../ NAMM Rumor Mill On Puree
Before every International Music Products Association (NAMM) show, rumors abound about new products the major manufacturers are set to debut.
This year is no different. We break down the top rumors so that you can decide what's real and what's just a
Photoshop figment of someone's imagination.
Korg, who's hasn't contributed much to the synthesizer market in recent years, is rumored to be debuting a new keyboard at
NAMM. Clearly, this is much more than just sticking a tube in one of their old synths and calling it a "breakthrough." Korg is even going so far as to hype the synth on the Korg homepage.
Here's a spy shot of the new synth that has been dubbed "The Oasis or Oasys"
The other Korg gossip is about a Triton Softsynth VSTi plug-in. While this might be exciting to exactly six people, it is not something that's going to raise a lot of
eyebrows at the show. Here's a picture:
Korg Triton VSTi Softsynth
Korg Triton VSTi: (But who cares??)
A picture of the Roland "Zeus" has recently surfaced that looks like
a cross between a JD-800, a TR-808, and a Jupiter-8. This mammoth keyboard is said to have 32 voices,
2 VCO's, HPF, VCA, 2 LFO's and three envelopes per patch. It includes a 16 track MIDI sequencer, Vari-phrase, COSM, dozens of motorized faders, and a toilet seat.
This is really just a fantasy made possible through the genius of Adobe's Photoshop. The cost alone of the
dozens of motorized faders would send the price beyond Trump's bank account. In other words, no
F-ing way. Here's a picture:
Other Roland buzz targets the GrooveBox line. However, Roland recently dropped the SP-606, the baby brother of the MC-909, so
this could just be some leftover natter swirling around in the Internet ether. We'd personally would like to see a rack version of
the underrated V-Synth, or at least a Jupiter Card for the keyboard version.
New Roland Groovebox:
New Roland V-Synth Action: (Please, please, please...)
A new polyphonic Moog synth has been on every keyboardist's mind since Bob and company came out with the Voyager.
Although, I'm sure this is something that the company has thought a lot about, the possibility is pretty slim for this year's show.
>>> Update: Moog Music just introduced a rack-mounted version of the Minimoog Voyager
There's been plenty of speculation about Fusion, a new Alesis workstation, after quotes from Chairman Jack O'Donnell surfaced regarding a
new synth. Alesis recently announced the Photon line of MIDI controllers
to compete with M-Audio's very profitable 2 octave Ozone, Oxygen8 and O2 products. Something about the idea of a new Alesis Workstation feels solid...
Nothing concrete has been heard about NI, but the revision cycle
has these two products due for an upgrade: Traktor and Kontakt. With the release of FinalScratch2, it seems likely that Native Instruments would rock the DJ world with a
substantial upgrade for Traktor. The product has come up wanting in a number of areas and has had some serious competition from
Serrato's Digital DJ Rig. A new version of Kontakt would definitely have their current users
salivating. A new rumor that has surfaced is about a new Native Instruments Analog Synth emulator. NI is due for another virtual vintage
synth offering, and NAMM would be the quintessential opportunity for something in this product category.
Kontakt 2: (More shameless begging...)
New Virtual Vintage Synth:
Some speculation about a new Yamaha/Steinberg/mLAN offering has been bantered about, but it's way too soon for them to actually show off a real product.
New Yamaha/Steinberg Product:
>>> Digihear? January 2005