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Summer NAMM 2004 Reports

Geoff Grace

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As most of you know, this year's Summer NAMM Show began today and will run through Sunday, July 25 at the Nashville Convention Center and adjoining Gaylord Entertainment Center.


While Summer NAMM traditionally has relatively little of interest to keyboard players compared to Winter NAMM, there are usually a few new developments worth discussing.


Harmony Central is posting regular NAMM gear updates here throughout all of the days of the show.


Please post your Summer NAMM 2004 reports here, for forum members who are not fortunate enough to go to the show.


Feel free to discuss NAMM announced gear, events, and performances in this thread.





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OK, now the E-mu cards will run as VST plug ins. PC only.


E-MU Systems has announced its new PowerFX hardware-accelerated VST effects, which allows all E-MU Digital Audio Systems and Emulator X owners to run E-MU's hardware-accelerated E-DSP effects as full-blown VST plug-ins, including automation of effects parameters. The PowerFX software release also adds a new reverb and seven new delay algorithms to E-MU's comprehensive effects palette. PowerFX is a free upgrade available at www.emu.com to all Digital Audio Systems and Emulator X owners, and will start shipping with all new units starting early August 2004.

Sadly, this is still a Windows only system - no doubt Mac users would love to get their hands on it - speaking as one myself I can only concur!


Over 500 hardware-accelerated VST effects, plus a host of new plug-in effects included

These PowerFX presets are identical to the presets currently found in the PatchMix DSP Effects Palette (including all user presets), offering seamless effects compatibility across both environments. PowerFX works like any other VST plug-in, effects are instantiated in a VST insert or aux send locations within the application, and the desired effect (or group of effects) is simply dragged from the Effects Palette field to the center Insert Strip. All parameters for the selected effect can be viewed and edited in the Effects Window, and users can automate and save all parameter settings within the VST environment. And as a fully-featured VST plug-in, PowerFX provides automatic compensation for system latencies and proper synchronization of audio throughout the VST chain.


The PowerFX software launch also marks the release of E-MU's first expansion plug-in effects, adding a new reverb and seven new delay algorithms to E-MU's comprehensive Effects Palette. These new algorithms optimize the resources of E-MU's E-DSP effects engine, allowing users to run more reverbs and delays than before. These new effects are also free to all Digital Audio System and Emulator X owners, and will be available for download at


www.emu.com in early August 2004.

"For instance" is not proof.


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The Arturia Moog Modular was considered accurate enough an emulation to receive endorsment from Dr Bob himself and indeed, it was quite and accomplishment. Version 2 builds on that and add more features. They are as follows:

New ergonomics:


One unique scrollable view to overlook the entire synth.

Some modules are now interchangeable, allowing to configure - to a certain extent - the Modular the desired way.

New audio possibilities:


Improvements on the oscillators (new free running), on the filters (better response to modulations), on the envelopes (faster and even closer to true analogical behaviour).

New Unison mode

New Audio-In possibilities

The Soft-clipping emulation is now done on each mixer and not systematically on all of them, which saves on CPU load.

New modules


1630 Bode Frequency Shifter. Developed under the Moog license by Harold Bode in 1964, it is extremely rare (a dozen Worldwide).

928 Sample and hold is also very rare. Originally assembled in a separate cabinet, it was adapted on the last modular series, in the late 70's.

912 Envelope follower (or Schmit Trigger). One of the most popular modules on the Moog systems, it was often added to original configuration to create complex modulation through the use of an output signal.

12 stage phaser. The Moog 12 Stage Phaser was very well known, and originally conceived as an external rack to the Modular systems.

Formant Filter. A new module developed by Arturia, which did not exist on the original Moog systems. It allows the filtering of sounds according to the formants a, e, i, o, u.

Ring Modulator. Also a new module developed by Arturia, it creates very metallic sounds.

New presets


200 new presets to provide optimal use of the new modules.

This upgrade is free to all registered users. Shipment is planned for the 2nd half of August 2004.




Windows: Windows 98 SE/ ME / 2000 / XP

Mac OS X: Mac OS X.2 or higher

For more information



Access Virus TI keyboard,Alesis ION,Yamaha Motif ES 6,Roland Fantom XR.

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

Originally posted by MortenJ:

Are Kurzweil/samick on the NAMM.


If the is any new on Kurzweil VA-1.

Yes, Kurzweil is here.


They say the VA-1 has been shelved by Samick indefinitely.



Thanks Sad that Samick do that it was a nice VA.


But then I will buy Clavia Nordmodular G2X.



Access Virus TI keyboard,Alesis ION,Yamaha Motif ES 6,Roland Fantom XR.

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Originally posted by Jeff Da Weasel:

Your feet feel cold? Hell has frozen over... Alesis introduced a Strat-type guitar with onboard DSP.


Coming soon: the Studer ukulele.


- Jeff

I just read the specs and price on this. If it's really MSRP 349.00, this is going to be a runaway hit.

"For instance" is not proof.


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