Winter NAMM 2013 kicked off today and new products are already showing themselves on the web this afternoon. Numark has released a new collection of controllers, most notable being the NS7 II. The main upgrade for the NS7 includes four channels instead of two on the previous version. They have also added sixteen MPC style pads to the unit for cues, looping, and slicing. The size is the same as the last one, so if you have the original then your case will still fit perfect. This is looking to be a proper upgrade for anybody’s aging NS7 or other controller. Check out the DJ TechTools video below for some visuals.
As far as DJ gear goes, this was the only “professional” product shown yet. Of course there is a ton of budget gear aimed for the bedroom DJ. Traditional musicians must really think DJing is joke. The DJ area of trade shows look more like Toys R Us with all its plastic and tiny toy DJ controllers then a pro audio section. They should make a Hello Kitty model. I did hear that a new Guitar Hero was being debuted in the stringed instrument area though. Not!
Producers and keyboardist’s eyes are bulging out by some cool new products by Dave Smith and Korg. Korg is coming in strong with it’s KingKorg synthesizer and Kaossalator Pro + while Dave Smith’s Prophet 12 is already being labeled, “best Prophet yet”. Although Korg’s KingKorg is virtual analog, it does include vacuum tube circuitry as well as control voltage outputs for more of an analog feel. The Prophet on the other hand is hybrid analog/digital and Dave Smith states, “After 35 years of creating synths, this is simply my best synth yet”. “We sort of started from scratch on this one rather than spinning off another product from our previous designs.” It will only cost $3000 as well. Let’s see how it sounds.
New products are still being announced and this topic will be updated accordingly. Stay tuned to DetroitTechnoHouse for the skinny on Winter NAMM 2013.