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January 24, 2012

Numark iDJ Pro – Announced at NAMM 2012

Some products at NAMM are inevitable. Sometimes it’s the bad kind of inevitable; like that odd sad corner booth with the best sounding, hopelessly ugly guitars you’ve ever awkwardly excused yourself from. Or it can be the weird kind of inevitability; like when you talk about Lisa Loeb the night before and then run past her the next day on your way to lunch. (True story.) Finally, there are the good inevitabilities; those moments where products released start to show the way forward. It’s almost like there is a form of “spoiler alert” technology.

You read the headline. You’re probably hardcore and are wondering if I am seriously going to get all misty eyed over some ipad DJ controller and talk about the bloody future. Well, Yes. Yes I am. It isn’t because I necessarily think the iPad DJ will change the game. I do, however, quite like seeing the …

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January 23, 2012

Dave Smith Tempest at NAMM 2012

Dave Smith has quite a synth development history. Dave was responsible for the Prophet 5. He is commonly referred to as the “father of MIDI” after his involvement with the development of the system. Pioneering physical modeling synthesis research and developing the Wavestation over at Korg are just a few stops in an amazing history of seeing Dave appear from one breakthrough to the next. you might have even had one of Dave’s creations in your old computer if you ever owned an AWE 32 or 64 from Sound Blaster; as these cards contained Dave’s first software based synthesizer to drive it’s 32/64 voices. Since opening his own brand, Dave Smith Synthesizers, Dave has created some of the most popular analog synths currently on the market and the devices bring a signature modern appeal to devices that feel as classic as the vintage beasts that inspired them.

Now that they’ve …

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January 23, 2012

Nord Drum – Analog Drum Synthesizer – NAMM 2012

Nord’s booth at NAMM was, naturally, a very red affair. The new kid in town was standing front and center; this was probably a good move for a device that is dwarfed by its older siblings. The Nord drum is a brain sized, mono affair, that Jim from American Music and Sound kept touting as “made for the guy that doesn’t wanna get too involved with the programming stuff.” The unit is built with the usual Nord architecture: sampled based with a range of editable synthesis controls.

I feel like the way it was being introduced was a hit and a miss. Jim’s playing is a pleasure to watch and I was definitely able to see that this was a unit that, like all of Nord’s gear, is meant to do beautiful things in the hands of a competent player. This one definitely is focused on a drummer integrating analog …

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January 23, 2012

Traktor debut the F1, part of Traktor 2.5′s Traktor Remix

Native Instruments were not present on the floor at NAMM this year. One might have thought Native were taking a too cool, “we’ll see you at Musikmesse or something” approach. Instead, Native were having a 10th anniversary party on Saturday. It really was a pretty slick approach; avoid the trade show where every competitor has three devices taking aim at your flagship hardware. Let’s not forget that all of these competitors are boasting compatibility with your software product that might as well be the center of the universe right now. Call up everyone who you know is going to be there, saying “oh, we’re just having a modest little informal thing, 10 years in the biz, etc. It’s invite only, you know, so we’d love to see you.” Once you get a few drinks in everyone, casually step up to say a few words. Then, with everyone’s attention, change the …

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January 23, 2012

The Keith McMillen QuNeo 3D Multi-touch Pad Controller

A little while ago a company called Keith McMillen Instruments proposed an idea for something called a QuNeo¬†3D Multi-touch Pad Controller on Kickstarter.com. If you don’t know it, Kickstarter is a place where proposals for creative endeavors can confirm public interest in the form of donations and even pre-orders. Once a project’s proposed goal is met and the end of the proposed funding deadline met, the project is green lit and all of the donations are actually accepted. If a project fails to meet its goal, the project does not go forward, no money is collected and the creative making the pitch is not left trying to finish their project under funded. So far Kickstarter has brought a lot of wonderful things to life, and gear related projects have been among them.

When Keith McMillen Instruments proposed the QuNeo, they figured they could get their project underway for around 15,000 …