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July 21, 2014

Best of Summer NAMM 2014

Summer NAMM might not have all the pageantry and hype that surrounds Winter NAMM, but Nashville’s conference always serves up some new and interesting products from top manufacturers. Sometimes products that weren’t ready to show at Winter NAMM get passed along to Summer NAMM and they can be just as hype-worthy as some of the offerings at the top of the year.

So what came out of Summer NAMM 2014 that’s got us intrigued? We break down the top products from this years show.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) have been putting out some sought after synthesizers over the decades. They have seen a resurgence in popularity within the past few years and have been putting out some pretty fantastic gear like the Tempest and the Prophet 12. Their latest instrument is the Pro 2 which Dave shows off in the video above. It’s a monophonic …

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January 27, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Pittsburgh Modular System 10

Modular synthesizers are typically out of reach for most consumer level buyers considering their large size and even larger price. This is usually because these devices are hand made and with the best components money can buy. In the case of a company like Pittsburgh Modular, they used the same core low pass gate filter from the original Korg MS-20 in their brand new System 10 semi-modular synthesizer, but somehow managed to keep the price point appealing to a wide range of budgets.

Pittsburgh Modular says that the System 10 is a very modern and aggressive sounding synthesizer which is exactly what it delivers. But the real standout feature is its unbelievably low price for what you are getting. It is fully patchable, has a complex waveforms oscillator, and a high quality, linear response, voltage controlled amplifier transcript. This is a very practical and fun device for the synthesizer enthusiast…

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January 26, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Arturia BeatStep

Arturia have been impressing us consistently from the Spark and SparkLE controllers to their foray into the analog synthesizer market with the MiniBrute and MicroBrute. Their products are incredibly inexpensive which makes them a great go to brand for a great mix of quality, reliability, and affordability. Their latest addition to the line is a sequencer controller dubbed the Arturia BeatStep.

With sixteen pads and sixteen knobs, all of which are completely assignable to nearly any DAW, you can have total control over your software and DAW controls. It includes MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity making it a very versatile controller. With a street price of $99 and a March release date, you can expect many folks to be talking more about this throughout the year. Check out the video above where Rebecca from Arturia walks us through the features on the BeatStep and let us know what you think …

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January 25, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Moog Theremini

The theremin is a staple in the Moog catalog. It was the first instrument Bob Moog began selling back in the early days of the company’s foundation. He would send mail order kits to customers so they could construct their very own theremin. Fast forward to today and we have one of the first updates to this eclectic instrument with the Theremini. Incorporating the same technology from the Animoog iPad app. the Moog Theremini allows for even more control and with a better level of audio fidelity in an affordable instrument package.

The design looks like something from a 1950s science fiction movie which is aesthetically awesome. In addition you have delay and pitch bias control for sound manipulation and creation. With CV and USB I/O, the possibilities to incorporate this into your existing synthesizer rig have been expanded. It comes loaded with its own presets but you can of …

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January 25, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Elektron Analog Rytm Demo

Just showing off the features on the Elektron Analog Rytm is clearly not enough. We wanted to hear how this thing sounded and we are pretty sure you do too. To quell your insatiable appetite for all things Elektron, we shot a quick demo video with Cenk from Elektron Music Machines at Winter NAMM 2014. Elektron should have more demo sounds in the near future but hopefully this will tide you over until then. Be sure to check out our overview of the Elektron Analog Rytm from NAMM 2014 in case you missed it and keep looking out for more videos from the show floor in the coming days.

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