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Morning Roundup

NAMM kicks off with a bang—fresh gear from Dave Smith, Numark, and more, plus new albums from DJ Koze, Bonobo, and Depeche Mode

By Ken Taylor
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NAMM is already off to a blazing start, and we’ll be keeping you up to date every morning for the next few days. So dig right into today’s announcements from the likes of Dave Smith Instruments, Numark, and Mixvibes.

- Dave Smith—the synthesizer pioneer responsible for Sequential Circuits and the MIDI protocol—announced his 12-voice Prophet 12 synth down in Anaheim today.


- Also at NAMM, Mixvibes unveiled updates to their Cross and Cross DJ software. (full story)


- Looking for a super-affordable DJ controller? Numark showed off its newest entry-level piece: the wireless, handheld, battery-powered, $99 Orbit. (full story)


- It’s official: Depeche Mode will have a new album, entitled Delta Machine, in March on Columbia Records. (full story)

- Massive Attack are set to collaborate with filmmaker Adam Curtis for a special live installation—”a musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power”—to take place at the Manchester International Film Festival in July. (full story)

- After a hugely long absence from LP work, DJ Koze is set to return to the fray with Amygdala in March. The album features collaborations with Matthew Dear, Caribou, Ada, Apparat, and more. (full story)

- Bonobo’s The North Borders drops in April, but we’ve got the first single’s (rather trippy) video to show you today.