Now that the NAMM 2014 booths have been broken down it’s time to look back at all the announcements and product launches that took place. NAMM’s first official day proved to be the most hectic with one exciting new launch following shortly after one another. Here are our favourite new products from NAMM 2014.
Elektron Analog Rytm
Shortly before the conference took place, Elektron teased a new hardware box. It turned out to be a new 8-voice analog drum machine with sample support called the Analog Rytm. Next to the signature performance step sequencer the Analog Rytm also provides 12 backlit drum pads to jam out on.
- 8 drum voices, each with: Specialized analog percussion sound generator. Sample playback. Analog multimode filter. Analog distortion.
- 12 velocity & pressure sensitive pads
- Analog master compressor & distortion
- Reverb & Delay send FX
- World class Elektron step sequencer
- Chromatic, Performance, and Scene modes
- Performance oriented beat control
- Individual voice outputs
Elektron Analog Rytm videos
Arturia announced a new step sequencer / controller called the BeatStep. With flexible connectivity (USB midi / CV / Gate) you can connect this 16-pad, 16-encoder equipped controller to your computer, tablet or hardware synths and either step sequence or live perform. Of course this device will play perfectly with any Arturia soft synth. Best of all is the price, because this controller will go for $129.
Arturia BeatStep videos
Next to announcing niche hardware products with the buildable MS-20 kit and the RK-100S Keytar, Korg also showed its continued love for iOS with the release of Korg Gadget, the all-in-one synth studio for iPad. This mini-Reason, Caustic-competitor or as someone put it on the Audiobus forums ‘Tabletop for grownups’ is an impressive new app with a wide range of synths/drum-machines to play around with in a DAW-like environment. The price tag is a hefty one, but considering everything that’s in Korg Gadget right now and the stuff that will definitely come to the app in the near future it’s hard to say no to it.
Focusrite iTrack Dock
The iTrack Dock is a slick looking dock, that not only works with the regular sized iPad, but also with the iPad Mini (Lightning equipped that is). In fact the Retina Mini seems like a perfect fit for this. It gives you all the audio and MIDI in- and outputs you could wish for to professionalize your iOS music making. The iTrack Dock will be released in Q2 (2014) for $199.
Are we missing an exciting new mobile product or app in this NAMM round-up? Let us know in the comments…