Dubspot NAMM 2016 Coverage Day 2

NAMM 2016 has been by far the best year to date. Our day 2 coverage brings even more impressive new gear. Check out some of the year’s biggest products from Dave Smith Instruments, Denon DJ, Arturia, Expressive E, Korg, Rane, Yamaha, and Teenage Engineering. 

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Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 | Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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Legendary instrument designer and Grammy-winner Dave Smith has collaborated with renowned audio engineer Tom Oberheim to develop the OB-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer with an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters. Boasting a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers), the new synthesizer features voltage-controlled oscillators, 2-pole filter, amplifiers, modern effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. The instrument is designed to provide true, vintage SEM tone with the stability and flexibility of modern technology. Read more at Dave Smith Instruments

Denon MCX8000 | Standalone DJ Player and DJ Controller

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Denon launched a major addition to their fleet with the all new standalone MCX8000. This standalone DJ player and DJ controller features two hi-definition display screens, a 4-channel digital mixer that comes with three built-in instant effects for Engine software and line inputs, a solid metal construction designed with velocity-sensitive performance pads for cues, rolls, slices, and samples. Under the hood, the MCX8000 that enables you to perform without a laptop using its built-in software that interfaces seamlessly with Serato DJ. Read more at Denon DJ


Arturia MatrixBrute | Analog Super-Synth

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Arturia brought out the big guns with their new flagship analog monophonic, the MatrixBrute. This super synth is designed with the flexibility of a modular but at the same time intuitive and programmable for the live and studio musician. It features a 1:1 knob and button interface for ease of use driven by pure analog oscillators, two filters based on the original designs of Dr. Bob and Nyle Steiner, real analog delay effects, and an eye-catching matrix modulation. All these features and more add up to create a landmark electronic music platform. Read more at Arturia


Expressive E’s Touché | Synth Controller

Expressive E launched their first product called Touché, aimed at making a musician’s relation with their machines more spontaneous and intuitive. Touché is an innovative controller with unmatched sensitivity that will revolutionize how you play with any synthesizer or VST. Touché’s wood surface has been designed to react to the smallest vibration, the slightest pressure of your hand, allowing synth players to shape sounds spontaneously, like an acoustic instrument. Its companion software allows for customization of parameters, while MIDI, CV and USB ports allows Touché to control any digital or analog synthesizer, with or without a computer. Learn more at Expressive E


Korg Volca FM | FM Synthesizer

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In addition to the big minilogue release, Korg also unveiled a forthcoming addition to their volca series capable of FM synthesis. Meet the volca fm, a 6-operator FM synth featuring 3 voices, 6 operators, an upgraded sequencer, visual feedback, tons of presets, and so much more all built into an ultra portable size box that fits in the palm of your hand. Read more at Korg


Rane MP2014 |Two-Channel Rotary Mixer

Rane rolled out their latest DJ mixer aimed at simplicity, reliability, and portability. The MP2014 two-channel rotary mixer is built for DJs who love the classic rotary mixer experience but want modern features. The intuitive rotary controls make it ideal for smooth transitions. Along with its durable design, the MP2014 uses the same platform as Rane’s successful MP2015 but with a more affordable price. Read more at Rane


Korg nanoKontrol Studio | Mobile MIDI Controller

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Korg is on fire this year at NAMM, launching a lot of quality gear. Meet the nanoKONTROL Studio, a new product in mobile creativity that provides transport keys and a mixer section, giving you stress-free control of your DAW or DJ software. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly to your iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows. This light-weight, compact mobile MIDI controller is a great addition to those who want to create music anywhere and more intuitively than ever. Read more at Korg


Yamaha Montage | Motion Control Synthesizer

Yamaha reviled their new flagship synthesizer that gives users a new intuitive way to interact with and control sound. Equipped with a Motion Control Synthesizer Engine that controls two iconic Sound Engines: Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) and FM-X, which is a sophisticated pure FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer engine. Montage is available in 61, 76, and 88-key configurations and features a modern user interface with color touch screen, endless rotary encoders, and the Super Knob: a macro control allowing users to control multiple parameters simultaneously. Read more at Yamaha


Teenage Engineering | Three New Pocket Operators

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Teenage Engineering released three new Pocket Operators to their arsenal. Pocket Operators are small, ultra portable music devices with studio quality sound and the flexibility to make music on the go. Also, affordable for everyone and compatible with all other music gear. Read more at Teenage Engineering

PO-20 arcade: This arcade synthesizer and sequencer is capable of creating beats, making chiptunes and synthesized arcade sounds. It features 128 chord chaining, 128 pattern chaining, 16 sounds, 16 punch-in effects, a step multiplier, and more.

PO-24 office: This noise percussion drum machine and sequencer captures sampled vintage hardware and real synthesizer engines. It features 128 pattern chaining, 16 sounds, 16 punch-in effects, a step multiplier, and more.

PO-28 robot: This 8-bit synthesizer and sequencer is great for making live and sequenced melodies and leads. It features 15 sounds, micro-drum, live play and sequencer combo, 128 pattern chaining, a step multiplier, and more.


Teenage Engineering OP-Z | Multitimbral Synthesizer

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In addition to releasing three new Pocket Operators, Teenage Engineering has also revealed their forthcoming OP-Z 16-track multitimbral synthesizer labeled as ‘the little monster.’ The new instrument features fully sequenceable parameter locks, is capable of video synthesis, wireless capabilities with Bluetooth MIDI, and introduces a new technology they are calling step components. Read more at Teenage Engineering


Arturia KeyStep | USB MIDI Controller and Polyphonic Step Sequencer

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Arturia’s new KeyStep furthers the trend of portable musical tools combining the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog, modular, and digital devices. Read more at Arturia


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