NAMM 2013: A Whole Lotta New!

Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By The Mix Editors

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The foot traffic seemed about the same as NAMM 2012, as did the general enthusiasm from attendees. But at NAMM 2013, held in late-January in Anaheim, there were definitely a lot more new product introductions. It started with a PreSonus pre-show debut of 10 new products, including new monitor lines for live and studio, through Music Group’s matching 10 and Aphex with a handful more, DiGiCo and Waves, Universal Audio, a big new speaker from JBL. There was a lot to look at.

PreSonus (presonus.com) had a number of announcements, including their licensing of Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology, which they incorporate into networking cards for several of its new products. They also launched the StudioLive 32.4.2AI 32-channel performance and recording digital mixer and StudioLive AI-series Active Integration Loudspeakers, which intelligently speak with the new StudioLive console. And that’s not to mention two new speaker models for the studio!

PreSonus

PreSonus

Reaffirming its commitment to the high-high end, JBL (jblpro.com) had the first public showing of its M2 Master Reference Monitor. Incorporating no less than seven new patents, the design features the D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice coil compression driver, the 2216Nd Differential Drive woofer, an all-new image control waveguide, and intelligent in-room tuning and integration. It also has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 40 kHz, with a max SPL of 123 dB. And the monitors are only 14 inches deep, which makes them suited for studio use or behind a screen.

JBL

JBL

Avid (avid.com) launched the Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins, featuring the Pro Compressor, Pro Expander and Pro Limiter. It also launched the “Get Discovered” Song Contest in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios. Also in the Avid booth, Sibelius showed a massive upgrade with Version 7.1.3 and announced a Sibelius Certification Program.

Avid

Avid






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