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Power of Ten

Ableton Live 9, Korg's MS-20 Mini, and Moog's Sub Phatty make our 10 Biggest Announcements at NAMM 2013

By Francis Preve
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For the uninitiated, The NAMM Show is one of the musical instrument industry’s biggest events. Like the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NAMM (short for the National Association of Music Merchants) is a tradeshow where manufacturers from around the world debut the latest tech toys and musical instruments to literally tens of thousands of attendees—think Winter Music Conference but for production tools, and you have the general idea.

This year’s NAMM was a mashup of recently announced gear combined with some truly incredible surprises from companies like Korg, Dave Smith Instruments, and Moog. After assessing the announcements, we picked our 10 coolest products at NAMM 2013. And here they are…

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Must Hear 2012

Beatport News chooses its Top 10 pieces of music-tech gear for 2012

By Francis Preve
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Trailblazing artists, genre-blending DJs, and world-class clubs are the forward-facing trends that shape our industry. But behind the scenes, new production tools are the unsung drivers of progress in electronic music. For example, Native Instruments’ Massive softsynth is at the core of both dubstep and complextro, while Roland’s classic TR-808/909/303 boxes arguably served as the launchpad for everything we hear in clubs today.

So, if you want to get the inside track on the future sounds of dance music, you need look no further than the newest toys of the trade. Accordingly, here’s Beatport News’ take on the most interesting and innovative musical products of 2012.

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Korg releases a pink Kaossilator

By christen reutens
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Korg have unveiled a rather fetching limited edition pink version of their Kaossilator box that allows you to play musical notes and phrases using a touch-screen interface.

DJ James Zabiela [a] has been fiddling with a yellow Kaossilator during his DJ sets since the beginning of the year, but Korg designed the pink version for anyone “who wants to stand out from the crowd”.

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Korg DS-10 now available in Japan

By yuko asanuma
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I don’t know if small is always good, but it seems quite apparent that we tend to prefer many things smaller over here in Japan.

As we have covered on Beatportal before, Korg has developed a palm-sized synth that you can play, program and record on a portable game machine Nintendo DS.

The product was first exhibited at Musikmesse 2008 in March, and finally launched only in Japan about a week ago.

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