It’s almost that time of year again! The Dubspot team is heading to sunny California in just a couple of weeks to attend The NAMM Show (January 23-26) and check out the latest developments in music technology and instruments.
The NAMM Show, first held 113 years ago in 1901, is a massive music industry trade show (not open to the general public) where professionals from around the world gather to see new products and gear from just about every music-related company in existence. With previous attendance reportedly topping 100,000 people, NAMM is a big deal for music gear heads. Dubspot will be attending NAMM this year ourselves and bringing you updates from the road on the most interesting things we see and hear.
NAMM Show Mobile App
If you are attending NAMM this year, you’ll want to pick up the new NAMM Show Mobile App, which can help you navigate the congested waters of the Anaheim Convention Center and provide information on vendors and where they are located. To get the most updated information and access to all NAMM Show events, maps and schedules, download the NAMM Show app from your mobile device’s app store.
What to Expect This Year
In previous years, the weeks leading up to NAMM have provided many leaks about product announcements from companies. But this year everyone seems to be tight-lipped about what they will be presenting. This leads us to believe that there should be some big new releases on the horizon. Our first suspect is Korg, who have released some of the most popular synths in recent years (Volca series, MS-20 Mini for example). While we don’t know exactly what they will unveil, they will definitely introduce something new. It will probably be small (and/or portable) and based on the circuits of their now legendary analog and digital instruments.
Many user groups are also buzzing with hopes for a new machine from Moog, who have been moving into more affordable markets in recent years with the Sub Phatty and Minitaur synths. Native Instruments are also rumored to have new tech to show, but we have no confirmation on what it is or when it may happen. One thing seems sure, though. This is the quiet before the storm. Stay tuned to Dubspot’s blog in coming weeks to catch the latest on NAMM movements from the floor.
NAMM After Parties
NAMM week is fast approaching and as always, half the excitement comes from attending the unofficial performances, events and parties that surround the main convention in Anaheim. In past years we have attended some amazing ‘after-NAMM’ parties hosted by Ableton, Native Instruments, Trash Audio, and others, and have seen some great performances from artists including Monolake, Nortec Collective, Simply Robot, DJ Shiftee, and many more. We are still collecting the list of events to attend (and will share as we get updates). For now we have one definite party for January 24th:
Droid Behavior – Bl_ck Noize
BL_K NOISE (1/24) is a night of experimental electronics hosted by Trash Audio and Droid Behavior. It will be held at Complex – 806 E. Colorado Street in Los Angeles. Expect a night of analog and digital hardware performances from a stellar line-up of performers including sound design innovator Richard Devine (Detroit Underground, Warp, Schematic), Vatican Shadow, ex-Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Deru, Twin Braids, Drumcell of Droid Behavior, and more, armed with a variety of modular synthesizers, drum machines, and random noise generators. Buy tickets for this event at Eventbrite.