Open Mic: What Do You Want To See Introduced At This Year’s NAMM Show?


The 2013 NAMM Show is next week, Jan 24th-27th.

The NAMM Show is one of the largest music industry events in the world, and manufacturers use it to showcase their latest gear and make some of their biggest announcements of the year.

We’ll be on location to provide full coverage of the show. In the meantime, though, what do you want to see companies introduce at this year’s NAMM Show?

CyberStep Intros KDJ-ONE GameBoy Style Mobile Music Workstation

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This the 2012 NAMM Show, CyberStep introduced the KDJ-One GameBoy style mobile music workstation.


  • The KDJ-ONE is a mobile audio workstation with synthesizer, sequencer, and audio capabilities.
  • Compact size and battery allow it to be carried and used anywhere.
  • WLAN support enables quick and wireless integration into any existing production environment.
  • Multi-touch screen, keypad, and jog dial.
  • ACIDized WAV support allows time stretching/pitch shifting of audio clips.
  • Internal synthesizer can also be accessed via external software as a VSTi.
  • Sonic vibrator

The KDJ-One is priced at $799 without WIFI or $829. Which seems pretty high, but none of our gear came with a sonic vibrator, either.

Check out the details and let us know what you think of the KDJ-One.

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Koma Kommander For Modular Synths Coming To 2012 NAMM Show

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Koma Elektronik has released this teaser for a new product for modular synthesizers and other CV devices, to be released at the 2012 NAMM Show.

They call it the Koma Kommander. Can you guess what it is?

Also at NAMM’12: Koma will be showing their modular effect pedals BD101 and FT201.

The NAMM Show’s Amazing Paradigm-Shifting Game-Changer

Here’s something that you may have missed in our 2011 Winter NAMM Show coverage – the amazing, paradigm-shifting game-changing hyperbole. Continue reading

UAD-2 Satellite – New Technology Promises To ‘Melt Your Face’

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NAMM Show: It’s not every day that a new product promises to ‘melt your face’, but that exactly what Universal Audio is promising with the UAD-2 Satellite.

The UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 Satellite Features Include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    1. DUO (Core).
    2. DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    3. QUAD (Core).
    4. QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    5. QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

“This is a really exciting announcement, both for UA as a company, and for legions of musicians and engineers wanting to tap into UAD-2 plug-ins via Firewire,” commented Universal Audio President Matt Ward.”The UAD-2 Satellite is a sleek, high-quality product that delivers even higher quality results.”

“UAD-2 Satellite is the result of UA listening to our customers, and giving them a processing solution that is both elegant and powerful,” added UA Senior Product Manager Lev Perrey. “Coupled with our roadmap of exciting new plug-ins, we anticipate this product expanding our 40,000-strong UAD user base significantly in the years to come.”

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at US $899.

Radikal Technologies Accelerator At The NAMM Show

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This video, via HarmonyCentral, catches developer Jörg Schaaf at the The NAMM Show, discussing the new Radikal Technologies Accelerator synthesizer.

We said that  Schaaf “introduced an entirely new form of wankery to the world of keyboard performance”, when he introduced the Radikal Accelerator and its 3D motion sensor. Fortunately, the Accelerator also offers a Radikal synth engine and performance controls….

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Fairlight CMI-30A Prototype Introduced At NAMM

Fairlight CMI-30A

The 2011 NAMM Show saw the introduction of the Fairlight CMI 30th Anniversary Edition – a new digital keyboard workstation, inspired by the classic Fairlight CMI.

While maintaining the hallmark look and feel of the original Series II Fairlight, the CMI-30A harnesses the latest technology to deliver ‘that Fairlight sound’.

Unlike modern samplers which strive for precise reproduction and accordingly produce a sterile sound, the CMI of the eighties made no apologies for imposing its own character. The quirks of this pioneering digital audio technology have been faithfully modelled in the 30A.

Fairlight CMI 30A

In its initial form, the CMI-30A replicates the functionality of the original Series II and Series III CMIs. The user experience is quite different from that of a conventional PC and mouse and like the original is based on a light pen which interacts directly with a screen.

The character of this new instrument is continuously variable in real time. As you crank up the 30A’s unique ‘goodness control’, the quality morphs from pristine 36 bit floating point fidelity into the sound that made music history.

The New Fairlight CMI-30A Computer Music Instrument

Fairlight was displaying a working production prototype of the Fairlight CMI 30th Anniversary Edition at NAMM.

On first, glance, the new Fairlight looks like a nostalgia project. On further inspection, though, the Fairlight CMI-30A feels more like something from an alternate universe, where the 80’s technologies pioneered in the Fairlight kept developing.

We took a look at the new CMI with company founder Peter Vogel and he explained that, while the user interface on the new instrument is retro, the technology it runs on has been updated, making muti-tasking possible and a much more capable instrument.

Fairlight CMI-30A iPod Touch

The Fairlight CMI-30A is also the most expensive iPod dock that we’ve ever seen.

It leverages the iPod touch or iPhone as a relatively cheap multi-touch controller. Fairlight is developing their own application to act as a Fairlight multi-touch controller.

While incorporating an iPod touch is trendy, it’s also clever.

The iPod touch communicates with the Fairlight using MIDI. This means that you’ll should be able to use a variety of applications that run on iOS to control the Fairlight.

Orders are now being taken for the $20,000 production units. While this is out of our price range, it’s clear that an amazing amount of care and craft is going into the creation of the new Fairlight – and you can expect to see elements of it show up in other products. Vogel has already announced an iOS Fairlight, which will put much of the power of the original Fairlight onto an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

What do you think about the new Fairlight CMI-30A?