Summer NAMM 2014 News Roundup

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The organization known as NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) hosts two yearly conventions where pro audio, consumer audio, and instrument manufacturers show off some of their wares and announce new products. While the Winter NAMM show gets most of the attention, many manufacturers still bring their A-Game to the summer show. Here’s a look at some of the newly announced gear that will be hitting shelves later this year.

PreSonus AudioBox Interfaces Get an iOS Refresh

PreSonus continues its foray into mobile and on-location recording with the new versions of the company’s AudioBox audio interfaces, now dubbed the AudioBox i One and iTwo systems. In addition to supporting Windows and Mac OS, the AudioBox interfaces now work with your iPad, giving you up to 96kHz/24-bit tracking resolution. The iOne features one mic and one instrument input, while the iTwo has―you guessed it―two of each. Both come with PreSonus’s Studio One Artist DAW.

Another cool announcement from PreSonus is that it has ported its Capture software to iOS, with some neat, iOS-based features. The free version of the app, known as Capture Duo, lets you record two tracks simultaneously, and then transfer your tracks wirelessly into your copy of Studio One Artist for editing, mixing, and mastering.

Novation Expands its Ableton Controller Line with Launch Control XL

Any Ableton Live user will attest that one of the software’s main strengths is how controllable it is, and how your ability to tweak every conceivable parameter can provide endless creativity live and in the studio. Novation knows this well, too, and has just announced its Launch Control XL controller. It boasts 24 knobs with multicolored indicators, eight 60mm faders, and 16 multicolor buttons for track focus and key mixer controls. The controller is designed to work seamlessly with the Laundpad S controller.

Dave Smith Instruments Enters the Modular Filter Game

Dave Smith is a household name to synth enthusiasts, and it is easy to understand why. He developed the first polyphonic synthesizer, and his Prophet 5 remains one of the most sought-after and emulated synths of all time. At summer NAMM, Dave Smith has brought out the DSM01 Curtis Filter module, which serves as its entry into the modular synth market. The module’s circuitry is taken from the chip designed by its namesake, Doug Curtis, and has previously been home in the Prophet 5, as well as the Evolver, Mopho, and Prophet 12 synths.