Dubspot @ NAMM 2012: New Music Technology Showcase – Sneak Peek Videos + Products!

It’s that time of year again! The Dubspot team is heading to sunny California this week to attend The NAMM Show (January 19-22) in an effort to catch the latest evolutions of music and technology with manufacturers from around the world meeting to collaborate on the future of music.

Dubspot @ The NAMM Show 2012 in Anaheim, CA – January 19-22, 2012

The NAMM Show is a massive music-industry trade show (not open to general public) with previously attendance reportedly topping 100,000 people. With notable products being leaked last week such as Moog’s Minitaur, Native Instruments’ latest Traktor Controller, the new BitWig Studio software, Akai’s new MPC line of products, mystery products from Teenage Engineering, and rumors of a new Ableton Live version.. we can’t wait to cover this event and report back to you with the latest news.

In addition to the coverage that we’ll get from the convention floor, we are also looking forward to attending some of the industry-related music events happening in and around Los Angeles during the week. With much of the music industry in town for NAMM, there are many great performers in the area making special appearances this weekend. Notable events from The Low End Theory, Native InstrumentsTeenage Engineering, and Interface LA bring some exciting prospects for night time entertainment. Stay with us this week as we’ll be cruising around LA with cameras, questions and an agenda of things to cover for you as technology and music merge for this exciting event.

Some things we can’t wait to see at NAMM this year:

Traktor Controller Image Leak (From NI’s new Traktor Twitter Feed)

Earlier this week Native Instruments sent a photo and video via twitter that announced a new hardware controller for Traktor. We don’t know much about this new piece of gear aside from NI has announced on their website: “The next innovation from the team behind TRAKTOR is just around the corner. With stylish multi-color pads to trigger loops and samples, the upcoming new TRAKTOR software and controller provide a workflow rooted in DJ culture.”

Livid Instruments CNTRL:R MIDI Performance Controller

Livid Instruments has recently announced the Cntl:R MIDI / DJ controller which was co-developed by Richie Hawtin and his M_nus roster of artists over the past year and a half. The controller is a combination of faders, buttons and knobs that are completely programmable. Cntl:R also comes with templates for Ableton Live and Traktor for plug and play capability.

MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Fly

The MPC Renaissance, Studio and Fly have been making waves over the past weeks as veteran music company, Akai Professional, announced the release of these slick new devies. Akai explains: “Fusing Akai Professional’s legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance is an unrivaled instrument for music production. The new flagship is a fully integrated hardware/software system: MPC Renaissance allows you to create using classic hardware controls and an integrated pop-up display, while it’s exclusive MPC Software empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC.”

MOOG Minitaur

Serious news for synth enthusiasts this week: Moog has just announced a new synth called Minitaur that will be on display at NAMM 2012 and hit the market this spring. It’s a monophonic synth based on their classic Tarus bass pedals that boasts USB / MIDI connectivity, one knob per function and a tiny footprint. At $679 ($599 street) it’s less expensive than any other synth that Moog has ever produced.

Teenage Engineering’s Secret New Products

Teenage Engineering captured the hearts of synth enthusiasts at NAMM 2010 and 2011 with their groundbreaking OP-1 musical instrument. With OP-1 sales (and ratings) continuing to gain momentum, everyone is excited to see what this company will unveil next. Teenage Engineering has been leaking videos and photos of “a “tray that will be filled with great new stuff” at NAMM 2012.

Eowave Domino Synth

Domino is an inexpensive desktop analog synthesizer with a VCO in the tradition of MS20 and TB303. The VCO, filter & VCA are transistor made which gives the Domino a unique raw sound. Rich and raw at the same time, no need of external effects to give life to the sound.