NAMM is a lot of things: one big cacophonous jam session, a chance to watch Brian Wilson ascend an escalator while empty-handed autograph collectors gaze longingly, and an opportunity for geeks to explore new music-making possibilities. We spent a couple (all too brief) days cruising around the Anaheim Convention Center, and this is what we found.
Two new iPad docks from Alesis adds instrument inputs to your tablet.
Alfred Publishing offers piano and guitar sheet music for tunes from the Zelda and Super Mario series.
A physical (8 x 6) step sequencer that uses marbles to trigger samples.
Universal Audio brings Apollo Thunderbolt audio interface with DSP to NAMM 2012
QuNeo 3D is an open source USB (MIDI or OSC) controller that features a number of sliders, pads, and rotary sensors — each of which pressure, velocity, and XY location output.
Limited edition, multitouch MIDI controller in a handsome wood case.
Two new Kaoss pads, two new Monotrons. What's not to love?
Teenage Engineering shows off its updated OP-1 synth, Oplab, and TS-1 Team Sneaker — and we have the video to prove it.
Alesis has announced the Vortex, a new keytar MIDI controller with 37 velocity-sensitive keys and a MIDI-assignable accelerometer.
Behringer has announced three new mixers with iPad support, allowing for recording to or from the tablet. The Xenyx-series iX1642USB, iX2442USB, and iX3242USB feature 16, 24, and 32 channels respectively.
iPad 2 case + MPC pads + app = Akai MPC in a clamshell case
Like headphones and hearing aids of this type, the BC Gigster sends sound to the internal ear through the cranial bones. Unlike the aforementioned devices, in this case sound is sent through a series of transducers in the seat of a drum stool.