Here are some of the highlights from our second day at the 2014 NAMM Show:
We had the pleasure of meeting with Sebastian Dittmann, one of the developers of Audiobus, and Chris Rice, creator of Echo Pad & Stereo Designer. The duo gave us a demo of the upcoming Audiobus 2 and how apps like Stereo Designer will work with it.
Moog’s new Sub 37 synthesizer, above, builds on the design of the Sub Phatty, but is bigger, knobbier and more powerful.
Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular introduced not one, not two, but three new modular synth systems – and the first of their co-branded modules with Studio Electronics.
Retrothing blogger James Grahame, above, represented for open source hardware. He introduced the latest Meeblip synthesizer, a collaboration with CDM’s Peter Kirn, the Meeblip Anode. It is shipping soon.
WMD & SSF also announced a collaboration – a new line of jointly-created modules for Eurorack synthesizers.
Moog’s new Theremini is a really interesting instrument – from its retro-futuristic mod industrial design to the adjustable pitch quantization to the wavetable synthesis features.
Dave Smith’s new synthesizer, the Prophet 12 Desktop, sounds great and is surprisingly immediate, proving that usability isn’t just a function of how many knobs a synth has.
Cakewalk announced that they are bringing Z3TA+ 2 to the iPad. It pairs the synth engine as the Mac/Windows version with an interface tailored to the iPad. It’s expected to be available in February.
One of the biggest surprises was Buchla’s announcement of the iProgram – a new interface card that fits into the Music Easel’s expansion slot and brings patch memory and wireless control to the 40-year old synth design.