06-21-2008 12:31 AM
06-21-2008 05:09 AM
They have a new large analog live sound console. Very nicely laid out, and even serviceable, with panels of 8 channels that open on a hinge for service or replacement. You don't have to take the whole console apart to fix something! Hopefully this feature won't be needed, but it's nice to know it's there. Following in the footsteps of the mixers tightly integrated with Cubase and Nuendo that Yamaha/Steinberg introduced at the Winter NAMM show, Steinberg showed a two new Firewire audio interfaces, the MR816x and MR816csx, the difference being that one has a built-in effect processor and the other doesn't. It's designed to be a complete input/output/monitor for the DAW, with 8 analog mic/line I/Os, 8 ADAT I/Os, control room and headphone outputs. To go along with the audio interfaces, there's a new user interface, the CC121, with a small LCD, knobs, transport control buttons, an assignable big knob (most likely playback volume) and a single long throw fader. . Remember the Smart AV console - the large format DAW controller (no audio) with the big, sweeping bow across the top and some interesting paradigms that got you thinking about mixing in a different way? (The guy who wrote the book Mixing With Your Mind was a consultant on that project) Well, they sold a couple to people who had too much money, and now they have a new, smaller format version with many of the same ideas, but with a large touch-sensitive screen instead of a lot of hardware knobs and buttons, at a much more sensible price. Not as cheap as the Korg Nanocontrolers, but in the $10K range. I ran into Craig on the street Friday evening as he was going to the Moog guitar showcase and I was leaving (it was too loud and the player on stage at the time was too boring for me - the other band scheduled to play was supposed to be more interesting but my ear plugs were bleeding). He gave a pretty decent description of the guitar's schtick. I'm sure that in creative hands, it will do some things we've not heard from a guitar before, but mostly what I heard (and what I noodled with in their room at the show) was stuff you could hear at any Hendrix show, but without the fuss and fire. The guitar connects to a foot pedal with a multiconductor cable. The pedal powers the guitar workings, as well as allows blending the pickups and control of the Moog "ladder" filter on the output. Speaking of guitar pedals, the Pedalflex is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" (followed closely by "I wonder if anyone really needs it") devices. It's a flexible steel cable sort of like an automobile speedometer cable that extends the knob of a stomp box up to standing height. The "user" end clamps to a mic stand, so you can adjust your effect without stooping down. The Phonitor from SPL so far gets my Technology Gone Beyond The Call of Duty award. On the surface, it's an elegant headphone amplifier, but someone who read a few AES papers on how loudspeakers work in a room decided that the thing that makes accurate mixing on headphones difficult (or impossible if you like) is that, because there's no acoustic space between the transducer and your ear, there's no blending of left and right sources. The Phonitor has a set of controls labeled Crossfeed, Speaker Angle, and Center Level which can be tweaked, assuming you have accurate headphones and ears to match, to realistically simulate the sound of speakers in the room. The idea is that you sit in front of your speakers, play some music, and dial it in with the controls while alternately listening to the speakers and phones. When you have it set up so that they sound the same, you can presumably mix with the phones and it'll transfer to speakers with no surprises. The effect was far too subtle for me to hear at the show, but like with most products of this nature, it has the endorsement of at least one famous mastering engineer. Geez but there were a lot of guitar picks - hard picks, soft picks, round picks (ever play guitar with a poker chip or a quarter?) and picks made of a special compound that they don't say what it is. A particularly interesting one from a marketing standpoint was the Guistar pick, which has the thumb print of a famous artist on it. A bit silly, but a bit practical as well. The epoxy ink used to print the image on the pick provides a textured gripping surface. Collect the whole set! Guitars are definitely in again. Peavy has a new guitar game controller, and Line 6's amplifier sales topped Fender's last year. Best Idea of the Show was the Bogdon bass made from a cardboard carton. It comes in kit form. You glue the wooden neck to the cardboard box, install the bridge and pickup (it even has a cardboard sound post!) and it's ready to play. Best yet, it even sounds pretty good. There's a three string and two string model (strings are weed whacker cord) and prices range from $79 to $114 with differences been the number of strings and how fancy the artwork on the box is (you can of course paint it any way you want). Interestingly, he's sold a lot of them in countries where basses are too expensive for many of the players. It was a surprisingly crowded show for a Friday, and I expect that Saturday will be more crowded. I suspect that this was partly because there was some ballroom space that had been used at previous Nashville shows that wasn't used in this one, and they didn't use the Arena, nor the rooms in the walkway connecting the Arena and Convention Center. Anyone who thinks Nashville isn't big enough for the NAMM show (which is why they moved away four years ago) is no longer correct.
I hear Yamaha has new stuff but not sure what, will find out tomorrow.
06-22-2008 09:33 PM
06-23-2008 03:34 AM
Probably at InfoComm. This was, with a few exceptions, a music store show. Steinberg was there in a little corner of the Yamaha room, right by a door, so easy to miss. Musicwriter and Notion were there, but that's about it.
But where were all the DAW companies??
there were some major players that just straight up didn't show (or some that totally half assed it, like Gibson and Marshall)
06-23-2008 01:49 PM
06-24-2008 07:17 AM
06-24-2008 01:51 PM
06-24-2008 03:02 PM
MikeRivers - thanx for the Bogdon plug. i still make em in my basement as a hobby but after participating in NAMM, i'm now a manufacturer with retailers.
well worth the time and money spent there. the box bass won one of the Best In Show awards and Victor Wooten came by and played the 3-string bass (laffed his butt off too!!!!)
06-24-2008 03:37 PM
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