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In the January 17, 2010 Issue:
  McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor
  NAMM Day 3
  The KAOSS Pad for Pros
Editor's Take

By Geary Yelton
It's the final day of NAMM 2010, and it's been tremendous fun for all the editors attending—exhausting fun, what with covering the show by day and attending parties and dinners by night—but none of us would have missed it for the world. With tons of new products and some significant updates for old favorites, we've seen something for everyone. These are exciting times for musicians, audio engineers, and anyone else who records music. We've seen more cooperation and collaboration between companies than ever before, and a sense of optimism pervades practically everyone here. But now it's almost over, and soon the products and updates we've been promised will be in our hands (we can hardly wait), in our pages, and on our websites, so stay tuned for more details about the products that will rock your world and make 2010 the most exciting year ever.

Follow our NAMM coverage online at and our blog posts at The Bus. If you're at the show, come by and say hello at Hall B, Booth #5715.
New Products

McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor

McDSP is exhibiting its new 6030 Ultimate Compressor, which adds new sonic capabilities, a new user interface and a collection of new designs mixed with twists on vintage emulations. The 6030 will be available in May 2010 (pricing TBD), and will also be added to the Emerald Pack bundle, available to those users as an upgrade (pricing TBD).
NAMM Booth: #6405
Find out more about the 6030 Ultimate Compressor

IK Multimedia StealthBoard
StealthBoard is the first USB/MIDI floor controller for guitar and bass players that gives full control over your entire rig. You may now control your software and/or hardware-based tone and effects units, plus channel switching, all from just one unit on the floor. Control AmpliTube or any Powered by AmpliTube software with no additional setup. The StealthBoard operates also as a stand-alone MIDI controller for all your existing MIDI gear. StealthBoard features USB/MIDI floor controller; 10 assignable switches and a built-in expression pedal; four optional external controllers (pedal/switches); a large four-digit display; MIDI I/O; dual-channel switching outputs; three-way power supply (DC, USB, battery); program/backup via computer. StealthBoard will be available in early second quarter of 2010, and will have an MSRP price of $399.
NAMM Booth: #6520
Find out more about StealthBoard

PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2010
PG Music announces Version 2010 of Band-in-a-Box intelligent music accompaniment software for Windows. Easy to use: Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7 or C13b9) and Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete pro-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar and strings, in a wide variety of popular styles (jazz, pop, country, classical and more). Add real accompaniment to your song with RealTracks and RealDrums—actual recordings of studio musicians that replace the MIDI track with audio instruments. A Plug-in mode lets users drag and drop tracks between Band-in-a-Box and a sequencer or get chords from audio files with the Audio Chord Wizard.
NAMM Booth: #1209
Find out more about Band-in-a-Box 2010

Sonic Reality Cinema Sessions: Musical FX
Expanding sounds for film and media even further, Sonic Reality's Cinema Sessions feature symphonic effects, global atmospheres, dimensional effects and ambient atmospheres, as well as the new Cinema Sessions Gold Edition that contains all four titles and additional musical sound effects ranging from orchestral pads to dreamy soundscapes and rich ambient layers.
NAMM Booth: #6337
Find out more about Cinema Sessions: Musical FX

Check out the NAMM New Products Guide.

Today's Bloggers, Sponsored by Peavey DJ

NAMM Day 3

By Mike Levine
Saturday started for me in a NAMM-like way, with the sound of a marching band outside the window of my hotel. I looked out and sure enough, the band that always walks through the convention hall to open the Saturday edition of NAMM was in the parking lot rehearsing. It was a huge band, with uniforms, tubas, and twirling flags. It was pretty wild.

As far as products go, Saturday was an interesting one for me. SM Pro Audio was showing a bunch of new products including a new version of its V-Machine ($599, ships in Feb.), a standalone VST plug-in host. The small footprint unit lets you load up to 21 VST effects or instrument plug ins. You can edit them from the front panel, or more easily from a computer using a new editor application. Note that the unit only hosts Windows-format VST plug-ins, but the control software is cross platform. Read the rest of this blog post

The KAOSS Pad for Pros

By Geary Yelton
Fans of KAOSS are excited to hear about Korg’s new Kaossilator Pro, a touchpad-based synthesizer with built-in electronic sounds and acoustic samples, as well as 25 preset drum patterns. The x-y touchpad can cover either a single octave or the entire range of pitch. You also get a gate arpeggiator, an internal vocoder, and loop-recorder banks that allow you to create 4-bar phrases and store them to SD cards. Read the rest of this blog post

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Latest Videos, Sponsored by Universal Audio

New Primacoustic Acoustic Products
Primacoustics unveils seven products that will debut at NAMM: the VoxGuard, TrashGuard, Crashguard, KickStand, ickPad and TriPad, all acoustical problem-solvers for studio and live use. Watch the video now!

Akai Pro iPK25 Keyboard Controller, SynthStation App for iPhone
At NAMM 2010, Autumn Pittman unveils the Akai Professional iPK25 keyboard controller and SynthStation application, which turns your iPhone into a powerful pro-level synth. Watch the video now!

Audix Fusion Drum Mics
Audix co-founder Cliff Castle intros the expanded line of mid-priced drum mics and bundles at Winter NAMM 2010. Watch the video now!

Watch more NAMM videos!

It seems that every day, there is a new iPhone app ready for download—whether it’s a game, tracking sport scores, etc. Next month, Mix looks at high-end audio iPhone apps that can be tools for your next production. Tell us your favorite audio app by e-mailing

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Until the end of February, sound developer New Atlantis Audio is offering a special deal to EM readers and a emusician visitors: a 25 percent discount on its Reason ReFill libraries, Physical Therapy Volume 1, B.E.A.S.T. and Polar Elements, if you buy all three. Use the code EMMAG to get your discount.