NAMM predictions

With the 2007 Winter NAMM show opening its doors on Thursday, all the speculation surrounds the products that might be launched there. As usual, the big software companies have been playing their cards very close to their respective chests in the run-up to the show, but you can bet that by the end of this week they'll be all too willing to tell anyone who'll listen about the new products that will change the face of music-making forever (probably).

To kick off our NAMM coverage, here's a list of the products that we think might break cover there:

1. Something new from Propellerhead
To our minds, this is the big one. It may or may not be a new version of Reason, but we'd be very surprised if the Swedish developers didn't make a major announcement.

2. Native Instruments DJ controller
They've already posted a teaser pic of this on their Traktor Forum, so it's pretty much a certainty. Will it work with other software though?

3. M-Audio DJ controller
A teaser image of this one has also been released, and reports suggest that it'll work with both M-Audio's Torq software and Ableton Live.

4. Something new from Arturia
Details on this one are scarce, though we don't think it'll be another emulation of a classic hardware synth. Which is good.

5. Logic 8?
This is a real shot in the dark, to be honest, but Apple haven't properly updated their flagship DAW for quite a while, so now would seem like as good a time as any for a new version.

That's it for now. Anyone else fancy taking a punt on what might be shown?

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.