2018 NAMM Picks - Day 3

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1. PNOscan-OT

QRS Music has worked with MIDI piano connections for a long time, and this new piece takes their technologies to the next level. Sitting against the fallboard over the keybed, the new OT (“over the top’) uses physical sensors for a more stable midi connection. The OT is due out later this year:

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2. Touché 

This unique touch surface was unexpected delight. Think of it as a dimensional touchpad for your synthesizer. It moves down and up, side to side and front to back, affecting a wide range of effects and parameters, all programmable. There are also hardware and software presets for connecting to synths as well as a variety of universal templates. 

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3. Vermona ‘14 Analog Synthesizer

In the modular section of NAMM, most synths don’t have keyboards attached so this offering was on an anomaly. German-built, this synth felt like a solid instrument. We only had a few minutes to play with it, but it left us wanting more. If you want one, move fast - they’re only making 222 units!

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4. Mellotron Micro

This tiny, two-octave Mellotron packs a punch, giving any keyboard player a wide library of sounds at their fingertips. With such a small footprint, the Micro would be easy to include in your live rig to get that classic Mellotron sound.

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5. Strohmenger Butterfly Piano 

While it might not be the finest piano at the show, the whimsical design makes for a inspiring instrument for younger folks. From the superb paint job and winged lid, right down to the glitter-coated soundboard, there's a lot to love about this intriguing winged creature.