Anaheim, CA (January 18, 2020)—Every year, the MI field—and now increasingly the pro-audio industry—descends on the NAMM Show 2020 in Anaheim, CA. Yesterday—Day Two of the show—had audio pros flocking to see new products, gain insights from recording legends, explore new ways to handle live sound and much more. Here’s just some of what we saw!
Mackie threw a house-rocking party with DJ Trizzy Track to introduce its new SRM V-Class loudspeaker line. The series consists of three models: the SRM210 V-Class, SRM212 V-Class, and SRM215 V-Class, with 10-, 12-, and 15-inch low-frequency transducers, respectively, as well as advanced DSP technology and an all-wood enclosure. The models range from $699 to $899 and will street in April, 2020. A hang of dBTechnologies’ VIO L212 line array modules dominate their corner of the pro-audio hall. Ken Caillat (left) was the co-producer and engineer for Fleetwood Mac’s 40-plus million-selling Rumours album, as well as its challenging follow-up, Tusk. Caillat discussed those days as he chatted with journalist Bobby Owsinski, playing clips from the albums, sharing never-before-seen photos and videos and more, as well as discussing his new book recalling the era, Get Tusked. Aston Microphones is presenting its various offerings, including the limited-edition Origin Black Bundle mic studio production set, which comes with the company’s Origin LDC microphone, Swiftshield pop filter and its shock mount set. Genelec’s booth has been busy all show, as pros stop in to hear a variety of monitors and experience the immersive audio demonstrations on-hand. Just like a good mix, many booths at the show are multilayered; this is the view from the second floor of the Shure booth, 10 minutes after doors opened on Friday. The In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization (www.IEMITO.org), led by founder Mike Dias (standing), gathered for its first annual meeting, with numerous manufacturers, end users, developers, monitor engineers and others in attendance, all sharing insights, best practices and more. French monitoring brand Focal has a variety of its studio monitors, high-end headphones, speakers and more on-hand at its booth. The Loudspeaker System Showcase is back at the arena at NAMM this year, featuring systems to see and hear. After a long day of NAMM…well, the night was just getting started. Yamaha’s annual All-Star Concert on the Grand featured numerous artists, including Earth, Wind and Fire; Shaléa; and, seen here encouraging everyone to cut footloose, Kenny Loggins.