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Winter NAMM 2007 Reports


Geoff Grace

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As most of you know, this year's Winter NAMM Show will begin this Thursday and run through Sunday. As always, anticipation of cool product announcements is running high. :cool:

 

Please post your Winter NAMM 2007 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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Below are some NAMM related links of note:

 

Harmony Central will post regular NAMM gear updates here throughout all of the days of the show. (In fact, they've already begun posting show coverage at the above link.)

 

There will be a forum dinner during NAMM on Thursday, January 18th, at 7:30 PM.

 

Craig Anderton will perform at the PreSonus booth every NAMM show day at 3:00 PM. Click here for details .

 

audioMIDI is posting NAMM blogs here .

 

Best,

 

Geoff

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By the way, this marks the fifth time I've created a Winter NAMM thread in the Keyboard Corner. For nostalgia's sake, here are the other four:

 

Winter NAMM 2006 Reports

Winter NAMM 2005 Reports

Winter NAMM 2004 Reports

Winter NAMM 2003 Gear Reports

 

Best,

 

Geoff

My Blue Someday appears on Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon

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I posted this in another thread so I'll repost it here. Pretty cool!

 

Origin is the first Arturia Hardware synthesizer. It is a modular system of a new generation opening innovative avenues in sound design.

 

http://www.gearjunkies.com/view_image.php?id=6383

 

- More than 500 presets created by talented musicians and synthesizer specialists

- Up to 32 voices of polyphony for a typical patch

- Create your own patch or use an existing audio structures: an Origin patch made by connecting independent modules, or the minimoog V, the ARP 2600, the CS-80, the Moog Modular.

- Superb audio quality with TAE® engine. 24 bits/96 kHz supported.

- Origin lets you open dedicated software on your Mac and PC and use it as an AU or VST plug-in. All the sounds are calculated on the machine while you work on your computer as you would do with a native application.

- Analog: 2 audio ins, 10 audio outs. Digital: SPDIF out, USB 2.0

- Large selection of effects: Phaser, Chorus, Delay, FX Reverbs, Distortion, Param Eq, Compressor, Bitcrusher

- 16/32 step sequencer

- Innovative Macro, Advanced LFO, modulation modes, Advanced Joystick modes.

- MIDI : In, Out, Thru or USB 2

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Yamaha will be showcasing the new CME UF 50/60/70 controller keyboards at booth #100, Marriot Marquis Ballroom. The updated version to the original UF series of controller keyboards will add more features and functions and are designed to give the user even greater controller possibilities.

 

http://keybplayer.tripod.com/UF70.gif

 

New Functions:

 

- Built-in duplex wireless MIDI interface with error correction function

- USB plug-and-play MIDI interface

- Firmware upgrade or addition of new functions via USB

- Redesigned panel function provides more convenient control

- Many note-key shortcut functions added

- User template save functions added

- MIDI-in added to expansion slot

- All control components (including aftertouch) can be assigned to any controller or channel.

- Scales and tuning adjustment

- Increased velocity curves

- Adjustable aftertouch curve

- Increased continuous controller data density

- U-CTRL ? functions added

 

Specifications:

 

- 49-, 61-, or 76-key semi-weighted action keyboard with aftertouch (UF50 / 60 / 70)

- 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard with aftertouch (UF80)

- Built-in duplex wireless MIDI interface

- Over 20 user template, non-volatile memories

- Pitch bend and modulation wheels

- 8 assignable control knobs, preset functions including Cutoff / Resonance / Attack / Release / PAN /Reverb / Chorus / Variation

- 9 assignable control faders, preset functions including volume for 1-16 channels and master volume, and drawbar for organ sounds.

- LED data display, control button including program, transpose, octave, channel, keyboard split.

- 6 assignable shortcut knobs

- 6 sequencer remote buttons, including REC, PLAY, STOP, FAST REWIND, REWIND AND RETURN TO START, etc.

- Panel page and layer button, data adjustment knobs.

- 1 MIDI-out port

- Adapter port9V1500mA, power switch

- Breath controller port

- Sustain pedal and volume pedal jacks

- USB MIDI port, Class-compliant for Win XP and Mac OS X, Power can be supplied via USB

- Support and tested with most professional audio/MIDI sequencers

- U-CTRL mode

- Optional firewire expansion board

- Dimension: (W x D x H):

? ? UF50 859 x 348 x 113 mm, 8.2 kg

? ? UF60 1022 x 348 x 113 mm, 9.8 kg

? ? UF70 1232 x 348 x 113 mm, 11.8 kg

? ? UF80 1408 x 372 x 150 mm, 24.7 kg

 

Cool features like built-in duplex wireless midi is something not found on any other controller keyboard that I'm aware of. The UF (70) 76 key version is also relatively light at 26 lbs. The big question now is the price. ;)

Mike
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Originally posted by Jazzed:

Is the CME ZSC new too, or have I just not been following?

Hammer action weighted keyboard with aftertouch

 

ZSC 64/76/88 are three compact MIDI keyboards ALL with piano-weighted hammer action. The internationally patented ZSC keys feature hammer action which is found in some famous grand pianos, providing you with real piano touch as well as reliable durability.

 

I'll check 'em out.

 

Busch.

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Originally posted by keynote:

The big question now is the price. ;)

Begging to differ - the big question is when they can deliver. The CME VX-series controllers have been repeatedly delayed despite being announced a year ago. The new UF's look sweet indeed, especially since they dropped the red color, and I hope they actually show up PDQ.
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Originally posted by burningbusch:

The internationally patented ZSC keys feature hammer action which is found in some famous grand pianos, providing you with real piano touch as well as reliable durability.

I gotta call a big BS on this. There is NO way a controller has a grand piano action in it, if that's what they are claiming. If all they are saying is "we have a hammer action and so do grand pianos", well then, big whoop.

Moe

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Originally posted by Geoff Grace:

Craig Anderton will perform at the PreSonus booth every NAMM show day at 3:00 PM. Click here for details .

Craig's jams will be billed as "The Funky Beats and Blues All Star Jam Band."

 

The line-up joining Craig will include:

 

Jude Gold - Guitar Player (Guitar)

Albert Margolis - Mix magazine (Keyboards)

Dave Bryce - Adam Audio (Keyboards)

Jonathan Herrera - Music Player (Bass)

Jim Odom, President PreSonus (Guitar)

Rick Naqvi, VP Sales and Marketing, PreSonus (Guitar)

Gerardo Poraz - Musico Pro (Keyboards)

Alec Little - Apple (Bass)

 

--Source

 

:thu:

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I can wait for the GAS inducing reports. ;)

 

Approximately how many reps (KC forumites) do we have on location (attending the show) ?

 

How easy or difficult is it to see the goods i.e. are there lines at each booth like an amusement park ride or can you walk up on it?

 

I've never been to a NAMM show. Just curious. Have fun out there gang. :cool:

PD

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."--E. Ahbez "Nature Boy"

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Originally posted by mate_stubb:

Originally posted by burningbusch:

The internationally patented ZSC keys feature hammer action which is found in some famous grand pianos, providing you with real piano touch as well as reliable durability.

I gotta call a big BS on this. There is NO way a controller has a grand piano action in it, if that's what they are claiming. If all they are saying is "we have a hammer action and so do grand pianos", well then, big whoop.
Have you ever played a Kurzweil MIDIBoard?

 

I'm a piano player, and this thing has a very authentic piano action. I have yet to find a MIDI controller that feels better.

 

I may bring it again to AHMW, last time I brought it out there was 2000.

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Originally posted by Geoff Grace:

The doors are officially now open at the NAMM Show. :)

 

Best,

 

Geoff

What's taking them so damn long? :mad:

 

Somebody find out what's going on at the Kurzweil booth, for gosh sakes. :freak:

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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Originally posted by The Real MC:

Originally posted by mate_stubb:

Originally posted by burningbusch:

The internationally patented ZSC keys feature hammer action which is found in some famous grand pianos, providing you with real piano touch as well as reliable durability.

I gotta call a big BS on this. There is NO way a controller has a grand piano action in it, if that's what they are claiming. If all they are saying is "we have a hammer action and so do grand pianos", well then, big whoop.
Have you ever played a Kurzweil MIDIBoard?

 

I'm a piano player, and this thing has a very authentic piano action. I have yet to find a MIDI controller that feels better.

 

I may bring it again to AHMW, last time I brought it out there was 2000.

At the same time the CME stuff is pretty notorious for horrible translations, so I wouldn't necessarily take the 'grand piano action' bit literally - they could be intending to say it's like a grand piano in the same way the a Roland is...
A ROMpler is just a polyphonic turntable.
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Originally posted by daBowsa:

Woah, the Drunken Master! Haven't seen you around in a while!

 

How's fame and fortune treating you? What are you working on now?

Very kind of you to ask daBowsa. I've been lurking and posting occasionally but mostly I've been under the radar and busy with other obligations.

 

The big news is that I got married back in April and we are expecting our first kid this coming July! I expect fatherhood to be nothing short of life changing and I will apply myself with all of the veracity I can muster. Until I get tired at which point I am going to drop our kid in front of the TV. TV makes newborns stop crying doesn't it? ;)

 

Work wise things are good. I've been having a bit of luck with TV and Games placements this past year.

 

How are things with you?

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Originally posted by The Real MC:

Have you ever played a Kurzweil MIDIBoard?

 

I'm a piano player, and this thing has a very authentic piano action. I have yet to find a MIDI controller that feels better.

 

I may bring it again to AHMW, last time I brought it out there was 2000.

Absolutely, although it has been a long time. There was a K250 sitting in the music store I worked at for a long time also.

 

All I'm saying is that there is not a real grand piano action in any Chinese made controller. It would have to be close to 28" deep to have the correct key length. Something that feels close, sure.

Moe

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Originally posted by Is There Gas in the Car?:

Originally posted by Geoff Grace:

The doors are officially now open at the NAMM Show. :)

 

Best,

 

Geoff

What's taking them so damn long? :mad:

 

Somebody find out what's going on at the Kurzweil booth, for gosh sakes. :freak:

I too am waiting with bated breath to learn what's going on at the Kurzweil boot. :love:
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