New gear at Summer NAMM - hear from the manufacturers!
The twice-yearly NAMM Show is one of the largest music trade conferences in the world. Winter NAMM in January this year was a cracker, seeing the launch of products we've since grown to know and love like Cubase 6, the Akai Synthstation and Korg's Kaoss Pad Quad.
Summer NAMM is taking place right now over in Nashville, and what we've seen of so far hasn't disappointed either. We'll have more info for you next week, with new gear available to pre-order, but in the meantime let us whet your appetite with what the manufacturers say about their new launches:
- Akai's EIE Pro interface
They say: "The EIE Pro offers truly high-performance audio recording at very high sampling rates over USB 2.0. The fact that it also serves as a full-blown MIDI interface and USB hub are all additional benefits that nearly any musician or producer will find useful. The fact that it looks great doesn’t hurt either.”
- Alesis' DM10 X electronic drum kit
They say: "The DM10 X Kit has the most generous drum and cymbal pad configuration we’ve ever offered. There’s simply no other electronic drum kit in this price class with 12-inch drum pads, 14 and 16-inch cymbals or such a professional grade of hardware".
- Ampeg's GVT guitar amps (announced at Musikmesse 2011 earlier this year)
They say: "Over the years, Ampeg guitar amps have delivered an alternative to the standard tones of the time. The all-new GVT line is no different. It can easily handle a wide range of playing styles, but does so with pure Ampeg guitar tone that easily outshines the leading tube amps".
- Sabian's The Mix cymbal packs
They say: "Other than occasional one-offs, including our own HH/HHX Praise & Worship pack, we believe this is the first time a cymbal company has developed a line of mixed-series cymbal sets. Although most drummers start with a core sound, usually identified by a specific cymbal series, we know that over time they expand their set-ups to add new sonic colours by adding other series to their set-ups. Oddly enough, there are no packs in the market that address this need".
- Yamaha's PSR-S650 keyboard
They say: "Building on the success of the PSR-S550B, we've packed the new PSR-S650 with great new content for just about any style of musician. With its excellent, built-in ethnic content and the ability to load 3rd party or custom samples, this product is ideally suited to the expanding world music and international markets. Its cutting-edge electronic Style content means that there’s plenty for western musicians to sink their teeth into as well".
It's estimated that Summer NAMM 2011 is being attended by up to 12,000 people, and with over 450 exhibitors there's bound to be plenty more new bits of kit for us to tell you about soon.