It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year since the last NAMM show, but this Wednesday marks the Press Open Day of the National Association of Music Manufaturers show in Anaheim. While there is a smaller event at the end of the year (Winter NAMM), this is THE show for all the big music and instrument manufacturers to bring out their new wares for public inspection. While a lot of the products aren't available immediately, it gives the music community an idea of what toys to expect coming out across 2014 and generally foster some gear acquisition syndrome.
Of recent years, software companies have begun pulling out of the show in droves, with Native Instruments leading the way, meaning that NAMM is pretty much a big hardware show with all the latest analogue and digital synths, modular systems, drum kits, guitars and the like. No matter what sort of music you play, like or produce, there's always something new to take a look at/
So what am I interested in this for? Nord, Moog and Waldorf have all been touting new synthesisers, whilst the buzz for Roland's Aria drum machine is still at a fever pitch. Bitwig have already announced that they will finally be debuting their long-awaited DAW at the show, so this in particular is pretty awesome.
Keep an eye open for show coverage from all the big music technology sites, including Sonic State, Music Radar/Future Music, Gear4Music amongst many others and previous years have shown how quickly journalists can cover the show by conducting interviews, shooting video and grabbing audio footage of the event and posting it up online. YouTube is expected to get flooded over the next few days as teams get across the huge exhibition floor and I can't wait to see what else is coming.