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Anaheim, Calif. – The Winter NAMM show is running Thursday thru Sunday (Jan. 24-27) at the Anaheim Convention Center and more than 90,000 retailers, manufacturers, distributors and end-users are attending. As always, this massive music-products market has produced plenty of gear debuts, including several DJ-related products.

Testa Communications – publisher of DJ Times – is there with a dedicated exhibition booth. It’s also producing Convention TV @ NAMM, which provides on-the-spot show coverage.


Onto the Exhibit Floor: From the inMusic brands, Denon DJ has introduced the Prime 4, a 4-channel, stand-alone DJ system with 10-inch, multi-touch display, pro-mixer section, performance pads, and dual-zone output.

Related company Akai Professional has debuted Fore, a stand-alone music production/DJ performance device which features clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths and a 7-inch touch display. For touring pros, Akai has debuted the MPK Road 88, a keyboard controller with Akai’s exclusive Model-A premium 88-key velocity-sensitive keybed.


Germany’s Reloop, exhibiting in the American Music & Sound booth, is showing the RP-1000 MK2 belt-drive turntable and the RP-2000 USB MK2 direct-drive turntable, which features a USB audio output for digitizing vinyl. Both units are capable of plus/minus 10-percent pitch control.

Pioneer DJ has released the premium, limited-edition, carbon-fiber version of its flagship HDJ-X10C headphones. MWM is showing Phase, the DJ industry’s first wireless controller for DVS – it lets DJs control tracks playing from a DJ software without needing cartridges or control vinyl.

Roland has updated its TR-8, TR-8S, TR-08 and TR-09 drum machines, making them Serato DJ OSA-ready.

In the DJ-accessory department, Odyssey Innovative Designs has debuted several new accessory-related products. They include: two BACKSPIN2 camouflage DJ bags; four Black Label DJ coffins; three Flight Zone DJ coffins; two Flight Zone cases for Leko fixtures and Chauvet lighting gear; and a Steemline EVA carrying bag for Native Instruments Traktor S2 MK3.

Decksaver, distributed Stateside by Mixware, is showing a variety of gear covers, including those made for units from Akai, Allen & Heath, Hercules, Native Instruments, Pioneer DJ, and Roland.

Moving to pro-audio, Mackie has unveiled its new flagship DRM series of active loudspeakers. The series is available in 1,600-watt DRM212 and DRM215 models, 2,300-watt DRM315, 2,000-watt DRM12A Array and the 2,000-watt DRM18S subwoofer. All models are also available in passive boxes.

Yorkville Sound has debuted its Synergy Array Series, which includes the SA153 3-way, active cabinet and the SA3155 active subwoofer. QSC Audio is showcasing its new CP Series of active loudspeakers, which includes the CP8 and CP12 models. Suitable for portable or installed apps, both units feature a 1,000-watt, Class-D power module. RCF has debuted the HDL28-A, a 2-way, active, line-array loudspeaker system and a white version of its EVOX J Series of portable loudspeakers.

BASSBOSS has debuted its MFLA (Medium Format Powered Line Array), a dual 12-inch plus dual 1.4-inch line array element featuring a 3,000-watt amp and comprehensive DSP.

Electro-Voice is showcasing its range of portable speakers including the EVOLVE 50 column loudspeaker system, along with ZLX, ELX200, EKX and ETX speaker series. Also, E-V has debuted the RE420 and RE520 condenser vocal microphones and the RE3 wireless system, which includes mic options, bodypacks and accessories.

Funktion-One and its North American distributor Sound Investment is showcasing the Evo-6E and Evo-6E-L115 speakers from its Evolution Series, the F124 bass enclosure, the BR118/F1201 system the PSM318 DJ monitor and the PSM12 stage monitor.

Tune in again tomorrow, when we bring you NAMM show debuts from the lighting, studio and accessories categories.

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