On a day that is supposed to be the most depressing day in the calendar (so-called Blue Monday - when the brain figures out that going to work for a third week after Christmas isn't a temporary thing - you're stuck with it until spring), I have taken to listening to long stints of Robert Wyatt and plenty of Dark Side Of The Moon to keep the demons away.
However there is plenty of good news this week with NAMM coming up in Anaheim and the promise of lots of news stories with new videos and technology. I had the good fortune to speak with John Price of Kenton Electronics over the weekend, who will be exhibiting alongside Andreas Scheider and the Schneidersladen - it seems that like most exhibitors they have new products to show off, which strangely enough is the topic of this post. So after sifting through all the pre-NAMM articles in the press what am I most looking forward to?
Roland's new synth
|Thanks to Attack Magazine|
Korg vs Behringer ARP Odyssey
|Thanks to Synthtopia|
Speaking as someone who found having a USB mixer a revelation and will be buying a whole new computer soon, this sort of thing may have come at just the right time in my hardware upgrade cycle but it all depends on the actual unit and driver support for Windows 8, 10 and Bigwig.
Highlighting lots of problems without providing a lot of concrete answers to these questions is frustrating to say the least, but hopefully we'll finally get an answer by the end of the week.
Expert Sleepers FH-1
Surprisingly, modular synth maker Expert Sleepers dropped the news story on their new module slightly early, the FH-1 USB MIDI interface. Finally a convenient module for adding connectivity to a modular synth over USB and nary a DIN SYNC plug to be seen - perfect for the modern music maker who just wants to plug in and go. A unit like this will mean much more straightforward integration with modern DAWs and modular setups and I can definitely see myself getting one if I ever went down the Eurorack route and not just for the amazing, fading bi-colour sockets.
And then there's also...
- Some sort of new Dave Smith synth? - click here
- Moog are reissuing their modular systems - click here
- Another new Nord keyboard! - click here
And this is not even scratching the surface of all the exhibitors, let alone all the guitar section, so there's plenty to keep busy with come January 22nd.
What are you looking forward to the most?