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[ 28 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on NAMM 2015 H5 Zoom handheld recorder – TEC award winner ]
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 connect an optional Zoom condenser mic to suit your recording needs. We like the fact the mics can be swapped out, …

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[ 27 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on NAMM 2015 first listen: AKG K812 High Fidelity headphones ]
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 the K812 is an expensive, high-end headphone–but more on that later. “More” and “bigger” seem to be the K812‘s winning formula. The …

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[ 27 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Casio showcases four new digital pianos at NAMM 2015 ]
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 incredible musical performances that stopped us in our tracks. We digress–back to the gear.
The Privia series welcomes the PX-760 and PX …

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[ 27 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on NAMM 2015 first listen: Blue Mo-Fi high fidelity headphones ]
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 look and, most importantly, our first listen. Impression: awesome. This is the audiophile’s dream headphone–good looks, great sound and affordable price …

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[ 26 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards honors Slash, Nathan East, Ed Cherney ]
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 venerable contributors to the combined arts of technology and creativity: Nathan East, Ed Cherney and Slash.
While these names may need …

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[ 26 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Moog exhibits Theramini at NAMM 2015 ]
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 music has embraced this haunting, ethereal electronic machine whose otherworldly tones were first heard by many in retro sci-fi movies and …

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[ 26 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Blackbird Guitars debuts eco-friendly Ekoa instruments at NAMM 2015 ]
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 material. That’s right–Blackbird has developed a new plant-based material technology it calls Ekoa. The company describes Ekoa as “a proprietary, first-of-its …

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[ 26 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on IK Multimedia showcases iRig Mic Field at NAMM 2015 ]
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 to let you know it’s on and ready to go. The Mic Field has a gain control wheel and an …

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[ 24 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on George Clinton brings funk to the Lennon Bus at NAMM 2015 ]
George Clinton at 2015 NAMM Media Preview Day

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 before the media, dressed to his usual nines in a plaid three-piece suit and jaunty fedora, to speak on his passion about …