Anaheim, CA (January 28, 2019)—Every year, the MI field—and now increasingly the pro-audio industry—descends on the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Days Two and Three were a heady mix of new gear introductions, presentations from top-shelf producers and engineers, and more. Here’s just some of what we saw while sprinting around the show floor!
One of the bigger stories coming out of the show was that SSL has upgraded its live console offerings with its new flagship L550 (pictured) and 350 desks. Current owners can upgrade existing L500s and L300s via kits, and the results will reportredly add a lot of power, processing and more. On a separate SSL note, the company broadly hinted that its relatively quiet studio side will have some major new products for the industry in coming months.
Phil Dudderidge, chairman of Focusrite, celebrated his 30th year of Focusrite, 42nd NAMM, 45th year in the industry and 70th birthday.
ProCo showed its numerous Dante installation solutions, all of which are now shipping.
Producer/engineer/author Sylvia Massy (Tool, RHCP, System of a Down, etc.) was on hand to share her insights and stories during a Q&A at Cordial Cables.
Shure retrofitted an Airstream trailer as a comfy, airy recording space that made use of its new Motiv line of mics and accessories for mobile content creators.
Eventide showed its H9000—out for only about six months and it already has a massive upgrade coming out in February, giving it far more options and uses.
Sennheiser hosted Freedy Johnston, singer/songwriter of the 1990s classic, “Bad Reputation.”
LD Systems USA showed its Maui P900 portable PAs, designed by the Porsche Design Studio.
It was a packed house at the Audio-Technica booth, where new instrument mic mount systems and ATH-M50 XBT wireless over-ear headphones with Bluetooth were the order of the day.
DirectOut Technologies was showing its Prodigy MultiFunction Audio Processor, which provides I/O, dual networked audio, DSP, sample rate conversion, multiple sync generation/handling/distribution and more in a 2U rack frame, supporting Dante, Ravenna and Waves SoundGrid.
Yamaha was showing its DZR-15D loudspeakers with Dante; the 2,000-watt powered PA speaker sports a 15″ LF driver, 2″ HF driver and a built-in Dante interface.
IK Multimedia unveiled its new high-res compact studio monitors, the iLoud MTM, marking a rare venture out of the ultra-compact products it is typically known for. Costing $700 a pair, they offer 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response, 100 W RMS total power per speaker and acoustic self-calibration with an included mic.
When the Show was over on Friday, the music was not. Sarah McLachlan soft-rocked the Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage through a Nexo PA.
KEF America was showing its LSX monitors, which straddle the line between the audiophile and recording worlds. Looks for a review in an upcoming issue of Pro Sound News.
BAE Audio always has the coolest rack at NAMM—and founder/president Mark Loughman used it to present the latest from BAE and subsidiary UK Sound.
Alpine ear plugs’ booth was perfectly situated, right at ground zero in the Drums Hall.
Bought a Bose S1 Pro loudspeaker for events and it doesn’t fit in with the decor? Bose has you covered, literally, with new loudspeaker covers in white, emerald, burgundy and black.
The RCF booth had lots of the loud stuff.
StudioLogic introduced its new DAW controller, MixFace.
Introducing a giant Ampeg SVT for the company’s 50th anniversary, legendary bassist Derek Smalls had a very Spinal Tap-esque photo op.
Clair Bros. was on-hand showing some of its latest installation-oriented offerings.
…And we close things out with the annual drum circle, which attracted hundreds of participants. See you next year, NAMM!
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