EV, Peavey, Shure show new wares at Winter NAMM

US: The January gathering in Anaheim witnessed an encouraging panorama of new product, writes David Davies. "The go-to-event of the year for serious music and sound production professionals from around the globe" was how NAMM president/CEO Joe Lamond summed up the 2010 edition shortly before it got underway.
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US: The January gathering in Anaheim witnessed an encouraging panorama of new product, writes David Davies. "The go-to-event of the year for serious music and sound production professionals from around the globe" was how NAMM president/CEO Joe Lamond summed up the 2010 edition shortly before it got underway.

Allen & Heath undertook the global launch of the iDR-16 MixRack and iLive-R72 rackmountable Control Surface from the iLive digital mixing series. Two new products for the ZED Series of USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production - the ZED-10 and ZED-10FX - also made their worldwide debut. Finally, Winter NAMM provided a venue for the US launch of the Xone:DX MIDI USB controller.

Blue Microphones signalled the expansion of its en●CORE live stage microphone series with the addition of the en●CORE 100i. In addition, the company unveiled its new high-end live stage vocal microphone, en●CORE 300, and announced the second generation Mikey Portable Recorder for iPod and iPhone.

Electro-Voice launched the ZXA1, the self-powered version of the ZX1 compact two-way loudspeaker. Powered by an 800 watt amplifier module derived from EV's Tour Grade series, the ZXA1 features a biamplified design with transducer protection, EV8L 8" high-output LF transducer, DH2005 1" exit true compression driver and 123dB maximum SPL. In addition, EV launched its new website, which contains a host of new features and an emphasis on social networking and "dynamic content".

Focusrite unviled the new OctoPre MkII Dynamic, featuring eight channels of Focusrite mic preamplification, with new, single-dial, VCA-based compressors derived from the Focusrite Red 3 on every channel. The preamp circuits are identical to those found in the Saffire PRO range of high-quality audio interfaces.

It was also a busy NAMM for Peavey, which - among other developments - announced the new EU Series Class D powered loudspeaker enclosures. The EU 112D and EU 115D (pictured) feature the new 12" Peavey Black Widow BWX-DVC Neo loudspeaker, engineered with dual voice coil, push-pull technology and a neodymium magnet, whilst the EU 118D subwoofer is also part of the new series. In a separate development, Peavey introduced the next version of its ReValver amplifier modelling software, ReValver MK III.V, which debuts nine new amplifier and effects models.

"The Winter NAMM Show provides a perfect medium for us to showcase our new products each year and is a cornerstone for Peavey," European marketing manager Andy Rust tells PSN-e. "This year we are very proud to be showing an unprecedented 20-plus new products, demonstrating both our investment in groundbreaking technology and the focus on our customers' needs."

Elsewhere, Shure launched its latest In-Ear Monitoring System, the PSM 900. Due to be made available in late spring, the system is said to offer clear and accurate audio, robust RF performance and straightforward use/set-up. Shure's long-awaited PSM900 in ear monitoring system sets a new standard. Solid RF performance, outstanding audio quality, patent pending features such as CueMode and a wide tuning bandwidth that conveniently covers channel 38 puts shure back in the IEM market where it belongs," Tuomo tolonen, applications & product planning manager, told PSNE. Shure also highlighted the forthcoming introduction of the SE425 and SE535 professional sound isolating earphones.

Universal Audio publicised a quartet of licensing agreements pertaining to its UAD-2 Powered Plug-In Platform. A deal with the Harman Pro Group will see Universal Audio develop, market and sell plug-in emulations of select Lexicon, Studer, dbx and AKG equipment for the UAD-2. Similarly, an agreement with Ampex Corporation that will result in emulations of Ampex magnetic recording tape for UAD-2, whilst a link-up with Manley Labs is to yield (in Q1) the release of the Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ plug-ins. Finally, a partnership with guitar stompbox and studio-oriented effects developer Dunlop will again deliver further additions to the UAD-2.

More NAMM news on next week's PSN-e, but in the meantime please check out the show preview in the January issue of Pro Sound News Europe.

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