The Annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA was jammed to the gills as usual with the latest in pro audio and the MI world. There was tons of gear, hundreds of exhibitors and the occasional celebrity, too—Stevie Wonder wandered the show floor and then reportedly got on stage at the nearby Marriott bar for an impromptu jam that blew away the lunch crowd. Everything we saw, we shared on our social media (www.facebook.com/prosoundnews and @prosoundnews on Twitter). Here’s some of the more interesting things that caught our eye.
At Roland’s pre-show party at NAMM: How many millions of records were these folks involved with? (L-R) Terry Lewis, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter; Roland U.S. President and CEO Jay Wanamaker; Andy Summers; Jean-Michel Jarre; Roland Corporation President Mr. Jun-ichi Miki; Jimmy Jam
Roland used the show to debut numerous products, including its new Rubix line of I/Os.
Dynaudio unveiled its new LYD 48 studio monitors at the NAMM Show. Available in 2 colors; $3,000 MSRP for a pair.
Avid CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. discussed Avid Everywhere
…and then Avid debuted Pro Tools 12.7
Blue Microphones debuted its BluebirdSL mic—same sound, new aesthetics and features to make it more versatile.
Elsewhere on the show floor, RCF unveiled its new HDL 6-A small format line array (on left).
Fender presented its line of in-ear monitors, the fruit of its purchase of Nashville-based headphone manufacturer Aurisonic.
QSC showed its E Series at NAMM, including its new E215 and E218SW sub.
Primacoustic displayed its new Honeycomb acoustical treatments.
FBT Speakers USA was showing its Mitus line array system.
There were lots of companies at the NAMM Show that are adjacent to pro audio, like Cosmic Truss and this amazing giant skull.
The John Lennon recording/music education bus marks its 20th anniversary in 2017, and kicked that off at the NAMM Show.
At Universal Audio, founder/CEO Bill Putnam Jr. recounted last 20 years of the company’s history and unveiled the Apollo Twin MKII (on right).
Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser, discussed AMBEO 3D Audio technology.
Sennheiser revealed its SX 1 & 2 wireless mics. 1 is out now, and 2 is due out in April.
In the Waves Audio booth, Luke Smith showed off the new LV-1 update, due out at the end of January.
Not pro-audio, but cool nonetheless—Roland’s Boss division marked its 40th anniversary by showing all 100-plus guitar pedals it has made, in chronological order.
Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Twenty-One Pilots, Weezer, tons more) talked plug-ins at the Waves Audio booth.
Stephen Curto of MXL Mics discussed the new DX-2 Instrument Mic.
Elsewhere, TASCAM unveiled its TM-AG1 microphone.
At the DPA Microphones booth, Trout Steak Revival demoed instrument mics while packing folks in.
Auralex celebrated its 40th anniversary by releasing a special edition of its ProPanel acoustical treatment with SonoSuede fabric.
Nicola Beretta unveiled the Allen & Heath dLive C2500 console.
A closer look at that Allen & Heath dLive C2500.
Look for Part 2, collecting up the rest of our NAMM social media observations, soon!