NAMM Winter 2015 and Groundhog Day
You might have heard of NAMM if you’re a musician who uses technology to make music.
The National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM for short, ran from Thursday, January 22nd until Sunday, January 25th.
More than 90,000 people visited Anaheim Convention Centre, California (USA), to take in 1,400 exhibitors of the latest in audio recording technology, sound and lighting.
There are way too many new products to cover, but here are five new products which caught my eye.
They might not be the most innovative, exciting or easy on the wallet: –
Radial: Bassbone V2
- Toggle to switch between two basses or switch between channels like a two channel amp.
- Full effects loop, and a wet-dry control to mix in as much of the effect as desired without losing any natural bass tone.
- A third foot switch works double duty as either a power booster or a mute switch.
- Main output feeds the stage amp, while the built-in DI box feeds the PA or recording workstation”.
Eden: Micro Tour-U series
Eden say: – “The MicroTour from EDEN is the world’s most portable and fun bass amp.
Carefully designed and engineered to deliver 2W of power, a true micro amplifier for Bass players.
Powered by either AA batteries or an EDEN 15V power supply, the ‘MicroTour’ is a go-anywhere mini version of EDEN’s promise to provide great sound.
The perfect addition to any touring suitcase, home studio or office!”
Source Audio: ‘Vertigo’ Tremolo, ‘Neuro’ APP and ‘SoleMate’ MIDI foot controller
I like the sound of Tremolo and I think this pedal would sound just as good, if not better on BASS!
Source Audio say, “The Vertigo Tremolo is part of the One Series family of pedals which are simple to use out of the box but can also be connected to the Neuro Effects Editor (a free download).
The ‘SoleMate’ is a compact foot controller, which works equally well in a MIDI hardware rig, a ‘Neuro Effects System’, or with recording and performance software.
Three modes of control allow for simple program changes, bank mode, and custom set lists.
As a USB controller, the ‘SoleMate’ can control virtual instruments, loopers, and digital workstations”.
Moog: Minifooger Chorus
I have always wanted a Moog on my pedalboard!
Moog say: – “The MF-Chorus is a 100% analog BBD based modulation pedal capable an array of sonic shifting in mono or stereo output modes.
Use it as a vibrato pedal or drop the Mix switch to shift into ultra-thick, swirling chorus.
Crank the Time and Feedback controls to transform sound into a multi-octave modulate-able slap delay”.
Dave Smith Instruments: Sequential Prophet 6
This instrument generated quite a buzz at NAMM 2015. Dave Smith says, “The Prophet-6 is my own tribute to the poly synth that started it all; the Prophet-5.
The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the original Prophet-5. True voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers. The result is pure, analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth”.
February: the month to embrace
February is typically cold, damp and dark but it’s too easy to brush it aside as a waste of a month.
At least it’s short! Here are four things which make February a month I think we should embrace: –
1. Groundhog Day: February 2nd
The 1993 comedy ‘Groundhog Day’ is set in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania USA on February 2nd.
Folklore says: – If it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early;
If it’s sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.
Phil Connors (played by actor Bill Murray) is the fictional, arrogant and egotistical weatherman for local station WPBH-TV.
When he awakens the next morning, he is experiencing what he thinks is déjà vu. In reality, he is experiencing Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney all over again.
He is forced to relive the day over and over until he can learn to give up being selfish and become a better person.
2. Valentine’s Day: February 14th
If you have a significant other, then it doesn’t have to be just for one day. If you’re anti-Valentine’s day, then I would suggest doing something you love, such as playing Bass!
3. Pancake Day: February 17th
Shrove Tuesday is known in some countries as Pancake Day. It precedes Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) and is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
The date varies from year to year and falls between February 3rd and March 9th.
Pancakes were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the 40 days of Lent. In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products or eggs.
4. Chinese New Year: February 19th
It appears that we’ve just entered the year of the goat, or sheep, or even the ram.
This confusion has been caused by the Mandarin Chinese character yang: 羊
There is a stigma attached to being born in the year of the ‘horned animal’ because they are thought to not be blessed with great leadership qualities.
Families choose to delay birth to avoid sheep years because of bad luck demonstrated by failed Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty. In fact, it doesn’t seem to matter inside China.
It just matters to those in the west trying to make sense of it!
The last word:
Many Christians believe that Mary presented Jesus, as the ‘light of the world’, to God at the Temple in Jerusalem following the traditional 40-day period of purification following his birth.
Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Candlemas Day by bringing candles to Church and requesting for these candles to be blessed, to be used in the church or at home. A tradition some say began as early as the 4th century.
To conclude: “Even if you’re not religious, why not light a candle this February to persuade your inner light to be made visible in the world?”
Simon Edward | InfinityBass.com | First published: February 18th, 2015.