Winter NAMM ’18: DJ-Gear Debuts Abound

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Anaheim, Calif.Winter NAMM 2018 – it’s on!

Members of the international M.I. market – manufacturers, distributors and retailers of musical technology—have arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center today for the Winter NAMM show. Running through Sunday, the annual trade show/exhibition expects to draw more than 90,000 industry professionals and it will see hundreds of product and technology debuts. Of course, the DJ segment of the market—playback, studio, PA, lighting and accessories—will experience its share as well.


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.

DDJ-1000: Pioneer DJ’s 4-channel controller.

Onto the Exhibit Floor: Pioneer DJ will show the DDJ-1000, a portable DJ controller designed for rekordbox dj software. Also on display will be the latest version of rekordbox music-management software (Version 5.1) and it enables a new optional Plus Pack (rekordbox lyric), which displays animated lyric visualizations. Another new feature includes Lighting Mode, which enables DJs to sync lights with music. Also, Pioneer will showcase the DJS-1000 standalone sampler, the HDJ-X10 professional DJ headphones and the DM-40BT monitor speakers. Related company Pioneer Pro Audio will feature three speaker systems – XY-3B, XPRS Series and the XY Series.

Battle-Ready: Rane DJ’s latest system.

From inMusic’s stable of brands, Rane DJ will show the SEVENTY-TWO 2-channel mixer for club/scratch DJs with color touchscreen, a pair of USB connections and two internal FLEX FX engines and stacked Serato effects. Rane will also show its TWELVE DJ control system, which allows DJs to scratch and play like a turntablist, while maintaining digital durability. Denon DJ, another inMusic brand, will show Engine Prime v1.1, which includes enhanced features on the company’s proprietary music analysis and librarian software.

Germany’s Reloop, distributed Stateside by American Music & Sound, will debut the KUT, a digital, 2-channel battle mixer, which has InnoFADER technology, seven effects and 8-in/6-out USB audio interface. Roland will show its range of DJ controllers, including the DJ-808 and the newer DJ-505 and DJ-202 units.

KS112: QSC Audio’s new subwoofer.

 QSC Audio will debut a new entry to its KS Subwoofer Series, the KS112, an ultra-compact, active, 12-inch sub. Bose Professional will debut the portable S1 pro multi-position PA system, which can work for a variety of applications – monitor, practice amp and music system.

ELX200: Electro-Voice’s new speaker series.

Electro-Voice will show its EVOLVE 50 portable, powered, column speaker series, plus the ELX200 loudspeaker series. Available in active and passive versions, the ELX200 series includes 10-, 12- and 15-inch two-way models, plus 12- and 18-inch subwoofers. At its first NAMM show, Funktion-One will launch the F124, a 24-inch bass enclosure.

From HARMAN Professional Solutions, JBL will unveil the 3 Series MkII powered studio monitors. They include three models – 305P MkII (5-inch woofer), 306P MkII (6.5-inch woofer) and the 308P MKII (8-inch woofer) units. RCF will show the NX Series of active speakers, the HDL30-A line-array speaker, the MK4 version of the ART 7 active speaker series, and the EVOX J Series, which includes the portable EVOX J8 system.

Peavey Electronics will introduce the Versarray Pro line-array loudspeaker system, which includes the company’s FlyQWIK hardware. D.A.S. Audio will show its Vantec-20A active curved-source line array system, which includes DAScontrol DSP LCD interface and DASlink mobile app control.

Yamaha will debut a pair of portable subwoofers (the DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII), plus two new portable PA, integrated systems (STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT systems). Related company Steinberg will show Cubase 9.5 music production system, WaveLab 9.5 editing and mastering workstation, and Cubasis 2.3 update for the iOS

sequencer app. Among several new products, Korg will debut three for DJs and studio applications. They include the Konnect portable PA system, the Prologue multi-engine analog synth and the ARP ODYSSEY FS limited-edition synth.

On the lighting front, HARMAN brand Martin will show the THRILL Series of lighting products, which has five new units. They include the Mini Profile moving head unit, the Vertical Fogger fog machine, the Compact PAR 64 LED light, the Compact PAR Mini LED light and the Multi-FX LED effect light.

German Lighting Products will show its JDC1 Hybrid Strobe, the Force 120 fan effect fixture, and the Snap flexible cable-management tool. ADJ Lighting will show its Vizi CMY300, an LED hybrid moving head fixture.

Wash Light: Chauvet DJ’s Freedom H1.

Chauvet DJ will debut the Freedom H1 LED wash light, the GigBAR Flex system and the Wash FX2 multi-purpose unit. The company will also introduce three effect lights – the Line Dancer LED fixture, Duo Moon moonflower/strobe unit and the Mushroom multi-beam unit.

 Floyd Rose will debut its FR-52 3D wired headphones, available in black or grey. Gig Gear will show its three models of unique, protective Gig Gloves for gear-moving mobile DJs and musicians. PMC will debut its result6 active reference studio monitor. Stealth Sonics will launch its first range of precision-tuned, custom in-ear monitors. CEntrance will show its MixerFace R4 mobile recording interface. Audinate will introduce the Dante AVIO, a family of endpoint adapters.

 Verity Audio will show its Suitcase Series of portable power amps, the Monster Tower club PA system, and the IWAC220P line-array speaker system. VocoPro will show its SingTools-Pro, a professional 100-watt karaoke PA system. BandLab will launch its Looper music-creation tool. Synesthesia will show its Pipes compact sound module which sports up to 20,000 samples.