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Mary Luehrsen - 2015 Don Johnson Industry Service Award Winner

MMR publisher Terry Lowe presents NAMM's Mary Luehrsen with the Don Johnson Industry Service Award in Anaheim on Saturday afternoon.

Eight New NAMM Board Members Elected

At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named eight new music industry professionals to its board of directors. The NAMM Board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

In welcoming the eight incoming industry leaders, chairman Larry Morton expressed his confidence in the expertise and dedication of the new directors. “We are delighted to welcome these successful and respected professionals to the NAMM Board,” said Morton. “They represent a diverse cross-section of our NAMM Membership and they will bring their unique market perspectives to help us lead the organization forward. We’re very grateful that they are willing to make this commitment on behalf of our NAMM Members and the industry at large.”

Yamaha Takes Home Four Dealers' Choice Awards

Yamaha's John Schauer, Nithin Cherian, and Tom Sumner recieve the trophy for "Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year" from MMR executive editor Christian Wissmuller - one of four Dealers' Choice Awards won by the company this past December.

GC at the NAMM Show

Robert Clyne of Clyne Media with Guitar Center's vice president of communications & corporate affairs Christopher Ian Bennett and newly appointed EVP of merch, marketing, and ecomm Michael Amkreutz.

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GEAR OF THE WEEK
Eiosis AirEQ

AirEQ is a plugin for AAX32 and AAX64, VST3, VST2, AU, RTAS, OSX and Windows, 32 and 64 bits formats. AirEQ requires an iLok 2 dongle to run. AirEQ has been designed to quicken the workflow of mixing engineers, so that they can reach the sound they have in their mind. The musical Q/Gain adjustment, along the Strength behavior, used with the ultra-musical analyzer, is the perfect combination of listening, intuition, and analysis. A fully functional 30 day trial is available online.

eiosis.com

JamHub Tracker MT16 New Dropbox Wi-Fi Upload Feature

JamHub’s Tracker MT16 allows musicians to record studio quality multitrack files of their live performances and rehearsals. This portable hardware solution connects to all JamHub studios and most mixing desks. With the Tracker MT16’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, musicians can now upload up to 16 tracks wirelessly to Dropbox for sharing and backup. MSRP: $499.

jamhub.com

CHAUVET DJ Motion Orb and GigBAR IRC

Available in standard two-meter length strings, but expandable to three meters and four meters with optional extensions, the Motion Orb can be hung like a curtain, draped across walls and over entrances like an LED banner, or strung on ceilings. The Motion Orb comes with a variety of 30 built-in effects, and it allows users to create custom colors from the display without a controller when using the unit in its standalone mode. In Master/Slave mode, color changes and chases can be expanded across three Motion Orb products for a wall full of coordinated patterns. When operated in DMX mode, the Motion Orb can be pixel mapped.

There are built-in hanging rings at the bottom of each string. The Motion Orb attaches easily to most trussing systems using 10mm and 12mm treaded bolt holes. A gear bar comes with each Motion Orb.

Blizzard Lighting’s Lil’ G Mini Moving Head Spot

Lil’ G comes fitted with a 40-watt LED with 9° optics. It can produce beams of light with nine different bi-directional gobo patterns +open, and seven colors (including UV) +open. Lil’ G is also capable of fast and precise 540°/220° pan and tilt motion. Controlling the fixture is done via 11-channel DMX, or directly using its four-button LCD menu, which both offer full control including pan/tilt, gobo wheel, color wheel, dimming, strobe, gobo shake, auto, sound active, and fixture reset. The power input on Lil’ G is industry standard PowerCON compatible, with DMX 3-pin In/Out jacks, and a single clamp bracket. MSRP: $649.99.

Blizzardlighting.com

AirTurn goSTAND

The goSTAND is a sturdy, portable microphone stand that supports digital tablets and other gear used by musicians, speakers, and presenters. Less than 18 inches when folded, the goSTAND fits into most backpack and carry-on luggage. The goSTAND adjusts to uneven surfaces and varying base circumferences. Fully extended, it is 58 inches. Steel tubing gives the stand its weight of 2.6 pounds. Gear can be mounted on the stand using a standard 5/8-27 mic thread fitting on top with a locking nut. Pricing for the goSTAND is $59. The goSTAND Telescoping Boom is priced at $29.

www.airturn.com

SABIAN Performance Accessories Bags

Booth #3254

SABIAN Performance Accessories introduces a new line of bags that features the unique look of vintage bags, but with the durability and scratch resistance of premium vinyl. This new faux leather will be implemented on some of SABIAN’s most popular bags, including the Fast 22 and a new version of the Pro bag, the Pro 24, Both bags also include the Fast Hat Pocket, allowing for quick set up and tear down.

sabian.com

Lee Oskar Quickguides

As the first of a series of Lee Oskar Quick Start kits, the inaugural Guitar/Ukulele kit features four harmonicas, including the Major Diatonic (Key of C) for Folk, Country, Blues, Rock, and Pop music along with three alternate tunings:

MelodyMaker (Key of G) – for R&B, Country, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Afro, and Ska
Natural Minor (Key of Am) – for minor Blues, Reggae, Ska, Latin, Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop
Harmonic Minor (Key of Am) – for Gypsy, Yiddish, Asian, East European, Tango, and Reggae

The Lee Oskar Quick Start Kits come with a soft cloth pouch to hold the four harmonicas, a harmonic holder, and a 16-page instructional booklet that is supported by the educational website.

Leeoskarguide.com

TKL Premier Cases

The lower pricing of these TKL Premier cases will allow most models to sell at a MAP of $99.97.

The Premier series offers an extensive selection, covering Acoustic Guitars (11), Electric Guitars (nine), Bass (three), Banjo (six), Mandolin, and Dulcimer. Made in Canada, Premier cases feature multi-ply hand-laminated wood shell construction, steel reinforced seams, and increased protection from TKL’s traditional neck support system, a copyrighted design feature. Additional components include heavy-duty durahyde covering, providence forge steel-plated hardware, ergonomic comfort-grip molded handle, and custom-blend cushion-soft plush lining. MSRP: $204.95 for most models. 

tkl.com

iCA Chair Caddy

The portable Chair Caddy from iCA is a way for musicians, and anyone sitting on a chair, to have their music accessories (reeds, mutes, swabs, grease, pick’s, resin…) or personal items (cell phone, water bottle, wallet, keys…) close at hand. The chair caddy is portable with its zip-up pockets that fold into a carry bag with handles, or a hands free bag with a removable shoulder strap.

instrumentcareapparel.com

OMG Music Vintage Heavy Cotton Straps

These new two-inch heavy fashion cotton straps feature riveted vintage style leather ends and metal tri-glide hardware. They are available in five different designs/colorways.

www.omgmusic.com/

IN THE NEXT ISSUE
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  • Best & Worst of Show
  • Accessories: Stompboxes

 

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