April 23, 2014

New At NAMM: 5 Picks from the Floor

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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