Jan 11

Forget Christmas – January is the Month for Music Makers



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.


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.


2013 saw a great deal of software development in DAWs and plug-ins so I am sure this will continue. I wish the DAW manufactures will bring enhancements to the existing DAWs rather than bring out a new DAW version before you have had time to get to grips with the previous version. Plug-Ins must all be 64 bit and I look forward to a time when 32 bit do not exist but in the meantime we need all DAWS to be able to bridge our 32 bit to 64 – i hope you agree.

Technology in monitor screens seems to still be moving ahead, with not only touch screens but higher quality, especially as we are all looking forward to having TVs with four times HD quality – Wow!

As a lover of Native Instruments Maschine – this company just grows from strength to strength and has hit us hard with new products, upgrades and expansions throughout 2013 – will they be doing the same for 2014 and where do they keep getting new ideas?

Roland V-Drums are still leading with their awesome TD30, but will there be a TD40 kit this year? Korg seem to have been concentrating on smaller products and catering for folk who want to have a minute setup they can take anywhere. I like some of these products, but it is like having a load of toys and not knowing what to play with.

Studio Monitors continue to develop and it was good to see last year that companies like M-Audio were providing such little beauties as the M3-8’s that do not break the bank but sound fantastic. I would like to see something called “The Home Studio Monitor” that are not designed for the professional studio but have been particular created for the best flat frequency response in the smaller home studio. It is easy to say that particular monitors are OK for the small home studio, but what about having something that is awesome in the home studio environment?

Not long to wait now – it will soon be the 15th January 2014.

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