The 2020 Winter NAMM Show has drawn to a close, and we’re recapping all the exciting news from the floor. Trade shows are always a fun time for us to reconnect with our manufacturing and media friends alike, but NAMM is certainly a DPC staff favorite. After more than two decades attending the show, NAMM 2020 did not disappoint.
On the business side of things: Our clients at the show this year included DPA Microphones, NUGEN Audio and RHC Holdings/ACT, as well as Audionamix and Gibson/KRK Systems. All of these manufacturers had some interesting updates to share with attendees.
Over at the DPA booth, we gave media, engineers and dealers a chance to see the 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Mic for the first time. Outfitted with a pair of DPA’s acclaimed 4060 CORE Mini Mics, the Binaural is designed to capture real-time, exact, authentic audio for headphone and studio applications. This ramps up creativity for YouTubers, content creators, podcasters, vloggers, sound designers, filmmakers, and more. The company also displayed the latest updates to its 6000 CORE Series of Subminis, which now feature a wider array of color options. Catering to the house of worship and choir markets, DPA also displayed its new 4097 CORE Choir Mic. Designed to capture dynamic choir sound, the mic was initially launched at InfoComm 2019.
The folks at NUGEN had some really big news for the show this year, with the release of its SEQ-S software update; and media and attendees alike were excited to see its benefits. Designed for producers, SEQ-S incorporates a resizable direct-draw interface and EQ-matching presets. These features enable producers to expedite their workflow and fine-tune audio. The company also presented its latest SigMod updates, which incorporate hosting support for a wide pool of plug-ins. This increases access to creative routing options for any stereo or multi-mono plug-ins. Company representatives also spoke about the company’s new Chinese Trademark, which protects its licenses in Asia.
W.I.E.M.S (Wireless In-Ear Monitor System) from ProCo Sound, an ACT/RHC brand, made its MI debut this year. Featuring the company’s latest technology, W.I.E.M.S. is the most-compact in-ear solution on the market today. With up to 30 meters of range (line-of-sight) between the transmitter and belt-pack receiver, W.I.E.M.S. features a sleek and simple design. It also has no external antennas and a seamless plug-and-pair, which is especially interesting for a company that specializes in WIRES and cables. And, we had the chance to drop by the RHC/RapcoHorizon stand while members of Buckcherry were there for a booth signing!
What Else Was Happening at NAMM 2020?
We also stopped by to see our friends at Gibson/KRK Systems and Audionamix, which each had some exciting things happening. At Audionamix, we were excited to help with the launch of the brand’s new XTRAX subscription-based initiative. Over at Gibson, which, let’s be honest, is quite literally the “Gibson Floor,” there were so many exciting things to see. We were excited to catch the PPLMVR performance on Thursday, and even took advantage of some of the photo ops stations they had set up. We also caught some of the KRK Guitar Solo contest, which we promoted ahead of the show.
Of course, trade shows can’t be all work at no play, so we took some time to have our traditional “team dinner” at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. Harkening to life in NOLA (AKA: New Orleans, Louisiana), Jazz Kitchen offers up a slew of creole-style food – complete with beignets ala Café du Monde!
NAMM 2020 was definitely a lot of fun this year, and we look forward to hitting up NAMM-aheim again next year!
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