Winter NAMM 2013: Studio Gear & Accessories

Akai’s iMPC production app for iPad. Akai’s iMPC production app for iPad.

Anaheim, Calif.—Running thru Jan. 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the 2013 Winter NAMM show will see nearly 95,000 attendees visit booths from over 1,400 exhibitors, which are displaying new products for the M.I. market. As usual, expect to see plenty of DJ-related debuts.

Also, Testa CommunicationsDJ Times’ publisher—is there, providing on-the-spot show coverage with Convention TV @ NAMM.

Onto the exhibit floor: In the studio world, longtime keyboard and synth maker Casio is showing its XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer. Akai Professional is showing the iMPC, a new music-production app for iPad, that will include more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences and MPC workflow.

Korg is showing the new MicroKorg XL+ synth, which contains a reimagined palette of analog modeled sounds, plus new dedicated PCM for Korg’s SGProX piano, the M1 and VOX organs, as well as recognizable “Tape” instruments. It also includes a gooseneck mic and a 16-band vocoder.

Roland is debuting the M-200i free iPad app, a 32-channel compact digital mixing solution providing full functionality on all key mixing and control aspects including channel strip, effects, and scenes.

As for accessories, Grundorf Corporation is debuting its G-Series Lycra façade pre-lit LED screens. Designed for DJs, the screens are available in 4-, 5-, and 6-panel configurations, either pre-lit or without LED lights installed.

Gator Cases’ G-TOUR-DDJ-SX ARM. Gator Cases’ G-TOUR-DDJ-SX ARM.

Orbit Concepts is introducing its JetPack Remix multi-purpose DJ bag. Gator Cases is breaking out several solutions for a variety of popular hardware set-ups. They include the G-TOUR-DDJ-SX ARM, which allows protection and full use of the Pioneer DDJ-SX controller, and the Frameworks line of stands and support systems for microphones, keyboards and tablet devices.

In addition to its 3i-5014-LBAR injection molded watertight LED Light Bar Case, SKB Corporation is showing five new padded, universal mixer/equipment bags. The 1SKB-UB0909, 1SKB-UB1212, 1SKB-UB1515, 1SKB-UB1818, and the 1SKB-UB2020 models will accommodate the most popular mixers, drum machines, recording interfaces, MIDI controllers, light panels and other equipment.

Cosmic Truss is showing its latest modular truss archway system designed for mobile DJs. The easy-to-set-up system features the F23 triangular truss and contains uprights with bases, angled sections and a top cross piece in a free-standing design. Also available in a regular goalpost format, both configurations can be expanded using with additional F23 sections.

Hosa Technology is debuting its USB-200FB Series High Speed USB Cables with Pivoting A Connector. Ideal for DJs having to make connections to an elevated laptop computer and related gear in cramped quarters, the cables are available in 3-, 6-, and 10-foot lengths.

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