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NAMM Day One - Big Synths, Compact Amps & Tasty Tech

Published: Thu January 24, 2013  News Feed

NAMM Day One - Big Synths, Compact Amps & Tasty Tech

It's all under way in Anaheim and Dolphin has the news on the gear that's creating a stir. There's a bit of something for literally everyone, from 30's style parlour guitars through amps with iPad connectivity to devilish, phat analogue synths.

Guitars - From 20's bayou blues machines to modern shred monsters.
Gretsch G9112 Resonator-Ukulele With Gig Bag Gibson SG Original - Heritage Cherry Takamine Pro Series P4DC Dreadnought Roland G-5A VG Fender Stratocaster Modelling Electric Guitar
That's right, it's a ukulele resonator. Big, bold and decidedly vintage tone. You can be sure there's nothing that sounds quite like it! Perhaps the definitive SG model. The original brings back many of the classic appointments but with modern build quality. There's no shortage of acoustics around the £1000 mark but when it's Takamine's latest offering you have to sit up and take notice. One guitar rooted in the past and one with a foot firmly in the future. Roland's COSM technology built into an all American strat.

Synthesisers - All analogue offerings from Japan, America and the UK!
Moog Sub Phatty Analogue Synth Korg MS-20 mini Monophonic Synthesizer Dubreq Stylophone 2 Synthesiser
Names don't come much bigger than Moog in regards to analogue synths. The Sub Phatty is their latest offering and has some wild new features that need to be seen and heard to be believed. A delightfully evil sounding distortion, superb MIDI integration and re-worked noise generator. Maybe we were a bit hasty when we said names don't come much bigger before. People have been clamouring for an MS-20 remake for decades and now it's here. Not happy rebirthing an iconic synth the guys at Korg squeezed it into a smaller package! We didn't see this one coming. Another synth icon brought bang up to date and then some. With full analogue synth capabilities and the famous stylus strip. Designed and manufactured in the UK.

Acoustic Guitars - Getting plugged in
Ashdown AA-40 Cube 40 Watt Acoustic Custom Shop Guitar Combo Zoom A3 Preamp & Effects For Acoustic Guitar Yamaha AK4 Electro Acoustic Guitar - Limited Edition Solid Koa
Ashdown have turned their amp making expertise to the world of acoustic guitars. This elegant amp is a perfect solution for the gigging guitarists. Why should electric players have all the fun? Get tone shaping effects for your acoustic. Simulate numerous vintage models or add a lush reverb. All in one solution at gigs too, simply let the sound man plug an XLR in and you're good to go. We had to include the AK4 even though no price is confirmed yet. Utterly gorgeous and sounding superb.

High tech treats
Roland Studio-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface IK Multimedia iRig HD
Studio-Capture is a high-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production. With 16 audio inputs, 12 premium-grade mic preamps (a first for a compact USB audio interface) and 10 audio outputs. 18 input, 20 output USB 2.0 audio interface with eight award-winning Focusrite mic preamps, designed to be your complete studio hub. The pioneers in mobile music making now bring you the new iRig HD – the next generation of the immensely popular AmpliTube iRig interface.

A few honourable mentions have to go out for some superb videos, nothing shows off gear quite like someone really getting creative.

Here's a track composed entirely of sounds from the Moog Sub Phatty.

Similarly a wonderful tongue in cheek effort from Brett Domino for the Stylophone 2.

Finally here's Yamaha doing a demo for their upcoming 100% Oak kit, sure to deliver a huge sound and make a big splash.


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