NAMM 2017 Review

The 2017 Winter NAMM Show Review

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The 2017 Winter NAMM great music, and New Gear!

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MOTU 8A and 624MOTU Introduces two new audio interfaces: the 624 and 8A

MOTU is now shipping the 624 and 8A, two portable audio interfaces with Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity for Mac and Windows. As their names imply, the 624 and 8A are half-rack counterparts to MOTU's award-winning, flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces. But make no mistake, these two compact versions pack serious punch when it comes to superb analog audio quality and advanced features.

In fact, both interfaces share the same analog design, ultra-low latency performance, advanced DSP-driven mixing and extensive AVB/TSN audio networking features as MOTU's top-of-the-line 1248 and 16A interfaces.

Learn more about the 624 or 8A

MOTU's David Das demoed Digital Performer's new 2017 polyphonic pitch and time features with new options including pitch shifting using a formant algorithm.. Release date not specified but may be in May. No additional new features were shown. Learn more about DP9


Novation Announced Hal Leonard Ableton Live Curriculum for Novation Launchpad

Novation announced that it has entered into a publishing agreement with Hal Leonard (the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and related topics), to offer a comprehensive curriculum covering Novation Launchpad running Ableton Live. The curriculum includes a hard copy edition of a 300-page student textbook and acompanion 200-page teacher manual, offering students the skills they need to learn to create electronic music on a Novation Launchpad via Ableton Live.

For teachers and students Hal Leonard will be offering the hard copy editions either by themselves or bundled with a Novation Launchpad and Launchkey controller. Hal Leonard will be offering an online interactive version of the course and supplement al materials, and Novation will also be offering downloadable PDF versions of the handbooks.


They announced the ULT-10, a 2-way 1 x 10" active loudspeaker. Tthe speaker combines 1,300W of Class D power, and a proprietary rotatable horn with extremely wide horizontal dispersion, along with focused vertical dispersion. An onboard mixer with two combo XLR and 1/4" inputs and XMAX preamp, along with a direct line-input channel output and a single summed balanced output make it a complete solution for live sound. Three operational presets are available—“FOH” for normal live front of house usage, “DJ” for music playback, or “Mon” for using the unit as a wedge monitor. Tour-grade 16-gauge steel grille, top and side ergonomic handles, 35mm pole sockets with 6? downward tilt, integrated M10 rigging points for suspended installation, and locking IEC connection round out the features.

PreSonus also announced two new audio interfaces at the 2017 NAMM Show. For podcasters, live streaming, and mobile musicians, the bus-powered Studio 26 USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface features two switchable microphone/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L solid-state microphone preamps, and delivers 24-bit resolution at up to 192 kHz. There's the main outputs, plus two additional balanced line outputs for monitor mixing or speaker switching. A Cue Mix A/B function allows for toggling between two mixes while monitoring through headphones, perfect for DJs, or to listen in on a performer’s monitor mix.

For small studios, the six-input, six-output Studio 68 features two front panel inputs with XMAX Class-A preamps, along with a second pair of rear-panel microphone/line inputs, also utilizing XMAX preamps. Lik the Studio 26, it features two balanced line outputs in addition to the main outputs, available for monitor mixing or speaker switching, as well as the Cue Mix A/B function. The Studio 68 also has stereo S/PDIF input and output and six ladder-style LED level meters (four input, two main output). Both units supply global phantom power, and lnclude Studio One Artist DAW software for Mac and Windows.

Samson QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier

Samson QH4Individual Volume Controls & Mono Button Deliver Easy/Precise Signal Monitoring

the QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier. The QH4 is designed to distribute audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume control making it perfect for tracking multiple performers in a studio, podcast recording or recreational music listening. Its compact design makes the QH4 ideal for use with any studio or desktop workstation, as well as with laptops or smartphones when recording on the go.Available Mid Feburary. .More Info