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Here's a few more press releases about new stuff from NAMM that caught my attention. I've arranged these in categories to try to make it easier for people to find things they're interested in.

 

 

Guitars and Bluegrass / Folk instruments:

 

 

 

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Some of us are old enough to remember Supro's vintage Reso-Glass guitars, and they're back in the form of 14 reissued models!

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lightning-strikes-twice-as-supro-updates-solidbodies-and-launches-reso-glass-reissues

 

 

 

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Michael Kelly introduced their 3D Grand Auditorium. Claiming it's their "best acoustic guitar ever", this acoustic-electric has torrefaction on the solid spruce top, a extra soundhole on the side and a slightly arched back.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-three-dimensional-acoustic

 

 

 

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Fender had their new flagship American Professional series of electric guitars and basses on display. They feature new neck profiles, new colors (I particularly like the Mystic Seafoam) and other improvements, and two offset models have been added to the Professional Series this year too.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-announces-new-flagship-american-professional-series

 

 

 

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Bedell Guitars introduced their new Revolution Series acoustic guitars. Hand crafted in Bend Oregon, they come with solid Adirondack spruce tops, solid Cocobolo back, sides (and headstock veneer), ebony bridges and fretboards, Eastern hard rock maple necks, East Indian rosewood binding and a 25.5" scale length. Very notable is their deep, powerful bass response!

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/want-a-revolution

 

 

 

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Breedlove expanded their Pursuit Exotic Series of concert sized acoustic guitars with models featuring new tonewood pairings, including sitka spruce / cocobolo, sitka / myrtlewood and sitka / koa pairings.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/are-you-in-pursuit-of-exotic-woods

 

 

 

 

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Breedlove also released new models in their Concerto body shape, which is designed to give you the volume of a Dreadnought, but with a more lush and complex tone and in a more comfortable physical package.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/breedlove-offers-concerto-acoustic-guitar-body-in-new-guitar-models

 

 

 

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Breedlove also unveiled their Stage Exotic Series. These are also concert sized acoustics but are stage-ready with pre-installed LR Baggs Stage Pro electronics and feature solid exotic wood construction.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/breedlove-guitars-unveils-the-breedlove-stage-exotic-series\

 

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The acoustic instrument masters at Weber are celebrating their 20th anniversary and have released a couple of new mandolins to commemorate the occasion, including the F14-F 20th Anniversary model. This extremely limited model (only five will be made) features rare Brazillian rosewood on the fingerboard and headstock veneer.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/weber-fine-acoustic-instruments-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-new-releases

 

 

 

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Epiphone was showing off new guitar, mandolin and banjo models at NAMM, including the Masterbilt Century Collection, the Mayfair 5-String Banjo, Stagebird 6-String Electric Banjo and the Masterbilt MM-40L Mandolin. Electric players weren't left out either, as the new Ltd. Ed. Brent Hinds Flying V Custom and Ltd. Ed. Brendon Small Snow Falcon outfit were also on display.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-displays-new-guitar-mandolin-and-banjo-models-at-namm

 

 

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Effects:

 

 

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Amptweaker makes some of the most well-engineered pedals on the planet, and this time they've turned their attention to solving an age-old request from guitarists for sustain without compression. To that end they've released their new PressuRizer Compressor/Boost pedal, which in addition to using parallel compression and offering dry blend control can also delay the onset of compression until after the note attack. It also has a FET limiter / booster.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sustain...-without-compression

 

 

 

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InMusic Brands / HeadRush Pedalboard - Quad-Core DSP amp and FX modeling with touchscreen interface, all in one pedalboard with lots of colorful lights!

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/quad-core-dsp-amp--fx-processing-with-touchscreen-interface-gives-guitarists-a-headrush

 

 

 

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Mod Devices was displaying their new Mod Duo, a multi effect floor unit designed to host effects, synths and amp simulations.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mod-devices-launches-a-new-audio-processor-with-unlimited-downloadable-plugins

 

 

 

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Morley released their "scary good" new wah pedal, the Signature DJ Ashba Skeleton Wah. It's electro-optical so there's no pot to get scratchy and it's switchless, so you just step on or off it to activate it… but the coolest feature? The whole thing glows in the dark!

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/morleys-new-scary-good-wah

 

 

 

 

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Eventide had a new multi-effect algorithm for their H9 Harmonizer called PitchFuzz which combines pitch-shifting, delay and distortion to create complex new octave fuzz sounds.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-to-unveil-plug-in-breakthrough-and-new-h9-effect-at-winter-namm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source Audio introduced their new Ventris Reverb pedal. This monster comes with Neuro Mobile app editing capability, 8 onboard presets, stereo I/O and dual DSPs onboard, which allows for "true spillover" effects, where when changing the preset allows the tail of the decaying reverb to continue unabated even while the new reverb preset kicks in immediately.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/source-audio-introduces-the-ventris-reverb

 

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Guitar and Bass Amps:

 

 

 

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BC Audio released a new guitar amp head called the Grand Prix 100 with footswitchable dual power options.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-footswitchable-dual-power-guitar-amp

 

 

 

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IK Multimedia was showing their Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube, which includes models of the '57 Custom Amp series, '57 Bandmaster, '53 Bassman and '65 Super Reverb.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-announces-fender-collection-2-for-amplitube-now-available

 

 

 

 

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Paul Reed Smith has a new line of all-tube amps called the Sonzera series, which includes 20W and 50W combo amps as well as a 50W head. They have beefy custom transformers and heavy duty construction for roadworthiness, and both clean and lead channels with independent controls for versatility.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prs-guitars-introduces-new-sonzera-amplifier-line

 

 

 

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In other PRS amplifier news, they announced the new J-MOD 100 Signature Amplifier in collaboration with John Mayer.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prs-guitars-and-john-mayer-announce-the-j-mod-100-signature-amplifier

 

 

 

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The Redbacks are coming! It's another British Invasion, as Celestion introduced their new G-12H 150 Redback guitar speaker. This 12" is not only suitable for use in low power combos, but with its 2" voice coil and 150W power handling, a single one can take everything a 100W head or combo can dish out all by itself and come back for more.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/can-a-single-12-speaker-handle-a-100w-head

 

 

 

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Recording:

 

 

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Over at the Waves Distribution booth, Serpent Audio was showing that the Splice is far from obsolete - no, not tape splicing, but the new Splice for 500 Series, which puts the classic 1176 "blue stripe" and "blackface" modes into a single slot 500 series module.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/who-said-the-splice-is-obsolete

 

 

 

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Crane Song updated the Egret 8 channel D/A Converter / summing mixer with their brand new 5th generation Quantum DAC converters - with jitter rates less than 1pS, the Quantum DAC has the lowest published jitter specs in the business.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/crane-song-shows-updated-egret-at-namm-2017

 

 

 

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BAE released a new 500 series FET compressor called the 500C, and a new 3-space, linkable 500 series rack to stick it in called the R53.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bae-audio-unveils-new-500c-fet-compressor-and-r53-500-series-rack-at-namm

 

 

 

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Antelope announced a new Pro Tools compatible 64 channel interface with HDX / USB3 interfacing - the Orion32 HD

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/antelope-audio-announces-orion32-hd-pro-tools-hd-compatible-interface

 

 

 

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Apogee released Apogee Control, a hardware remote accessory for their Symphony I/O MkII and and Element series interfaces.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/apogee-is-in-control

 

 

 

 

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Apogee also announced that they've updated their Element Series Thunderbolt audio interfaces with a new talkback feature and Apogee Control compatibility.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/apogee-updates-element-series-thunderbolt-audio-interfaces

 

 

 

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Hal Leonard was showing off something a bit different - studio-centric coloring books co-authored by well-known producer/engineer Sylvia Massey.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/made-for-those-who-like-to-color-outside-the-lines

 

 

 

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AES was at the NAMM Show explaining the benefits of membership in the society.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/aes-to-share-benefits-of-membership-at-the-namm-show

 

 

 

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Fostex had their new TH7 Series Monitor Headphones at NAMM. The line features closed back designs with 40mm drivers and comes in four different colors.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fostex-introduces-th7-series-monitor-headphones-at-namm

 

 

 

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Eventide was showing off their new Structural Effects, a groundbreaking plugin that splits a sound into its transient and tonal components. Each component can then be processed individually before being recombined.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-to-unveil-plug-in-breakthrough-and-new-h9-effect-at-winter-namm

 

 

 

 

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ADAM-Audio was displaying their new S-Series studio monitors. The third-generation of the S-Series features new woofers and midrange drivers along with a even more precise version of ADAM's famous folded ribbon (S-ART) tweeter.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a...tudio-monitors

 

 

 

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In the "sometimes you just have to say 'Puck it!'" category, IsoAcoustics announced their new ISO-PUCK, a low profile, scalable round isolator for speakers and instrument amplifiers.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/g...roblem-puck-it

 

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Live Sound:

 

 

 

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Celestion added the FTX1025 and FTX1530 to their FTX series of sound reinforcement drivers. These are common magnet motor coaxial models, which gives them excellent signal alignment for the high and low frequencies as well as improved off-axis performance compared to two-way systems that utilize separate components.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-celestion-drivers-for-your-live-sound-rig

 

 

 

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Mackie announced that their AXIS Digital Mixing System, which includes the DL32R mixer and DC16 control surface, is now shipping.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mackie-axis-digital-mixing-system-now-shipping

 

 

 

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QSC's new K Cardioid Subwoofer helps keep bass in its place with its cardioid dispersion, built in amplifier and onboard DSP.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-qsc-k-cardioid-subwoofer-keeps-bass-in-its-place

 

 

 

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QSC also expanded their E-Series lineup with two new models - a dual 18" subwoofer (E218SW) and a dual 15" full-range enclosure called the E215 that can handle up to 1200 watts continuous.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/qsc-expands-e-series-lineup-with-two-new-models

 

 

 

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QSC has been really busy - they were also demoing the new version 1.1 firmware for their TouchMix 30 Pro digital mixer, with new software update capabilities, improvements to the parametric equalizers, a channel safe function, and updates to the user interface that allow the touchscreen to respond to pinching gestures. These work with both the mixer itself as well as the QSC TouchMix Control app, which has also been updated.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-version-1.1-firmware-for-the-touchmix-30-pro-compact-digital-mixer

 

 

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Fostex introduced their new TE04 series of stereo earphones, which are available in a variety of colors and feature an in-ear, closed-housing design and 8mm drivers.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fostex-wants-you-to-stick-these-in-your-ears

 

 

 

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IHSE and Avid were displaying IHSE's KVM solution for the Avid Pro Tools S6 system at the Avid booth.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/kvm-solution-for-your-avid-pro-tools-s6

 

 

 

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Microphones:

 

 

 

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Countryman was showcasing their new line of detachable connectors for the B6 Omidirectional Lavalier microphone.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/countryman-showcases-news-ways-to-stay-connected-at-namm

 

 

 

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Austrian microphone company Lewitt was displaying time travel technology at NAMM. While they haven't mastered sending people back in time, they have come up with a clever technology that allows you to change the polar pattern after you've recorded something with their LCT 640 TS large diaphragm condenser microphone.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/time-travel-technology-on-display-at-namm

 

 

 

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The Pure, The Interviewer and The Pro were also hanging out at the Lewitt booth. No, not a new band, these are new microphones, including an interview model, a large diaphragm condenser so pure (i.e.: low noise), and the Pro model that is designed to be versatile and provide pro-level performance at a very low price ($149). It comes in your choice of black or white finishes.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-interviewer-the-pure-and-the-pro

 

 

 

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Soundelux USA announced the U99 tube microphone, which was inspired by vintage '67s.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/soundelux-usa-announces-u99-microphone--po

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Keyboards / Controllers / Modules & MIDI / Sounds:

 

 

 

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EastWest and Fishman have teamed up to create a new line of sounds and virtual instruments specifically tailored for MIDI guitar, and were showing them off at the Fishman booth. Called the EastWest MIDI Guitar Instruments series, they're specially designed to take advantage of MIDI guitar capabilities, and cover a wide range of musical genres and instrument types.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/these-sounds-were-made-for-midi-guitarists

 

 

 

 

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Nord also released some cool new sounds including a Gospel Classics piano collection and a painstakingly created replica of the very first Steinway fortepiano.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/namm-nord-and-new-sounds

 

 

 

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Percussa USA is at NAMM showing off their Synthor System 8, a hardware modular digital synthesis system that consists of a hardware synthesis module (Percussa Engine), a new control surface and wireless base station (the Percussa Remote) and eight wireless modular controllers called Percussa Audiocubes.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/percussa-synthor-system-8-to-debut-at-namm

 

 

 

 

There was lots of new stuff from Akai…

 

 

 

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Akai announced the new MPC Live - powerful enough for the studio, but compact and portable enough for live use.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-standalone-music-production-center-is-studio-powerful-and-live-portable

 

 

 

 

Akai Professional announced new MPC 2.0 production software for Mac and PC…

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-mpc-2.0-music-production-software-from-akai-professional

 

 

 

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And they also announced their new flagship MPC - the MPC XTM - their most powerful standalone beat production machine yet.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akais-ultimate-mpc

 

 

 

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Denon announced their new X1800 Prime DJ Club mixer, a four channel mixer with dual USB audio connections and Denon DJ's exclusive Sweep FX knobs for each channel.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-prime-candidate-for-djs-who-want-to-mix-it-up

 

 

 

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Denon also announced the new DJ SC5000 Prime media player, which comes with HD multi-touch display, onboard beatgrid and music key analysis, and Engine Prime music organization software.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/denons-dj-sc5000-prime-disrupts-the-status-quo-among-dj-media-players

 

 

 

 

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Roland had four new digital pianos on display, the FP-90, RP501R, DP603 and GP607.

 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/four-new-roland-digital-pianos-now-available

 

 

 

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