Musikmesse kicks off with a bang, and we’ve got updates on new Genelec monitors and—what we’re most excited about—Korg’s new line of analog synths. Come see what else is brewing…
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…
The big gear-manufacturer trade show NAMM kicks off in Southern California tomorrow, but we’ve already got a couple huge announcements for you today. Click on through for the inside scoop on some marvellous new toys from Korg and Moog.
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.
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 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”.
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.
Continuing this year’s trend in miniature hardware, Korg recently announced the imminent release of three new controllers that are perfect for producing on-the-go.
At the London International Music Show, they introduced the aptly named nanoSeries.
Finally, a set of controllers that can actually fit on an airplane tray-table.
Talk about overdue.