Musikmesse 2011 Show Report

Apr 27, 2011 5:33 PM, By Mike Lawson


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Frankfurt, Germany’s Musikmesse (March 21-24, 2011) is a musician’s Mecca that everyone in the music production industry should experience at least once in his/her lifetime. It is by far the world’s biggest show for musical instruments, live music production and even the music business, dwarfing other tradeshows here in the U.S. Held annually for more than 25 years, the show is so expansive that it takes each of the four days that the show takes place just to see most of what you want to see, but even then you’re moving at a fevered pace to do so. This year, my trip found me really focusing on the ProLight and Sound areas of the show, while taking an occasional stroll into the vintage guitar room to look at some amazing instrument collections. As much fun as looking at old guitars is for me, my real joy was in learning about the amazing array of new products available for audio and music production.

I can’t possibly cover everything I saw but here are the Top 10 new audio tools I saw at Musikmesse 2011.

BIAS Peak Studio XT
One of the most amazing things I saw demo'd was the new Peak Studio line. Not only has the company made a number of improvements in Version 7 of Peak Pro, but the Peak Studio XT suite comes bundled with full editions of SoundSoap 2, SoundSoap Pro 2 and the impressive Master Perfection Suite in AU, RTAS and VST formats, allowing you to use these awesome plug-ins in your other DAW applications. What really saved my skin at Musikmesse was Peak Pro’s new feature called Declipper. I was shooting Web videos with my iPhone 4 and using the iRig microphone from IK Multimedia, a handheld condenser microphone that looks and feels like a famous-brand dynamic mic. I was constantly reminding the people being filmed to hold the mic low and not eat the thing, but inevitably it would drift up toward their mouth while talking, causing the audio input to clip. Thanks to Declipper—which looks in front of and behind the clipped signal and then interpolates the correct volume and fixes the clipping—I was able to salvage several videos that otherwise would not have been usable. Not only was that handy for this show report’s videos, but the ability to now save an otherwise awesome take while recording by removing a few wayward clips made this the most impressive software technology I saw.

Neumann KH Monitors
Neumann announced its new KH line of studio monitors at last year’s Musikmesse, but wasn’t showing them until this year, which the company did with a brilliant surround sound presentation using the KH120 models while simultaneously launching the new KH810subwoofer. These monitors are exactly what you expect from Neumann. Even in a noisy tradeshow, sitting in the sweet spot for the demo was a delight to the ear, and I could only imagine just how sweet they would sound in a proper environment.

ADAM A77X Monitor
Speaking of monitor speakers, I also checked out the debut of the new ADAM A77X monitor model. If the new Neumann monitors are the Ferrari of speakers, surely ADAM is the Lamborghini. The attention to design aesthetics and amazing reproduction of sound already well-known to ADAM monitor fans has firmly established ADAM as a premier monitor manufacturer, but its new A77X is an astounding new redesign within its award-winning AX Series, completely re-engineered from scratch to include larger voice coils and more powerful amplification for more output and great linear excursion. How did they sound? Brilliant. There horizontally designed speakers feature ADAM’s proprietary X-ART tweeter, two 7-inch woofers with 1.5-inch voice coils, making them capable of both deep registers and maximum sound pressure levels. If horizontal monitors are what you want for your mixing room, I highly recommend checking out the new A77X monitors from ADAM. 

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