Winter NAMM ’16: Big Debuts for Pro DJs
Anaheim, Calif. – According to organizers, over 90,000 industry professionals—manufacturers, distributors and retailers—are expected to attend the 2016 Winter NAMM show. Set for Jan. 21-24 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the annual exhibition/trade show will see plenty of product and technology debuts. As always, the DJ segment of the market will find its share as well.
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: Pioneer DJ will introduce a pair of big products – the CDJ-2000NXS2 professional media player and the DJM-900NXS2 professional DJ mixer. New features on the CDJ include FLAC/ALAC file support, 7-inch full-color touchscreen, eight color-coded hot cues and MIDI controller interface. New features on the mixer include 64-bit mixing processor, improved EQ, and redesigned clip controls, plus six Sound Color FX, 14 Beat FX with larger X-Pad and OLED screen and independent send/return.
Related company Pioneer Pro Audio will debut the XPRS Series of active loudspeakers, which include the XPRS15 and XPR12 speakers, plus the XPRS215S subwoofer.
Denon DJ, one of 13 inMusic brands, will debut the MCX8000 DJ controller. Offering command of Serato DJ and Denon’s unique Engine software, the unit can run both platforms simultaneously. Also, DJs can use USB drives by opting to use Engine, which enables DJs to directly import Serato DJ crates and hot cues.
Rane Corporation will debut the MP2014, a two-channel rotary DJ mixer which features state-of-the-art digital signal processing and dual 16-channel USB sound cards. The unit offers top phono preamps, 3-way swept-filters and a 3-band, steep 24dB/octave main mix isolator—with adjustable crossover points.
Stanton DJ will show Deckadance v2.50 DJ software, which will feature streamlined architecture and high-speed processing. Fellow Gibson company KRK will show four ROKIT Generation 3 active studio-monitor models.
Smithson-Martin will show several new products, including the K32 Kontrol Surface, a full, 32-inch capacitive touchscreen now compatible with Mac OS X. The system will include the new Mac version of Emulator 2.0 with features like touch edit, MIDI, OSC and KeyCommand.
ADJ will debut the Inno Pocket Spot LZR. Geared for mobile DJs or smaller venues, the hybrid mini-LED moving head/green laser fixture offers seven colors (plus white) and seven gobos. Related company American Audio will show the VMS5 DJ controller, which features four USB/analog selectable “MIDILOG” (MIDI and analog) channels, Inno-fader compatibility and XLR Master output with balance and booth output.
Blizzard Lighting will offer several new items, including the BlockHead Z9 moving-head fixture, Blok 2 effect light, the Snake Eyes Mini LED multi-beam moving head, the Thunderstik uplight, and the Weather System EXA all-in-one solution.
Chauvet DJ will break out several new products that utilize the company’s new D-Fi USB technology. They include: the 4BAR USB lighting system; the SlimBANK T18 USB washlight; and the COLORband T3 USB LED strip light. Chauvet will also debut five USB-compatible par-style washlights, including SlimPAR H6 USB, SlimPAR Pro H USB, SlimPAR Pro Q USB, SlimPAR Pro W USB and SlimPAR QUV 12.
StompLight International will show its flagship product, StompLight, a portable, pedal-board-sized unit that produces dozens of colorful lighting effects for DJs and other performers at the click of a button.
From the pro-audio world, Yamaha will showcase the DXS18 powered subwoofer, an 18-inch unit powered by a 1,020-watt Class-D amplifier. The sub features a Cardioid Mode setting for systems with two or more DXS18s, effectively reducing the energy directed toward the stage, while increasing the bass levels directed at the audience.
Mackie will debut the SRM1550, a 15-inch, 1,200-watt subwoofer addition to the company’s SRM portable, active loudspeaker series. Italy’s FBT will show the Q 118SA, an 18-inch, 1,200-watt subwoofer, plus the VERTUS CLA 406A and CLA 118SA column loudspeaker systems.
Harman brand AKG will debut several headphone models. They include updates to the on-ear K67 DJ and over-ear K167 DJ pro-grade DJ headphones, plus the new K72 and K92 models of studio headphones.