July 30, 2014

Last Night A DJ Product Saved Our Life: Live from NAMM

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Numark's NS6 controller for Serato ITCH
Numark’s NS6 controller for Serato ITCH

New DJ products galore today on the NAMM showfloor at the Anaheim Convention Center, where we’re hanging with 85,000 of our closest friends, so let’s not waste any time:

Rane Corporation and Serato Audio Research…
Launch the Rane SL 4, a 5-channel DJ interface with two high-speed USB 2.0 ports (for seamless DJ changeover) and four switchable phono/line inputs. An auxiliary input and out put add the flexibility to record DJ sets and create more output options for the SP-6 sample player and The Bridge.

Also from Rane….
The MP25 19-inch rackmount mixer.

Pioneer DJ…
Is showing its S-DJ08 and S-DJ05 active reference monitors—the 08 geared more for studio applications and the 05 more for DJs. The company will also show new versions of entry-level systems—the CDJ-350-W digital media player and the DJM-350-W 2-channel mixer. Both models will offer two new audio effects—Noise and Short Echo.

Distributor American Music & Sound breaks out the Allen & Heath Xone:DB4 mixer with its Quad FX Core DSP engine, which allows each channel to have its own FX band and BPM detection system. AM&S will show the Allen & Heath XD-40 headphones and the XD-20 in-ear headphones.

AM&S will also debut several Vestax items, including the VCI-300MkII and VCI-100MkII controllers, the PMC-05ProIV mixer, the PDX-3000MkII turntable, the PAD-One USB pad controller, and the Typhoon controller, which includes Virtual DJ custom Typhoon Edition.

Numark Industries unveils several products:

The NS6 4-channel, dual-platter controller for Serato ITCH; DJ2GO 13-ounce DJ micro-controller; the 4-channel iM9 mixer, which can handle any line-level source; the CDN77USB dual USB/CD player; the M101 and M101USB 2-channel mixers; the MOBILE DJ iPod PA system; the NPM100 portable active monitors; and the Red Wave professional DJ headphones.

From Avid…
A pair of DJ-related debuts including Torq 2.0,  effect-filled, 4-deck DJ software, which gives users the choice to use the software standalone or in conjunction with dedicated hardware. Avid will also show Venom, a 49-key synth.

From Chauvet Lighting….
Its SlimPar family of LED wash lights, which come in three styles: variable white (VW); red/green/blue/amber (RGBA); and tri-colored (Tri) LEDs.

In the pro-audio world, Yamaha exhibits…..
Its new DSR Series of active loudspeakers, which includes full-range units (DSR112, DSR115 and DSR215) and a subwoofer (DSR18W). All units deliver digital sound processing and the all-new D-CONTOUR multi-band dynamic processing.

Monster, teaming with Beats by Dr. Dre..
Unveils its Beats Pro over-ear headphones.

Bag End Loudspeaker systems…
Shows its Infra processor as a built-in option to the self-powered double-10 sub systems, including the IPD10E-R portable enclosure. PreSonus will debut “the first dedicated wireless control software for small-format digital console: StudioLive Remote software for the Apple iPad.” Users can have wireless remote control of any PreSonus StudioLive-series digital mixer’s channels, auxes, effects, subs, Fat Channel processors, and more.
From the recording side, Cakewalk will show its SONAR X1 production software, which includes the unique Skylight software interface.

Roland…
Rolls out the TRI-CAPTURE UA-33 and DUO-CAPTURE UA-11 USB Audio Interfaces, the latest additions to the growing lineup of USB audio capture devices for computer-based recording (both Windows or Mac OS platforms). The TRI-CAPTURE records and plays back 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96 kHz, and is bundled with the Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE. Roland will also debut the UM-ONE USB MIDI Interface, a super-compact, bus-powered, 1-In/1-Out MIDI port with LED indicators for MIDI I/O signal monitoring.

Blue Microphones…
Showcases its Yeti Pro, a USB mic that combines 24bit/192 kHz recording resolution with analog XLR output. IK Multimedia will release the iRig Mic, a handheld, condenser microphone for the iPhone.

More to come.

–Jim Tremayne

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