New Product Preview for Winter NAMM 2018
MikesGig’s picks of “must see” new guitars, basses, amps, recording gear and other music making products at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show.
Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.
Artist Appearances At NAMM 2018
CREATIVE & TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE 33rd ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS PRESTIGIOUS LES PAUL INNOVATION AWARD PRESENTED TO JACKSON BROWNE WHO JAMS LIVE WITH NAMM TEC HALL OF FAME RECIPIENTS THE SECTION This was the best TEC Awards I’ve been to and I’ve been to quite a few. The production was top notch, and comedian Demetri Martin was a funny and thoughtful host. To cap the evening, Jackson Browne ... Read more
Roland and BOSS Present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Thomas Dolby and Steve Vai at NAMM 2018 Third-annual awards presented to these iconic musicians for their contributions to the music industry while using Roland and/or BOSS gear throughout their careers During the 2018 Roland International Press Conference, held Wednesday, January 24, 2018, on the eve of the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, Roland and BOSS presented their third-annual Lifetime Achievement Awards to synthpop ... Read more
Fender Unveils Eric Johnson Stratocaster® Thinline at NAMM 2018 See Eric Johnson on Friday, January 26 1:00-1:20PM PST. Led by Justin Norvell, SVP Fender Products, a Q&A will be held in honor of the Eric Johnson Stratocaster® Thinline – the first semi-hollow Stratocaster – which will be revealed at Winter NAMM (in stores Feb. 20). Johnson is famous in guitar circles for questing for ... Read more
Ronnie Foster (Ronnie Foster Trio, George Benson, Stevie Wonder) Lounsberry Pedals LLC Friday 1/26 4pm Saturday 1/27 3pm Sunday1/28 3pm Booth 10400 Read more
The Section to reunite for on-stage performance and will be inducted into NAMM TEC Hall of Fame Saturday, January 27 at The NAMM Show Dubbed the “Knights of Soft Rock” by Rolling Stone, The Section will also be honored during the evening event as the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Reaching their height in the 70s playing alongside the biggest names in the business, including James Taylor, Carole King, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Section ... Read more
Jackson Browne to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award at 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards The NAMM Foundation has announced that singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence ... Read more
Jeff Hughell (Six Feet Under Bassist) Interview 1. How did the Bassists Alliance Project come to fruition? How did you arrive at the idea for the project and what was it like to get a dozen musicians on board? The Bassists Alliance project began when I met Alberto Rigoni at the Warwick bass camp in 2016. Alberto had the idea of collaborating ... Read more
Andy Timmons at the Xotic Guitars and Effects NAMM Booth #5027! Come meet Andy and check out the latest release from Xotic Effects – The Limited Edition Andy Timmons BBP-AT FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th @ 11am SATURDAY, JANUARY 27th @ 12pm Once again, Xotic Effects combines forces with Andy Timmon to release a limited run of 3000 signature series pedals that includes an Andy Timmons guitar pick and trial link ... Read more
Cort Announces Artist Appearances at 2018 NAMM Show There’s only one way Cort can take their 2018 NAMM Show exhibition of high-quality acoustic and electric guitars, basses and amps to the next level: by scheduling booth appearances by topflight artists who have taken these instruments to new heights. The special guests will appear at Cort’s booth #5215 at select times over the course ... Read more
Build your sound with S.I.T. Strings FOUNDATIONS bass strings S.I.T. Strings is proud to announce the release of the FOUNDATIONS line of electric bass strings. The Foundations are built with a newer, stronger core material to create a string that very bright and flexible. The Foundations were designed to be a lower tension string and are therefore very responsive to the touch. These strings ... Read more
EBS To Celebrate 30 Years in Business at NAMM 2018 EBS Sweden AB, the makers of classic’s like the EBS Fafner bass amps, MultiComp and OctaBass effects turn 30 Years in 2018! That will be celebrated at the NAMM show by the release of a new book in limited edition, EBS 30 Years – Don’t Play Without It! featuring the remarkable story of the company. Richly illustrated with ... Read more
O3 Guitars and Basses Introduces the Caesium bass “Pangea” at NAMM 2018 Alejandro Ramirez – o3 guitars 5 Strings, MultiScale: 33,8”/35,2” 24 EVO gold Jescar frets, 12” radius 7 piece neck (4 Flamed Maple, 2 Wenge, 1 Purpleheart) Matched headstock Body: Honduran Mahogany Top and Back: matched Poplar burl top grade Wengé Fretboard Matching Wood covers, (No screws) Hardware black Gotoh Resolite Tuners Electronics: “full grounded” Aguilar OBP3 preamp, push-push active/pasive, single coil/humbuckers switch, Boutique Pickups Haeussel slanted Jazzbuckers, wenge ... Read more
Sadowsky’s New Line of MetroExpress Basses to be Unveiled at 2018 NAMM Show Sadowsky Guitars is proud to announce the new MetroExpress line of affordable basses at the 2018 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. The MetroExpress basses will include the legendary Sadowsky preamp as well as Sadowsky pickups, strings, and hardware. Instruments will be available in 4 and 5 string vintage models with the following finishes: black, olympic white, ... Read more
Aqulilina Basses To Introduce Kevin Reveyrand Signature Model At NAMM 2018 Made in collaboration with Mr Kevin Reveyrand, the Sirius KR34 is a vintage inspired modern Jazz Bass derivative. The KR features 21 frets and a 34″ scale. Passive electronics include Aguilar 70 pickups in the classic 1970 position. Sunburst finish for a retro look. Bolt on US Maple Neck US Maple Fretboard Thin frets Carbon and steel truss rod Swamp Ash ... Read more
Ritter R8-Singlecut 5 80’s Red This bass I have finished with an extreme blazing kind of neon red frosted color. We used pure pigments for the final lacquer layers and so the instrument gets a super intense color. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE FULL COLOR BEAMING – it’s just to intense! – String Spacing: Standard 5 ... Read more
Cort Introduces Artisan 6-String Bass with Open-Pore Finish, Bartolini’s and Markbass Pre SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — With the introduction of the B6 Plus AS electric bass guitar, Cort adds a new six-string, open-pore model to its Artisan Series. Featuring bolt-on construction and a warm open sound with excellent sonic dispersion, the B6 Plus AS is an instrument designed for discriminating musicians who seek high value through world-class ... Read more
BOSS Announces GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor at NAMM 2018 Designed for superior tone and exceptional musical response, the GT-1000 is the first-ever guitar multi-effects processor with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit/96 kHz internal processing. Driven by BOSS’s latest custom DSP engine and filled with cutting-edge BOSS technologies, the GT-1000 delivers class-leading performance in a compact and lightweight floor-based unit. The GT-1000 includes a wide range of expressive amplifier ... Read more
OMB Guitars to Showcase OneManBand at NAMM 2018 OMB Guitars will introduce its revolutionary OneManBand at the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, booth 2050 (Level E and Hall E). OneManBand is an innovative guitar technology that adjusts to guitar playing in real-time and lets guitarists play other instrument sounds with no latency. Available as a guitar upgrade kit, or an all-in-one acoustic or ... Read more
Supro Celebrates David Bowie with Limited Edition Dual Tone Guitar At NAMM 2018 Developed by Supro with assistance from the David Bowie Archive, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone is based on the main guitar David Bowie played on the Reality album and throughout his final world tour, “A Reality Tour”, in 2003-2004. Although he played a variety of guitars throughout his career, Bowie enjoyed a special ... Read more
Fodera Introduces The Masterbuilt – Artdeco Guitar At NAMM 2018 Our first guitar in our Masterbuilt series is inspired by Art-deco stylings featuring original-design brass inlays through out. Often times a design and theme is determined independently of the instruments specifications. In this case, a unique Zircote top from our wood library was discovered which in turn inspired the art-deco theme. Some common themes among ... Read more
Guild’s USA-Made Flagship Jumbo Returns at NAMM 2018 Guild is excited to announce the re-release of its flagship USA-made jumbo acoustic, the F-55. Formerly known as the F-50R, the new F-55 is built in Southern California and features a tight-grained solid AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and scalloped Adirondack braces for powerful volume and exceptional warmth, separation and ... Read more
Gruv Gear Introduces New GigBlade Edge Side-Carry Guitar Bag at NAMM 2018 California-based music accessories manufacturer Gruv Gear is proud to announce it’s latest and final addition to its popular GigBlade side-carry guitar bag series. The new GigBlade Edge model boasts many of its siblings’ high-end features – A patent-pending “yin-yang” auto-locking neck brace to stabilize the instrument during transport, an anti-slip 3” wide shoulder strap for ... Read more
Roadie 2 Automatic Guitar Tuner by Band Industries Our tuners combine machine precision with advanced audio algorithms to tune perfectly for you every time. Roadie 2 and Roadie Bass can tune anything with guitar-like machine head and tune using vibration sensing rather than acoustics. This means no more smartphone or adapter needed and faster tunings. Both devices also have OLED screens, selection wheels ... Read more
HEADRUSH® INTRODUCES FRFR-112 POWERED CABINET AT NAMM 2018 Full-Range, Flat Response cabinet boasts 2000 watts, rugged 12-in 2-way speaker, multiple inputs with comprehensive controls and mounting options to deliver the explosive sound musicians demand. HeadRush, an innovative new manufacturer of next generation guitar products, today announced the introduction of the FRFR-112 Full-Range Flat Response powered cabinet that perfectly complements the HeadRush Pedalboard or any ... Read more
Pigtronix Introduces Ringmaster Ring Modulator Synth Pedal At NAMM 2018 This week at NAMM 2018 in Anaheim, California, Pigtronix will unveil the Ringmaster: an analog ring modulator synth designed to create analog harmonizer and tremolo effects that can be made to follow the notes you play. Expanding on the “Intelligent Ring Mod” found in the original Mothership pedal, Ringmaster adds LFO and Sample + Hold ... Read more
Cort Introduces Fanned Frets to KX Series with New 7-String Model With the new 7-string KX500FF, Cort expands its KX Series of electric guitars for players who appreciate modern upgrades to classic design. The KX500FF offers updated hardware, a double-cutaway for easy access to the neck, and a new-to-series fanned-fret design that improves tonal depth and clarity. Expertly crafted, the KX500FF is as sonically powerful as it ... Read more
BAE Audio and UK Sound Roll Into NAMM 2018 with Several New Products BAE 73L EQ, Tonestack pedal and UK Sound’s FET compressor /1073 product line are among new product entries — in addition to Recently Launched BAE R53 and PDIS BAE Audio , a manufacturer of premium analog hardware built to vintage specifications, announced that it will debut two exciting new product at this ... Read more
Tonik Sound to debut PULSE for acoustic guitar at NAMM 2018 New, innovate music-tech startup, Tonik Sound, is heading to NAMM this month on 27 th and 28 th January to showcase its debut augmentation, PULSE at stand 1531 (Ningbo Apextone Electronics Co.). The company is spearheaded by previous Silicon-Valley entrepreneur and engineer, Mike Coyle, who is now based in London. As an innovative piece of hardware ... Read more
Supro to launch Island Series Baritone Guitar line at NAMM Supro USA will unveil a series of baritone guitars at next week’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The Supro Island Series Baritone applies the award-winning, retro-modern aesthetics of the Supro Hampton and Westbury guitar models to a 26.75” scale instrument that can be comfortably tuned to low A, B or C. The Supro Baritone features a ... Read more
G7th The Capo Company Introduces Refinements of the Heritage Capo G7th Heritage capo updates Following its launch in 2016, G7th The Capo Company have released updated versions of their yoke-style Heritage guitar capos, including their ground-breaking Adaptive Radius Technology (ART). On top of a few technical changes (such as making the adjustment knob shorter so it can be left behind the nut in a guitar case), the ... Read more
Pigtronix Mothership 2 has Landed! The Pigtronix Mothership 2 is a velocity sensitive, pitch-tracking, 3-voice analog synthesizer with oscillator hard sync and pitch modulation via portamento and CV / Expression control. Housed in a compact aluminum chassis, this state-of-the-art pedal goes lightyears beyond the original Mothership, delivering a user-friendly guitar synth with real-time pitch and amplitude tracking, switchable preset tunings ... Read more
Pro Audio Gear
Singapore-based Stealth Sonics to debut groundbreaking precision-tuned in-ear monitor systems at NAMM 2018 Technology innovator Stealth Sonics (www.stealthsonics.com) today announced the global launch of its first range of precision-tuned universal and custom in-ear monitor systems, to be unveiled at the January 2018 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, in booth #11248. Stealth Sonics leverages its innovations in the aerospace, medical, music, and acoustic fields to craft in-ear monitors that are as ... Read more
Mackie Onyx Producer 2.2 USB Recording Interface Review We take Mackie’s new audio interface for a spin and discover a wealth of features for a modest price. Mackie has been a game changer in the professional audio world since it was founded in 1988. With innovative mixers like the LM-1602, SR 32-4 and the UltraMix Universal Automation System, Mackie became a powerhouse known for quality ... Read more
AMBEO at NAMM 2018 – Workshops and free plug-in “AMBEO Binaural Panner” At NAMM, audio specialist Sennheiser will be showcasing microphone solutions for the creation of 3D audio for VR and AR applications. These include the AMBEO VR Mic, the Neumann KU 100 dummy head for binaural recordings and the AMBEO Smart Headset, which makes it possible to capture immersive sound with smartphone simplicity. Visitors to NAMM ... Read more
HARMAN Professional Solutions Unveils JBL 3 Series MkII Powered Studio Monitors Next-generation studio monitors retain the best qualities of the original 3 Series, but now offer better performance in more production environments—along with a sleek new look. HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today unveiled JBL by HARMAN 3 Series MkII powered studio monitors which will debut ... Read more
Universal Audio Ships Arrow Desktop Audio Interface For Music Creators Arrow Thunderbolt 3 interface delivers album-quality results with class-leading sound quality, Unison™ mic preamps, and Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to introduce the Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows — now available in stores worldwide. Featuring two Unison mic preamps, Realtime UAD ... Read more
Focusrite Launches Three Studio-Quality USB Audio Interfaces Focusrite has introduced a new range of studio-quality USB audio interfaces under the Clarett line. The Clarett USB series features three interfaces: Clarett 2Pre USB (10-in, 4-out), Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out) and Clarett 8Pre USB (18-in, 20-out). The low noise, low distortion and up to 119dB dynamic range of Clarett can now be experienced with ... Read more
ZYLIA Studio PRO Recording Software ZYLIA Studio PRO – A Powerful Tool to Support Music Makers from Enthusiasts to Pros Zylia will present a new software – ZYLIA Studio PRO which is an extension of primary software (ZYLIA Studio) supporting ZM-1 microphone array. Exciting new features for music makers of all levels will blow your mind. ZYLIA Studio PRO is a VST/AU plugin ... Read more
NAMM 2018 Free Stuff and Raffles
SOUNDELUX USA IS GIVING AWAY TWO U195 MICROPHONES AT NAMM! To celebrate the start of 2018, Soundelux USA will be giving away two of their U195 Studio Condenser Microphones with $1249 each at the NAMM Show. Please visit us at Booth 16112 in the new Pro Audio Hall where we will raffle off a Soundelux USA U195 on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th at 4:30pm each day. Participants must be present to ... Read more
TC Electronic announces four new pedals
The Drip Spring Reverb, Fluorescence Shimmer Reverb, Gauss Tape Echo and Vibraclone Rotary are all aimed at capturing classic tones from well-known artists.
All four promise “state-of-the-art digital algorithms and high-quality materials”, and will be available late Q1.
Mackie Onyx USB Interfaces and Thump Series Powered Speakers
Whether you’re tracking your latest song idea or doing a live stream, the Onyx Series USB Interfaces deliver true studio-quality sound with maximum headroom and ultra-low noise.
Combining high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz converters with premium Mackie analog circuitry and Built-Like-A-Tank™ hardware design, the bus-powered Onyx Series USB Audio Interfaces give you the power to capture your best performance and experience media with pristine fidelity at home or on the go.
Thump Series – low end EVOLVED
Thump Series powered loudspeakers continue their legacy of ultra-affordable, class-leading performance and reliability and bring it to the next level with all-new designs and technology that redefine chest-thumping low-end and versatility.
Delivering proven, chest-thumping low-end, the 1300W Thump™ and Thump Boosted™ loudspeakers are equipped with built-in mixers and application-specific speaker modes to get you set up and sounding good faster than ever. Thump Boosted is equipped with advanced features like channel EQ, wireless streaming, and more, all controllable via the Thump Connect™ app. And when you need maximum low end, add the powerful 18” Thump18S powered subwoofer.
See Mackie Demo Room 201C/D.
RME to Showcase New ADI-2 DAC Converter, TotalMix Remote at 2018 NAMM Show
RME is set to unveil its ADI-2 DAC for NAMM 2018, a compact and extremely flexible two-channel high-end Digital-to-Analog converter. The best-in-class unit — which also serves as a top quality headphone amplifier — supports up to 192 kHz sample rates, while offering top-notch conversion and a range of connectivity options. All with the unsurpassed stable performance and German engineering that RME users have come to expect over the last 20 years.
Pricing is $999 (Street), and is available now.
Additionally, RME will also highlight its new TotalMix v1.50 update as well as Total Mix Remote, which now supports network remote over TCP. TotalMix Remote, offering full network remote control for all TotalMix and TotalMix FX software, is now available for every RME interface, and will be available for Mac, PC and iOS. The TotalMix Remote is perfectly suited for FOH engineers and recording studios whose workflow requires control of TotalMix from a remote location.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday during NAMM, composer, producer and former Tower of Power lead singer Ellis Hall will perform at RME’s booth at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. For each of his performances, Hall will be hooked up to the new myMix II personal mixing and recording system.
On Friday and Saturday of the show, legendary bassist Chuck Rainey will perform alongside veteran drummer and Rhythm Intensive partner John Martinez at noon. The members of the paramusic education organization will perform through myMix systems.
See RME at booth 14701.
CruzTOOLS SECOND GENERATION MULTI-TOOL ADVANCES CAPABILITY
Like the original GrooveTech Multi-Tool, both metric and inch hex wrench sizes are included to address worldwide producers of guitars and basses, and all truss rod sizes are ball-end for easy access. Tool component material is professional-grade S2 steel with an attractive polished-chrome finish.
A number of improvements were made to the second generation. Firstly, a 5/16” socket is included for Gibson and other truss rod nuts. Two additional hex wrench sizes – 1/16” and 5mm – were added. A precision ruler with both inch and metric scales is provided. Finally, a special one-piece body allows easy rotation and storage of components. The result is a more capable and functional multi-tool for guitar and bass players that’s easily carried with the instrument. Utility and design patents are pending on the new tool.
Pricing is unchanged at $15.95 (Street), and is available now. Overall size increased only slightly to about 4” x 1.25” x 0.75” (95 x 34 x 187mm). Weight is approximately 5 ounces (140g).
See CruzTOOLS in Hall C 6312.
Hotone Unveils Breakthrough Amp Software
Hotone Audio, known as a rising professional guitar effects, amps and audio hardware brand, has introduced its first amp software called VStomp Amp.
Driven by the core technology of Hotone’s Bluetooth modeling pedals XTOMP and XTOMP mini, VStomp Amp is THE solution for professional and home studio engineers who demand realistic modeling, killer sound quality, and a no-brainer user experience.
See Hotone in Hall B 3240.
Bass Tube Preamp — Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp!
Newbasstone, Inc’s. Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp is a vital new idea for Bass Guitar Players wanting a richer tone – Low register and High. First of all it’s a unique remedy for the Bass Player Blues. Therefore, no bass rig should be without this all new bass tube effect!
See Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamps in Hall E, Booth 1258. There will be demonstrations in the hall E Demonstration Room (Room 1544) on Thursday from 10:30 to 1:00 and Saturday from 2:30 to 4:00.
GMF Music Adds Vacuum Tube Tone To Acoustic Instruments
Remember the soft blue glow from an old vacuum tube amp and their nice warm tone?
You can have it again at the fraction of the cost of a tube amp. GMF Music is introducing an innovative, great sounding “analog” Pre-Amp/DI, the Ai ProTube. Geared towards the acoustic instrument market the Ai ProTube has a real “tube” that will make any acoustic instrument sound warm and inviting with no unwanted signal compression. This isn’t just a tube simulation circuit; it is the real thing with a 12AX7 tube circuit.
See GMF Music in Hall D 4000.