Summer NAMM 2019: The best gear of Day 3

From iOS plug-ins to learner-friendly keyboards, here are the 5 best offerings from the final day of Summer NAMM 2019.

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We’ve reached the conclusion of Summer NAMM 2019! Here are five of our favourite offerings from the last day.

Eventide iOS plug-ins

Eventide has ported over three of its popular effects to iOS: the MicroPitch, Blackhole Reverb and UltraTap Delay. These are available in AUv3 plug-in format and can be used in any compatible DAW that runs on iOS.

Boss SY-1

Boss SY-1 is a compact synth pedal targeted at guitarists and bassists. It boasts 11 synth types with 11 variations each, arming you with a grand total of 121 possible sounds. The stomper’s sonic palette includes vintage analogue sounds, leads, organs, basses and more.

Casio Casiotone keyboards

Casio has revived a popular 80s keyboard series: the Casiotone. The 2019 line-up includes three portable keyboards – the CT-S200, CT-S300 and LK-S250 – that have features specifically for learning. The LK-S250, for instance, comes with Castio’s Step-Up lesson system, which translates MIDI files into the keyboard’s light-up keys – very Guitar-hero like.

Audioscape Engineering V-Comp

This hardware compressor nods to the iconic Gates Sta-Level. It features a unique recovery time knob that can be adjusted to a ‘faster’ setting for pumpy vocals reminiscent of The Beatles.

Eventide Harmadillo

Eventide’s staple H9 Harmonizer has a new effect in its ranks: the Harmadillo. The 51st effect in H9’s bank, the Harmadillo is a harmonic tremolo algorithm that’s suited to synths, guitars or basses. It’s packed with an arsenal of LFO types that take a leaf out of both vintage tube amp harmonic tremolo circuits and analogue harmonic tremolo pedals.

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