Sure, there's a ton of great gear—but the glue that holds the NAMM show together is the music, and the musicians who make it happen
As this newsletter is being written, it’s 48 hours after the Winter NAMM 2013 show ended—and there are already over 85 videos on our YouTube channel, with a lot more to come.
Sure, we love gear videos; but we also went for more of the human element this time around. Probably nothing symbolizes that better than what happened after the panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of MIDI, when panelists George Duke and Alan Parsons were mingling with the crowd. Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove was also there, and had scheduled an interview for Harmony Central with Lenny White, the superb jazz fusion drummer probably best known for his work with Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. Then, in walked bassist extraordinaire Stanley Clarke.
Having also participated in the MIDI panel, I was there too—and I always have a video camera handy. Brian rounded everyone up, then kicked off the kind of informal conversation that could only happen at a NAMM show. And yes, the camera was running.
But that’s not all by any means. JD Deservio of Black Label Society, and several other "musician's musicians," stopped by to chat. We also scheduled an exclusive interview with Eddie Kramer (who engineered for Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and other rock royalty), where he talked with us about not just his signature line of hardware pedals, but also, the upcoming Jimi Hendrix album based on Jimi's very last known studio recordings. [continue reading]
by Craig Anderton
Loops have gone way past the "they're only for DJs" stereotype; you'll find them in all kinds of music—and thanks to this article, you can learn how to make your own
by Jon Chappell
Thicken your sound, either live or in the studio, by doubling your pickup options and opening up new tone possibilities
by Craig Anderton
If you use FireWire, read this article—you just might save yourself an expensive repair bill
|Replacement Fretwire Solution
This is a story with a happy ending: the opening poster wonders if he can use bass fretwire on his guitar neck. The poster with a solution shows him that indeed, he can.
|Changing String Gauges
This thread neatly summarizes all the adjustments you need to make on your guitar when changing string gauges.
|Deconstructing Paperback Writer
This classic Beatles song reveals many of its secrets when you can hear it broken down into the individual tracks. It’s an absolute must-hear for Beatles fans.
|New Effects Pedals at NAMM 2013
Calling all effects pedals fans: the Winter NAMM 2013 show saw the release of several new models, and thanks to the Effects forum community, we have all of them listed for you in one place.
|Gates Level Devil Restoration
Ever tried restoring a late 50s era tube compressor? Forum member philbo has—and has thoughtfully shared all the details that went into getting this 12 tube monster back up and running.
|DSI Presents the Prophet 12
Just announced at Winter NAMM, the Prophet 12 polyphonic analog synth from Dave Smith Instruments is already creating quite a stir on the KSS forum. Stop in and fid out why.
|Roland Studio-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface
The Studio-Capture interface features pro-level performance, generous I/O that includes 12 premium-grade mic preamps, and a flexible, mobile design that’s equally at home in the studio or on the road.
|Eventide Announces the H9 Harmonizer
The H9 delivers Eventide’s acclaimed sound and can run all of Eventide’s stompbox effects. It features a simple, one-knob user interface and also connects wirelessly via Bluetooth.
|Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster
The amazing G-5A gives you the ability to completely change your tone at a moment’s notice, with fingertip access to a library of coveted vintage instruments, plus a selection of COSM-powered “ideal performance” pickups.
|Shure Introduces BLX Wireless, GLX-D Wireless Systems for Voice and Guitar
The GLX-D systems offer bodypack and handheld configurations, including vocal, headset, and presenter systems, as well as a new pedal-mounted guitar option that’s ideal for guitarists and exclusive to GLX-D.
|Behringer U-PHORIA USB Interfaces with MIDAS Preamps
Behringer has introduced four new USB audio interfaces that span the needs of professional engineers on the go, home project studios and musicians looking for an affordable yet high-performance input to their favorite recording software.
|Aphex Introduces HeadPod 4
HeadPod 4 is a compact, portable headphone amplifier capable of driving four separate stereo outputs with individual level controls from the selected input source.
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