Month: January 2015

NAMM 2015 H5 Zoom handheld recorder – TEC award winner

The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder was a winner at the 2015 NAMM TEC Awards. We are fans of handheld recorders and stopped by the Zoom booth to learn more about what made this winner a winner. The H5 is a portable 4-track digital recorder with interchangeable mic inputs–detach the included shockmounted X/Y mic capsule and

NAMM 2015 first listen: AKG K812 High Fidelity headphones

  The AKG Pro Audio K812PRO Superior Reference high-fidelity headphones won the best headphones category during this year’s winter NAMM TEC Awards show. As we’d just given the impressive Blue Mo-Fi headphones a listen our curiosity was piqued. We made a trip over to AKG to hear what the competition had to offer. First, know

Casio showcases four new digital pianos at NAMM 2015

The news over at the Casio booth at NAMM this year was the expansion of its Privia and Celviano digital piano lines with four newcomers. We always enjoy the Casio Press Event and this year the company hosted two of its artists, Kristian Terzić and Stephan DeReine, who each put the Privia through its paces with a couple

NAMM 2015 first listen: Blue Mo-Fi high fidelity headphones

During last year’s winter NAMM show we reported Blue Mic’s tease of their then to-be-released Mo-Fi high fidelity headphones. Mo-Fi was being kept well under wraps but the suggestion and promise of sound unlike anything we’d heard before ensured we’d be back. This year we eagerly swung round to the Blue booth for a first

30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards honors Slash, Nathan East, Ed Cherney

Jan. 24, 2015, Anaheim, CA.  – This year the NAMM TEC Awards celebrated its 30th anniversary as it honored 2014’s best and brightest contributors to audio and technology. Comedian Sinbad deftly handle Comedian Sinbad deftly handled host duties, ensuring the audience was entertained throughout the almost four-hour event, which culminated with the celebration of three

Moog exhibits Theramini at NAMM 2015

The theramin is one of the first electronic instruments ever invented. Patented in 1928, it is controlled by frequencies produced through two antennae–one controls volume, the other controls pitch–depending on the distance from each the performer positions his or her hands. The performer never touches the instrument. The theramin is enjoying quite the rebirth of late. Modern rock

Blackbird Guitars debuts eco-friendly Ekoa instruments at NAMM 2015

Among the more intriguing things we saw this year were manufacturers innovating with new materials to create more eco-friendly instruments. Blackbird Guitars, an acoustic instrument manufacturer based in California, showed off two new eco-friendly instruments in its lineup, the El Capitan guitar and the Clara ukulele. Both instruments are made entirely of a linen composite

IK Multimedia showcases iRig Mic Field at NAMM 2015

The iRig Mic Field is an upgraded version of the company’s previous version, the iRig Mic Cast. It is lightweight and roughly the size of a cheese cracker with an input that rotates 90 degrees for optimal positioning. Operation is simple: plug in, turn on your i-device’s recorder and the mic’s status indicator lights up

George Clinton brings funk to the Lennon Bus at NAMM 2015

George Clinton joined forces with the John Lennon Educational Tour bus at this year’s winter NAMM show to promote both music education and funk. Clinton was on hand Wednesday, Jan. 21 to mentor Berklee City Music Network students through a recording session on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Clinton appeared earlier the same day