By M. Erik Matlock • February 1, 2019 Images courtesy of DcSoundOp The 2019 NAMM Show recently wrapped up at the Anaheim Convention Center with a strong focus on innovation. New products, techniques, education and problems-solvers from every corner of the pro audio industry turned out in force, with an abundance of live music providing a soundtrack for the experience. The 2019 edition provided new product introductions, business opportunities, networking and fresh inspiration from over 400 educational sessions for 115,301 registered industry professionals. By the numbers, the show featured 2,000 exhibiting member companies representing 7,000 brands with an increase of 14 percent in international participants. I made my first trip to a NAMM show in 2005 and of all I’ve witnessed, this one was different. The crowd and business was similar to previous trade show experiences I’ve encountered, but the general attitude towards supporting the working tech felt encouraging. Trade shows can easily become an overwhelming experience with prospective customers herded like cattle from one sales pitch to another. For this year’s event, I searched intentionally for ways the manufacturers were stepping up their game to provide working techs with actual problem-solvers and not just wallet-lighteners. As my journey through the crowds took me from booth to booth, one vendor after another presented me with products designed to solve problems and improve the user experience. Many seemed to offer a stronger focus on the end-user and less on the products themselves. Something else new for 2019 was the Loudspeaker Demo in the arena, hosted by Live Sound International. Throughout the show attendees were introduced to one loudspeaker system after another in a controlled environment. As seen in the video above (compliments of DcSoundOp) the turnout and response was exceptional. Be sure to check back regularly as Show Central is updated over the following weeks. News Loudspeaker System Showcase At The 2019 NAMM Show Winners Announced For Tenth Annual PSW Readers Choice Product Awards Adamson Systems Engineering Joins Avnu Alliance LEA Professional Launches At NAMM Pacific AV Joins EM Acoustics Sales Network Astro Spatial Audio And Clair Brothers Partner For NAMM DPA Microphones Hosts Live Performances EM Acoustics Makes NAMM Debut At Loudspeaker System Showcase Loudspeakers Meyer Sound Showcases UP-4slim System & Immersive Demo NEXO Introduces GEO M12 Line Array VUE Audiotechnik Expands e-Class Architectural Series d&b audiotechnik Expands SL-Series Alcons Audio Pro-Ribbon Solutions Debut At NAMM PK Sound Demonstrates Trinity 10 Robotic Line Array Mackie Unveils New Flagship DRM Series Loudspeakers Dynaudio Presents New Core Series Studio Reference Monitors IK Multimedia Unveils New iLoud MTM Reference Monitors Celestion Presents New CDX14-2410 Compression Driver Consoles/Mixers API Releases THE BOX Console With Updated Feature Set Ashly Audio Unveils mXa-1502 Mixer Amp MVP Tascam Debuts Model 24 Mixer Microphones/Wireless Electro-Voice Debuts New RE3 UHF Wireless Microphone Product Family Sennheiser Launches XS Wireless Digital dBTechnologies Introduces RS16000 Wireless Touring Rack Earthworks Debuts New SR314 Live Vocal Microphone Electro-Voice Introduces New RE Series Condenser Vocal Microphones Roswell Pro Audio Unveils Delphos II Condenser Microphone Headphones/IEM/Personal Monitors Galaxy Audio Announces New AS-950 Wireless Personal Monitor Sennheiser & Neumann Launch New Wireless And Studio Gear Amplifiers/Interfaces/Outboard Gear PreSonus Introduces Studio Series USB-C Audio Interfaces Powersoft Unveils T Series Amplifiers Bose Professional Integrates Dante Into PowerShare Amplifiers Arturia Announces AudioFuse 8Pre Dual Mode Interface Expander Radial Debuts New SW8-USB Auto-Switcher & USB Interface Software/Apps Auralex Acoustics Offers Standalone App RLX: Room Layout eXpress Waves Audio Introduces CLA MixHub Plugin Avid Reveals Link Mobile And Desktop App Hardware/Accessories/Misc. Tascam Launches Next-Generation DR-X Series Digital Recorder & USB Interface ProCo Sound’s Updated Evolution Product Line Debuts About M. Erik M. Erik Matlock Senior Editor, ProSoundWeb Erik worked in a wide range of roles in pro audio for more than 20 years in a dynamic career that encompasses system design and engineering in the live, install and recording markets. He also spent a number of years as a church production staff member and Media Director, and as an author for several leading industry publications before joining the PSW team. Visit ErikMatlock.com to read more. http://erikmatlock.com Tagged with: DcSoundOp Live Sound International M Erik Matlock NAMM Trade Shows · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.