NAMM Report 2022 – Mixdown Magazine
Lyrics by Peter Hodgson
The latest and greatest announcements from this year’s NAMM
NAMM 2022 was a stripped-down affair, with many companies playing it safe in these pandemic times and opting to wait a bit. Still, in the absence of some of the biggest names like Fender and Gibson, there was still plenty of cool gear to drool over, remotely or in person.
Read all the latest features, columns and more here.
The Eastman Juliet appears to be the hit of the show, with a new offbeat body design and a variety of pickup configurations. The lightweight one-piece okuome body has a raised center block like a Firebird, carrying Bare Knuckle BC Old Guard or P90 Low Wound humbuckers.
The model also features Eastman’s first six-sided headstock design.
Taylor Guitars has added two new all-koa models to its 700 Series lineup: the 724ce Grand Auditorium and the 722ce Grand Concert. (Did you know that koa glows green under black light? We learned that during a tour of their factory a few years ago).
The guitars feature an ultra-thin matte finish to allow the player to feel the texture of the wood and enhance the overall texture of the playing experience. Both models feature dark rosewood binding, rosette paua/rosewood shell, maple/rosewood top rim and dark stained maple pickguard.
Ibanez has unveiled a suite of new signature models (having already announced its 2022 lineup a few months ago), including a 35th anniversary model commemorating the partnership with Steve Vai in the form of a PIA model with a sensitive swirl paint finish. black light.
There is also an all-gold Joe Satriani JS model, a Vai PIA in “Blue Powder” finish and a new Tom Quayle model, the T-style TQMS1-CTB. There is also a new finish for Nita Strauss’ JIVA model in a transparent white Ghost finish.
RØDE’s RØDECaster Pro podcasting solution is a big hit, but the RØDECaster Pro II has a smaller form factor and even more color (which is invaluable for keeping up with multiple podcast guests). The unit features low-noise Revolution preamps, eight programmable smart pads for your triggering needs, and a 5.5-inch HD touchscreen.
Universal Audio has entered the fray of guitar amp emulation pedals with the Woodrow 55, Ruby ’63 Top Boost, and Dream ’65 Reverb. You can probably figure out what each is based on, and each pedal offers a range of speaker and voice options.
The Woodrow ’55 is specially equipped in this area, with three selectable boosts (including one based on the Maestro EP-3 tape delay preamp), as well as independent volume controls for the two channels (always on), ‘Instrument ‘ and ‘Mic,’ and a room control for ambience. These really blow away experienced tube amp players, and it looks like UA is onto something quite special.
The legendary console makers have unveiled their first dual mic preamp and USB audio interface, the 88M. It features the same transformer-balanced Marinair technology found in the legendary 88RS console found in Abbey Road, Air and Capitol studios, but in a two-channel configuration.
Genome combines advanced virtual speaker emulation and a suite of world-class studio effects to create a new ecosystem for hybrid and plugin-based rigs. It gives you access to over 500 virtual guitar and bass cabinets, studio-grade microphones, and perfect recording environments.
The company describes it as a surgically tuned adaptive channel strip for guitarists whether they’re using an integrated platform or a hybrid software/hardware setup.
Ernie Ball Music Man
He’s the man of a thousand mentions, he has his own guitar company and Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders found time to add one more to the list by collaborating with Ernie Ball Music Man on Kaizen, a multi -double-cutaway offset scale (24.75″ to 25.5″) seven-string guitar with a tremolo and a set of new Music Man Heat Treated humbucking pickups.
It has Steinberger gearless tuners, and the fingerboard is thicker on the treble side than the bass side in order to angle it towards the player for, you know, ergonomics. The company has also expanded its line of DarkRay bass guitars (featuring Darkglass Electronics preamps and built-in fuzz and distortion effects) with a new five-string option, the DarkRay5.
Soft Limit has been an integral part of Apogee converters since Apogee’s standalone AD-500 converter in 1991, but this simple yet highly effective analog tape emulation is now available as an audio plug-in.
Round out transients in your audio signal, boosting apparent loudness while controlling superfluous digital peaks, add tape-like analog harmonics and subtle warmth, or drive the input knob to create crisp thickness that never gets harsh .
Now that Soldano is under the Boutique Amps Distribution umbrella, it was only a matter of time before their flagship SLO-100 was reinvented in the same 35-watt solid-state configuration as other BAD amps from Friedman, Diezel and Bogner. .
All the basic topology is there, including a Crunch/Overdrive mode switch, Normal/Deep voice switch, and controls for gain, level, three-band EQ, and presence, plus a loop. effects and a 24 V universal voltage power supply.
Yamaha’s THR series of wireless desktop amps were groundbreaking when they were released and they still lead the pack, as evidenced by the fact that they released a new 10th anniversary version of the THR30II with no changes except for your choice of new black or white colorways.
Still a killer amp, but now it looks even classier.
They don’t mention which particular boss they take inspiration from in marketing, but you can probably figure out who this template is in a way of a tribute to. Pre-aged in the Vintage ProShop, The Boss has an ash body, maple neck and fingerboard and aged Butterscotch finish, black bakelite pickguard and set of Bare Knuckle The Boss Tele pickups.
It’s getting harder and harder to find ash guitars these days, you know.
The innovators at SansAmp announce four new Character Plus Series pedals, each emulating a particular amp and pedal combo.
You have the Screaming Blonde (think Fender tweet with a Tube Screamer in front), English Muffy, HiWatt and Big Muff fuzzes, Fuzzy Brit Marshall and Fuzzface) and Mop Top Liverpool AC30 and Rangemaster Treble Boost). Each has two amp channels, and the accompanying gain effect can be engaged separately.
The lords of digital delay (the 2290 is iconic) have unveiled the Plethora X3, a feature-packed multi-effects pedal based on the larger but still small Plethora X5.
It lets you store and select up to 127 individual virtual pedalboards comprised of sounds from TC’s TonePrint line of pedals, including Helix Phaser, Viscous Vibe, Hall of Fame 2 Reverb, Flashback 2 Delay, Hypergravity Compressor, Vortex Flanger, Corona Chorus, etc. .
Reverend celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Silver Freeze finish and XXV Roman numeral inlays for the Anniversary Editions of the Six Gun Guitar, Sensei Jr Guitar and Decision P Bass.
All have Lorina bodies, Railhammer pickups and bass contour controls.
The Meris LVX Modular Delay System is powered by LVX’s ARM architecture for dual delay processing power of up to 2540ms with the ability to incorporate processing elements from other Meris products including preamps , Granulize, Poly Pitch, etc.
Then there are 99 preset locations in 33 memory banks to save your presets and bring them back to life on stage.
Eventide has unveiled the Misha, a Eurorack-compatible instrument and interval sequencer that the company is touting as a new way to make music. Sounds can be created by MIDI, voltage controlled or output waveforms with the audio jack, and there are external control models for MIDI and QWERTY keyboards.
You can use it to create your own scales and unlock new ways to play, and it’s one of those things that really has to be seen to be believed.
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