February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Best In Show Awards
Best New Gear At NAMM 2005:
Best Synth: This one was easy. The new Access Virus TI line killed
it! We were especially enamored by the Pølar, but feel that the white surface may reveal all our drool stains, so we may just have to buy one and mount it on the wall as an art piece -
it's just that beautiful.
Best New Software: Kontakt 2 by Native Instruments. The Mt. Everest of sampling
software, complete with the steepest learning curve.
Best Production Software: Tie!
Propellerheads Reason 3.0 and Sony's Acid Pro 5. Acid really stepped it up
with robust new features and Reason 3 has evolved into a studio and sound design powerhouse.
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Best Production Mixer: Mackie Digital Xbus. Beam me up Scottie!
Best New Turntable: Stanton T:120 Great features, affordable, and beautiful to look at...
Best DJ Mixer: Numark AVM01 A combo Video and Audio mixer. Need we say more?
Best DJ Product You've Never Heard Of: DJ Power! A Comprehensive multiclub audio/video cheese factory.
Most Useless Product of the NAMM Show 2005: Schulmerich MIDI Handbells!. Just when you thought it was safe to orchestrate a handbell symphony...
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