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 (and if you haven’t seen it yet, go check out Part 1, too!).
Dynaudio had a 15-foot tall studio monitor made out of Lego out in the lobby. Probably didn’t sound that great.
Fender showed its flagship FX-A9 in-ears, with six balanced armature array, gold plated connectors and triple silver plated wires. Weighs in at $1,299.
Radial Engineering unveiled two new goodies—The Presenter, for mixing lectures, and Backtrack, a backing track switcher.
IK Multimedia CEO Enrico Iori recapped the company’s products of 2016 before moving into 2017 introductions.
We caught the excellent Take Me To The River panel at NAMM Show with Talking Head-turned-producer Jerry Harrison (center), who worked on the documentary of the same name, now available on Netflix.
Sure. Why not?
Vinyl Recorder presented its vinyl lathe. $4,000 to get into bespoke, handmade records.
The new DiGiCo SD12 console was unveiled at the NAMM Show to great excitement.
Cabling company Rapco Horizon debuted three wireless products, including BTI Blox, a Bluetooth audio interface with an XLR adaptor.
A massive tower of MOTU pro audio interfaces greeted visitors at the company’s booth.
Elsewhere on the floor, API Audio debuted the Tranzformer, its first guitar stomp box ever.
Ultimate Ears debuted Sound Tap, a stage monitor passthru connecting to wired in-ears so IEMs and wedges get the same mix.
Various hangs in the Turbosound section of the Music booth at NAMM.
A selection of low-cost mics from Studio Projects at the NAMM Show.
Antelope Audio released the Orion32 HD—64 channels via HDX or USB3, compatible with any DAW—which went on to win a Best of Show award from NewBay Media.
Got a GoPro Hero4? Sennheiser is bringing out the MKE2 ActionMic in April. Waterproof, good with wind up to 50 MPH and under $200.
Deep in one of the coolest looking racks at NAMM was BAE Audio‘s new 500C compressor.
Scott Haughey of Cloud Mics showed off the new Cloudlifter Zi, bringing to instruments the tone shaping that the original Cloudlifter provided to mics.
Yamaha showed its TF5 digital mixing console.
We spotted the legendary Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew sound checking at NAMM (gray jacket). He played drums for the Beach Boys, Monkees, Sinatra and many more, and was there to play behind Ronnie Spector (“Be My Baby”), much as he did on her original records more than 50 years ago.
Fresh off running NAMM’s Live Sound educational track, Mark Frink (live engineer with Zac Brown Band, k.d. lang, more) kicked back in Crown Seating’s Stealth Chair for professional sound engineers.
Meanwhile, PreSonus introduced its StudioLive 32 Series III console.
Shure unveiled limited edition mics featuring Paul McCartney and The Who to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SM58.
Producer Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, many more) held Mix with the Masters workshop sat the Barefoot Sound booth.
Look for Seen on the Scene at NAMM 2017, Part 1, collecting up the rest of our NAMM social media observations!