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Show Central: News & New Products From Winter NAMM 2016

The latest from the recent show in Anaheim, being updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for the latest...

By PSW Staff January 26, 2016

A nighttime view of the Anaheim Convention Center, site of the 2016 NAMM Show. (Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

The just-concluded 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim was the largest and most inclusive event in the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) 115-year history, hosting a record 1,726 exhibiting companies representing more than 6,000 brands, a 7 percent increase in exhibiting companies over 2015’s event.

The number of new companies also grew again, representing 409 of the total exhibiting companies. In addition to the new-to-NAMM names, 174 companies returned after a lapse of a year or more.

“As we look at the record number of exhibiting brands, influx of new entrepreneurial spirit and attendance from 125 countries, the industry seems poised for vital growth and breakthroughs,” states NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond. “The NAMM Show is a reflection of our industry, not only where it is now, but even more importantly where it is heading next.”

NAMM members brought their A-game to Anaheim this week with creative, innovative, beautiful products. They also came with inquisitive minds, filling NAMM’s educational sessions all four days.”

A mix of NAMM member buyers and retail employees, exhibitors, media, artists, invited guests, NAMM’s Generation Next (college music students) and Music Education Day participants (school music teachers) resulted in a record 101,736 show registrants, a 2 percent increase over last year’s record figure. Almost 16,000 international registrants traveled to Anaheim from abroad, a 20 percent increase over 2015. Attendees came from every corner of the globe, representing 125 countries.

Highlights include the NAMM U Breakfast of Champions, where the legendary Graham Nash shared personal anecdotes from his more than 50 years in music with a crowd of more than 1,500 industry leaders.  “Weird Al” Yankovic hopped on stage for the inaugural NAMM Foundation Grand Rally for Music Education sharing insights and some laughs about his creative process with college students and educators.

Evening award events included the 31st annual NAMM TEC Awards featuring Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Don Was, and Nathan East, while the Nissan Grand Plaza Stage hosted a concerts by A-list artists, including a performance by Nash. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers headlined the NAMM Foundation Celebration of Music Education in association with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Imagine Party, and Saturday capped off with a sing-along set of classic rock hits by The Legends.

Following is a growing stable of news and new products from the 2016 NAMM Show which we’ll be updating regularly, so be sure to check back for the latest.

TransAudio Group Launches New Subwoofer Pros Brand
TECnology Hall Of Fame Inducts Manley VOXBOX
AES Hosts Membership Drive At NAMM Show 2016
Heil Sound Celebrates “50 Years Of Maximum Rock & Roll” In 2016
Live Music Schedule Announced For Winter NAMM 2016
Focusrite Showcases Products Via Application-Specific Environments
Roland RE-201 Space Echo Inducted In TECnology Hall Of Fame
31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards Honors Don Was With Les Paul Award
Graham Nash Honored With “Music for Life” Award
Avid Presents New Products
Neumann Introduces New Website Dedicated To Home Studio Recording
Eight New Board Members Elected At 2016 NAMM Show
Technical & Creative Achievement Winners Announced At 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards
Meyer Sound LEOPARD Wins NAMM TEC Award
QSC Celebrates Milestone With 750,000 K Family Loudspeakers Sold

Renkus-Heinz Launches RHAON Version 2.01
RCF Debuts HDL50-A Line Array, SUB 9007-AS and TTL6-A
JBL Professional Introduces SUB18 High-Output Studio Subwoofer
Unity Audio Introduces Boulder Active Bass Extender (B.A.B.E)
Celestion Unveils CF1840H Low-Frequency Driver
PMC Launches IB1S-AIII ‘Activated’ Reference Monitor
Genelec Displaying 8010A Active Monitor And 7040A Subwoofer
PreSonus Announces New ULT-Series Loudspeakers
JBL Professional Debuts EON208P Portable PA System
Mackie Extends SRM Portable Series With 1200W SRM1550 Subwoofer
Genelec Presents M040 Bi-Amplified Active Monitors
QSC Introduces E Series Range Of Passive Loudspeakers
Debut Of New JBL Professional VTX M Series Stage Monitors
HK Audio Announces Lucas Nano 608i

Mackie Launches DC16 Control Surface
Allen & Heath Presents dLive Digital Mixing Series
Mackie Introduces ProDX Wireless Digital Mixers
Soundcraft Si Impact Digital Console Now Shipping
PreSonus Debuts StudioLive AVB Live Mix Systems
Waves Audio Showcases eMotion LV1 Live Mixer
DiGiCo Announces Future Release Of Stealth Core2; New SD5cs System
Allen & Heath Presents dLive Digital Mixing System

Microphones/Wireless Systems
Shure Unveils KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Electro-Voice Launches ND Series Microphones
Audio-Technica Releases New AE2300 Dynamic Cardioid Instrument Microphone
CAD Audio Introduces CADLive Wireless Systems
TELEFUNKEN Debuts Two New Drum Mic Packs
CAD Debuts New CADLive D88 Kick Drum Mic
Mojave Audio Debuts MA-50 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
CAD Audio Reimagines Classic A77 Mic To Celebrate 85th
Neutrik Announces XIRIUM PRO Wireless Digital Audio System
AKG Showcasing Concert I Professional Drum Microphone Set
AKG Announces New Frequency Bands For WMS40 Mini Wireless Systems
Audio-Technica Unveils New Desk Stand & Boundary Transmitters For System 10 Wireless
AKG Unveils MicroLite Series Miniature Wearable Reference Microphones
Audio-Technica Announces ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Audio-Technica Unveils E-Series Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones
AKG Launches Two New DJ Headphones
Sennheiser Streamlines HD 25 Pro Headphones Portfolio
Yamaha Showcases HPH-MT7 Studio Monitor Headphones
Fostex Introduces TH-900mk2 Premium Stereo Headphones

Yamaha Adds Dante Stage Box Solution For TF Mixer Series
Riedel Announces New Products Line-Up
Switchcraft Introduces Phantom Powered Bluetooth Audio Receiver
A-Designs Releases REDDI V2 Rack-Mount Dual Mono Tube DI
Synthax Presents RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface
Antelope Audio Introduces New Mobile App And DSP Effects
Apogee Introduces Symphony I/O Mk II Audio Interface
DiGiGrid Releases New Desktop Series
Radial Introduces Shotgun Stereo Amp Driver And Distro
TASCAM Previews SD-20M Recorder
PreSonus Unveils Studio 192 Mobile Audio Interface/Studio Command Center
Burl Audio Adds Waves SoundGrid To B80 Mothership
Steinberg Showcases New UR22mkII Portable Audio Interface
dbx Introduces Five 500 Series Modules & Two PowerRack 500 Series Chassis
Radial Introduces Jensen Twin-Servo 500 Series Preamplifier
dbx Launches Dante & BLU link Compatible DriveRack VENU360 Models

Waves Audio Announces Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room Plugin
NUGEN Audio To Introduce New Products
Waves Audio Announces Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plugin

dbx Launches New Direct Boxes & Cable Test Accessories
Radial Announces DiNET DAN-TX And DiNET DAN-RX Dante-Enabled Direct Boxes
JBL Professional Expands Studio Monitor Line With Monitoring System Controllers
Hosa Technology Announces Power Cords Featuring Neutrik powerCON Connectors
DPA Microphones Adds New Line Of Mounts For d:vote Series
Auralex Debuts MudGuard v2 Microphone Shield


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