October 25, 2014

DJ-Gear Bonanza: Winter NAMM Begins Today

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Anaheim, Calif.—Plenty of new DJ products are being unveiled here at the Anaheim Convention Center this week, as the Winter NAMM show has hit town. The annual exhibition, running Jan. 19-22, expects over 85,000 attendees to visit booths from over 1,400 exhibitors.

As always, DJ Times is here with its publisher, Testa Communications, which is providing on-the-spot show coverage with Convention TV @ NAMM.

Onto the showfloor: American Audio is debuting the VMS4 Traktor 4-channel MIDI controller that comes bundled with Native Instruments’ Traktor software and offers 4 USB/analog selectable MIDILOG channels. The company is also unveiling its SenSeries of loudspeakers (three tops, two subs) and XLT range of amps (four models). Related company Arriba is presenting seven new cases for protection of lighting-related products from lasers to tripod stands.
GCI company Gemini DJ is introducing the FirstMix I/O and FirstMix Pro USB DJ controllers. Hercules is showing its HDP DJ-Pro M-1001 and HDP DJ-AVV G501 headphones and debuting the DJ Control AIR controller.

Distributor Mixware is breaking out scads of new gear, including the Electrix Tweaker controller, the Reloop Terminal Mix 4 all-in-one controller, UDG Protective Hardcases, Decksaver covers, and the Magma Control Stand. Novation is showing its Twitch Touchstrip control unit.

With the new Hosa Beatport DJ Series product line, Hosa Technology is partnering with online music retailer Beatport. At NAMM those connectivity solutions include Stereo RCA Interconnect cables, USB cables and a 4-port USB 2.0 Hub.

Debuts from Numark Industries include 4TRAK, a four-deck digital DJ controller with built-in four-channel mixer and comprehensive effects console, and Drop Box, a compact DJ controller and sample trigger, that’s pre-mapped to control leading DJ and production software. Related companies Akai (MPC Renaissance production center) and Alesis (iO4 audio interface) is offering debut products for studio apps.

Among many other products geared for more traditional musicians, IK Multimedia has unveiled iRig Mix, an ultra-compact portable DJ mixer tailored for iOS devices like iPad. An input trim stage lets users amplify any source and a 2-band EQ gives tonal control over each input.

Check back tomorrow for more DJ-related product debuts from the 2012 Winter NAMM show.

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