NAMM 2016 Media Day

Heather Vandemark
January 21, 2016

Bright colored NAMM banners everywhere. Food trucks lined up. Stages are set. Boxes being unpacked, plastic coverings peeled off. Almost ready for Opening Day at NAMM, Friday January 22, 2016

Dr. John the Night Tripper, six-time Grammy award winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, sat down to promote The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit outreach program. The mission of the Lennon Bus is committed to providing students with increased access to music, audio, video, and broadcast technologies to students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to explore these avenues of creativity., Natasha Bedingfield, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake are a few of the artists that have recorded on board.
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Also, displayed were some of the new technologies. Kadabra by Tribal Tools was one of the demos. Kadabra is an amazing wooden instrument with hi-end algorithms and an ergonomic design. Kadabra has wireless radio and can be played on front stage, or in between crowd with no latency, sound loss, or feedback. Kadacra has Multisound, Motion Sensored, Preseter and Performer, Sequencer, Looper, , Harmonics and Vocoding.
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My favorite demo of the day is the Vinyl Recorder T-560. Do you miss the old vinyl days? The days of putting a vinyl on the turntable, entranced in the spin, and lost in the music. You can create your own vinyl with Vinyl Recorder T-560. Take your music straight from your Macbook and carve the vinyl right there. The excess is vacuumed up into a waste container. The unit has been around for about 15 years and vinyl is making a comeback. Check it out at

Ready for Day 1 at NAMM

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