TC Helicon Intros Ditto Mic Looper

ditto-mic-looperAt the 2015 NAMM Show, TC-Helicon introduced the Ditto Mic Looper, an updated version of the TC Electronic Ditto Looper.

According to the company, Ditto Mic Looper is ‘the perfect looping pedal for singers, beatboxers and acoustic performers’. It offers up to 5 minutes of looping time.

With just a Loop button, Stop/Erase button and an oversized loop level control, performers can build an idea into a full-sounding performance, with unlimited overdubs and undo/redo features. Continue reading

Synthtopia’s Best Of The 2015 NAMM Show

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The 2015 NAMM Show was the biggest NAMM Show in recent memory and it was probably the biggest year ever for electronic music gear.

There were dozens of new synths, amazing new sequencers, new instruments, powerful new software synthesizers and an overwhelming number of new Euro and large format synth modules at the Show.

Here’s our take on the Best of the 2015 NAMM Show. Check out our picks, and then leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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The Vo Wand – Official Details & Pricing

At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul VO introduced the Vo Wand – a handheld sustain device that’s designed to give you direct control over the harmonics of strings.

The Wand is part of Vo’s broader interest in ‘acoustic synthesis’, implemented previously with the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel Guitar and Vo 96 guitar.

Vo’s acoustic synthesis tools explore the idea of using electronics to control the amplitude of individual harmonics within vibrating strings. By controlling the harmonics within a guitar string over time, for example, you can synthesize new types of sounds that still are immediately recognizable as being ‘guitar’ sounds.

While the primary audience for the Vo Wand will be guitarists, Vo mentioned to us that it could be used for sound design with other string instruments and for experimenting with other objects that respond to electromagnetic energy.  Continue reading

Line 6 Intros Firehawk FX Multi-Effects Processor

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Line 6 has introduced Firehawk FX, a new multi-effects guitar processor that they say ‘combines world-class tone’ with intuitive wireless editing.

The Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android gives you the ability to sculpt your tone, using 200 amps and effects. The app lets you create, save and recall an unlimited number of presets. Continue reading

Rupert Neve Intros New Direct Interface, 500 Series Rack

ruper-neve-designs-r6-rack-3-1024x599At the 2015 NAMM Show, Rupert Neve Designs will be introducing two new products:

  • the RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface, and
  • the R6 Six Space 500 Series Rack.

Here’s what Neve has to say about them: Continue reading