NAMM 2018 Roundup: Live Sound

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With NAMM 2018 now wrapping up we now take a look at some of the interesting news and new releases during the show amongst the Live Sound platform and community. 

STAR OF THE SHOW: AKG C636 Microphone

Having been awarded the Technical and Creative Achievement in Microphones – in the Sound Reinforcement Category at NAMM Music Show 2018, the AKG has us all very excited. This condenser microphone is equipped with a proprietary “double shock suspension system” able to considerably reduce noise caused by handling, giving you a studio type of performance on the live stage.

For More info: AKG C636 Microphone

Due in Australia: Early Feb, 2017

NAMM 2018 Roundup: LIve Sound
AKG C636 Condenser Live Microphone


Tascam Offers New Dante-Centered AD Converters

Tascam have released a 1U size Dante converter with 16 & 32 channel analog line inputs/outputs. Both units are analog-to-digital converters, featuring analog D-Sub inputs and redundant Ethernet outputs that support both primary and secondary connections. Accepting signal from microphone preamps, mixing consoles, audio interfaces, and more, these boxes provide uncompressed, multi-channel digital audio, integrating with other Dante enabled devices over Ethernet.

NAMM 2018 Roundup: Live Sound
Tascam New Dante-Centered AD Converters

HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Free Soundcraft Ui24R 2.0 Feature Update at NAMM 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the free Soundcraft Ui24R 2.0 firmware update is now available.

“Ui24R 2.0 Firmware adds new features and advanced workflow enhancements that enable users to mix with greater flexibility and speed,” said Scott Wood, Solutions Manager, Mixing at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “For engineers and mixers working in broadcast or performing arts environments, innovative features like Speech AutoMix and Multi-Ducker make the Ui24R even more powerful and user friendly. This is the fourth free firmware update we’ve released since the Ui24R debuted last March, demonstrating our commitment to continually expanding the Ui24R’s capabilities.”

Free Soundcraft Ui24R 2.0 Feature Update

KORG KONNECT Portable PA System

The KONNECT is a single unit, that you could use live in a small-room , DJing, at a party or anywhere else you might require it. The sound on this unit is both loud and clear, and you get source-specific EQ presets. What’s more, when you  downloaded the Konnect app you can control the unit from your mobile. You can also stream music wirelessly over Bluetooth

Other Key Products:

JBL EON ONE Pro: The new JBL EON ONE PRO, the first, portable, battery-powered, linear-array PA system certainly turned heads at the event. This system is lighter and more more compact and allows up to six hours of play time which is great for us buskers at heart.

RCF E Series Analogue Mixing Desks: The new E Series of analog mixing desks with specifically designed mix preamps, dynamic compressors, semi-parametric four-band EQ, stereo USB port for recording or playback, USB power port to feed external devices, foot switch input to control effects, long-throw faders and onboard Z.Core DSP effects.

TASCAM CD-400U CD PLayer-Media Player-AM/FM ReceiverThis release from Tascam is a bit unusual due to the increase in online streaming and the decline in CD sales, but Tascam must believe there is a market for it. 

Namm 2018 Roundup: Live Sound
JBL EON One Pro Series Portable PA
Namm 2018 Roundup: Live Sound
RCF E Series Analogue Desk
Namm 2018 Roundup: Live Sound
Tascam CD-400 U CD Player

Seen at the Tascam booth was Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein best known for his material with the horror punk band the Misfits and his own band eponymously named Doyle.

NAMM 2018 Roundup: Live Sound


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