At this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, New Bay Media, the publisher of Electronic Musician, Keyboard and many other top-brand musical instrument titles, presided over the 2016 Super Namm Awards.
For these distinctions, panels of expert judges considered each product submitted and judged them in person based on value, versatility, design, craftsmanship, feel, sound, cosmetics and that elusive something special, “mojo.” Items were scored on an average based on a 1-10 rating, which took into account only the criteria that were applicable for each product.
The Electronic Musician Super NAMM Award winners for 2016 are:
• Yamaha Montage - available in 61-, 76- and 88-key configurations, fthe Montage features the Motion Control Synthesizer Engine, a powerful and intuitive way to interact with and control sound using two iconic engines: Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) and FM-X. The AWM2 engine is compatible with previous Motif libraries, but is much more powerful than the flagship Motif XF keyboard, with nearly ten times more wave memory, integrated flash, double the effects and twice the polyphony. The sophisticated FM-X is a pure FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. A brand new user interface includes a color touch screen, endless rotary encoders and the Super Knob: a macro control allowing users to control multiple parameters simultaneously. The Montage will ship in May 2016 for MSRPs of $3,499, $3,999 and $4,499.
• Roland EC-10 EL Cajon - this electronic cajon integrates an amplifier and speaker, as well as 30 sound kits including realistic acoustic sounds, electronic drums and sound effects. It’s even powered by AC or battery power to be completely self-contained. The EC-10 is available now at a $399 street price.
Top scorers for each publication were singled out and will be featured in an upcoming Super NAMM Awards guide. New Bay and the awards judges also would like to give props to the industry at large for continuing to present exciting and meaningful innovations and thoughtful craftsmanship.
The other Super NAMM Awards winners are:
QRS PNOmation III
D’Addario NYXL Bass Strings
BOSS BC-1X Bass Comp
Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig
Carvin K-Series Guitars
Lehle Mono Volume
Supro 1695T Black Dog Amplifier
Seymour Duncan Joe Bonamassa Signature Skinner humbucker set
Knaggs Choptank Trem Hollowbody
BOSS Waza Amp Head and Cabinet
D’Addario Nickel Bronze
Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage Pedal
Eden Amplification E-uke
Kiesel Aries Electric Guitar
D’Addario Nickel Bronze
Taylor Guitars 562ce-12 Fret