October 21, 2014

New At NAMM: 5 Picks from the Floor

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Anaheim, Calif.—Having just returned from the Winter NAMM show, which ran this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, we’re still shaking from the effects of DJ-gear overdose. All those new products mixed with all that hoofing around the showfloor put us in quite a state.

SmithsonMartin’s KS-1974
SmithsonMartin’s KS-1974
IK Multimedia’s iRig

IK Multimedia’s iRig

As usual, DJ Times was in the house, along with its publisher Testa Communications, which aired Convention TV @ NAMM, bringing up-to-date show coverage.

But before we offer a more comprehensive rundown of what’s new for DJs from NAMM world, we give you this—a few innovative items that caught our attention. (Collected by DJ Times staff writer Wesley Bryant-King).

  • iConnectMIDI from iConnectivity. Enables end-to-end MIDI connectivity among and between 5-pin DIN MIDI devices, USB MIDI devices, desktop PCs (Windows and Mac), and iOS devices. Available now.
  • OP-1 from Teenage Engineering. Retro meets tomorrow with this chic, portable mini-synth and workstation to create, capture and experiment with musical ideas virtually anywhere. Available now.
  • KS-1974 from SmithsonMartin. This mind-bending concept marries multi-touch hardware control and visual display into a single, portable device via customizable software, for both DJ and production applications. Available now.
  • iRig Mixer from IK Multimedia. The first hardware-based mixer specifically for iOS devices opens new doors and brings new possibilities for DJing from iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Available now.
  • iDJ Pro from Numark Industries. Next-generation iPad DJing solution builds a professional-grade controller around your iPad, coupled with an updated edition of algoriddim’s “djay” app, for the ultimate in portability. Coming later this year.

Stay tuned for more post-NAMM musings.

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