NAMM 2019: News, rumours and previews
From previews to news to rumours, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming NAMM 2019 show in Anaheim, California.
When and where is Winter NAMM 2019?
Winter NAMM 2019 happens from 24 to 27 January 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California.
We’ll be reporting live from the event to bring you demo videos, news and photos of the hottest monitors, synths, software and other music production tools. So follow us on Instagram, Facebook and our website!
We’ll update this page regularly as we move closer to NAMM 2019. Here’s what we know so far:
Soyuz has given us a peak at some new products. These include the SU-013 mic, which features an FET pre-amp and the same capsule as its predecessor, the SU-011. The brand also revealed the 023 Broadcaster, a condenser mic that features the identical capsule as the Bomblet, but tuned Broadcaster applications.
Best Service has released the Dark Era, a library of soundscapes that can be utilised as gaming music.
Chandler Limited has announced the TG Microphone. Pegged as the “Swiss army knife” of mics, this unit features a specialised low-cut filter and a tape equalizer that come together in five additional tonal variations.
Augspurger is turning heads with the Treo 1015-V free-standing monitors. These units are designed for high-end studio monitoring, and are decked in a resplendent glossy orange finish.
Earthworks has unveiled the SR314, a cardioid condenser microphone designed for the stage. It features a tight cardioid polar pattern, 145dB SPL handling, as well as an extended frequency response of 20Hz to 30kHz.
Waves has released the CLA MixHub, a plug-in that emulates the workflow of iconic American mix engineer, Chris Lord-Alge. Where regular plug-ins work on one channel at a time, the CLA MixHub can work on eight buckets – or groupings of up to eight channels – at once.
Universal Audio has expanded its Apollo X line with four Thunderbolt 3 rackmount audio interfaces. These devices feature “elite” class A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core processing, as well as Surround Sound monitoring support. The brand also recently opened its new UA Custom Shop, located in Santa Cruz, California. The Shop is dedicated to building a “small batch” of handmade analogue hardware.
McDSP has launched the APB-16 processing box, which is touted as the world’s first programmable analogue processor.
Black Lion Audio has released two mic preamps with classic-leaning designs. The B173 Quad and B12A Quad each feature four channels, and come in stylish 1U and 2U chassis’, respectively.
Nord has debuted a piano monitor tailor-fitted to its electric and acoustic models.
Apogee has turn heads with the FX Rack, a suite of plug-ins that can be run natively and on hardware DSP interface. The FX Rack provides you with useful DAW editing tools, including Pultec-approved EQ options. The brand has also introduced the HypeMiC, a vocal microphone with an in-built, studio-quality analogue compressor.
Audio-Technica has debuted two new mounted microphones. The ATM350A comes with a clip-on mounting system that works with a host of instruments, while the ATM350GL is equipped with an adjustable clamp screw that easily attaches to guitars. Additionally, the brand unveiled its first-ever DJ turntable, the AT-LP140XP, which is kitted out with professional features.
Avantone has launched the CLA-10A studio monitor, an active version of its predecessor, the CLA-10. This device features a beefy Class A/B power amp section.
Korg is impressing with a slew of new products and fresh updates. The brand recently unveiled three new synths: the minilogue xd, Volca Drum, and Volca Modular. It also provided an OS update for its Pa4X Professional Arranger, and bundled its Gadget 2 with iZotope’s Ozone Elements software. And before that, the brand unveiled the Krome EX and Kronos SE.
Roswell Pro Audio has debuted the Delphos II mic, an upgraded version of the brand’s popular studio condenser unit. The Delphos II retains the general features its predecessor, but adds a third polar pattern – figure eight – and a newly designed, low noise power supply.
Loopmasters has added a comprehensive Loop Editor to its Loopcloud software. The brand has also debuted Khords, a sample-based virtual instrument packed with 315 chord and note samples, 550 presets, as well as a massive sound library.
Pioneer has introduced the DJS-1000, a standalone sampler that shines in the studio and on stage. This multi-talented device features a seven-inch touchscreen, 16 multi-coloured pads and loads of I/O options.
Novation is generating a buzz with the Komplete Kontrol M32, an affordable and backpack-ready keyboard that’s also chock full of features. Alongside this nifty device, the brand has also released the SL MkIII keyboard controller and two portable audio interfaces: the Komplete Audio 1 and Audio 2.
Native Instruments has introduced the Traktor DJ 2, a new version of the DJ-focused app that’s now compatible with iOS and PC. The app features an intuitive workflow, and enables you to mix on the go.
Akai has launched the Force, a production instrument designed for those who want to go computer-free but keep an Ableton-style clip-based workflow
Cranborne Audio has released the Camden EC2, a 19-inch rack unit that features the brand’s Camden 500 preamp topology, analogue saturation circuits, and two reference-quality headphone amplifiers. Additionally, Cranborne has introduced two new interfaces: the N22 and N22H.
IK Multimedia has unveiled the iLoud MTM reference monitor, a compact device that’s designed for modern, computer-based professional and home studios. This release comes hot on the heels of the guitar-centric AXE I/O interface and the SampleTank 4 workstation.
PreSonus has announced the Atom, a multi-purpose controller that goes hand-in-hand with the Studio One. Additionally, the brand has expanded its Studio series with five new audio interfaces, and released the Notion 6.5, update.
Focal is making waves with its flagship audio monitors, the Trio11 Be. These high-end devices feature a five-inch midrange, a 10-inch subwoofer, and Focal’s signature pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter.
EastWest Sounds has expanded its software instrument collection with the Hollywood Pop Brass and the Voices of Opera. The former gives you access a wide array of virtual brass instruments, while the latter is packed with 32GB worth of operatic phrases.
Moog has released Sirin, a limited-edition synth that’s designed to generate pitches extending beyond the middle C, all the way up to D8.
Arturia has entered into the world of digital hardware synthesisers with the MicroFreak. This affordable synth combines a multi-mode digital oscillator with an Oberheim SEM-inspired analogue filter.
Aston Microphones has introduced a sleek new model: the Aston Stealth. This handsome unit is packed with features, including four switchable voices and a first-of-its kind autodetect function that senses phantom power.
Audient has teamed up with Two Notes Audio Engineering on the Sono, which is dubbed as the “ultimate audio interface for guitarists”. This compact device is loaded with a 12AX7 preamp tube, and makes use of the Torpedo’s power amp modelling and cab sim for a realistic-sounding guitar tone.
DPA has launched the 6000 mic series. The range includes a pair of d:screet CORE Subminiature mics, the handy d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature headset, the d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Microphone, as well as the d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone.
Roland is making waves with its VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer. This nifty device is geared towards content creators looking to improve audience engagement
Soundbrenner has expanded its line-up with the Core, a smartwatch with a metronome, chromatic tuning and DAW integration.
Teenage Engineering is turning heads with its Pocket Operator Modular series, which features DIY modular synthesisers that you can assemble yourself.
Leapwing Audio has released the StageOne, a plug-in that can stretch the width and enhance the depth of stereo content without sacrificing mono compatibility. This useful tool also gives you access to the mono spread, letting you upmix mono signals to stereo.
Bitwig is on a roll. The brand has introduced the Studio 3, which features an “open modular environment” dubbed as The Grid. This update follows swiftly from the Bitwig Studio 2.5 beta, which is packed with user-requested features.
Casio has debuted two compact digital pianos that are great for entry-level pianists. The CDP-S100 and CDP-S350 both feature a newly designed Dynamic Stereo Sound Engine as well as the new Scale Hammer Action II. The former caters for a smooth and expressive sound, while the latter emulates the authentic key weighting from acoustic pianos.
Lewitt has unveiled a pair of affordable pencil mics. Despite their diminutive sizes, these mics are capable of precision stereo recording.
Synclavier is prepping for NAMM with a line of iOS synth apps. The Synclavier Go! and Pocket! – for the iPad and iPhone – are apps modelled after the brand’s V virtual instrument.
Nektar has one of the most anticipated products lined up for release: its first-ever soft synth, the Bolt. The virtual instrument features 16 polyphonic voices with two oscillators per voice, and uses Harmonics Synthesis technology for a uniquely warm and organic sonic character.
Arturia made a splash with Pigments when it was announced in December. The wavetable and analogue-style virtual synthesiser features a twin synth engine, allowing you to mix virtual analogue and wavetable oscillators to lay the foundation for your patch.
Alesis announced the Strike Pad in early December. It’s a drum machine that ships with 32GB of loops and samples – including percussion and melodic instruments – and can double up as an audio interface and hardware sampler, too.
Waves Audio will likely demo its Flow Motion FM Synth, a new release whose intuitive UI aims to make FM synthesis “playful and easy”.
Steinberg‘s latest and tenth edition of Cubase packs new features and enhancements, including a redesigned channel strip and better audio alignment tools. It also comes with 5GB of fresh sounds and loops.
If you’re a guitarist looking for new gear at NAMM 2019, check out this post on our sister publication, Guitar.com.