Every January the music tech world descends on Anaheim, California to show off its new gear at the annual NAMM show, and while the past few years have seen companies like Korg release compact synths, and Roland and Yamaha revive classic hardware in new forms, the overriding trend at this year’s event was modular synths – and lots of them.
Formerly a niche concern, Eurorack format modular gear has been growing in popularity with affordable, entry level systems like the AIRA System-1m being released over the past year.
As well as all the Modular offerings, there were plenty of other unexpected announcements: Korg’s Minilogue, Arturia’s MatrixBrute and Teenage Engineering’s intriguing audio and video synth, the OP-Z to name a few.
Probably the most talked about announcement at NAMM was the MatrixBrute from Arturia. The MatrixBrute is an all new 100% analog synthesizer, featuring a 49-key keyboard, 3 “brute” oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, 3 envelope generators, and an outlandish modulation matrix that aims to make patch-cable systems obsolete. The matrix features 256 buttons, and allows you to route any of 16 modulation sources to any of 18 modulation destinations, as well as functioning as a sequencer and preset selector. You can watch Arturia’s new promo video below.
Another new release that looks as though it will have big implications in the future is the new wireless MIDI adapter from Yamaha. The release date is still TBA, however it should retail for $50, making it an affordable way to clear up clutter from wires in the studio.
Head on over to FACT Magazine for the full scoop on the best offerings from this year’s NAMM conference!
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Roland is pleased to announce the launch of the TR-REC GAME on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. TR-REC GAME is a rhythm entry game app for smartphones and tablets that incorporates the rhythm programming schemes used in Roland’s TR-808 and TR-8 rhythm machines.
Players can enjoy programming authentic dance music in a fun game setting. TR-REC GAME features 16 original dance music pieces, and 48 stages in all. Players receive points for tapping in the rhythmic elements correctly, and receive bonus points for completing a pattern.
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