The 2011 NAMM Show was notable for a lot of things.
Attendance was back up, after dropping off for a couple of years. Vendors returned and lots of new companies attended. And there were a lot of interesting new gear introductions at the show.
But if the 2011 NAMM Show is remembered for one thing – it will probably be the sudden ubiquity of the Apple iPad.
We even overheard one attendee calling the Show the ‘iPad NAMM’.
iPads were everywhere. Running samplers, running DJ apps and running recording software:
There were iPad amplifiers:
Even iPad arcade games:
We’re not sure what the iPad arcade system was doing at NAMM – but it would be kind of cool to map those controls to your favorite music app.
There were multiple iPad music keyboards:
And iPads being used as MIDI controllers:
Guitar companies were testing out interest in iPad amp modeling apps:
And others were hooking up foot controllers to the iPad:
There were modern applications that recreated vintage synths:
And there were modern hardware recreations of vintage synths being used to control software recreations of vintage synths:
We know that many Synthtopia readers remain skeptical about the prospects for iPad music software.
At least at this year’s NAMM Show, the music industry does not appear to share your skepticism:
What do you think of the idea of an ‘iPad NAMM’?
Does it make sense for gear manufacturers to be devoting this much attention to the iPad?
Images: synthesizers on Flickr