[AH] NAMM Report 1

From Mike Peake
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NAMM Report One


There appears to be less analog this year than even in the previous 
"off year" show..

Showing: EOS from France, Moog Music, Technosaurus/Sherman/Analogue 
Solutions/Analogue Systems/Metasonix (at Sweet Noise),  etc.

Hello to Dave, Nick, Albert and all of the Sonic State crew. Hitting 
NAMM directly after a 16-hour flight isn't fun=8A Then again, I hit 
Messe setup right off of the jet a couple of years ago myself. I just 
don't remember much after that ;-)

I hear that Dieter Doepfer will only be showing at Messe from now on, 
or for a while, whichever. It's a shame as it's always a pleasure to 
see his enthusiasm for the gear and the music, as well as all of the 
neat modules. I was hoping to see a touch keyboard/sequencer in final 
shipping condition.

Korg: Only heard the WS software for a moment but there must be 
resonant filters. It sounded sweeter and cleaner than the WS (IIRC, 
the amp envelope of the WS isn't the best at several milliseconds, 
just a touch dirty). The scaled MS20 controller is an absolute 
hoot-It really tweaks to see it, having seen the original when it was 
new in stores. It has 1/8" jacks IIRC that I'd heard as scanned and 
reflected in the software.

How incredibly fun. How cool that they actually did this as a lead-in 
to the software.

Those who are looking for MS endcaps and knobs are still SOL-so 
close, so far away.

Yes, Kurzweil have a VA, and It's a large machine. Didn't get a 
chance to hear it, but it's named the VA-1. It's 16 voices and is 
4-part multitimbral. Each multitimbral part has its own FX. External 
signals can be processed.


The anadigm "analog synth" is a developer mock-up using their field 
programmable analog array chips, which have four blocks each, and 
each of which can be used to build filters, oscillators, etc. One 
chip can produce an oscillator and a 12dB filter, each with a 
7-octave range, self-oscillation, etc. (a bi-quad based oscillator, 
BTW). More range, deeper slopes, etc. use more blocks, and of course, 
the more chips you use, the more potential is provided. They can also 
do non-linear functions such as EQ, compression, etc. It's a 5V 
unipolar part.

They will be producing the chips for the market, not developing a 
synth. IIRC they're $5.00 each.  They're downstairs in booth 1790.


Marc of MESI show the EOS "bug" modular analog stompboxes, with 
artwork designed by AH member Denis "lepetitmartien". The BodyWave 
CV->MIDI converter will be a great companion to the Nord Modular G2..

The prototype "Persephone" is a single-oscillator synth whose control 
section is the kicker-a "ribbon" to determine pitch and a wooden disc 
that you press to produce both velocity and gating of the audio. The 
ribbon can override the disc if desired. CV outs will be provided. 
Possible target price-500E.


Come to the Sweet Noise/Big City Music booth and point at the geeks. 
I mean, check out the great gear, and say hi to Peter Grenader, Erik 
Barbour of Metasonix, Bob Williams, Roger Cordell and myself.

Studio Electronics are showing their line, including the Omega 8, SE 
stuff, ATC, etc. as well as the analog pedal effects, including a new 
one, the Wolf Tone=8Aand the mic pre and 1176-type stereo compressor.


Bob Williams is showing the new 6-voice DCO additive synth module 
from his Analogue Systems line, featuring the large 8500 series 


The new Analogue Solutions Oberheim SEM clone is there,  and it's 
named the SEMBLANCE. It sits in a sloping, self-contained metal case, 
has MIDI, two small, light blue LEDs for the triggering of each 
envelope, adds a noise source to the original stand-alone SEM 
concept, and is supposedly 700E.

The Filtered Coffee module, Red Square monosynth, Black Coffee 
monosynth, and VOSTOCK modular are available for tweaking as well.


Bob Moog celebrates 50 years in the music business! Congratulations and Than=
The new Voyager with the blue back-lit front panel text and graphics 
is sex. No more excuses regarding not being able to use something 
onstage in the dark. This is so obvious that it's changed my 
expectation of other gear.

Alesis show the multiple, international award-wining Andromeda A6 
polyphonic analog synthesizer. And some other stuff too.

Okay, the ION is on display, as well as its kid brother, the Micron. 
It will be a bit unusual to play due to the wheel position etc., but 
it looks fun and will probably have a great price point as well as 
ION program cross-compatability, IIRC.

Alesis also showed a couple of FX devices, more details in other reports.


Akai show the MPC1000, a very small unit which seems to have "that" 
MPC feel. The interface was a bit obtuse as you may expect from 
something small enough to force several controls from the front panel 
into menus. It's 32 voice, and each voice has a pair of 12dB filters. 
There are two MIDI in and two MIDI out jacks. It comes with 16MB 
standard, and can be expanded to 128MB. It has internal FLASH memory. 
It'll do drag-and-drop transfer with a USB computer. The type 2 
compact flash memory card slot allows use of 32Meg to 2Gig cards.

It's a 44.1KHz/16-bit machine.


Mackie have several new analog mixers, the ONYX line, IIRC. New mic 
pres, etc. as well as a big knob controller for your audio outputs 
(switching, volume, etc.)


Apple have a long booth right next to the long Digidesign booth. 
Definitely a statement.


That's all I saw today, as it was a quick run-through. Hello to 
musicplayer.com forum member Steve Fortner; didn't mean to chase you 
off of the Kurzweil, and David Bryce as well, showing the ADAM 
monitors in the basement at booth 1633. The S3a and below are there. 
Yes, I'm an ADAM owner and enthusiast and want you to hear them ASAP. 
I don't get a kickback, just the joy of knowing that you're going to 
enjoy the experience.

Mike Peake, Your Postwar Administrator



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