Tag: NAMM

NAMM 2016: She Rocks Awards celebrates women in music

Friday, January 22, The NAMM Show celebrated outstanding women in music with dynamic performances and an array of honorees at the 2016 She Rocks Awards. The She Rocks Awards is held by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN); WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitar shredder Nita Strauss hosted this year’s festivities. The evening’s list of artists and

NAMM 2016: The ONE Smart Piano teaches how to play

Times, they are a’changing. Music education evolves right along with them. When we learned to play piano in an era long gone the best teachers granted lessons only to those of us fortunate enough to enjoy homes furnished with spendy upright acoustic pianos. Holy grail grand pianos were so out of reach for the average working

NAMM 2016: 31st NAMM TEC Awards honors Don Was, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

We so dig attending the TEC Awards each year at The NAMM Show. It never fails to thrill, to delight, to educate and to entertain–yes, even when we’re eagerly awaiting the excited winner for Best Signal Processing Software. Trust us, you have to be there. It’s a long show. There’s a lot of cheering. This year was equally

NAMM 2016: IK Multimedia showcases mount, page turner, clip mic

This year we made our annual swing by the IK Multimedia booth where cool things are always afoot. Here are a few of their many offerings that caught our eye this year: iKLIP A/V: “The first smartphone broadcast mount for pro-quality audio/video.” HANDY. That was our first thought upon taking a gander at the presser for

NAMM 2016: Corning Optical offers high performance cables

High performance cabling is cool and all but we confess: We’re also in this one for the kitsch. Might this be the same Corning of CorningWare fame? That iconic white ceramic glass cookware with its blue flowery trademark that shaped so many childhood kitchen memories? Yep–and while Corning no longer owns the CorningWare line, it was that

NAMM 2016: A groovy return to Moog’s Island of Electronicus

The 70s were a groovy time. This year Moog’s 2016 NAMM booth took us back to its seminal 1971 Moog Island of Electronicus, in tribute to the company’s first successful immersive marketing event/experience of the same name and vibe. The original Moog Island of Electronicus event was held on an island off the coast of Florida and

NAMM 2016: Strumstick design ensures no wrong notes

Sometimes progress is achieved through reverse engineering, by the stripping down of the burliest thing to its leanest bones. The good folks at McNally Instruments’ Strumstick have done just that with their innovative, three-stringed instrument of the same name. Strumstick ensures that, fumble as you may across its fretboard, you simply cannot produce a wrong note. Daunted by the

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