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 ( 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!



Reaffirming its commitment to the high-high end, JBL ( 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.



Avid ( 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.



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