February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: The Future
Reviewing the landscape at the NAMM show, it's obvious that the industry is moving towards
convergence. Many manufacturers are attempting to create all-in-one solutions
that give a musician every creative possibility within one entity. This is evident in both hardware and software. From Korg's Oasys to Acid Pro 5's
infinite production cababilities to Novation's all-in-one X-Station controller/sound card/synth, manufacturers want to bring music
production under one, all encompassing umbrella. However, with more production options than ever, is this something that musicians are looking
for? With a product like the X-Station, the convergence of a sound card, a comprehensive controller and a synth is a very viable and convenient
solution. But the Oasys is another story. There's just too much convergence going on here and the risk of Korg dropping the product after a
few years of lackluster sales is too much of a gamble for much of the buying public.
Several of the staffers at Futuremusic would like to see a portable, yet comprehensive DJ solution. An
all-in-one combination of a mixer, two CD players, with large accurate scratch wheels, and a boombox would be the 2005 answer to the
famed Ghetto Blasters of the 80s. Vestax and Numark have combo Mixer/CD Players in their catalog, but
without an amp and speakers, these
offerings fall short. Of course, vibration would be an issue. However, this could be easily solved by having the Mixer/CD element detach from the "box"
a la the Akai S6000. (Hey we can call it a "Porta-Party" see below -Ed.)
In all seriousness, kudos to Pioneer, Korg and Numark for their efforts to merge video and video
mixing; Pioneer's revolutionary DVD turntable, Korg's Entrancer and Numark's new video/audio mixer finally give the DJ market an on-ramp to the future of
club performance. Missy of FeedBuck Galore, who was at the show performing at Korg's booth, would love to see
convergence hit the VJ market as well. "I would love something that combines
my massive hardware/software system into a lean, mean mixing machine. A combination content storage device/clip bin with live video inputs, mixing, real-time sampling, effects, and multiple outputs including
FireWire. The unit should be programmable by MIDI and be tweakable by software, hardware, control boards and a touch screen. Projects would have the ability to be saved in multiple forms, re-importable, and burnable
to DVD." Hmmm...sounds like a Video Oasys to us!
We also salute Gemini and Stanton who both made great efforts to
re-brand themselves into sophisticated companies. NAMM 2005 was an excellent show
for the electronic music and DJ industry as a whole.
With so many great new products, who will be dubbed Best In Show?
>>> Next: The Best In Show Awards
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