M-Audio has announced its next-generation audio interface, and it comes in the form of the Thunderbolt-compatible desktop Deltabolt 1212. Designed from the ground up to work with Thunderbolt technology, the interface boasts some impressive specs, including 12 channels of full duplex I/O (including mic pre inputs and 8 channels of line-level inputs on a DB-25 connector). On its conversion front,... READ MORE
Novation is expanding its popular line of Launchpad controllers for Ableton Live and other programs with the new Launchpad Pro.
The Pro features 64 RGB LED feedback and velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads with 32 RGB backlit round mode buttons to enable expressive performances and inventive song creation. In Performance Mode, the pads illuminate to match the color of your clips in Ableton Live... READ MORE
Continuing a new tradition started with the Rhythm Wolf, Akai has just announced a second analog drum machine, the TOM CAT.
The drum machine features five tunable percussion voices: Kick, Snare, Clap, and chromatically tunable Disco Toms. It also includes an onboard 32-step sequencer with a classic drum-machine workflow, a gate trigger in/out for triggering sequences via modular synths, vintage... READ MORE
Heritage Audio has earned its reputation making some of the best vintage Neve-style gear available and, at this year’s NAMM, it is clear the company’s eyes are focused on the ever-growing 500-Series market. First out is the 2264JR, a 2-slot 500-Series compressor and preamp. The compressor uses the same schematics and key components as the company’s standard 2264E rack compressor, based on the... READ MORE
When you think of power players in the graphics-card markets, two manufacturers come to mind, and NVIDIA is certainly at the forefront. The recent NVIDIA Maxwell-based GTX 900 series—the GTX 970 and 980 used a smaller die, almost 30% smaller than previous models, and fewer transistors—still boosted the speed over its... READ MORE
Plug-in perennial Waves has announced some additions to its family at this year’s NAMM. First up is an emulation of the all-too-often-overlooked DBX-160. Developed in conjunction with Harman (who currently owns DBX) for meticulous modeling, the Waves DBX-160 was geared from the ground up to copy the tone and behavior of the original units authentically. Not satisfied to get the emulation right... READ MORE
M-Audio announced the release of the new Code Series keyboards, available in three sizes; 25, 49, and 61 keys. The family of Code Series controllers features a smooth-feeling, semi-weighted keybed with after-touch, 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback, and a touch pad for X/Y axis control. Other features include assignable pitch and mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII... READ MORE
Chauvet DJ is rolling into NAMM 2015 with serious thunder, showing at least 10 new products for professional live-event applications. The 6SPOT QUAD IRC offers six individually adjustable high-intensity quad-color (RGBW) LED spots with multiple mounting options for floors and trusses, wireless control using the optional IRC-6 remote control, power-linking to save on cabling, automated and sound-... READ MORE
In a continued effort to offer innovative solutions that bridge the gap between the emerging world of mobile music production and traditional computing, iConnectivity had the new iConnectAudio4+ audio and MIDI interface on display at this year’s NAMM show. Employed with iConnectivity’s multi-host technology, the iConnectAUDIO4+ lets musicians use up to two computing devices together, at the same... READ MORE
At this year’s NAMM show, Yamaha has announced updates to four of its popular keyboards, from the entry-level PSR-E253, all the way up to the P-115 digital piano. Although there are no major technological advancements, the modest updates further realign the individual products for... READ MORE
Solid State Logic, a world leader in tools for creative audio professionals, has the announced the release of the Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) Preamp for 500-series-format racks. The VHD-Pre is based on technology from SSL’s Duality, which offers a broad range of tone, from the ultra-clean “SuperAnalogue” to fierce transistor distortion. The switchable VHD circuit introduces either a 2nd- or 3rd... READ MORE
Waves has announced that it is now shipping two new plug-ins, the H-Verb and the Tracks Live multi-track recording software for live sound engineers.
The H-Verb follows suit with the other Hybrid Series effects, offering the best in analog tone-shaping with the convenience of fully automatable parameters. The plug-in features a pioneering reverb based on innovative algorithmic FIR (Finite... READ MORE
Although no new recording and editing features have been announced with the arrival of Pro Tools 12, the news at this year’s NAMM show from Avid is nonetheless still exciting. Three initiatives being launched by the company offer more flexibility in accessing the industry standard software, and promise expanded collaborative and promotional functions for all Pro Tools users. On the access side,... READ MORE
Guitar effects manufacturer Hotone has just announced the Xtomp, an effects modeling guitar stompbox that works in tandem with a proprietary iOS app to manage all your presets, and transfer them directly to the pedal wirelessly by Bluetooth. The pedal simulates many classic vintage and modern pedals, featuring an effects library of more than 300 models.
The Xtomp uses Comprehensive Dynamic... READ MORE
Music technology manufacturer IK Multimedia debuted a handful of new products at the 2015 Winter NAMM show, unveiling an improved version of its popular iRig guitar interface, the iRig 2, as well as three others, the iRig Mic Studio digital condenser mic,... READ MORE