||In the January 26, 2010 Issue:
NAMM, the International Music Products Association, returned
to Anaheim, Calif., from January 14 to 17, for its 2010 Winter Show to
an uncertain market. Even in these economically challenging times, the
2010 expo attracted 1,373 exhibitors and a respectable 87,569
registrants, indicating a surge in market enthusiasm.
Yet we live in interesting times, and the lines between pro and MI
continue to blur, with one such example being the acquisition of Midas
and Klark Teknik by Behringer's parent company last month. This year
also marked the first time Peavey exhibited its MediaMatrix line at the
show, and with other top-end companies at NAMM—such as Aviom,
Community, Crane Song, DPA, JBL, Manley, Neumann, Renkus-Heinz, Solid
State Logic, Studer and more—most audio pros would feel right at home
walking the exhibit floor. Read the rest of this show
The all-new Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL, Heritage SVT-810E and
Heritage SVT-410HLF heads deliver massive, all-tube power using premium
JJ tubes for the preamp stage and “Winged C” power tubes. The
Heritage SVT-CL pushes 300 watts of power, which is perfect for the
companion cabinets. The Heritage SVT-810E and SVT-410HLF both feature
custom U.S.-made Eminence drivers that meet the exact specifications of
the original SVT speakers. The enclosures are built using rugged 15mm
birch plywood. Find out more about the Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL, SVT-810E and 410HLF
Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection
Console Collection—bringing the sound of six analog consoles inside
your DAW—comprises two plug-ins: Virtual Channel (applied to mixing
channels) and Virtual Mixbus (applied to master fader). Each plug-in
allows the user to choose from one of six meticulously modeled consoles.
When using the Virtual Console Collection, the DAW instantly takes on
the personality of a real analog mixing desk with all its subtleties and
nuances. The imaging and depth improves, instruments sit better in the
frequency spectrum, and mixing becomes easier and more musical. Users
can push the DAW faders up to find each mixer's sweet spot. The
collection is available as a 14-day unlimited demo and can be downloaded
from www.slatedigital.com and purchased at audio dealers
Steinberg C12 Advanced Integration USB Studio
High-quality audio hardware offering both recording and controller
features combines with the included Cubase AI5 and Advanced Integration
technology to offer a complete production solution engineered
specifically for newcomers and mobile production environments. The USB
audio interface features two mic preamps with XLR/TRS combo connectors
and 48V phantom power, as well as a hi-Z input. Designed in cooperation
with and built by Yamaha, CI2 also offers the AI Knob controller, which
assumes control of any parameter by simply hovering over it with the
mouse. The “Cubase Ready LED” indicates that Cubase is connected and
the system is ready to use. CI2 supports both Windows and Mac OS X. MSRP
in North America: $249. Find out more about the C12.
Check out the NAMM New Products
|Today's Bloggers, Sponsored by Peavey
Massive PassiveOne of the most obvious trends at NAMM was
partnering between companies that make audio hardware and software or
between manufacturers and distributors. Universal Audio, a company with
a long history of collaboration, announced several new partnerships to
develop plug-ins for its UAD-2 DSP platform...Read more of this blog.
Serious Ivory Update
Ivory II, the latest version of
Synthogy’s flagship software, is easily the most realistic sampled
piano I’ve ever heard. Ever since Kurzweil released the K250,
authentic-sounding sympathetic resonance has been the holy grail of
digital-piano designers, and the folks at Synthogy have finally hit the
mark, doubling the realism of an already fine virtual instrument in the
process. In fact, I’m probably as excited about Ivory II as anything
I’ve seen or heard at NAMM. Read more of this blog.
Big Names Intro New Waves Plug-Ins
Eddie Kramer Waves
plug-inAt the Waves press conference this morning, plenty of new
products were unveiled. My favorites were the Signature-Series plug-ins
from Chris Lord-Alge and Jack Joseph Puig. Each features dedicated
plug-ins for vocals, guitars, drums and more. They’re due out in March
and will cost $800 each. Puig and Lord-Alge were both present at the
press conference and talked about and demoed their plug-ins. Read more of this blog.
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|Latest Videos, Sponsored by Universal
A demo of the new Chris Lord-Alge and Jack Joseph Puig Signature
Series plug-in suites from Waves. Each features six application-specific
plug-ins for guitars, drums, bass, vocals and more. Watch the video.
Yamaha's Tom Griffin demos the DTX-Multi 12 electronic percussion
pad. Yamaha describes the unit as being a "multipurpose, multilevel,
multi-play-style, multi-pad." Watch the video.
more NAMM 2010 videos.
Ed Diaz of Roland demos the V-Combo VR-700 keyboard. Interspersed are
clips of him playing the VR-700 live at Roland's press preview event on
the night before NAMM. Watch the video. ||
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