Certified Hits: Mix Picks NAMM's Top 20 Product Hits

Feb 8, 2010 7:08 PM, By the Mix Editors

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With 1,373 exhibitors and a respectable 87,569 registrants, the Winter NAMM show clearly indicated a surge in market enthusiasm—both M.I. and pro. The overall vibe at the show was gratitude that 2009 is over, and with everyone ready to move forward with new ideas, new technologies and new optimism, there were plenty of interesting new products. Here, listed alphabetically, are the Certified Hits—the Top-20 products at NAMM, selected by the editors of Mix.

photo of A Designs The Nail Compressor

A Designs The Nail Compressor

A Designs The Nail Compressor
As a complement to its The Hammer tube EQ, A Designs’ The Nail is a two-channel, stereo linkable compressor designed for tracking or stereo bus inserts. Watch the video demonstrating A Designs' The Nail Compressor.

Akai Professional iPK25/SynthStation
Everybody’s favorite new synth at NAMM was Akai's $99 iPK25, a 25-note keyboard your iPhone snaps into. Load the SynthStation iPhone app ($9.99) and play synth parts using your iPhone as the audio engine. It also doubles as a conventional MIDI/USB keyboard controller. Watch the Akai iPK25video.

Brace Audio DWG 1000 Digital Wireless
Brace Audio's DWG 1000 is a little—including the cost, only $149 MAP—digital wireless system for guitar/bass. It operates in the open 2.4 GHz range and has a fast, no-hassle setup function that searches for an open frequency and then locks the receiver and transmitter onto that range. The company plans to expand its line with similar units for in-ear and handheld use.

Focusrite Octopre MkII Dynamic
The Octopre MkII Dynamic ($799) combines eight Focusrite preamps, eight VCA-based, Red 3-derived compressors and built-in 24-bit/96 kHz digital inputs and outputs. Watch the Focusrite Octopre MkII Dynamic video.

screenshot of IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3
AmpliTube 3 ($349) from IK Multimedia offers 51 stompboxes and effects, 31 amplifier, preamp and power sections, 46 speaker cabinet models, 15 stage and studio mics, and 17 post-amp rack effects. It's offered as VST, RTAS and Audio Units plug-in formats and as standalone software for Mac OSX and Windows. Watch the IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 video.

JDK Audio R22 Compressor
JDK Audio's (www.jdkaudio.com, part of API Audio) R22 is a hardware stereo bus compressor based on the one used in the Paragon touring console. A Thrust switch feature preserves the high-end transients when you're really squashing the sound. Retail is $1,195. Watch the JDK Audio R22 Compressor video.

Little Labs VOG
The new VOG processor (Voice of God) from Little Labs comes in a 500 Series module format and lets users add a proximity effect without the source being close to the mic. VOG features a sweeping sharp peak resonance from 20 Hz to 300 Hz while everything below the peak is rolled off at a steep -24dB/octave. This gives the ability to focus on the low end while eliminating mush and unnecessary woofer excursion.






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