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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

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).