Jan 24

Best of Namm 2014

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The NAMM show is such a great event running from 23 January 2014 to 26 January 2014 in its usual location of Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, although I have seen there will also be a Namm show in Russia in September 2014.

Sometimes the companies build the hype to such an extent that you feel a little let down when you see the new products, but as you dig a little deeper, there is normally something for everyone. Whether it is precisely what you are after is another matter but you can easily get drawn in and dream of possibilities for you.

For me, I have my own selection of goodies from the show, so apart from the four that we have already looked at:- ROLAND FA-06 and FA-08 Synth Workstation, ROLAND RD-800 Stage Piano, ROLAND TM-2 Trigger Module and M-AUDIO Finger Trigger Pro, my favourites are:-

NORD AI
ARTURIA SPARK 2
IZOTOPE BREAKTWEAKER
ELEKTRON THE ANALOG RYTM
KORG TRITON TAKTIL
WAVES: ABBEY ROAD REEL ADT,
KORG GADGET SYNTH STUDIO FOR IPAD
KORG KEYTAR RK-100S

It looks like ROLAND VT-3 VOCAL TRANSFORMER and ROLAND ARIA will not be at NAMM 2014 and following Waldorf’s tease of possibly a new synth, nothing as materialised as yet.

I hope to look at the above in a little more detail, so stay tuned

Jan 22

Namm 2014 – New Product – M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro

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Hot off the press as Namm 2014 starts its journey is the new M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro USB Controller with Step Sequencer. Is this M-Audio’s answer to Native Instruments Maschine. It certainly is a colourful piece of hardware with just as impressive software containing over 8 GB of instruments, one-shots, loops & so much more.

Like the Maschine and MPC it has 16 Pads which M-Audio say are ultra-responsive with illuminated RGB feedback. I like the fact that you get Hybrid 3 High Definition Synth by AIR Music Tech plus 16 custom drum kits from Black Anomaly (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown). Also you get 10 great loop expansion packs from those guys at Prime Loops and 5 Artist Sound Packs from ToolRoom Records. In all there are over 2000 combined artist patches and presets for Hybrid 3 and Prime Loops content for only $399- Wow

I must say that I like their slogan “Weapon of Mass Production”

Jan 18

New Roland TM-2 Trigger Module

Another unexpected new product from Roland is the new Roland TM-2 Trigger Module. There have also been quite a few rumours about a new drum machine based on the Roland 808 and I hope to bring you details of this when it is launched next week at NAMM 2014. Will Roland have any other surprises for us next week?

Anyway the Roland TM-2 Trigger Module is aimed at acoustic drummers who want to electronic sounds to their existing setup and/or beef up their acoustic sounds with a layer of electronics.

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Jan 16

The second new Roland Product that caught my eye was the new Roland RD-800 Piano

This You Tube Clip from Keyboard Mag does an excellent job of showing just how good this Piano is. It is a quality instrument but will cost you £1799 but watching this I am sure you will think it is worth it.

I had an RD-150 some years ago and loved it. I always remember its simple quick two track recorder for quickly putting ideas. There is now a much better version on the RD-800 allowing you to record as a wav file on a USB stick.
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Jan 15

Roland FA-06 and Roland FA-08 Workstation

 

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I was really looking forward to finding out what new products Roland would be announcing today for their first quarter of 2014 just prior to Namm 2014.

At first, I was a little disappointed as their are not many and their didn’t appear to be anything ‘new’ in the true sense of the word. On closer inspection their are a couple of interesting additions and to start with I want to have a look at the new FA synth workstations that come in two sizes the FA-06 (61 key) and the weighted action FA-08 (88 note).

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Jan 11

Forget Christmas – January is the Month for Music Makers

 

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January is my Christmas with the anticipation of what is to come. On the 15th January, Roland are to announce their new products and from the 23rd to 26th January 2014 we have the famous Namm show from Anaheim Convention Centre, 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802.

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So what are we likely to see in 2014? Will it be something new from access like a Ti 3 or something outstanding from Yamaha to put to bed the MOTIF and MOX series for good. I am sad to see the undeveloped Roland Fantom 8. In my opinion there is nothing like it out there. It had so much potential. I truly hope that if Roland bring out another 88 note synth it has a fantastic piano action keyboard like the Fantom 8 unlike the MOTIF or the Kronos who quite frankly should supply a much better key action for the cost.

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Jan 2

Well its that all important month for new products and here is one for the start of the month – the new Voicelive 3 from TC Helicon explained excellently by Tom Lang.

Vocals are the main ingrediant here and VoiceLive 3 has an arsenal of powerful vocal effects with 11 independent effects blocks and over 180 different styles. Preset, yes we love presets and the VoiceLive 3 provides you with over 250 and over 1000+ more can be downloaded for free.

It is packed with improvements and additions from its previous model the VoiceLive 2 with new Harmony modes – Pedal, Fixed, and Mixed-Mode – for expanded voicing and musical possibilities. There is also a new Authentic Vocoder with voice-controlled polyphonic synth and robot modes which allow you to play your voice like an instrument.

TC Helicon have also made improvements to its vocal effects with harmonies and doubling tones that sound better than before with use of new delay filters and hardTune styles.

Designed for vocal / guitarist it is also packed with guitar effects and amp simulations that will compete with the best guitar pedal boards out there.

Add to this an awesome looper with 45 minutes of loop time, you can get so creative with this. Have a look at the clip and try the VoiceLive 3 out at your nearest stockist.

Lets hope the rest of January brings more great new products. Bookmark me for further updates.
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Jan 1

happy new year 2014

A Happy New Year to you all. Thanks very much for all your support throughout 2013 and it will be great to see you again in 2014.

Have a great Year in your music ventures.

Best Wishes
Tony

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