Well, the NAMM Show
has come and gone, and we've got a huge video wrap of the hottest gear at the show. Can't see the videos below on your phone or tablet? Hit up our YouTube page,
where they're all mirrored.
One word seemed to sum up the keyboard action this year: REAL. Korg released a real analog MS-20 that sounds just like the original. Vintage Vibe has a real Clavinet to go with their stellar electric tine pianos. Hammond has a new real mini-Leslie with upper and lower rotors. For a real acoustic keyboard instrument unlike any other, check out the handcrafted Wheelharp from Antiquity Music
. (Can it be long before The Edison
acquires one?) Of course, DSP-based synthesis had some strong new contenders as well, including Dave Smith's huge new Prophet-12
(which has digital/modeled oscillators but analog filters), Muse Research's honkin' new top-end Receptor
built around an Intel Core i7 chip, and the KingKorg
takes bang-for-buck to a new level in a virtual analog synth. All this and more in the video feed...
For pics we snapped on the go, visit our Instagram
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on your Instagram app. Below is a smattering--there are many more pics on our feed itself.
Press releases from companies who make gear and are showing stuff off at NAMM can be found on our news page