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It’s been an amazing weekend at the 2022 NAMM show, one that was bustling with new product launches, updates and reissues. From new monitors and interfaces to outboard gear and instruments, this year was packed with exciting new releases—and we’re here to share some the biggest news from the convention center floor. Read below to discover our top ten releases from the NAMM Show and check out our New At NAMM category to see everything that was announced.
The Neve 88M ($1,245) is USB audio interface that utilizes the same technology found in Neve’s flagship 88RS console. Combining two studio-quality preamps with Neve’s exclusive Marinair transformers and mastering-grade AD/DA converters powered by class-leading ESS Chip Sets, the new 88M delivers the classic neve sound in a compact desktop interface.
Adding to their range of premium studio monitors, Focal announced the Solo6 BE ($1,599), an updated version of the brand’s best-selling SM6 series speakers. Equipped with a newly-designed 1.5-inch beryllium inverted dome tweeter and 6.5-inch woofer featuring Focal’s proprietary “W-cone” composite sandwich construction, the new Solo6 studio monitors deliver an ultra-linear frequency response from 45 Hz to 40 kHz, superb output level and imperceptibly low distortion.
The next evolution of ADAM Audio’s award-winning A7X, the new A7V ($800) studio monitor offers a number of enhancements over the original, including ADAM’s new Multi-Layer Mineral technology, HPS Waveguide and onboard DSP. Equipped with a powerful 7” woofer and ADAM’s renowned X-ART tweeter, the A7v delivers a wide frequency range of 41 Hz to 42 kHz.
The SSL BUS+ ($2,900) made a big impact at this year’s show as well. Featuring three distinct compression colors based on SSL’s most popular circuits and an all-new dynamic EQ, the BUS+ is the most versatile incarnation of the beloved SSL Bus Compressor ever made. At its core, BUS+ retains the character of the original SSL Bus Compressor, using high-grade components to ensure pristine sound quality with analog character. But the unit also adds a host of tonal options, routing features and adjustable parameters.
Auratone made a comeback at this year’s NAMM show with the new 5C Active Super Sound Cube ($749). This active version of the brand’s beloved Super Sound Cube design includes a built-in power amp, making it easier than ever to reference your mixes with the classic full-range cubes to ensure your mixes translate to any system.
Austrian Audio debuted the new OC16 condenser microphones ($399) at this year’s NAMM, showing off the brand’s new Open Acoustics technology, which eliminates acoustic interference for an open, natural sound. Equipped with a CKR6 ceramic capsule, handmade in Vienna, the new OC16 delivers pristine sound.
The Flock Audio PATCH XT ($11,750) was on display at the 2022 NAMM show, as was the new Patch APP. This versatile digitally controlled analog patch routing system offers impressive I/O with up to 192 Points (96 inputs x 96 outputs).
Oberheim showed off the new OB-X8 ($4,999) at NAMM this year, a versatile eight-voice analog synth that combines sounds and features from the OB-X, OB-SX, OB-Xa and OB-8. The OB-X8’s rich sound comes from its all-analog sine, saw, square, triangle and noise oscillators, which pass through Oberheim’s legendary SEM-lineage OB-X filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch modes. Also included is the classic Curtis CEM3320 filter with both 2-pole and 4-pole modes, which gave the OB-Xa and OB-8 their distinctive sounds.
Dangerous Music announced the new 2-BUS-XT ($1,999) summing mixer, Leveraging the same active analog summing circuit found in the legendary 2-BUS+, the 2-BUS-XT delivers Dangerous Music’s unsurpassed imaging, dimensionality, punch and headroom. In addition to 16 channels of pristine summing, the new 2-BUS-XT also includes two new custom analog color circuits for shaping and sculpting your mixes.
Vintage King teamed up with Echo Fix to debut the EF-X3R - Vintage King Exclusive ($2,800), a suped-up version of the classic Echo Fix featuring a BBD chorus and analog spring reverb. Individual outputs for each head offer improved flexibility, making it easier than ever to achieve a classic Stereo Ping-Pong delay effect by panning each head externally. To top it all off, we’ve added a new auto tape stop circuit that automatically stops the tape when no signal is detected to help extend tape life.
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