Musikmesse 2015 Latest News, Rumours & Hottest Releases
Frankfurt, Germany, April 2015 - What to expect from Musikmesse 2015? As with any trade show, many brands choose not to disclose too much info about their hottest releases until the very last minute, for maximum impact. But, in the weeks leading to the start of the event (which happens 15th-18th April) some news have started to emerge and some brands have already announced their products. Here's an overview, brand-by-brand, of what Musikmesse 2015 has to offer. Keep checking this page, as we'll be updating it daily with more info as they come along.
Not much info on what new gear they'll be showing at Musikmesse, though the new Advance Controllers (first announced at NAMM) should be one of their main products at the trade show, since they were the leading image on their Musikmesse 2015 teaser.
After the breaktrough success of the MiniBrute and MicroBrute, everyone - and we really mean everyone! - seems to be expecting Arturia to do one better and come up with a bigger, polyphonic analogue synth. A "PolyBrute" would be a sure-fire hit. There's also hope they could come up with an analogue drum-machine - it would be a natural step after the success of the SparkLE hybrid drum-machine.
They didn't announce many new pedals at NAMM, so perhaps something interesting might be showcased at Musikmesse. Here's a teaser video of one of their new products:
Epiphone will be launching new models at the event, including a signature Tony Iommi SG, as teased in this pic:
There are hopes that Korg will announce a new member to the Volca range. Another rumour, is that a new Pa4X Arranger Keyboard Workstation will also be showcased.
One concrete release, though, just announced, is the Korg Havian 30 Ensemble Digital Piano, which provides classic grand, upright and electric piano sounds, plus a collection of additional musical instrument sounds, in a compact and stylish cabinet.
They've also announced new tuners, which seem pretty cool - the Limited-Edition "Canned Tuners"! Korg have great products, sure, but as for their puns...
MARTIN & CO.
Martin have announced two new models which'll make an appearance at Musikmesse: the D-35E 50th Anniversary Limited Edition features a European spruce top with Vintage Tone System (VTS) combined with East Indian rosewood sides and back wings with an organic East Indian rosewood wedge and maple bindings. The organic wedge is also inlayed on the East Indian rosewood headplate. A black ebony fingerboard and bridge, and Fishman Aura VT electronics complete this model that commemorates an important milestone in Martin Guitar’s history.
The other, very insteresting guitar is the LE-HMSD 2015 Limited Edition model, which features an HMS Dreadnought printed on a Sitka spruce top with Martin’s new Vintage Tone System (VTS). The HMS Dreadnought was the largest battleship of the British Royal Navy and serves as the inspiration behind the name of the Dreadnought-sized guitar. Other features of this 12-fret Dreadnought model include genuine mahogany back and sides, East Indian rosewood headplate and a black ebony fingerboard and bridge. This guitar is truly a unique instrument that will be cherished by guitar enthusiasts for years to come.
Native have just announced their biggest new release for Musikmesse 2015: the Traktor Kontrol D2 DJ Controller. This is a forward-thinking DJ controllerat a great price pont and packed with features, some of which seen on last year's bigger, more expensive S8.
Contrary to some expectations, Nord is not releasing a Stage 3 keyboard. However, Nord fans have little to complain - the new Nord Stage 2 EX Digital Pianos greatly improve the original, and very popular, Stage 2, with 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library and new sounds. It comes in three different sizes and is another certain hit.
Here's another brand who people seem to be placing hopes on a new poly synth. This remains to be seen, but they've announced their new, Mk2 range of Launchkeys and Launchpad products:
Orange should be releasing something HOT for Messe. The new Crush series as great, and a success during NAMM... but that was solid-state. We should be expecting new valve amps from Orange anytime soon, so Musikmesse would be the perfect time...
This is the one brand set to take Musikmesse 2015 by storm. At NAMM 2015 they've teased everyone with the first appearance of the JD-XA poly synth. It's set to be officially launched at Messe, and hopes are it'll be a game changer.
But that's not all from Roland. There are rumours of a possible AIRA System-2 Plug Out synth - a bigger brother to the AIRA System-1. But, never mind the rumours, there's at least one very real new AIRA development - it's going modular! From the pic we can see there'll be a modular synthesizer, plus 4 smaller units which Roland are keeping secret for now... exciting!
sE Electronics have teased about an exciting new product they'll be launching at Musikmesse: a new collaboration with Rupert Neve! No details just yet, but this will certainly be hot stuff... expect to see it on many professional recording studios, soon!
Vox have announced the new AC10 valve amp. Cheaper and more portable than the AC15, but bigger and more powerful than the AC4, the AC10 has all it takes to become a massive hit - hitting that sweet spot between portability, affordability and "giggability" that many guitarists look for today.
Yamaha is, historically, one of the leading names in analog synths. It seems quite odd that they have not jumped on the new analog bandwagon yet, and there are hopes they'll finally announce a brand new analog synth or reissue an old classic, Korg-style, such as the CS-80.