NAMM 2020 Review
The 2020 Winter NAMM great music, and New Gear!
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Fender announces a new Strat ! Handcrafted in Corona, CA, the Acoustasonic Stratocaster delivers a curated collection of acoustic and electric voices never heard before in a single instrument.
Korg's full-size ARP 2600 FS could be the synth reissue to rule them all. The ARP 2600 FS faithfully recreates the signal path of the original, with elements including three oscillators, noise generator, dual envelope generators (AR and ADSR), spring reverb and ring modulator and built-in speakers. As with the Odyssey, Korg has worked with members of the original ARP team to bring this reissue to life, getting former president David Friend on board to consult on the project. This faithful, full-sized recreation comes at a cost, however, with prices set at $3899/£3499. This is a one-off, limited-run release, so we’d suggest acting fast if you want to secure one for yourself.
MIDI 2.0 is the largest set of additions to MIDI since the very first MIDI connection between 2 manufacturers was made at the 1983 NAMM Show. MIDI 1.0 has evolved with many new features over the past 36 years. MIDI 2.0 continues that ongoing evolution and creates a foundation for expansion for many years into the future.
The MIDI 2.0 updates MIDI with new auto-configuration, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing -- all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility. This major update of MIDI paves the way for a new generation of advanced interconnected MIDI devices, while still preserving interoperability with the millions of existing MIDI 1.0 devices. One of the core goals of MIDI 2.0 is to also enhance the MIDI 1.0 feature set whenever possible.
Want more info about MIDI 2.0? Visit the MIDI Association web page.
PreSonus has announced the Quantum 2626 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface. With 26 inputs and outputs, eight microphone preamps and two instrument inputs, the PreSonus Quantum 2626 offers plenty of connectivity at a moderate price. Available Now. Click here to learn more.
Roland has announced a new version of their slim but fully weighted A-88 MIDI controller keyboard. The A-88MKII comes with some useful expressive control but most remarkable is that it supports the forthcoming MIDI 2.0 standard and is the first controller announced to do so. Not surprising as Roland, Yahama and Sequential Circuits started MIDI.
UAD unveils LUNA DAW for UAD hardware. Luna transforms UA's Apollo interfaces into the most inspiring and fully integrated recording systems available. The Luna Recording System consists of a UA Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface, the Luna Application, Luna Extensions, and Luna Instruments. Luna will be available as a free download for Apollo and Arrow Thunderbolt Audio Interface owners (Mac only) in Spring 2020.
Brand New at NAMM. U-Keys is an affordable and feature-rich piano key overlay design to fit naturally within the everyday life of musicians looking for the most unique way to express themselves during a performance. Each vinyl overlay is designed to be installed easily and seamlessly with an all-inclusive installation kit. Available for Casio, Korg, Roland, Yamaha and Acoustic pianos with more to come. But wait there's more! You can design your own overlay to stand out even more! Upload your image, add text if you want. Use more than one picture, make layers of pictures. Let your imagination loose!
Just in time for NAMM, Vochlea Music has started shipping the Dubler Studio Kit, a real-time vocal MIDI controller. This enables you to sing melodic and rhythmic phrases and have them instantly turned into MIDI data that can be played back by your favourite plugins in your DAW. Is this the project that breaks the barrier between kind of working and working? Time will tell. The say you can also use Dubler to manipulate effects and filters by making specific sounds (hmmms, laaas and oohhhs, for example). You can train your voice to work with Dubler in 60 seconds.
The Dubler Studio Kit comprises both software - a Mac and PC application that works with any DAW - and a low-latency custom designed USB mic. Pre-orders for the second wave of shipments are being taken now - the price is $325/£250 and you should receive your kit in February.
Find out more on the Vochlea Music website.