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NAMM Show registers 3% visitor increase

Audix, Lectrosonics, Shure and more feature in PSNE’s second round-up of new launches from The NAMM Show, which reported 90,114 registered attendees and a total of 1,417 exhibitors – 247 of them new.

Audix, Lectrosonics, Shure and more feature in PSNE’s second round-up of new launches from The NAMM Show, which reported 90,114 registered attendees and a total of 1,417 exhibitors – 247 of them new.

Taking place from 13-16 January, the 2011 NAMM Show registered an overall 3% increase in visitors against the 2010 event, including a 2% rise in international attendees (to 10,400).

Reflecting on the strong exhibitor and visitor totals, NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond commented: “The world’s brightest minds and most innovative music companies came together in Anaheim for four amazing days of commerce, networking and learning. After meeting with NAMM Members from around the world, I am continually impressed and amazed at the resolve and optimism our industry has shown these past years and I believe that we are now on a path of recovery and future growth as more people of all ages and talent levels discover the fun and proven benefits of playing music.”

New from Lectrosonics was the Quadra digital wireless monitor (IEM) system. Consisting of the M4R belt-pack diversity receiver and the M4T half-rack transmitter, the new Quadra system features digital RF modulation, two or four channels of 24-bit/48 kHz digital audio, analogue or digital inputs, and a unique mixing interface for users. The Quadra system operates in the licence-free ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) band between 902-928 MHz and has a throughput latency of 1 ms for the analogue inputs and <0.5 ms for the digital inputs.

“We have been asked repeatedly for many years to make an IEM system,” said Karl Winkler, director of business development at Lectrosonics. “We didn’t want to make a ‘me-too’ product, though. Instead, we based the Quadra system on our own D4 digital wireless platform, which has already been proven for film and TV production. With ultra-low latency, digital audio and four channels, I’m confident we have a unique solution for the touring market. Furthermore, by virtue of its use of the license-free ISM band between 902-928 MHz, the Quadra can be added to most existing wireless microphone installations without ‘stepping on’ what is already in place.”

Audix, meanwhile, showcased the new 24” length version of the MicroBoom solution for portable and distance miking for vocals, choirs and orchestras. The MicroBoom 24 carbon fiber boom arm is designed specifically for the Micros Series of miniature integrated condenser microphones and – when combined with the M1250B, M1255B and M1280 – the MicroBoom 24 can attach to any microphone stand or 5/8 threaded mount.

Cliff Castle, v-p of sales, recalled that the starting point for the new launch came about initially as a request from The Portland Cello Project. “We made some prototypes and it allowed the group to carry their own ‘custom miking system’ with them. We soon learned that this shorter version of the MicroBoom had universal appeal so we decided to introduce it as part of the line!”

Launched by Rycote was a new complete microphone mount and vocal pop filter system, the Rycote InVision StudioKit. The system will accommodate ‘almost any’ large-diaphragm vocal microphone, and also allows mics to be swapped without the need to change the suspension and pop filter at the same time.

In addition to the innovative new Axient wireless microphone system (already covered by PSNE here:, Shure introduced new IEM and headphone products. The PSM 1000 In-Ear Personal Monitoring System offers a dual-channel, full-rack professional monitoring solution designed for tight integration with Shure Wireless Workbench software. The SRH550DJ ultra lightweight headphones are geared towards semi-professional DJs and audio enthusiasts, while the new high-end SRH940 headphone are designed for critical monitoring and mastering applications in professional studios.

For more highlights from The NAMM Show, see here: