Fab Feb greetings to new and old friends of studioexpresso!
few of our friends who attended the show - what’s Hot at NAMM 2002? Here’s
what they said:
From Germany comes, Melodyne, a software program that allows complete graphical control over recorded monophonic melodies (like vocals or soloing instruments) just like a sequencer/MIDI control of a synth. George Massenburg's GML 2020 is a single recording channel consisting of on channel of three of his best-known products all in one box: the 8300 mic pre, the 8200 parametric equalizer and the 8900 dynamics controller. Manley Labs has the SLAM, a tube-based stereo optical leveling amp/compressor and peak limiter with optional 20-bit A/D converter. Absynth is Native Instruments' latest virtual and standalone wavetable synth that runs on MACs or PCs and Spektral Delay is Native's first processor plug-in for their new HTDM|RTAS format.”Barry Rudolph, engineer/mixer/producer
“I would have like to have seen more of the Protools Plug ins for the new Protools HD system and more from Native instruments software.” Ralph Sutton, producer/mixer/engineer
“A few things caught my attention:
for the guitar player…
smokey amplifiers, an amp the size of a cigarette pack, but it sounds amazing! and can drive a real speaker cabinet; motion sound, the rotating speaker sound, the mechanical way, this sounds great! not a simulator, the real thing; ebow, the classic ebow has a new setting, harmonic sustain, I think it's called, sounds terrific.
Whitney drums, have this funny fat look, but allow much more volume (cu. ft.) so the sound is also bigger, Arbiter 'AT' Drums, Flats, these are the opposite of the above, nothing but a head on a frame with a single tensioning adjustment, but the sound was so big, from England
for engineers and such…
the re-issues of the RCA ribbons from Audio Engineering Associates looked great, I know Bruce Swedien has a couple; from Panasonic Pro, AD96, DA96, the 96khz series of converters, I have heard nothing but good stuff about these units, most seem to agree, for the price they blow every thing else out of the water.” Matt Forger, producer/mixer/engineer/sound designer/production supervisor
"The one new gadget that impressed me the most is the Universal Audio UAD-1, never before has a vintage compressor like the LA2A or 1176 -or any piece of hardware for that matter except for maybe the virus keys- been translated into software so accurately. It blows Bombfactory out of the water, Universal Audio definately raised the bar." Rudy Haeusermann, producer/re-mixer/songwriter/arranger
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