Every year towards the end of January the largest, and still most influential, show for the music industry takes place in Anaheim, California. Set againnst the backdrop of Disney land on one side and the dazzling lights, bright stars above and below the iconic Hollywood hills to the other, NAMM attracts music makers, instrument makers, influencers, music icons and the media from all across the globe.
NAMM is still the place where the most new gear from guitars to MIDI controllers, synthesizers to audio interfaces and much more is announced.
Of late, due perhaps to the rise of smaller niche shows like Superbooth, the NAMM influence seemed to be waning, but whether that was the case or the jaded perception of a music industry editor, NAMM 2020 saw a slew of exciting new music gear and products come to the fore. Here's 10 of our favorite announcements / first-looks from NAMM (in no particular order)... and we're including those from Behringer who made their announcements remotely, away from the maddeness of the show.
The Wavestate isn't a simple reissue of the 90s Wavestation synth. This is a completely re-imagined, next step into the world of digital wave sequencing synthesis.
With 3 oscillators, 3 filters and 3 LFOs with digital effects plus a 16-track sequencer, Sequential's Pro 3 looks like an absolute monster. Here's what we know about it.
If you want the sound of the TR-606 as found on records by Plasticman, Massive Attack and many Acid tracks then the Behringer RD-6 is for you.
Connect CDJs, turntables and more to the DJM-V10’s six channels and use the specially developed 4-band EQ to sculpt your sound. This is Pioneer DJ's DJM-V10.
On day 1 of NAMM 2020 guess who plunged headfirst into modular synthesizers? Yes, it's Behringer and they've Brough the System 100 back to life with 11 new modules.
Two new portable and affordable audio interfaces from Audient are about to hit the market. Here's what you need to know about EVO.
The new Apogee Symphony Desktop is the most affordable Symphony interface yet and includes flagship sound quality, mic preamp emulation, hardware DSP with premium plugins, and a touch screen interface
Following the release of the Argon8 synthesiser, Modal Electronics have added a compact desktop module and a 61 key version, both with the same sound engine and 8 voice polyphony as the original.
The new flagship KeyStep controller keyboard features 4 independent sequencers, extensive hands-on controls and much more. Here's the full story.
Apollo-powered recording system features Accelerated Realtime Monitoring, built-in Neve Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, new LUNA Instruments from Universal Audio, Moog Music, Spitfire Audio + more