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NAMM 2013: It’s show time!

We are just days away from NAMM 2013. Before you go, here’s our last sneak peak at what’s in store for the pro-audio community about to gather in sunny California.

As we count down the final few days before NAMM 2013, PSNEurope has pulled together a final preview of news and products that didn’t make our print preview, or last week’s NAMM sneak peak. D.A.S. Audio will unveil its Aero 40 line array system: part of the Aero Series 2 product line, the Aero 40 is a mid-size, powered line array system utilizing 12-inch and 6-inch transducers for the low and mid frequencies respectively plus dual compression drivers for the highs. Additionally, D.A.S. Audio’s Convert 15A powered multifunction loudspeaker system and the SX-218A subwoofer (pictured) will be used for all sound reinforcement on the Venue Stage throughout the show. “The expansion of both our Convert Series and Aero Series 2 product groups is an important milestone for our company and I look forward to meeting members of the press and others as we unveil these new products,” said Jaime Villegas, GM of D.A.S. Audio USA. VUE Audiotechnik will also use the NAMM Show to launch the al-4 Subcompact line array system, which combines a beryllium compression driver, Kevlar/Neo LF transducers, and precision amplification and DSP with an ultra-compact and scalable design. The al-4 line array system includes the al-4 Acoustic Element and the rack-mount V4 Systems Engine. The compact al-4 Acoustic Element measures 18.9 x 5.5 x 10.3 inches (48 x 14 x 26 cm) and weighs 18 lbs (8.2kg). Drivers are loaded in an M-T-M (LF-HF-LF) configuration for symmetrical horizontal consistency. Two 4-inch Kevlar cone neodymium woofers flank a VUE-designed, 1-inch exit neodymium compression driver with a Truextent beryllium diaphragm. The beryllium compression driver is mounted to a precision waveguide delivering 90° of horizontal coverage. Further details on the MIDI Manufacturers Association’s panel discussion at the NAMM Show H.O.T Zone, ‘MIDI Creators and Innovators,’ have been announced: Celebrating the technology’s 30 year anniversary this year, MIDI’s past, present and future will be discussed and debated by a celebrity panel including Alan Parsons (The Beatles, Pink Floyd) Tom Oberheim (Oberheim Electronics, Marion Systems), Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits, Dave Smith Instruments) Jordan Rudess (Dream Theatre, Liquid Tension Experiment), George Duke and Craig Anderton (Electronic Musician). Phoenix Audio will be exhibiting its updated DRS-8 Mk2 multichannel pre-amp, first released in 2010. The new version builds on the unit’s sonic character, colour and tone but with an improved PSU board and power transformer offering greater power and much improved overall noise performance. Further to Holophone’s joint Super C supercardioid condenser released in conjunction with Quantum5X, the company will also be debuting two more single-channel microphones at NAMM: the Big O omnidirectional mic and C+ cardioid mic. “The microphone market is overrun with boring, unimaginative mics that have nothing new to offer in terms of styling or sonic performance,” said company founder Michael Godfrey. “Simply put, we believe it’s time for something new and completely different, and we’re issuing a wake-up call to the pro-audio industry.” Elsewhere on the show floor, Blue Microphones will be exhibiting Nessie; an adaptive USB microphone that applies professional studio processing to automatically refine recorded audio in real time. The company harkens the technology to that of point-and-shoot digital cameras, which will reduce redeye and automatically adjust focus and exposure for improved photos. Nessie’s three recording modes are optimised for richer vocals, more detailed instruments or raw audio for manual post-production editing. Finally, Audiofly will launch its Performance Series in-ear monitors (IEMs) including the AF120, AF140 and AF160. “We’re listening closely to feedback from musicians and music lovers, to build upon our recent product successes with new features that our customers request,” said Dave Thompson, CEO of Audiofly. “Our respect for music has lead Audiofly to push audio technology boundaries and design innovation standards to create in-ear monitors for the ultimate in detailed sound performance, durability and comfort; whether they are used on stage, in the recording studio or at home.”