Some of the main reasons to attend The NAMM Show are products, products and more products. But if you can’t attend the show or you do attend and would rather not have to write down all the information about a plethora of new product releases, here is your one-stop resource for the latest new products The NAMM Show has to offer. Due to tight printing deadlines, not everything could make this issue, so check out the February issue for plenty more product writeups.
Make a Move
CHAUVET DJ introduced GigBAR Move, now with moving heads. This next generation of lighting represents the culmination of feedback from CHAUVET DJ end users and thoughtful solutions from in-house product developers. GigBAR Move is a five-in-one, pack-and-go lighting system with two 10-watt, quad-colored (RGB+UV) LED moving heads, wash PARs, derbies, strobes and laser dynamics all on one bar. The unit comes ready for effortless setup with a tripod and wireless footswitch, along with a user-friendly LCD menu that makes programming a cinch, stated the company. GigBAR Move is positioned as the next tier in entertainment-lighting standards, making its debut as a convenient yet powerful choice for mobile entertainers.
Electro-Harmonix unveiled the compact 5MM Guitar Power Amplifier, which produces 2.5 watts and can be connected directly to an 8 Ω – 16 Ω speaker cabinet. The 5MM is equipped with a volume-control and a bright/norm switch which, when engaged, adds top boost or presence to the signal. The 5MM comes equipped with a power supply.
The ProX X-BP8X30-10X24 Baseplate Dolly is a base plate storage system and transport system. This rolling dolly has fitted racks for base plates to be stacked vertically, saving time when you set up or tear down an event. The dual fit allows each cart to hold either 10 24-inch or eight 30-inch baseplates (24-inch and 30-inch baseplates cannot be mixed on a single cart). In addition to the transport of both steel and/or aluminum baseplates, there are four telescoping brackets that come out of the cart frame, which allow the cart to carry one stick of truss on each side. Four industrial-grade full-swivel wheels (two with brakes) also allow for a much more maneuverable cart.
The XT-B Bass Profiler by SIM1 allows a bass player the opportunity to have unlimited basses with one pedal. It is not midi, and it is not sampling: It is an innovative technology never seen before, which SIM1 calls Smart Tone Shaping (STS patented technology), and it makes the XT-B capable of learning or profiling the sound characteristics of a bass and modeling it to perfectly reproduce the sound of any other bass guitars, with no latency or digital artifacts, stated the company. A musician can choose his/her favorite bass profile among the presets included in the device.
Nothing Fake About It
Hal Leonard published its first-ever “The Drummer’s Fake Book.” It provides a virtual mental warehouse of songs that drummers need to know. With more than 250 songs, “The Drummer’s Fake Book” features easy-to-use drum charts with kit legends and lyric cues, making it simple for drummers to learn tons of new songs in a quick amount of time. The book also boasts songs from a large variety of genres and artists, giving players a well-rounded lineup of songs to add to their repertoire. Songs featured include: “Give It Away” (Red Hot Chili Peppers), “Jump” (Van Halen), “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin), “Seven Nation Army” (White Stripes), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), “Take Five” (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), ”The Girl From Ipanema” (Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberta) and hundreds more.
The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Rhythm Tech introduced the 12-inch Palma Djembe Selvato, a PVC Djembe designed to deliver warm highs, punchy mids and booming lows. It’s top-tuning hardware makes tuning a breeze with a standard drum key, eliminating the need for special wrenches, stated the company. The internal snare provides percussionists with many new options. The exclusive snare on-and-off selector empowers players to go from traditional Djembe to modern backbeat with a quick flip of a switch. Its topside drum key tuning makes head changes and tuning fast and easy, and its superior-quality PVC shell delivers projection and stronger attack, stated the manufacturer.
Put it Into Overdrive
Teisco released two new drive pedals, the Teisco Overdrive and Teisco Distortion. These combine Teisco’s bold visual and inspiring takes on classic tones, bringing the brand’s analog collection up to five pedals. Both products offer boutique quality at an accessible price point with plenty of controls thanks to their switchable modes and the Distortion’s independent gain boost (aptly named MORE), stated the company. They feature all-analog circuitry, sleek high-gloss designs, extra-tough zinc alloy enclosures and a textured base plate for stronger Velcro-adhesion, for which Teisco is known.
Basso Straps Brazil has launched what it states is the world’s first 100-percent recyclable guitar strap, the EcoStrap. It’s 100-percent manufactured from a non-animal laminated synthetic material called Vegan Premium. It is also 100-percent Phthalate Free, 100-percent Hydrolosis Free and 100-percent recyclable, stated the company.
It’s a Lock
Schaller introduced S-Locks. Each set features one-piece hardened-steel strap buttons, aesthetic design, perfect handling and a lock wheel, stated the company. The one-piece strap button is offered in hardened steel with self-tapping wood thread. The lock features extended thread length for holding straps of up to six millimeters thickness and a lock wheel with three-step security function.
Bright and Cheery
Mighty Bright debuted its newest clip-on music light, the fully rechargeable BrightFlex. A mainstay for working musicians on the road, this two-in-one light features a battery bank capable of providing at least a 50-percent charge to a standard smartphone and is also perfect for backstage, travelers, artists or for anyone who needs bright portable light and backup power, stated the company. The BrightFlex’s eight LEDs provide up to 90 lumens of bright white light in three brightness settings and come with a 13-foot micro USB cable and a lightweight gig bag. It disassembles easily into three parts so the battery bank can be used separately. The BrightFlex can also plug into any USB port for charging and use. The battery lasts on the highest brightness setting for up to eight hours, and up to 45 hours on low.
Carolina in My Mind
MusicMedic’s The Wilmington Flute is made in the same factory as its Wilmington Clarinets with the same CNC machining and build quality. The Wilmington Flute has key work and tolerances that are comparable to flutes costing much more, stated the company. Players who’ve tried this flute are impressed with the feel of the keys, the overall tone and “The Ring” in the upper register, added MusicMedic.
The Cello Cover is a new addition to the Maloney StageGear Covers line for 2020. Like other covers in the line, it is reversible, silver to black. Use the silver heat reflective side when outdoors to block the sun’s heat and UV rays. Use the black side indoors to keep gear dust-free or simply obscured and inconspicuous when positioned on stage while other bands are performing. It includes an attached pocket to keep a bow nearby and protected as well. The cover is made from durable polyester with an acrylic coating, has reinforced edges and is water repellant. At 49 inches in height and 29 inches in width (at bottom) the cover will fit most standard-size cellos. The bow pocket measures 30 inches by 2 inches and has a Velcro flap closure.
Make a Connection
Kirlin Industries Inc. released the IWCC-201PN, offering new colors, new patterns and even new connectors. The IWCC will be available in a variety of seven colors: purple, blue, green, orange, red, yellow and classic black, which has become more of a metallic silver. This sleek redesign not only gives the cable a smoother feel but allows for better portability with its new compact housing and packaging, stated the company.
Rock the Vote
This year is a big election year, and with that in mind, C.F. Martin & Co. and artist Robert F. Goetzl have collaborated with David Crosby to produce a special-edition art guitar aimed at encouraging young people to actively participate in the nation’s election system. The D-16E Rock the Vote Special Edition is crafted with satin-finished sycamore back and sides for clear and transparent overtones with a punchy response, and a Sitka spruce gloss top for balanced tone and projection. It includes a high-performance neck taper for ease of playability up and down the fretboard and comes equipped with Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT2 electronics. The D-16E Rock the Vote Special Edition is strung with Martin Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 light-gauge strings.
May the Force Be With This Book
Alfred Music launched “Solos, Duets, Trios for Strings: Movie Favorites.” Adaptable and flexible to anyone’s needs, it encourages playing in a variety of combinations. Featuring three written parts for every song, the arrangements are designed so that the top line is the melody (Part 1), the second line (Part 2) creates a duet and the third line (Part 3) forms a trio. It features 19 of the most familiar and popular movie themes ever. Titles include “As Time Goes By,” “Can You Read My Mind?” (Love Theme from Superman), “Cantina Band,” “Family Portrait,” “From Russia with Love,” “Gonna Fly Now” (Theme from Rocky), “Hedwig’s Theme,” “The Great Escape March,” “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme), “May the Force Be with You,” “James Bond Theme,” “The Magnificent Seven” (Main Title), “Over the Rainbow,” “Shallow,” “Song from M*A*S*H” (Suicide Is Painless), and “Star Wars” (Main Title).
Station to Station
The PreSonus ioStation 24c audio interface and production controller delivers the tools needed for both audio recording and DAW control in a compact, ergonomic desktop design that will fit into any home studio. The new interface/controller combines the recording capabilities of the Studio Series USB-C 24-bit, 192-kilohertz audio interfaces with the functionality of the FaderPort USB production controller, stated the company. It features two of PreSonus’ XMAX Class-A analog mic preamps, along with audiophile-grade, highdefinition 24-bit, 192-kilohertz analog-to-digital converters, for professional-quality recording and monitoring. The XMAX preamp is known for its high headroom, deep lows, smooth highs and rich overall sound.
Amahi added UK-110 Sopranino to its ukulele line. Made from mahogany, these tiny ukes offer intermediate quality at an entry-level price, stated the company. Each comes standard with Aquila strings, chrome guitar-style tuners and a padded gig bag. Available in six colors: green, red, purple, gold, blue and natural mahogany.
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Make a Cameo
Adam Hall Group’s OPUS X Profile Cameo is a high-power profile moving head that generates a luminous flux of 33,000 lumens and 72,000 lux illuminance at 5m. In combination with a CMY color mixing system, as well as a zoom range of 6 degrees to 48 degrees, it enables even projections without disturbing hotspots even in the most demanding environments. The Profile Moving Head works completely flicker-free thanks to selectable PWM frequencies up to 25 kilohertz for particularly critical use in theater and broadcast applications. Further features of the OPUS X Profile include a rotating animation wheel, a rotating gobo wheel (six indexable and rotatable interchangeable glass gobos plus open), a static gobo wheel (seven interchangeable glass gobos plus open), a rotatable and indexable circular five-facet prism, linear six-facet prism plus a variable frost filter for wash light effects.
Casio America Inc. introduced its Casiotone CT-S300 and LK-S250 electronic keyboards. Weighing in at six pounds, both electronic keyboards offer a refreshed, modern and ultra-portable design. The slim chassis features 61 full-size keys and a built-in carrying handle, ideal for playing on the go. Each model has an easy-to-read LCD display and intuitive controls that enable players to get started quickly. Built-in speakers, a 1/8-inch headphone output and a 1/8-inch audio input mean users can enjoy sharing their music with friends or plug in their headphones to play on their own. Each keyboard also offers 400 tones, 77 rhythms, Dance Music Mode with 50 styles of EDM, USB-MIDI and more. Additionally, both models are compatible with the Chordana Play app.
Godin Guitars launched the Radiator, intended to provide originality, tone and playability. It also features a matching body faceplate, a Silver Leaf Maple Neck, Custom Godin Humbuckers and twin volume and tone controls. This model also includes a Chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, Rosewood fretboard and Wraparound bridge. The Radiator comes in three finish options: Matte Black, Trans Cream and Bourbon Burst.
Gator Cases released the G-Tour Lounge case, offering a self-contained seating solution that provides protection, durability and comfortable seating while touring. This unassuming plywood road case quickly transforms into a full furniture set including two cushioned chairs, two ottomans and a large tabletop. The two chairs feature bright red overstuffed cushions with a large storage drawer in the base. The G-Tour Lounge lid has four legs that unfold to become a table with a surface area of 48 inches by 32 inches. The exterior features a black laminate coating and commercial-grade hardware including Gator signature red, spring-loaded rubber-gripped handles and red recessed twitch latches. Once the system is packed up in case form, it can be transported on the eight Penn-Elcom four-inch heavy-duty casters, four of which lock when needed.
Sound the French Horn
E.K. Blessing introduced the Performance Series Double French Horn BFH1461ND. The Performance Series Double French Horn with string linkage offers accessibility and value for the aspiring student, stated the company. Specs of the product include: key of F/Bb, string linkage/mechanical change valve, Kruspe wrap, .472-inch bore, large bell throat, 12.25-inch nickel silver detachable bell, nickel-plated rose brass leadpipe, nickelplated tuning slides, clear lacquer finish, Blessing MC French horn mouthpiece and Blessing C1461FRD lightweight compact screw bell case.
Ibanez’s EHB (Ergonomic Headless Bass) line of basses features headless construction and a specially designed body that allows the player to maintain a similar playing position whether seated or standing, stated the company. The contoured, ergonomic design and chambered body make for a lightweight, well-balanced and comfortable instrument that’s excellent for long sets or practice sessions. There is an extended relief cut on the back of the body behind the lower horn for easier upper-fret access. Also, the top half of the back of the body is slanted, which allows the bass to rest slightly closer to the player’s body for better control and a more ergonomic feel. The EHB line is divided into the EHB1000 series and EHB1500 series. The EHB1000 series basses feature an American Basswood body and a five-piece roasted Maple/Walnut neck for well-balanced tone and clear attack. The Roasted Maple neck and fretboard are heat-treated to increase stability, durability, moisture resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The EHB1500 series basses feature a figured Poplar Burl top on an African Mahogany body. This combination offers warm tones and rich resonance, stated the company. Premium models are also equipped with stainless-steel frets and luminescent side dot inlays.
Getting to the CORE
YouTubers, sound designers, podcasters, vloggers and other content creators who want to capture authentic immersive audio for their projects can now do so with ease, thanks to the launch of DPA Microphones’ 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone. At its heart is a pair of 4060 CORE Miniature Microphones mounted on two ear hooks and sitting just outside the user’s ear canal (like a pair of earbuds). This makes it possible to directly capture the sound heard by the person making the recording, stated the company. The ear hooks are attached to a flexible headset that is simple to fit, comfortable to wear and easily adjusted to suit the dimensions of each individual head. Foam screens are supplied with the microphones to secure their position and offer damping of wind noise.
Touch of Grey
D’Addario, with the help of Warner Music Artist Services, has taken on the vast art portfolio of the Grateful Dead to release a line of Grateful Dead licensed products. A line of woven-nylon guitar straps featuring two designs in four different colors and one 10-pack celluloid pick design available in two colorways is available now. These nylon-woven straps feature Grateful Dead logo artwork, dancing bears and steal-your-face icons in four different colorways. The picks are available in black and white celluloid 10-packs in medium .70mm gauge and feature classic Grateful Dead icons.
Master FX announced two new products; Atlas and Impact. Atlas, an advanced LED Fog Generator, features 30x 10-watt RGBAW LEDs and dual high-intensity pumps for plumes up to 50 feet. The 1,700-watt machine produces 20-second continuous bursts of fog at 100-percent output, simulating cryo effects without the hassle of CO2, stated the company. Additional features include two dmx modes (nine and 19 channel), multi-angle mounting and the specially formulated fog fluid APEX for thick white plumes that dissipate in 30 seconds with no residual moisture. Master FX also unveiled Impact, an FX Cannon Control Station. Users can command the Impact by switch pack, 3&5 pin dmx, pyro controller or wireless remote, all with universal power. Another feature that sets Impact apart is the 360-degree positioning that gives the user limitless angles, stated the company.
Due to the many requests that Pirastro Strings has received from double bassists, it announced the addition of a solo-tuning set to its popular Perpetual bass string line, the Perpetual Bass Solo Tuning Set. Its fundamental tone and articulate bow response make it an ideal string for solo-tuning performances, stated the company.
A Solid Choice
Yamaha debuted a fashionable lineup of fresh color options for the Pacifica 112V and 112VM solid-body electrics, the TRBX304/305 and TRBX504/505 basses, and the SLG200S and SLG200N SILENT guitars. Style-savvy guitarists take note: The ever-popular Pacifica 112V electric guitars are now available in elegant Vintage White and United Blue finishes. Ice Blue and Gray finishes offered on Pacifica 112VM guitars beautifully complement their maple fingerboards. Bassists, too, will appreciate the chic simplicity of the Factory Blue finish offered on four-string TRBX304 and five-string TRBX305 basses, as well as the earthy richness of the Brick Burst finish available on the TRBX504 and TRBX505, stated the company. The new Crimson Red Burst finish continues a bold and modern aesthetic and is available on the SLG200S steel-string and SLG200N nylon-string Silent Guitars.
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Surfing With the Alien
IK Multimedia, in partnership with Joe Satriani, presents its newest artist signature collection, AmpliTube Joe Satriani. Available for Mac/PC, iPhone and iPad, it lets users play, practice and record using precise models of the guitarist’s amps and pedals, created alongside Satriani himself. IK’s Dynamic Interaction Modeling technology was used to capture every nuance and character of Satriani’s rig. AmpliTube Joe Satriani features six stompboxes and three amps, including: Pedals: Satch Wah, modeled after a Vox BBW Wah; Satch Dist, modeled after an early ‘80s, Japanese-made BOSS DS-1; Satch Overdrive, modeled after an early ‘80s, Japanese-made BOSS OD-1; Tube Overdrive, modeled after a mid-80s Chandler Tube Driver; Satch Octave, modeled after a Fulltone Ultimate Octave; and Boston 100, modeled after an ’82 Scholz Rockman. It also includes: Satch VM, modeled after Satriani’s Marshall JVM410HJS signature head, and Satch SJ50, modeled after a ‘93 Peavey 5159, both with matching cabinets, and Boston 100, an expanded version of the ’82 Scholz Rockman model with stereo mode and cabinet modeling.
The Stage Is Set
On-Stage debuted its GBU4100 Series of Ukulele Gig Bags, featuring 360 degrees of padded coverage with a highly durable woven outer shell that’s built to withstand the rigors of the road, stated the company. Setting the GBU4100 apart from other uke bags is its heavy-duty stitching and bolstered anchor points. A rigid external edge piping retains the bag’s shape so that a player’s ukulele is always in the optimum internal position, surrounded by On-Stage’s time-tested and abuse-absorbing padded-armor enclosure. Available in four different models, the Ukulele Gig Bags also boast both a rugged handle for briefcase-style handling and two adjustable backpack straps for hands-free transport. Zippered pouches ideal for housing tuners, picks, strings and other accessories round out the features of the bag.