When I first started with AMX back in 2005, if you asked me what “NAMM” or “ISE” were, thriving professional AV tradeshows drawing a combined nearly 200,000 people over four days would probably have been the last thing on my list. Each winter, these exhibition juggernauts get the new year kicked off in a big way to over 80,000 attendees at ISE and well over 110,000 visitors at NAMM – each with a unique audience, mission, and schedule of events.
With 5,000 miles, a 10 hour plane ride, and a nine hour time difference separating NAMM in California and ISE in The Netherlands, the topography and weather couldn’t be more different. However our mission at both shows was the same – to welcome and meet with as many new and returning visitors as possible to better understand how we can best serve their unique needs, application, and client base. Regardless if you were able to make it to NAMM or ISE this year, this recap provides all the highlights:
JBL Professional One Series 104 Compact Powered Reference Monitors
Drawing on seven decades of engineering, the 104 was designed to provide the most accurate sonic presentation of any monitors in their class. These monitors are ideal for recording musicians, podcasters, and music and video producers. Details – Video.
New AKG DMS100 & DMS300 Digital Microphone Systems
The new AKG DMS DMS100 & DMS300 combine rock-solid 2.4GHz operation with signature AKG sound quality to deliver crisp, studio-quality sound with advanced security features, extended battery life and ultimate ease-of-use. TheDMS300 and DMS100 are available in two configurations: a high-quality, AKG handheld microphone or an instrument- or headset-ready body pack. Details.
Martin ERA 300 Profile Moving Head Fixture
Features an extremely efficient 260W white LED engine that produces a sharp gobo projection with a flat field and more output than typically associated with similar-sized and featured fixtures. This everyday workhorse is designed to fit anywhere, takes up less truck space and features CMY color mixing and 1:2 zoom and 9,500 lumens of output. Details.
Soundcraft Ui24R Digital Mixer V3.0 Software Update
With the free v3.0 firmware update, the Soundcraft Ui24R has been enhanced with Cascading and a number of other significant new features. Cascading enables you to connect two Ui24R systems via Ethernet to expand your mixing capability with a new 32×32 bi-directional audio bus. Details.
AMX + Zoom Collaboration Solutions and Alliance
The AMX and Zoom alliance was a big hit. We loved hearing from so many attendees that they are already using Zoom or eager to put this collaboration to work in their meeting spaces. By combining AMX Acendo Core and the Zoom Meetings app or Modero G5 Control Panels and the Zoom Rooms controller app, users have two new solutions they can immediately put to work to offer added Zoom meeting and web conferencing capabilities, no matter what type of space they are managing.
AKG CBL Boundary Layer Microphones for Meeting Rooms
Corporate users were also talking about the range of uses for our new AKG CBL Boundary Layer mics, that are ideal for excellent web conferencing and meeting room audio capture. With intuitive user controls, refreshed styling and screw terminal connectors, these tabletop mics are easy to connect and easy to use. They are available in dual or triple element options with an elegant and low profile design that won’t disrupt your table surface. Check out the new AKG CBL Series Boundary Layer mics.
Martin Allure Profile Lighting Fixtures
The MAC Allure Profile is ideal for a variety of corporate and hospitality applications and features a novel RGBW light engine with unique 7-segmented beam control. With instant color control and pixelated beam, the MAC Allure Profile enables dynamic projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible. Details – Video.
Martin ELP LED Ellipsoidal Lighting Fixtures
Martin ELP delivers the luminance, brightness and vivid color rendering that has been synonymous with the Martin name for more than 30 years—but we
didn’t stop at optics: ELP also offers innovative, industry-first features for precise, nuanced control and ease-of-use. Available in two versions: ELP WW (Warm White) and ELP CL (Color). Details – Video.
JBL Takes Top Awards Honors at 34th NAMM TEC Awards & 33rd Music and Sound Awards
JBL walked away from the NAMM TEC Awards this year with top honors. The JBL 3 Series MkII punched way above its class and beat out other studio monitors that cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars more. And the VTX A12W was clearly recognized for having the leading Line Array Technology on the market. This was an extra special win, because JBL Vertec was also inducted into the NAMM TECnology hall of fame earlier in the evening. Additionally, the JBL 3 Series MkII was chosen the best speaker of 2018 by US music retailers at the 33rd Annual Music and Sound Awards, also announced at NAMM. Congratulations to all of the other winners and nominees! Details: JBL 3 Series MkII and VTX A12W.
“Design My JBL” Winner Announced and Design Unveiled
In conjunction with Amazon.com and the NAMM Foundation, we were excited to announce the winner of the Design My JBL contest, Elliott Baker, a musician and illustrator from Los Angeles, and had his award winning, dream inspired, custom JBL 305 MkII studio monitor design on display. Details.
We look forward to seeing you at a NAMM, ISE or other HARMAN exhibition down the road.