October 22, 2014

NAMM ’14: Tons of New DJ Gear in Anaheim

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ADJ’s Quad Scan Pro fixture.

Anaheim, Calif. – Beginning today and running through Sunday, Jan. 26, the music industry’s manufacturers, distributors and retailers are convening at the Anaheim Convention Center for the world’s largest trade-only event—the annual Winter NAMM show. As usual, more than 90,000 attendees are expected to see plenty of new gear, including lots of DJ-related product debuts.

Also, Testa Communications—publisher of DJ Times—will be there with a dedicated exhibition booth. It will also produce Convention TV @ NAMM, which will provide on-the-spot show coverage.

Onto the Exhibit Floor: Longtime supplier ADJ is showing 40 new lighting-related products. They include: Dotz T-Par all-in-one LED Wash System; the updated Quad Scan Pro fixture; and the Inno Spot Pro, a compact scanner with an 80-watt LED source. Related company American Audio is showcasing the new CPX Series of powered loudspeakers, including the CPX-8A, CPX-10A, CPX-12A and the CPX-15A models.

Also in the lighting world: Among many other new products, Chauvet DJ is showing: the EZpin IRC, an extremely mobile and versatile, battery-powered LED pin spot; the EZpin Pack, which bundles six EZpin IRC units, an IRC-6 remote (for easy wireless operation) and a VIP Gear bag; the Intimidator Wash Zoom 250 IRC and Intimidator Wash Zoom 350 IRC, both feature-rich compact moving head wash fixtures; and the Hurricane Haze 3D, a water-based hazer.

Arriba Cases is showing seven new lighting cases that accommodate products from brands like ADJ, Blizzard, Chauvet and more. HARMAN’s Martin Professional is showing its RUSH Series of lights, which includes the 80-beam RUSH Wizard and effect-filled RUSH MH 4 Beam.

Pioneer DJ expands its family of Serato DJ software controllers with the new DDJ-SZ, which includes CDJ-sized jog wheels, DJM-style mixer, and dual USB ports. Also, Pioneer’s Remix Station 500 includes a diverse range of sound effects and a “Pressure Controller” knob that can be rotated or pressed to change its effect parameters. With free RMX-500 Plug-in software for PC/MAC, the device can be used for music production, providing the same effects and control.

Allen & Heath’s Xone: 23 mixer.

Allen & Heath’s Xone: 23 mixer.

Distributor American Music & Sound shows products from a number of brands, including Allen & Heath, Reloop and Novation. AM&S is showing: Allen & Heath’s Xone:23, a feature-filled 2-channel mixer that includes the brand’s renowned Voltage Control Filter system; Reloop’s Terminal Mix 8, a pad-based performance controller that works intimately with Serato DJ software; and Novation’s Bass Station II analog synth, Launch Control compact controller for Launchpad, Launchkey Mini and Launchpad Mini.

Stanton DJ shows the SCS.4DJ USB MixStation, which includes a Version 5.0 OS update that includes new syncopations, additional effects, FLAC support, and enhanced analysis. Hercules shows the DJControlWave, a wireless controller customized for iPad.

Distributor Mixware is showing products from a variety of brands like Electrix, Decksaver, Magma and UDG Gear, which debuts the UDG Laptop Stand—an aluminum laptop/controller solution.

Electro-Voice introduces the ETX family of active loudspeakers, which includes three 2-way models, a 3-way model and two subs. PreSonus shows its new StudioLive AI-Series Active Integration Loudspeakers, which includes three full-range models and a subwoofer.

Active: Mackie’s SRM series.

Active: Mackie’s SRM series.

LOUD Technologies brand Mackie shows its new SRM Series of 1600W active speakers, which include the SRM55, SRM650 and SRM1850 units, plus four models of the new MRmk3 studio-monitor range—MR5mk3, MR6mk3, MR8mk3 and MR10Smk3.

Yamaha introduces a new generation of its MG Mixer Series and two models of the MOXF series of synthesizers (MOXF6 and MOXF8). Related company Steinberg is showing the UR44, a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface, plus Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 production systems, which include workflow and editing enhancements.

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