The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights

23rd Jan 2012 | 16:42

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
This is how it was

NAMM 2012: The 2012 Winter NAMM show has now closed its doors, but not before spitting out four days’ worth of hot new music making gear.

The industry did a fine job of defying the economic gloom, giving us new twists on existing classics and a fair smattering of releases that could genuinely be described as innovative.

We've collated some of our most popular NAMM stories from the past few days into this handy catch-up gallery, but if you want the full story, go to MusicRadar.com's dedicated NAMM 2012 hub for more info and other highlights from the show.

FIRST: Arturia Minibrute

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Arturia Minibrute
Not such a soft touch

We weren’t expecting a real analogue synth from Arturia, but now that the Minibrute is here, everyone seems very taken with the idea.

VIDEO: Arturia Minibrute demo

Arturia Minibrute analogue synth announced

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Fender guitars and amps

Electric guitars and amps: you always know what you’re going to get from Fender at a trade show, but that doesn’t make its haul any less impressive when it arrives.

VIDEO: Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta amp demo

Fender electric guitars and amps in pictures

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Wave Machine Labs Auria
A new DAWn

A 48-track iPad audio DAW with VST plug-in support certainly sounds impressive on paper. Now we need to find out how well it works and decide if it’s an appropriate fit for the tablet platform.

VIDEO: Wave Machine Labs Auria

New iPad DAW with 48 tracks and VST plug-in support

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Clavia Nord Drum
A big hit

Not just a drum machine, but an electronic percussion module that can be triggered by acoustic and electronic kits.

VIDEO: Nord Drum demoed

Nord Drum photos and info released

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Behringer Xenyx iX mixers
iPad-compatible

We’ve seen a lot of interest in these: three new small format mixers, each of which contains a slot for the iPad.

Behringer unveils iPad mixers iX3242USB, iX2442USB and iX1642USB

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
New Ibanez guitars
28 of them

With a mixture of brand new models and redesigned guitars with updated specifications, Ibanez had NAMM 2012 in its pocket.

Ibanez unveils 28 new electric guitars

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Waldorf Pulse 2
It lives on

Another new analogue synth that no-one was expecting, the Pulse 2 is an updated version of Waldorf’s ‘90s classic.

Waldorf Pulse 2 analogue synth

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Peavey AT-200
Pitched perfectly

Antares’ Auto-Tune for Guitar technology has come to fruition in a couple of new instruments this NAMM, and Peavey’s AT-200 is one of them.

VIDEO: Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar

Peavey announces AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Casio synths
Not one, but two

Pre-show leaks ensured that one of Casio’s synth announcements wasn’t a great surprise, but it still managed to catch us off guard with the launch of a second model.

VIDEO: Casio Synths revealed

Casio XW-P1 and XW-G1 synths announced

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
PRS artist guitars
What's in a name?

What do Dave Navarro, Orianthi, Nick Catanese, Chris Henderson, Neal Schon, and Cody Kilby have in common? They all had artist guitars on the NAMM PRS stand, and very nice they were too.

VIDEO: PRS Guitars P22 and Dave Navarro SE signature model

New and improved PRS Artist guitars

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Akai MPC Fly
Getting some air time

It’s interesting that Akai’s iPad-powered MPC Fly seems to have outshone the new Renaissance and Studio MPCs in the publicity stakes. Could this be the start of something big in tablet beat making?

VIDEO: Akai MPC Fly on camera

Akai MPC Fly for iPad 2 has lift-off

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Teenage Engineering Oplab
A lot to take on board

The OP-1 manufacturer’s latest project is hard to explain a couple of sentences, but we reckon a lot of people are going to have a lot of fun working out what you can do with it.

VIDEO: Teenage Engineering explain themselves

Teenage Engineering Oplab Musical Experimental Board

The best of NAMM 2012: guitar, tech and drum highlights
Universal Audio Apollo
I/O and DSP

A high-spec audio interface with UAD DSP and powered plug-ins? We like the sound of that, and suspect that a lot of other people will as well.

VIDEO: Universal Audio Apollo

Universal Audio Apollo - audio interface with UAD DSP

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