NAMM: New product overview

With the third day of the 2007 Winter NAMM show about to start, we thought we'd give you an at-a-glance, jargon-free overview of some of the big new products that have been launched here…

Native Instruments Traktor Scratch: DJing system
M-Audio Torq Xponent: Djing system
Vestax VCI-100: DJ MIDI controller
Image-Line Deckadance: DJing software

(Note: As you'll gather, there are lots of new DJing products here. Lots and lots of them)

Image-Line FL Studio 7: Updated version of the popular software studio
TerraTec Axon AX 50 USB: Compact guitar-to-MIDI interface
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Edition: A Jimi Hendrix themed version of AmpliTube 2. The clue's in the title
IK Multimedia StompIO: Long-awaited AmplitTube 2 foot controller. It should finally see the light of day in the second quarter of the year
Arturia Origin: Hardware synth that contains elements of Arturia's soft synths
Arturia Jupiter-8V: A software version of the Roland Jupiter 8. Obviously.
Yamaha Vocaloid2: New version of the 'singing synthesizer'. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it still doesn't sound exactly like the voice of a human
Alesis io|Control: FireWire audio interface and control surface
Alesis MasterControl: Another FireWire audio interface and control surface. Similar to M-Audio's ProjectMix I/O
Tascam FireOne: FireWire audio interface and control surface (there's a pattern emerging here)
UAD-Xpander: Laptop version of the UAD-1 DSP card
GForce Virtual String Machine: String synthesizer emulation. Press the right buttons and it becomes an emulation of the video game classic Breakout
Way Out Ware KikAxxe: Emulation of the ARP Axxe synth

There are plenty of other bits and pieces too, but that about covers the big stuff. If we turn up anything else, we'll let you know…

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.