NAMM 2011

Alright, I am not there, but i’ve gotta to say that what is presented at this years Namm (the worlds biggest music fair, happening twice a year at Anaheim, California) is just awesome!! First and probably best thing for me is: Cubase 6 is out. I g…

Alright, I am not there, but i’ve gotta to say that what is presented at this years Namm (the worlds biggest music fair, happening twice a year at Anaheim, California) is just awesome!! First and probably best thing for me is: Cubase 6 is out. I got Cubase 4 and wasn’t really sure if I wanted to update to version 5, so I didn’t and it was exactly the right choice. The update to Cubase 5 was 189 €, while the update to version 6 only is 149 €, hooray! You can look up the features of the new version in the links if you’re interested. But now to the BIG things:

 
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(Picture: Dave Smith Instruments)
Many readers might know that I am a big fan of drum machines. So sure I know that it was a guy named Roger Linn who invented those things in 1979. Coming from the classic Linn LM-1 it’s successor the LinnDrum was and still is a classic in both HipHop and Techno / House productions. Roger Linn’s fabulous designs finally peaked in the design of the Akai MPC 60 which is a classic as well. Now Roger Linn did team up with Dave Smith the engineer behind the legendary Prophet 5 who is now running his own company Dave Smith Instruments who are responsible for the in my opinion best synthesizers built today. The result is called Tempest and is one hell of a drum machine / sequencer / production station. Featuring analog signal path, oscillators sampling capabilities and much more. Check out the video here. I am really amazed, but the price tag is what puts tears in my eyes ($ 1990). 

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Next Big thing coming up at Namm is Torq 2.0. I’ve been using Torq for quite a while but in the end switched to Traktor Pro, due to first Torq not putting out updates and being unsatisfied with how they treated their customers. Second was the cheap price tag on Traktor recently and of course their fantastic Kontrol X1 and it’s integration with the software! Feature wise Torq looks great now: 4 Decks, 13 built in effects plus Vst integration, a completely redesigned browser (the old one was completely unusable), no hardware bond anymore (feel free to use your soundcard and midi controllers of choice), graphic platters displaying needle position like in serato (for all you beatjugglers out there), a redigned GUI (the old one was totally kindergarten) and much more. One thing though that gives me the creeps: it’s a late beta version (free trial) which not really builds up my confidence, since many supposedly stable previous versions already felt like beta releases. Anyway I will totally try it and post some more about it here and in the forums. 
One thing I still haven’t heard anything about is the new Native Instruments hardware. There was this teaser video, but still no confirmation of what will be new, so i leave the speculations to you. Later today I will post about new Pioneer DJ Controllers. See ya!

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