NAMM 09 day one: UK highlights so far

Day one...
Day one...

While our intrepid colleagues rise and shine in sunny California to brave the first day of NAMM 2009, it's a good time to take stock of the gear we're most excited about in the UK.

The hands-on reports and video demos will start pouring in later today, but in the meantime here are a handful of music-making toys we've been privy to so far. Let's call it the tip of a very big, powerful and technological iceberg…

Akai APC40
A dedicated control surface for Ableton Live

Celemony Melodyne Editor
Direct Note Access arrives in a new application

Universal Audio UAD-2/Laptop
Add the power of UAD-2 to your laptop

FXpansion D-CAM Synth Squad
Three synths and a semi-modular layering environment

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender
Classic Fender gear in a plug-in

Gretsch Stump-O-Matic guitar
Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump's signature Electromatic Corvette

IK Multimedia StealthPedal
A USB-powered audio interface and floor controller

Peavey 6505 combo and 3120 amplifier
1×12 combo-amp configuration of the popular 6505 and a brand new head

DigiTech TimeBender delay pedal
A stompbox packed with features

Vox Big Bad Wah, AC4TV amp and the Night Train
A Joe Satriani signature pedal, a 50-year-old tube amp with a face-lift and a brand-new head

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.