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Welcome to sunny Southern California… NOT! :lol:

 

While there was a bit of a break this morning, it's been one of the stormiest NAMM shows I can remember, as you can see in this video Dendy captured.

 

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It's black and it's beautiful… but it's a limited edition, so if you want a Gibson USA Les Paul Nashville Black Beauty, you'd better move fast.

 

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Roland has a new flagship keyboard in the RD series - the RD-2000. It's got a ton of cool new features.

 

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In other Roland news, they've added the TR-09 to their Boutique Series of synths / modules.

 

I had an opportunity to try it out, and it really does nail the sound of the classic TR-909.

 

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Sometimes you get the opportunity to see amazing musicians at NAMM - some famous, some less so. Here's one of the more legendary ones I saw this time around - the great Billy Cobham laying it down at the Roland booth.

 

 

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Yamaha's DT50 trigger and their hybrid kit was really impressive. Now it's possible to change the sound of your acoustic drums very easily.

 

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Elixir's strings have been really popular with acoustic players, and while they've made electric strings for some time, they've recently put a ton of research into finding out what electric players want - and apparently we want long life along with the feel and sound of uncoated strings. Hey, I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me!

 

Their Optiweb strings are designed to give us exactly that. They've also got a cool website app that allows you to directly compare the sound of regular strings to the Optiwebs, with both recordings done using the exact same guitar and rig. You can switch back and forth between them instantly, and even strum and play individual strings for your comparisons.

 

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Thermally engineered, Torrefied… whatever you want to call the process, it's one of the trends I've noticed at NAMM this year, and Yamaha is using it on some of their new A Series acoustic guitars.

 

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Another trend was lots of limited edition models, including this rad new Yamaha Pacifica 611VFMX.

 

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The big news over in the Steinberg booth is the launch of Cubase Pro 9. Here's a video with some of the new features...

 

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NAMM isn't just about new gear - it's also about education and discussion. Here's a video that Dendy captured of a TEC panel that was hosted by our very own Craig Anderton.

 

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Here's a video about the latest Stanton turntables that features DJ Spark.

 

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I ran into Eddie Kramer and he was gracious enough to stop and give us an update on what's going on in his world.

 

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And while we're on the subject of Paul Reed Smith, there's also news about the S2 Series.

 

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Cerwin Vega had a bunch of new products that they announced at NAMM - new powered speakers for live, DJs and installations, new subs and… more power! And really, who doesn't want more power?

 

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Did you think we forgot about the Paul Reed Smith Core Line? Well, we didn't - here's the news on them.

 

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Paul Reed Smith's big news at this year's NAMM Show was in amplifiers - they've released a new line called the Sonzera Series amplifiers, as well as a John Mayer J-Mod 100 100W signature amp. The Sonzera series is available in a 1x12 20W combo with a pair of 6L6 tubes, while the 50W head and combo Sonzeras are running EL34s.

 

 

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Meanwhile over at the Korg booth they were showing off the new Krome Platinum...

 

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Korg also released a limited edition ARP Odyssey FS, which features a full-sized keyboard and all three of the classic ARP Odyssey filter designs.

 

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They also had the new Monologue analog synth on display… at $299 "street", I suspect they're going to be extremely popular.

 

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Korg also updated the Kronos operating system to version 3.1, and it's available in the new limited edition Kronos 88 Gold, as well as for owners of earlier Kronos keyboards.

 

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