURN IT UP TO 11!
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