Music Tech News Roundup: NAMM 2017

NAMM 2017 arrives with all the latest in music products, pro audio, sound, lighting, and entertainment technology. To kick off the excitement, we rounded up some NAMM highlights.

NAMM 2017

Elektron Digitakt

Elektron Digitakt

Elektron debuts Digitakt, a new compact and rugged eight track drum machine. Digitakt is equipped with a highly flexible sound engine, sampling capability, a live-friendly sequencer, and the means to control external MIDI gear. Round it off with a super crisp OLED screen and wonderfully tactile back-lit buttons. Done deal.

Read more at Elektron

DSI REV2 16-Voice Poly Synth

Introducing the all new 16-voice analog Dave Smith Instruments REV2 poly synth. The REV2 retains all of the key features of the Prophet ’08 and expands on them. It has twice the polyphony, twice the mod matrix, waveshape modulation on all waveforms, digital effects per layer in stacked or split voice mode, a polyphonic step sequencer per layer, USB connectivity, and more. The result is a true analog powerhouse.

Read more at Dave Smith Instruments


DSI + Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1

The TORAIZ AS-1 is driven by a fully programmable, true analog synthesis engine based on the discrete analog circuitry in Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesizer – a modern reboot of his classic Prophet-5. You can connect the TORAIZ AS-1 synth to the TORAIZ SP-16 live sampler via MIDI and use the sampler’s sophisticated sequencer to create even more complex patterns with the powerful analog sounds you’ve created in the synthesizer. Together, the two TORAIZ instruments can be connected to your DJM mixer via Pro DJ Link and MIDI, creating a set-up where the CDJs play the track, the TORAIZ SP-16 adds loops and one-shots, and the TORAIZ AS-1 generates unique analog leads in sync with the BPM of the music.

Read more at Pioneer DJ


Bitwig Studio 2

Bitwig announces they plan to release Bitwig Studio 2 February 28th, 2017. Released back in 2014, Bitwig Studio 1 was the first music production software to combine linear and non-linear sequencing on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Combining cutting edge technologies like plug-in crash protection and a highly flexible user interface, alongside a lightning fast workflow experience for keyboard, mouse and touch screens, Bitwig Studio has attracted a large and steadily growing user base all over the world.

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Teenage Engineering PO-32 + Microtonic Compatibility

Teenage Engineering introduces a new model to their compact Pocket Operator line with a drum and percussion synthesizer called PO-32 Tonic. The new model was designed in collaboration with Magnus Lidström, whose Sonic Charge studio created the Microtonic drum synthesizer. This next level Pocket Operator comes equipped with a fresh selection of new punch-in fx, import/export functionality, and a built-in microphone that allows direct wireless transfer of sounds and pattern data between units, as well as the desktop version of Microtonic.

Read more at Teenage Engineering


Korg Arp Odyssey FS

KORG reveals a full-size reissue of their vintage ARP Odyssey synthesizer. This limited edition ARP ODYSSEY FS is a faithful recreation of the original ARP Odyssey and an alternative to the compact 86%-sized unit. The ARP ODYSSEY FS comes equipped with a standard keyboard, a spacious panel layout with faders that are smooth to operate, and a robust but light body. Choose from three designs: Rev1, Rev2, or Rev3.

Read more at KORG


RME Fireface UFX II


RME is set to unveil their next generation Fireface, the UFX II. The new Fireface UFX II audio interface combines flexible recording and playback operation with RME’s industry-renowned low-latency hardware and drivers. With 60 channels of audio (30 inputs and 30 outputs) and support for sample rates up to 192 kHz, the new Fireface UFX II is the ideal audio solution for a variety of professional audio applications such as recording, mixing, monitoring and live performance. That’s not all; this powerful audio interface comes stacked with a host of functionality and updated technology.

Read more at RME



Roland GO-KEYS

Roland rolls out a new line of portable keyboards – GO:KEYS and GO:PIANO. Both models are designed for novice musicians who want to create music with no formal training and come with a 61-note keyboard, Bluetooth connectivity, built-in speakers, sounds derived from Roland professional synthesizers, and are battery powered. The GO:KEYS keyboard gives you the ability to trigger loop phrases, build songs in real time with drums, bass, and various instruments, and then manipulate those loops with intuitive one-touch controls. The GO:PIANO is suited for those who wish to learn to play the instrument, with no prior experience. It offers a collection of electric pianos, organs, and other sounds for exploring different styles. The metronome, onboard recorder, and transpose function are convenient features that support your daily practice, while Bluetooth connectivity allows you to play along with piano lesson apps, instructional videos, and more.

Read more about GO:KEYS and GO:PIANO


Behringer DeepMind 12

Behringer has unveiled an impressive analog 12-Voice polyphonic synthesizer equipped with four FX engines, two digitally controlled analog oscillator and two LFOs per voice, three ADSR generators, an extensive 8-channel modulation matrix, 32-step control sequencer, tablet remote control, built-in Wifi, and so much more. This beast packs some serious synthesis firepower!

Read more at Behringer


Akai MPC Live

MPC Live

Akai Professional announces the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC Live. This latest edition takes the immersive production workflow introduced by the MPC Touch and adds standalone functionality and a revised feature set. The new MPC Live sports a full-color 7-inch multi-touch screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, four touch-capacitive Q-Link controls, and a large, clickable master encoder knob, and much more!

Read more at Akai Professional


MOD Devices launches MOD Duo, a new audio processor with unlimited, downloadable plugins. Light, compact and robust, the new MOD Duo is a multi-effects pedal designed to replace heavy rigs by allowing guitarists access to plugins, including effects, synths, amp simulations, and various other tools. The MOD Duo allows musicians to make infinite combinations of effects, synths, amp simulations, tools and much more with hundreds of current plugins.

Read more at MOD Devices


KORG’s Limited Edition Products


KORG has announced three new limited edition models: Kronos Gold, Krome Platinum series, and MS-20 mini White Monotone. All three models offer the same great sounds and features as the originals plus some extras. The KRONOS 88-key model comes in a gold brushed aluminum body with sunburst wood side panels. The workhorse Krome Workstation is now available in an eagerly-awaited, eye-catching platinum color. The MS-20 mini, which faithfully reproduced the classic MS-20 at 86% of the original size, is now available in a limited-edition White Monotone color.

Read more at KORG


Roland Go:Mixer and Rubix Interfaces

Roland Rubix

Roland is on fire this year with new products. The new Go:Mixer is a compact mixer for smartphone video production. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, it connects digitally via an included cable to give the user inputs for a mic, musical instruments, and other devices. Front-panel knobs provide hands-on mixing for the mic and instruments, as well as an output jack for monitoring the sound via headphones or an external amplification system.

Roland has also announced the new Rubix USB audio interface series. The three models – Rubix 22 (2-in, 2-out), 24 (2-in, 4-out, with compressor), and 44 (4-in, 4-out) offer a perfect balance of high-fidelity sound, solid build quality, compact size, affordable prices, and crucial features for today’s musicians and producers. With support for high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz, Rubix interfaces sound clear and defined thanks their extremely low noise from input to output. Also, their near universal USB support works seamlessly with Mac and PC computers, as well as iPads for the ultimate in portable music production and performance.

Read more at Roland


IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O

The new iRig Pro I/O gives musicians and producers a pocket-sized mobile personal recording studio for all platforms, with high-definition audio I/O, professional quality preamp, MIDI input/output, a huge software bundle and more. iRig Pro I/O is designed for all your gear — studio mics, vocal mics, guitars, basses, keyboards, sound modules, MIDI Controllers, you name it! iRig Pro I/O gives you all the features needed for modern day recording plus full version IK Software including AmpliTube for iOS, AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC, SampleTank 3 SE, T-RackS Deluxe with Mic Room, and more.

Read more at IK Multimedia


Gemini MAS-1 Controller

Gemini MAS-1

Gemini announces the MAS-1 controller, the company’s first Midi controller designed for clip-based performance software like Ableton Live. The MAS-1 is a performance controller that combines the feel of a four-channel DJ mixer with controls for devices and effects. Stand out features include a four-channel mixer section with full EQ and channel faders, 45mm crossfader for fast DJ-style transitions, built-in low-latency four channel audio interface with balanced outputs, full clip control with scene and clip launching and RGB illumination, encoders with LED rings for adaptive software feedback, full looping control, and more.

Read more at Gemini


DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.