The NAMM 2019 is close, and as usual, there will find the newest and most innovative new products dedicated to musicians, composers, producers, engineers and so on. We have created a list of products that have attracted our attention, both software and hardware. So let’s see what the most important players in the industry have prepared for us in the next period.
Let’s start with the newest software announcements…
NAMM 2019: Bitwig Studio 3
Bitwig Studio DAW becomes fully modular in version 3. The Grid, also known as the “digital frontier”, describes in the film Tron an “experimental platform on which all kinds of research can be conducted at unprecedented speed”. And the same applies to audio and MIDI in the DAW of your trust.
The Grid is an open modular environment that is integrated into three new devices: Poly Grid, Mono Grid, and FX Grid. While all Grid devices work the same way, each device has different configurations. Poly Grid, for example, serves as the starting point for a polyphonic synth.
The planned release of Bitiwg 3 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.
NAMM 2019: Slate Digital Lustrous Plates
Slate Digital, in conjunction with LiquidSonics, announced the Lustrous Plates, a new reverb plugin which recreates the sound of seven classic plates reverbs. The plugin uses the TASM dynamic multiband analysis technology, which has an improved reverberation synthesis algorithm with natural plate attenuation.
In addition to realistic acoustic attenuation, the new plugin offers settings for character control and modulation, as well as a separate section for processing equalization. The plugin will be available for purchase in the spring of 2019, the cost of Slate Digital LiquidSonics Lustrous Plates is $ 200.
NAMM 2019: Kilohearts Phase Plant
Phase Plant is a virtual modular synthesizer whose hybrid design and support of home Snapins effects make it a particularly versatile synth but easy to use since everything will be done from a single window. The instrument is based on the large software systems of the developer, including the Multipass with improved modulation functions.
Phase Plant is expected in the spring but visitors to NAMM 2019 will be able to get a first look at it next week. The instrument for Mac and Windows will be priced at 169 €, a Toolbox Starter edition adding five additional Snapins (Compressor, Distortion, Filter, Phaser, and Reverb) will be sold 199 €.
Let’s continue with some tangible products…
NAMM 2019: Akai Pro Force
Music equipment maker Akai Professional announced the release of the Force USB / MIDI controller. The device has a built-in step sequencer, sampler, synthesizer modules and allows you to work with sound completely autonomously. Akai Force is equipped with a matrix of 64 RGB pads, a color multi-touch display, 8 knobs with endless scrolling and OLED displays, a fader, a rotary encoder, a master volume control, and a set of function buttons.
The Akai Professional Force is expected in the first quarter of 2019 priced at almost 1500 EUR. Pretty expensive, do not you think?
NAMM 2019: Arturia AudioFuse Studio
The AudioFuse Studio audio interface by Arturia has four DiscretePRO mic preamps and a great audio quality. Microphone and line paths are separated and each has its own insert path. Four further line inputs and a phono input 5/6 are also offered by the AudioFuse Studio.
Two stereo pairs of balanced jacks are used as outputs, these offer the possibility of A / B switching. Two headphone outputs, one as 6.3mm, the other than 3.5mm jack, as well as two independent line outputs with Reamp capability are also on the feature list.
It continues with an ADAT port for another eight channels (up to 96 kHz), USB-C interface for the computer connection, MIDI port, Word Clock and S / PDIF digital interface. It is converted with up to 24 bits and 192 kHz – if that’s nothing.
Arturia AudioFuse Studio audio interface will be available at 899 Euro from the spring of 2019.
NAMM 2019: Elektron Model:Samples
Elektron looks to make a forward step into the music technology mainstream with the Model:Samples groovebox. This easy-to-grasp six track sample based groovebox is perfect for entering the world of music making.
The sound engine uses high-quality digital samples and the device comes with 300 hand selected sounds from Splice’s renowned content library. The samples range from familiar kicks, snares, and hi-hats to exotic, never-before-heard alternatives.
Of course there is plenty of space for your own sounds too. And thanks to the creative possibilities of the sound engine, you can easily personalize any sample until it sounds just the way you want it.
NAMM 2019: Korg Minilogue XD
Rumors turned out to be real. Korg announced at NAMM 2019 the release of the Minilogue XD analog synthesizer, which complements the “logue” line of instruments and is an improved version of the previously released Minilogue model.
The synthesizer has received a new digital engine in addition to two electronic oscillators and offers four-tone polyphonic analog sound synthesis.
The Minilogue XD engine features a 4-mode noise generator, a 16-mode VPM oscillator and a customizable 16-slot custom oscillator. The synthesizer has a set of built-in high-quality DSP effects for sound processing and a 16-step sequencer that supports real-time recording.
The library of instrument sounds includes 200 factory presets, it is possible for users to save 300 additional ones.
The Korg Minilogue XD will be available for purchase in stores in the first quarter of 2019. The cost of new items – $ 650.
NAMM 2019: Behringer RD-808
The Behringer RD-808 is significantly larger than the boutique box Roland TR-08 but does not quite reach the dimensions of the original. Although the sound concept leans on the original in its basic function, it can also do much more and has more features that go well beyond the capabilities of the Roland TR-808. Also, the beat programming and storage of patterns, etc. seems to be different than the classic. Immediately noticeable is that things like the big rotary head of the TR-808 are missing.
It is remarkable that there are numerous individual outputs on the back of the Behringer RD-808, including trigger outputs to control external analogue equipment. Nevertheless, what we heard was already very convincing and as you know it from Behringer, the Behringer RD-808 is likely to be extremely expensive, in fact, it is expected to be available in March for just $299.
NAMM 2019: Moog Sirin
Sirin is a limited synthesizer module created to celebrate the Moog House of Electronicus pop-up experience. Based on the legendary Moog Taurus sound engine and in the familiar compact form of the Moog Minitaur, Sirin is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus bass synthesizer family that achieves pitches well above the mid-range C with an extended frequency range
Moog Sirin will only be built in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces. A reprint is excluded from Moog. About the Moog House of Electronics page Sirin can be ordered for $ 544.04 plus shipping, but only from the US. If you are interested in the Moog Sirin in this country, you should contact the local Moog distributor.
NAMM 2019: Korg Volca Modular
The new Volca Modular is a semi-modular built-in analog synthesizer, which consists of eight independent synthesizer modules and offers a sound synthesis in the currently increasingly popular West Coast style.
A total of 50 patch points are available. The inputs and outputs are color-coded and the signals are marked with symbols so that one can immediately distinguish between audio, control, gate or trigger signals and much more cool features.
The Volca Drum will be available from March 2019 and is expected to cost 169 EUR.
NAMM 2019: Korg Volca Drum
Korg brings with Volca Drum a Rhythm Machine, which complements the Volca series with a completely different sound character. The Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer. offers a flexible structure with 6 parts (2 layers each) with a variety of possibilities to create your own drum and percussion sounds.
For each layer, you can choose from 5 waveform types, such as sine, sawtooth and HPF noise, as well as a 3-pitch modulator and amp EG types, each optimized for drum sounds. Features such as bit reduction, wave folder depth, overdrive control, and last but not least the Waveguide Resonator (Physical Modeling) create new sounds with a sound engine whose structure is very different from a typical drum machine.
The Volca Drum will be available from March 2019 and is expected to cost 169 Euro.
NAMM 2019: Arturia MicroFreak Synthesizer
Arturia’s MicroFreak is a hybrid synthesizer with capacitive poly-aftertouch-capable membrane keyboard that combines wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters.
This new small synthesizer from Aruturia features a versatile digital oscillator designed to produce rare and interesting sounds. Modes like Texturer, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC and Superwave are supposed to offer unimaginable scope. MicroFreak is compact and offers 13 oscillators, five dedicated Arturia engines and eight modes from Mutable Instruments.
The keyboard used is a capacitive foil keyboard, super flat with no moving parts that can control parameters in different ways, depending on how you touch them. Arturia MicroFreak can also be used to control instruments in their own DAW and for modular synths via its existing USB, MIDI and CV outputs. This makes the MicroFreak a great controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch with innovative software instruments.
Arturia MicroFreak synthesizer will be available for 299 Euros starting with this spring.
NAMM 2019: Korg Kross – Special Edition
Korg presents the 61-key version of the small and easy portable Kross-Synthesizer in four new neon colors for the upcoming NAMM-Show. This is a special edition that is now available in the neon color variations of green, orange, red and blue.
In addition, the special edition is equipped with an additional PCM memory, which offers high-quality piano, e-piano, synth and drum sounds, which are specially tailored to the needs of EDM producers.
The technical features are similar to the Kross standard model and thus offer a wide range of useful features, such as a polyphonic arpeggiator, a 16-track sequencer, a clear legible LC display and a convenient effects section, just to name a few highlights.
Available are the four variants of the Special Edition from March 2019 at a suggested retail price of 799 Euro.
NAMM 2019: PreSonus USB-C Audio Interfaces
PreSonus presents the new series his audio interfaces now with USB-C connectivity. The new USB-C series includes Presonus Studio 24c, Presonus Studio 26c, Presonus Studio 68c, Presonus Studio 1810c and Presonus Studio 1824c.
For all users who have a USB-C interface on their computers, this update is absolutely welcome.
From now on, these five models will replace the first generation of PreSonus Studio Interfaces, and all but the Studio 24c are equipped with DC-coupled outputs, allowing modular systems to be controlled. All five interfaces provide MIDI inputs and outputs and are supplied with matching cables or adapters.
All five Presonus USB-C audio interfaces are available now. Expected retail prices are $ 149.95 for Studio 24c, $ 199 for Studio 26c, $ 299 for Studio 68c, $ 399.95 for Studio 18c and $ 499.95 for the Studio Studio 1824c.