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The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight culturally significant musical inventions ranging from 1954 through 1998 will be inducted to its TECnology Hall of Fame

 

1954

Decca Tree: The 1954 Decca Tree microphone redefined the approach to capturing stereo sound, in the concert hall and in the studio. Named after the studio (Decca Studios in London) and what its creators, Roy Wallace and Arthur Haddy, thought it looked like, a “tree”, the Decca tree microphone stand used three omni-directional microphones, oftentimes with left and right outriggers, and is used as a set-up today, by pros and hobbyists alike.

 

1960

Neumann U67 Condenser Microphone: The multi-directional condenser microphone was the first of its kind, compensating for proximity of studio musicians who preferred to sing directly into the microphone. Upon its release in 1960, the U67 would gain a reputation as a “workhorse” in major studios and its sound was forever defined for generations of studio musicians.

 

1966

The Wah-Wah Pedal: Discovered nearly by accident by Brad Plunkett of Warwick/Thomas Organ Company, the wah-wah pedal has defined some of the most notable guitar riffs over the past 50 years. Top hits from leading acts including Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n’ Roses and many others can be attributed to its signature wax and wane effect.

 

1976

The TASCAM 80-8: This eight-track analog recorder expanded home recording possibilities in the late ‘70s. At its time, this ½” reel-to-reel format was the most popular multichannel recorder in the world and became the standard in small professional and home studios.

 

1978

The Wendel Drum Machine: In 1978, studio engineer Roger Nichols developed the Wendel to sample audio and drums, and in 1979, he put his machine to the test on “Hey Nineteen” on Steely Dan’s album, Gaucho. His invention gave birth to a new class of musical technologies, and today he is considered the pioneer of digital drum replacement.

 

1985

API Audio Lunchbox 500-series: The modularity of the Lunchbox system allowed pro audio professionals the opportunity to customize their rig with API components and its convenient size, the ability to pick-up and go as needed. The company would then go on to offer variations of its popular 500 Series. Other companies later adopted the format which led to an entire new industry 500 series processors, including their own TEC Awards category in 2014.

 

1987

Neutrik Speakon connector: Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the Neutrik Speakon has become the standard for professional live sound speakers. At their release, both the cable and chassis versions of the connector met international regulations, featured a solderless connection, and defined a streamlined signal chain experience.

 

1998

AEA R44-C ribbon microphone: Designed in the 1930s, the R44B was deemed the most multi-purpose microphone available for sound professionals and in 1998, Audio Engineering Associations brought the microphone back to the market with the R44-C.

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Fender American Professional Series will be at NAMM

 

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Fodera brings two new electric guitars to their lineup; the Emperor and Imperial

 

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Ashdown has something to celbrate and brings a London Routemaster open top double decker

 

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Travelling musicians are still highly susceptible to having gear stolen out of vans, and they rarely have insurance, making GearSecure’s new embedded anti-theft device for instruments, which will be shown at NAMM, a potential game changer. The LA company claims the device uses self-integrated power without the need for batteries, and bridges the gap between GPS and near-field RFID technology to allow tracking with an app at short and long range.

 

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meanwhile, somewhere in a Hotel room, Z-Vex is finishing his new candle based contraption, not sure what it could be

but it will be amazing for sure

 

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Elektron released a blurry teaser picture of a upcoming product. A new Octatrack, a new sampler, a new drum machine or something completely new ?

 

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Mesanovic Microphones will be showing its newly released Model 2AS ribbon microphone

 

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Allen & Heath has revealed that the dLive C Class – a new compact range of surfaces and mixracks will be debuted at NAMM 2017

 

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Soundbrenner is giving visitors at NAMM 2017 an exclusive sneak peek at the latest developments from the company, including a new Pulse accessory and the launch of a new feature in The Metronome app.

 

The Soundbrenner Pulse is a smart wearable device for musicians, designed to overcome the limitations of traditional metronomes. It generates distinct vibrations that deliver the beat onto the user’s skin, replacing the audible click of traditional metronomes and allowing the musician to focus on the music.

 

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