NAMM 2014: live highlights
24th Jan 2014 | 12:40
Winter NAMM 2014, 23-26 January
NAMM 2014: After weeks of rumours, counter-rumours, teases and - just occasionally - some cold, hard facts, the 2014 Winter NAMM Show is finally here. Unquestionably the biggest date in the music making equipment calendar, the event is a mecca for anyone who wants to see the latest and greatest guitar, tech, drum, DJ and every other kind of musical gear.
Naturally, then, MusicRadar is there in force, working day and night to bring you up-to-the-minute news, videos and photos. Meanwhile, the UK team will be focussing on bringing you details of all the biggest new products as the press releases roll in.
You'll find every single one of our articles on our NAMM 2014 hub page, but if you want to keep up-to-date with what's happening on the show floor, our live gallery is the place to be. We'll be keeping it updated throughout the show, so click through for all the action...
Bitwig Studio release date confirmed!
Two years after announcing its exciting DAW, Bitwig is finally ready to go.
Bitwig Studio will be released on 26 March 2014. What's more, we know how much it'll cost - $399/€299 for the download version. There's plenty of info and an in-depth video demo at the link below.
Charvel stand in pictures
This year, we're aiming to bring you more gear and stand pics than ever before, and we've already been on the showfloor ahead of the official opening.
Keep an eye out for all the big hitters over the net feew days. First up then, Charvel!
Fender reveals four new strats
Advanced digital Fishman TriplePlay and Select Strat amongst new models
Stunning new Marshall Custom Shop Tattoo amps
Marshall Amplification launch stunning new Custom Shop Tattoo amps, but which design would you buy?
M-Audio's venerable workhorse reborn
Whenever the subject of 'best MIDI pad controllers' comes up, one product that always enters the discussion is M-Audio's ageing Trigger Finger. Released in 2005, this has been used by countless producers, and now, finally, there's a successor: the Trigger Finger Pro.
Guthrie Govan Signature finally here
The long-awaited signature model, which has been in development for some time, put in an appearance at the Charvel stand in Anaheim, and we were there to see it.
Having been through various permutations and vigorous road testing by the man himself, the final model appears to be identical to the prototype Govan demonstrated on the Charvel site back in September.
Hands-on demo of Elektron's Analog Rytm
Millenium Falcon CDJ
Possibly our favourite thing we've seen so far at this year's NAMM show, over on the Pioneer booth.
Mega modular mayhem
We're not even sure what was actually going on at this booth. We like it though.
Hands-on with the Korg MS-20 Kit
We must admit we were disappointed to find out that only a limited number of Korg's new MS-20 kits are due to hit the market, as they'll probably all be sold out by the time we can save up the $1000+ price tag.
We enjoyed testing this fully constructed unit on the show floor, however. True to Korg's claims, this reconstructed synth sounds noticably brighter than one would expect a classic MS-20 to, due to its brand new, yet to be aged components. It sounds great nonetheless, and we're sure these kits will age nicely into warm sounding instruments. The full size keys are a breath of fresh air after playing the MS-20 mini last year too.
Unnecessary cardboard woman
Clearly the company behind this booth decided that their display of XLR connectors wasn't sufficiently exciting on its own. Not a worry, just slap an entirely unrelated cardboard cutout of a woman in a bikini next to it. Problem solved.
Welcome to the mentality of NAMM.
Moog chocolate anyone? Oh, and there's a Sub 37 video demo too
You'll have to make do with a detailed video rundown of the new Moog Sub 37's features and capabilities, as well as confirmed specs. As some had predicted, the synth is based on the Sub Phatty engine, and can be played in monophonic and Duo-Paraphonic modes.
We also nabbed some Moog hydration - analog filtered, we assume. (Sorry).
BONUS MOOG GOODNESS
Fender 60th Anniversary Commemorative Strat video
60th Anniversary of the Strat treats from the Fender stand at NAMM. We get the lowdown on the 2014-only Commemorative Strat.
If Arturia's new BeatStep's build quality matches its looks, this smart little hybrid could make a splash. Half pad controller, half sequencer, it will hit shelves with an RRP/MSRP of $129/€99.
Fender Custom Shop pics overload
Fancy a Tele covered in diamonds? An eyeball-busting pink Jackson? Then step right in to our gallery of Fender Custom Shop's stand at NAMM.
Click through for pics of guitars that will blow your mind. Probably.
AMPLIFi - world exclusive review!
Putting a music playback system and a versatile guitar amp in a single box is a mad/genius idea, but does it actuallywork? Clue: yes.
Gibson stand in pictures
Gibson had their full 2014 line-up on show at Anaheim, and we took a look round the stand to see the new guitars up close.
We also saw Gibson's blinged-up 120th anniversary Double Diamond series, which is all very sparkly and impressive. Hooray.
Crash Drums in pictures
Most drum companies at the show have a centrepiece to draw attention to their wares. Crush drums have gone the extra mile this year with this unique drum riser/rack/hardware construction.