Highlights of days 2 and 3 of NAMM included the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards and a slew of product introductions on the show floor from companies including Focusrite, Allen & Heath, MXL, beyerdynamic, Neumann, BAE, MOTU, Mackie, Audio-Technica, Yamaha and Warm Audio. To see all of that and more, check out our photo gallery below!
CAD introduced the CAD Live A77, which sports a modern CAD Live capsule in a vintage mic housing from the company’s early days in the 1930s.
Allen & Heath introduced the SQ-5 mixer at the show. (Read more:
Allen & Heath Debuts SQ Series Desks)
LEWITT introduced the LCT 441 FLEX at the NAMM Show. (Read more:
LEWITT Launches LCT 441 FLEX at NAMM)
At the NAMM Show, revived brand Studio Techniques showed the custom analog/DAW friendly console it’s been working on for three years. Essentially a brand-new vintage desk comprised of meticulously re-created components and technology, the console passed muster with legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott (Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Beatles) who recorded many classic albums on original-era Studio Techniques consoles was on-hand at NAMM playing Bowie tracks he recorded through them back in the day.
MXL introduced its POP LSM-9 vocal mic in a variety of poppy colors. (Learn more:
MXL Bows POP LSM-9 Vocal Mic)
At the NAMM Show, BAE had the coolest rack.
One of the coolest stories coming out of NAMM: Neumann brought back the U 67 tube mic, the microphone that defined the sound of the ’60s. Introduced in 1960, the U 67 was the quintessential studio workhouse throughout the formative years of modern music. To this day, many top-level engineers would choose the U 67 as their “desert island” microphone for its inimitably smooth sound and extraordinary versatility.
Seen at the NAMM Show, this all-American mic is the Patriot 990 from MXL.
Telefunken had a number of mics on hand, including the large diaphragm, fixed cardioid CU-29.
beyerdynamic introduced its new USB mic, the FOX. (Read more:
beyerdynamic Unveils FOX USB-C Microphone at NAMM)
MOTU showed off a very packed rack of interfaces.
BAE showed its PDIS Passive Stereo DI. BAE is a manufacturer of high-end microphone preamp/equalizers faithful to vintage designs of the 1970s and before.
At NAMM, Soundking drenched one of its arrays while it ran to highlight its weatherproofing.
This stack of HDL 6-A line array modules was at the RCF booth at the NAMM Show.
Outside the NAMM Show, iZotope presented its unique Spire recording system aimed at songwriters.
RME presented its new ADI-2 Pro, a PCM/DSD 768 kHz AD/DA converter with two headphone amps, DSD recording and playback, USB operation at digital AES/SPDIF/ADAT support.
At the NAMM Show, legendary guitarist Vernon Reid demoed prototype guitar emulation software.
Warm Audio presented its line of WA models. From the top: WA73 1 ch. British mic preamp; WA73-EQ with EQ; WA272, the 2 ch. version; and WA272-EQ, the 2 ch. British mic preamp with EQ.
At The NAMM Show, Focusrite introduced the Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out). (Learn more:
Focusrite Debuts Clarett USB Interface Series)
Ever dropped your iPad or gotten an arm cramp while mixing a gig via a remote app? At the NAMM Show, Daniel Shatzkes, founder of Gig Gear, demonstrated the Two-Hand Touch harness, used for carrying an iPad for mixing and other necessary gear.
Mackie introduced its new in-ear monitors: the MP-120, 220 and 240. (Read more:
Mackie Previews MP Series of Professional In-Ear Monitors)
Audio-Technica had a ton of new gear, including the new generation of 5000 Series wireless systems.
It’s not pro audio, but how do we not post a nine-neck guitar from Fender’s custom shop?
Creating arguably the coolest swag at the NAMM Show, Burl Audio pressed up 600 green vinyl albums of sample tracks to illustrate what its Mothership configurable AD/DA interface can do.
Bose introduced the S1 Pro Multi-Position PA system. 15 lb., 3 channels (two with dedicated reverb). It also had an accelerometer that automatically changes EQ depending on the box’s orientation. (Learn more:
Bose Professional Debuts S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System) Yamaha unveiled the DSR115 15-inch 2-way powered loudspeaker and accompanying DXS18 18-inch powered subwoofer.
myMix, the personal monitor mixing and recording system, has introduced its myMix II. (Learn more:
myMix Releases myMix II)
Paiste showed a giant gong in its NAMM booth.
Yamaha introduced its updated Stagepas portable PA system, featuring the Stagepas 600 BT and 400 BT.
Telefunken’s NAMM Show booth