Summer NAMM 2011 highlights


The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) holds regular trade shows which showcase new and upcoming music products. Having recently concluded their Summer show this year in the US, a few products caught this author’s eye that local musicians might be particularly drawn to. While the local availability and price for most of these new toys are still pending, here are some of the new products you might want to watch out for:


IK Multimedia iRig MIDI

IoS MIDI Interface

  • Standard Core MIDI interface connects any MIDI hardware device to Core MIDI-compatible apps
  • 3 MIDI ports: IN/OUT/THRU
  • Micro USB port can charge the iOS device while in use




All-Inclusive DJ System

  • 2 CD decks + 3-Channel mixer integrated into a single unit
  • 2 USB ports for external hard drives
  • built-in audio interface
  • Control MIDI software, with no timecode needed, via USB
  • balanced XLR outs, two 1/4″ balanced mic inputs and 1/8″ and 1/4″ headphone output
  • comes with Native Instruments Traktor LE (Europe and Asia)



USB Audio/MIDI Interface

  • 4-ins/4-outs,  XLR~1/4″ combo jacks +  Mic/Line/Guitar switches
  • 24-bit resolution, sample rates from 44.1kHz until 96kHz
  • 3 USB inputs allow it to function as a hub for MIDI controllers/hard drives
  • nickel plated inputs, VU meters, aluminum casing



Rack-Mountable USB interface

  • USB 2.0 interface
  • high-headroom, Class A XMAX preamps, 114dB dynamic range
  • MIDI I/O, zero-latency mixing
  • includes dynamics processing and EQ of StudioLive series mixers with super low latency
  • Fat Channel compression, limiting, 3-band semi parametric EQ, HP filter, etc
  • reverb and delay effects with dedicated busses
  • 3 models : 22VSL ($199/Php 8480), 44VSL ($299/Php 12,700), 1818 VSL ($499/Php 21,300)


VOX AC15C2 ‘Twin’

Valve Amp, AC Custom series

  • 2-channel, 15 -watt combo
  • Two 12-inch Celestion Greenback speakers
  • larger spring reverb tank
  • three 12AX7 dual triode vacuum tubes (pre-amp)
  • two EL84 pentode tubes (power)
  • optional VFS2 footswitch

Available in November (US), SRP: $1100 (approx: Php 47,000)