NAMM 17 SAI Coverage – Hand Picked Highlights of NAMM 2017
NAMM 17 – Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA
The NAMM Show is the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry. “NAMM” stands for the National Association of Music Merchants. Starsound attends the NAMM Show to broaden our horizons with new gear to help gauge our upcoming fiscal year. Scott attends NAMM for the sake of our concert department for use in popular Reno events such as Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, Eldorado’s Italian Festival, Nugget’s Rib Cook-Off, etcetera. NAMM 17 was no different. as we combed the booths discovering new and innovative products after the other.
This article was created to inform you about the latest and greatest technology surfacing later in 2017. Products highlighted within this article are products we’ll carry after they launch. This article does not cover every new product that surfaced at NAMM 17, only the ones we really thought were innovative and ideal for the masses.
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Multi-Track Recording with USB Audio Interfaces
The newly introduced Tascam line of USB Audio Interfaces is for those looking to get quality recordings of their music. The Tascam Trackpack 2×2 and Trackpack 4×4 offer a complete recording studio for Mac / Windows computers.
Tascam TM-80 studio condenser microphone with shock mount and a tripod desk stand, US-2×2 audio interface, TH-02 headphones, plus Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live Lite 9 DAW software.
Perfect for that individual looking to get started with creating and recording their music into their computer. We highly recommend searching YouTube for tutorials on DAW choice and learning. There are hundreds of great tutorials out there so just pick one and stick with it until you feel comfortable.
A pair of Tascam TM-80 studio condenser microphones with shock mounts and a tripod desk stand, a US-4×4 audio interface, two sets of TH-02 headphones, plus Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live Lite 9 DAW software for Mac / Windows.
Ideal for the more serious musician looking to upgrade or just start off. This package gives you a well-rounded assortment of gear that will come handy from the get-go and for years to come.
A New Way to Podcast & Broadcast
Tascam also released new options for online podcasting & broadcasters with the introduction of MiNiSTUDIO Personal & Creator. The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32 is your complete, desktop online broadcast studio. Featuring a professional quality audio interface and a number of unique real-time effects, the MINISTUDIO Personal delivers everything you need to set the Internet on fire. Let’s take a look.
Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Personal
Features include one XLR/combo mic/line connector and a professional quality microphone preamp with phantom power. Don’t have a microphone? No problem. The MiNiSTUDIO Personal has one built-in for those looking to start podcasting out-of-the-box.
Three buttons on the top of the unit allow you to assign sound effects on the fly. If you’re broadcasting live, assign applause or a buzzer sound to these buttons and simply press them where applicable. If you’re podcasting, use these buttons to assign backing tracks or a show introduction so you can focus on the juicy details without having to repeat your introductions every time.
A more comprehensive set of controls enables you to fine-tune EQ, compression and reverb settings as well as customize the behavior of the PON sound effect buttons and the various Voice Effect options. Don’t be fooled by the friendly face of the MiNiSTUDIO – underneath the shiny exterior lies a truly professional tool that proudly carries the TASCAM name.
Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator
A professional quality audio interface and a number of unique real-time effects. The MINISTUDIO Creator delivers everything you need to become the next internet sensation.
Unique to the MiNiSTUDIO Creator is a powerful Creator / Broadcast selector switch on the front panel of the device. When set to Broadcast mode, the audience will hear exactly what you hear as all audio generated my the MiNiSTUDIO and/or your computer will be mixed together into a single stereo stream. Talk, play guitar, play games or play MP3 files. If you hear it, they hear it. But flick the switch to Creator and you’re in full production mode.
When set to Creator, the MiNiSTUDIO transforms into a professionally specced two-channel USB Audio Interface. Perfectly suited for any DAW or video editing software, the combination of dual HDDA mic preamps, Hi-Z inputs, EQ, compression, and reverb deliver a powerful and flexible front end for any media production task.
Powerful Condenser Microphones for Beginners to Amateurs
Staying on the topic of recording with your computer, Blue announced their essential series of condenser recording microphones. If you are familiar with Blue, you already know about the Spark, Bluebird and Baby Bottle. Well, they got updated with more features, a consistent look across the board and sound better than ever.
Spark SL, Bluebird SL, & Baby Bottle SL Essential Series Microphones
Spark SL brings legendary Blue studio sound and versatility to your recording space. Produce stunning recordings for vocals, guitars, drums, pianos and more with Spark SL’s detailed, transparent sound and versatile high-pass filter and -20dB pad. Whether starting a new studio or expanding your mic locker, Spark SL is ready to ignite your creativity.
Bluebird SL delivers pristine, highly versatile sound that makes every detail of your performance come to life. With a high-pass filter and -20dB pad, Bluebird SL is ideal for capturing standout vocal performances, expressing the true tone of guitars, piano and more with extended upper clarity, smooth mids, and rich lows. Next stop, top-flight sound.
Baby Bottle SL is a cardioid condenser microphone that delivers classic sound and incredible versatility. With a richly present midrange, smooth top end, and neutral bottom, Baby Bottle SL is reminiscent of the world’s finest vintage microphones. Featuring a high-pass filter and -20dB pad, Baby Bottle SL excels at adding a rich, classic vibe to nearly any sound source.
Smartphone Microphones & Studio Must-Haves
Shure updated their MOTIV line of USB & smartphone ready microphones for on-the-go individuals. We have fallen in love with the MV88 as it provides crisp, clear audio for those trying to record at concerts or venues with loud music. No more smashed, distorted audio when you record in 1080p or higher on smartphones. We’re Shure (see what we did there) you’ll love these microphones too once you hear the difference.
MOTIV Series from Shure
The MV5 offers professional-quality audio, with the flexibility and control of switchable DSP recording presets and latency-free headphone monitoring.
With iOS and USB connectivity, the MV51 delivers studio-quality audio with the versatility and control of five DSP preset recording modes and latency-free headphone monitoring.
Delivering clear, high-quality sound, the MV88 rotates for flexible positioning that’s ideal for video applications.
With both iOS and USB connectivity, the versatile MVi Digital Audio Interface offers content creators professional-quality audio recording in the studio and on the go.
Offering clear audio capture, the discreet MVL plugs into the headphone jack of iOS and Android devices with recording capabilities via a 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRRS connector.
4-in-1 Lighting Effects for Every DJ, Band, Small Venue or Party
Continuing ADJ’s commitment to making life easier for mobile entertainers and lighting installers, the Boom Box FX1 and Boom Box FX2 are two new multi-effect fixtures that each offer four separate lighting effects from a single compact unit. Expanding ADJ’s Startec range of affordable and reliable effect lighting fixtures, both of the new units are housed in the same distinctive casing which incorporates rubber feet as well as a flexible hanging bracket.
American DJ Boom Box FX1 & FX2 – Startec Series
The Boom Box FX1 features a party dome moonflower effect that projects countless beams of shimmying, swaying, and spinning light, while the Boom Box FX2 offers a mesmerizing sweeping-GOBO effect. Both fixtures also incorporate a Galaxian-style red and green cluster laser, eight RGBA 1W wash LEDs, and an LED-powered mini Dekker-style beam effect.
Thanks to the flexible hanging bracket, the Boom Box FX1, and FX2 fixtures can hang from a truss, speaker stand, goalpost or attach directly to a tripod stand. Using an O-clamp, they can even fix to the upright pole of a tripod allowing them to be rigged to a speaker stand. This makes the units incredibly flexible and, as they are each essentially four lights in one, just one unit on a stand is enough to create a full light show in a small room, while a pair is powerful enough to fill a larger space.
Going Deep with Behringer’s New 12-Voice Analog Synthesizer
Behringer is yet again raising the stakes by introducing this analog synthesizer for literally a fraction of the price for competitor’s versions. Behringer is especially good at making products similar to others and offering it at lower prices, but this unit definitely stands up to the hype factor. John and Cameron from Starsound experienced the Deepmind 12 hands-on and are extremely impressed. If you live in the Reno/Tahoe area come down to Starsound Audio, Inc. for a hands-on demo in March 2017. Like us on Facebook for more information when this item becomes available!
Behringer Deepmind 12
The new product introduced by Behringer at NAMM 17 is a true Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer with 4 FX Engines, 2 OSCs, and LFOs per Voice, 3 ADSR Generators, 8-Channel Modulation Matrix, 32-Step Control Sequencer, Tablet Remote Control with Built-In Wifi.
For all those who love twisting knobs and figuring out the latest tech while still keeping it analog/retro; this product is the one for you. With 1024 user program memories with “compare and match” feature to quickly match all analog controls to values stored in the program, you’ll never run out of options to completely customize the sound you want and record straight into your favorite DAW. It’s a match made in heaven. Dig it.
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While this isn’t the least bit a complete guide to everything new at NAMM 17, it is a sneak peek window to what is up and coming when it comes to the best in pro audio gear for 2017.
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