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In the January 15, 2010 Issue:
  Crest Audio E-Lite Series
  Day of the Spiders
  Cool NAMM Products: Day One
  The Next Eigenharp
Editor's Take

By Mike Levine
An interesting theme seems to be developing at this NAMM show: strategic partnerships. It seems that many companies have seen the value of working together. For instance, Peavey and Muse have partnered up and put out a new product, the Muse Box, a virtual-instrument-and-effects hardware host along the lines of Muse’s own Receptor. We also found out that Avid and Hal Leonard have struck a deal that will bring Pro Tools, M-Audio products and more into Hal Leonard’s distribution chain. Interestingly, all the Digi and M-Audio Products at the show were being shown at Hal Leonard’s booth. Yet another partnership was between Ableton and Serato, who announced The Bridge, software that acts as a go-between for Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live/ITCH.

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New Products

Crest Audio E-Lite Series

Crest Audio debuts the E-Lite™ Series power amplifiers with the E-Lite 1800 and E-Lite 1800 DSP, featuring a lightweight, efficient design with high power and stable performance down to 2-ohm loads. Crest Audio E-Lite Series amps are built on an advanced, high-speed Class-D design with a switch-mode power supply that reduces weight while increasing reliability, thermal efficiency and output power. The E-Lite 1800 and E-Lite 1800 DSP boast 900W per channel, weigh less than 10 pounds and deliver rock-solid performance in parallel, stereo and bridged modes. The 1800 DSP features an onboard digital signal processor that hosts a suite of delays (0 to 120ms per channel), adjustable crossover, adjustable limiter, parametric EQ, HF driver EQ, four user-preset storage locations and stereo/mono operation with lockable security settings. The Crest Audio E-Lite 1800 and E-Lite 1800 DSP will be available in Q1 2010.
Hall B, NAMM Booth #5740

Monster and Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
The Beats Spin headphones were developed through the collaborative efforts of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre, Monster and Jimmy Iovine. The new over-ear Beats Spin headphones combine sophisticated construction and advanced sonic technologies to deliver power, extra durability and sound isolation. All components of the headphone hinge are made of metal. To re-create the quietness of an isolated recording studio–listening experience, Beats Spin headphones feature a variety of ambient noise-isolation capabilities, allowing consumers to hear the music clearly, even in the noisiest environments. Earpieces feature specially designed Monster patented jacks that can serve as both inputs or outputs. They feature a long 6-foot cord and the coiled section of the cable is 3 feet long (expandable to 1 foot). Beats Spin also offer a second cord option for added flexibility in everyday use: Monster’s ControlTalk headphone cable. ControlTalk can be used with iPhone and iPod for music playback control, as well as to take hands-free calls with iPhone and many smartphones.
Hall C, Booth #4242
Find out more about the Beats Spin headphones

Primera Technology BravoPro Xi Series Disc Publishers
Xi-Series Disc Publishers are new and improved versions of Primera’s BravoPro Disc Publishers. With their built-in recorders, direct-to-disc printing and high-speed robotics, these desktop units automate the process of making quantities of CDs and DVDs.
NAMM Booth: #1469
Find out more about the BravoPro Xi Series

Source Audio Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion
Source Audio engineers have adapted multiband process to complement the bass guitar’s frequency range. Bassists can combine complex chords and intervals with distorted tones. Users have access to 23 modern presets and an additional clean boost/EQ mode. Based on new proprietary algorithms, tones range from basic overdrive to aggressive synth-like, octave-heavy and extreme foldback settings. Each preset is further customizable via the 7-band graphic EQ, drive control and separate mix knobs for clean and distorted signals. Six user presets, accessible via three footswitches, assist in the speedy recall of any custom-tailored sound, and a traditional expression pedal input facilitates the seamless morphing from one user preset to another. A MIDI input allows external access to presets and parameters and it is compatible with the Hot Hand ring controller. MSRP: $299.
Hall B, Booth #5599
Find out more about the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion

Check out the NAMM New Products Guide.

Today's Bloggers, Sponsored by Peavey DJ

Day of the Spiders

By Geary Yelton
Line 6 has updated the Spider line of guitar amplifiers, announcing new models as well as a free firmware update and a computer-based editor-librarian. The update, called Spider FX Infusion, delivers 28 new effects to the Spider IV and Spider Valve MkII amplifiers, bringing the total to more than 50. Read the rest of this blog entry

Cool NAMM Products: Day One

By Mike Levine
I’ve had a crazy day, running around NAMM, going to various appointments with manufacturers, and checking out new products. Here are some of the highlights: Arturia unveiled the Origin Keyboard, which is a 61-key version of it’s Origin synth. Keyboardist Michael T. Ross demoed it at the Arturia booth, and it sounded great. The original Origin, which came out last year, was an EM Editors Choice winner. The keyboard version has the same synthesis engine and a large display, and will retail for $3499. Read the rest of this blog entry

The Next Eigenharp

By Geary Yelton
It was quite a day, our first day at NAMM 2010. I was probably most impressed by the new midrange Eigenharp, the Tau. For those unfamiliar with the Eigenharp, it’s a totally original MIDI controller from the U.K. that combines buttons, keys, and a wind controller. The previous two models, the Pico and the Alpha, cost about $500 and $6,000, respectively. Obviously, there was room for middle ground, and at $2,800, the new Eigenhard Tau fills that gap. Read the rest of this blog entry

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