US: The 2007 NAMM Show came to an end on Sunday having again registered impressive attendance figures throughout its four-day duration. A total of 1,535 manufacturers participated, with many choosing the Anaheim event to launch new or updated products.
These included a batch of fresh developments from the Harman family of companies, including: the JBL VRX928LA satellite plus VRX915S sub - in effect, the line array technology on a stick; new C5 and D6 vocal mics, plus a range of miniature gooseneck mics, from AKG; a DSP processing card for the Soundcraft Vi6 live console, featuring BSS EQ and Lexicon multi-FX algorithms; and the JBL powered PRX PA range, a set of five mid/hi boxes plus subs for bands and small venues.
Allen & Heath launched the Xone:2D, a follow-up to the Xone:3D mixer/controller, while SSL showed off the Duende V1.5 processor, is based on the technology behind the manufacturer's C-Series digital desks.
Giles Orford, now marketing director of Focusrite/Novation, was airing the Automap Universal software for the ReMOTE SL controller, while Waves revealed its Mercury collection of plug-ins along with the Live Bundle for the Digidesign VENUE system. Celemony was showing V3.2 of its acclaimed Melodyne/Cre8 studio voice correction software.
Celestion's John Paice (pictured) introduced subwoofer additions to its FTR series of loudspeakers, along with a whole new range: the neodymium NTR series is designed to attract line array manufacturers. FBT introduced its China-built Kempton range of power amplifiers.
Special performances and educational sessions were again key priorities in the preparation of this year's event, as NAMM's president and CEO, Joe Lamond, observed: "NAMM is committed to its members in the music products industry to not only provide a high-profile event to promote their products, but also offer education and insights into the industry to help manufacturers, retailers and representatives steer their businesses in a positive direction for the coming year."
NAMM was also the venue for meetings by several prominent industry groups, including the NAMM B2B Interest Group, which is currently in the process of developing technology standards for the music products industry.
The exhibition organisers' focus will now shift to Austin, Texas, where the 2007 Summer NAMM is due to take place from July 27th to 29th.