Winter in Anaheim: more NAMM highlights26 January 2010
US: Riedel (pictured), Denon and MOVEK LLC – the new venture of former Telex man Mathias von Heydekampf – are among the stars of PSN-e’s second Winter NAMM round-up. President of the Telex Pro Audio Group until his surprise departure in April 2007, von Heydekampf chose this year’s Winter NAMM to introduce his new company, MOVEK LLC, and its first product: the myMix networked personal mixer and multi-track recorder.
Regarded as one of the most exciting launches at this year’s exhibition, myMix allows up to eight independent stereo mixes through any output device the user selects, be it headphones, stage monitors, in-ears or main PA system. Featuring an intuitive name-based interface with a full-colour LCD display, myMix can record up to 18 tracks of multi-track audio to an optional SD card.
Elsewhere on the Winter NAMM showfloor, B&C introduced the new DE850TN neodymium high frequency driver. The "smooth and natural-sounding" 2" exit high frequency driver features the same 3" voice coil and titanium diaphragm as the top-of-the-line DE950TN.
CEntrance showcased its DACport USB headphone amp. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, DACport is a stereo 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analogue converter with "exceptional" jitter management, resulting in "extreme clarity and revealing musical detail". The spec includes a professional 1/4" output for headphone connection, an adaptor for 1/4" to mini 1/8" stereo for other headphone connections, CEntrance-designed AdaptiWave USB technology and the JitterGuard clock management system.
"Hot on the heels" of the DN-X1700 mixer, Denon DJ announced the launch of the DN-X1600. Offering a comparable feature set to the flagship model, the DN-X1600 is expected to have relevance to professional and semi-professional DJs, club installations, mobile rigs and "serious bedroom DJs". Features include Alps channel faders, extensive USB connectivity (both Windows and MacOS compatible), matrix input assignment with DVS mode, 32-bit internal digital processing, simultaneous MIDI operation and – in a notable DJ mixer first – the Roland V-LINK protocol for VJ mixing.
The exhibition provided an opportunity for Riedel to unveil the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI-Interface, which provides both electrical and optical MADI inputs and outputs (with both 56- and 64-channel MADI format supported), allowing a convenient connection to any digital mixing console, recording system and audio routing environment. The company also highlighted RockWorks 1.6 RockNet control and configuration software, and presented flexible, digital snake solution RockNet 100 (pictured).
Kelly Fair, sales US for Riedel, tells PSN-e: "NAMM is the biggest exhibition worldwide for pro-audio and live sound applications: an audience that was just right for the US debut of Riedel’s digital snake solution, RockNet 100, and the premiere of its latest software version, RockWorks 1.6, that also works with the RockNet digital audio network."
Solid State Logic introduced a software-controlled analogue routing system, X-Patch. Designed to deliver the flexibility of plug-in style routing to boutique analogue processing, X-Patch is developed from technology at the heart of SSL’s Matrix console. The new launch provides a 16×16 SuperAnalogue routing matrix that can be Ethernet-controlled remotely from a standard computer.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik added the AR-51 large diaphragm tube condenser microphone to its R-F-T line of tube mics. Incorporating the same circuit design as the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E, the AR-51 is said to employ new cost-efficient manufacturing methods to meet a price point suitable for any recording studio – from major world class facilities to voiceover rooms and home project studios.
Finally for this round-up, Ultrasone Inc – distributor for German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG – announced that it has increased the manufacturer’s warranty on all headphones from one year to five years. The new five-year term applies to all headphones purchased after January 1, 2010.
For more Winter NAMM news and highlights, see the January and February issues of Pro Sound News Europe.