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Show Central: News & New Products From Winter NAMM 2018

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

By PSW Staff February 2, 2018

The 2018 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center once again brought members of the National Association of Music Merchants together with members of the music products industry to make new connections, reaffirm relationships, as well as create and establish new business opportunities.

“NAMM members, alongside our partners and guests, deserve all the credit for creating such an incredibly powerful industry gathering,” affirmed Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “The ‘crossroads’ of industry pros, coupled with the passion and dedication to drive business forward in new and innovative ways, ensures an exciting year ahead for all aspects of music making and production.”

U2 provides a rooftop performance for visitors waiting to enter on Friday morning.

This year’s show saw 7,000 brands and nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies across the show floor. The expansion of the show into the new Anaheim Convention Center North building saw increased pro audio and event technology participation contributing to a 9 percent overall growth of exhibitors at the show. International attendees increased by 8 percent with representation from over 100 countries totaling 19,356 registrants.

A total of 115,085 registered industry professionals were also treated to more than 500 educational sessions. The 2018 NAMM Show also experienced the inaugural [email protected] program, which included a mix of AES members and prospective new members. The program included four training academies, a variety of tutorials and sessions, as well as whitepapers, resulting in more than 300 total sessions. (The full report from NAMM is available here.)

The 2018 NAMM TEC Awards recognized 31 categories of products and projects in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement, and the individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games.

Highlights of the award ceremony included Jackson Browne, who was recognized with the Les Paul Innovation Award. Members of The Section: Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Craig Doerge (keyboards), Leland Sklar (bass) and Russ Kunkel (drums) were inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame. Comedian and occasional musician Demetri Martin served as host and offered numerous humorous quips throughout the evening. (Click here for the full story and list of winners.)

The Arena Plaza Stage provided outdoor performances throughout the show.

Looking ahead, The Summer NAMM Show will return to Nashville’s Music City Center June 28-30. Later in the year, NAMM Musikmesse Russia will return to Moscow September 13-16, and Prolight + Sound Russia will commence September 13-15. In 2019, The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim January 24-27, 2019.

Following is a growing stable of news and new products from the 2018 NAMM Show which we’ll be updating regularly, so be sure to check back for the latest.

News

Winners Announced For Ninth Annual PSW Readers Choice Product Awards

Grateful Dead Co-Founder Bob Weir Honored With Music For Life Award

Jackson Browne Receives Les Paul Innovation Award At NAMM TEC Awards

DPA Microphones Presents Performances And Training

Powersoft Moves Into New East Coast Headquarters

Yamaha Hosts PM10 And CL Series Training

Michael Beinhorn Offers TEC Tracks Talks

Sennheiser’s Dawn Birr Receives She Rocks Award

Lectrosonics’ Karl Winkler And Kelly Fair Present Training

PWS Teams Up With RAD To Offer RF Training

Neutrik USA Celebrating 30th Anniversary

dBTechnologies PresentsViO Arrays And Workshops

Loudspeakers

dBTechnologies Expands VIO Line Array Family

QSC Introduces Compact KS112 Powered Subwoofer

New JBL VTX A12W Line Array Loudspeaker From Harman Professional

Yamaha Unveils New DXS12mkII & DXS15mkII Powered Subwoofers

VUE Audiotechnik Expands h-Class Powered Loudspeaker Family

Funktion-One Marks NAMM Debut With F124 Bass Enclosure Launch

Harman Unveils JBL 3 Series MkII Powered Studio Monitors

Verity Audio Introduces Monster Tower Dance Club Loudspeakers

Consoles/Mixers

Allen & Heath Showcases 96kHz SQ Series Digital Mixers

New Ashly Audio Rack-Mountable digiMIX18 Mixer With iPad Remote

Schertler Launches New Arthur Prime Mixers

Bose Professional Debuts T8S & T4S ToneMatch Stereo Mixers

Radial Engineering Releases MIX 2:1 Passive Summing Mixer

Microphones/Wireless Systems

Neumann Launches Re-Issue Of U 67 Tube Microphone

Audio-Technica Unveils Fourth Generation 3000 Series UHF Wireless Systems

Sennheiser Upgrades Digital 6000 Wireless Microphone System

Audix Introduces White MicroBoom Models

Heil Sound Introduces PR 77D Large-Diaphragm Microphone

Headphones/IEM/Monitoring

Harman Professional Unveils New AKG C636 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone

Mackie Introduces MP Series Professional In-Ear Monitors

Networking/Interfaces

Audinate Debuts Dante AVIO Adapters

Luminex Makes Premier Appearance At NAMM With GigaCore 10

Amplifiers

Hafler Announces P3100 2-Channel Amplifier

Powersoft Returns With Armonia Training And Full Range Of Amplifiers

Multitrack Recording

New Avid Pro Tools 2018

Software/Apps

Sennheiser Showcases AMBEO

Waves Audio Releases New Scheps Omni Channel Plugin

beyerdynamic Unveils TG Wireless Manager

Harman Announces Firmware Update For Soundcraft Notepad Mixers

Hardware/Accessories

PreSonus Expands StudioLive AVB Ecosystem With New NSB-series Stage Boxes

Auralex Now Offering New MAX Kit, Portable Acoustic Treatment Kits

Mackie Launches New Line Of Audio Tools

Waves Presents SoundGrid-Compatible Sound Studio STG Stageboxes

TransAudio Group Introduces Daking Mic Pre II

Telefunken Exhibits Direct Box Line

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