Winter NAMM ’15: DJ-Gear Bonanza
Anaheim, Calif. – The music industry’s manufacturers, distributors and retailers will convene at the Anaheim Convention Center Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 22-25) for the world’s largest trade-only event—the annual Winter NAMM show. More than 90,000 attendees are expected and, as usual, the DJ segment of the market will see plenty of product debuts.
Onto the Exhibit Floor: Pioneer DJ will break out three new products. They include: HRM-7 headphones for home studio uses; XDJ-RX DJ console, an all-in-one solution, intended for users of rekordbox music-management software, that incorporates two separate digital players, a mixer and a built-in monitor; and XDJ-1000 Digital Player, which adds a 7-inch full-color hi-res touch-panel display for access and control of multiple features.
Rane will introduce the MP2015 rotary DJ mixer, which includes a SUBMIX bus for multitrack mixing, and the TTM57mkII mixer for Serato DJ, whose key improvements include dual USB 2.0 high-speed class-compliant audio and MIDI USB ports, sample rates of 44.1, 48 and 86 kHz, dedicated Serato DJ iZotope USB FX inserts for each deck and Rane’s proprietary Magnetic Faders.
The inMusic Brands—Numark, Denon DJ, Alto Pro Audio, Akai Pro and others—will have several NAMM introductions. They include: Numark’s NS7III four-deck controller for Serato DJ; Denon DJ’s MC4000, a two-deck Serato-optimized MIDI controller, and its Axis Series Speakers, which includes the Axis 8 and Axis 12 satellite mains and the Axis 12S companion subwooofer; Alto Pro’s Stealth Wireless Pro wireless loudspeaker system; and Akai Pro’s Advance Keyboard series, which is available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes.
American Music & Sound, distributors for several DJ-related brands, will show three new items from Germany’s Reloop. They include: the RMX-60 digital 4+1 club mixer with effects; the RP-7000 silver professional upper-torque turntable; and the RP-8000 Straight hybrid torque MIDI turntable.
Korg will debut the KAOSS DJ, a USB and standalone DJ controller that features a built-in KAOSS Pad and is compatible with any MIDI compatible DJ software. Casio will break out a pair of products—the XW-DJ1 controller (compatible with Algoriddim’s djay2 apps) and the XW-PD1 GrooveCenter, which includes 16 velocity-sensitive pads and four knobs for fast, real-time production. SmithsonMartin will show EmulatorELITE, billed as “the world’s most advanced DJ system,” using its Emulator PRO software.
In the pro-audio sector, Yamaha will show: the DBR range of active speakers; CBR range of passive loudspeakers; and the AG range of audio mixers.
Electro-Voice will debut the EKX series of portable loudspeakers, which has four active and four passive models, including 12- and 15-inch two-way units and 15- and 18-inch subwoofers. Mackie will debut its FreePlay Personal PA with 300 watts of power and low-end via 8-inch woofer.
Peavey Electronics will show its Dark Matter series of speaker enclosures, RBN series of enclosures, PV AT Series Mixers with Antares Auto-Tune, and XR-AT powered mixer. QSC Audio will feature is new GXD Series Processing Amplifiers, which includes the GXD 8 and GXD 4 units.
RCF will show its EVOX 5 and EVOX 8 systems, an expansion of the L-Pad mixer line, and ICONICA Series headphones. Also, dB Technologies will show its DVA MINI line array, DVX PSW passive boxes for installation, and the SUB 18H active subwoofer.
CAD Audio will debut the MH210 headphones for DJs, CADLive vocal and instrument mics, and the GXL2600USB mic for DJ performance, podcasts and voiceovers. Hosa Technology will introduce a pair of product ranges—Hosa Drive Series and Hosa Pro Breakouts—that’ll better connect consumer audio products with pro gear.
VocoPro will show the UHF Diamond single-channel UHF wireless mic system, SDR-4000 dual digital recorder and the CDG-8900 PRO dual-tray CD/CD+G karaoke player.
(For NAMM debuts from the lighting, studio and accessory sectors, please check tomorrow’s blog.)