Welcome to NAMM: Day 4
January 17, 2011
NAMM is over and I'm home at last. Here are some cool items I saw in my final day on the show floor.
The rumors are true: Fairlight is making a 30th Anniversary version of the famed CMI digital musical instrument played by many world-class artists in the early 1980s. The new version has pitch and mod wheels rather than sliders, a socket for an iPhone where the numeric keyboard used to be, a newer version of the light pen for drawing on the screen, and a cool $20000 price tag.
A new company called iConnectivity is showing a powerful MIDI interface box that can connect multiple MIDI devices to USB or to iOS devices, with its own power supply and powerful networking capabilities.
ILIO showed the new Vienna Dimension Brass instrument, with a very intuitive and expressive articulation toolset that uses multiple sample sets to represent multiple players in the ensemble, each with his own pitch and intonation. The results are beautifully expressive and realistic.
iZotope is well known for audio processing tools like Ozone and RX, but at this show they took a whole new track with StutterEdit, a powerful keyboard-based realtime sample chopping and processing plug-in that lets you create fantastic breakbeats as easily as playing keys.
Big Fish Audio is now shipping a powerful choral virtual instrument called VOXOS. Stay tuned for a review.
Acoustica has bundled its Mixcraft DAW with a full suite of virtual instruments and other content, still keeping the total price within easy reach while reaching a larger audience through more retail chains.
Radial Engineering demoed a guitar rig without an amp, using the new Workhorse module rack and several of its 500 Series modules. They'll be shipping in quantity very soon.
Studio Devil has updated its guitar and bass amp plug-ins with new features and standalone operation mode, and is now offering a very slick iPhone guitar amp app as well.
Arturia's newest hardware device is the Spark, a tabletop rhythm machine interface that smoothly interfaces withh powerful beat/groove and sound creation software.
And neither last nor least, modular synthesis and scary noisemaking was well represented at booths for Analogue Haven, Noisebug, and Big City Music, with cool products from Analogue Solutions, Harvestman, Malekko, MakeNoise, Synthwerk, Dwarfcraft, Livewire, and many more.
I know I haven't mentioned a lot of firms with great products on display, but it's time to catch my plane home. Look for more information in future blogs and in our full show report, scheduled for our March issue. Thanks for reading!