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The Latest Gear For Singers: Winter NAMM 2015 – Part 1

Here are the highlights from this years winter NAMM show in California.

These products will soon be hitting the shops and we hope to bring you reviews later on in the year:

  • 1. TC-Helicon MP-76 Microphone

    TC-Helicon have expanded on their Mic Control functionality they introduced with their MP-75 microphone. The MP-76 is the only microphone of its kind. It’s not only designed to endure a life on the road, it’s designed to give you all the vocal control you could ever want. With its 4 Mic Control™ buttons and a numeric LCD-display, the MP-76 puts effects control back where it belongs – into your hands. It has 4 user-assignable Mic Control™ buttons for creative FX control with TC-Helicon FX units as well as a backlit display that shows preset number and HIT status.

  • 2. Waves Butch Vig Vocals

    In their expanding range of Signatures Series computer audio plug-ins, Waves have now added the Butch Vig Vocals plug-in. Among the most influential rock producers of recent decades, Butch Vig has had a hand in shaping the sound of modern rock. From Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins to Foo Fighters and his own band Garbage, Butch has contributed his signature sound to some of the most legendary albums from the grunge era to the present. The plug-in delivers straightforward vocal processing with pleasant distortion and lots of air frequencies, adding an uncompromising quality to any vocal track.

  • 3. Alto Radius Wireless Mics

    Alto Professional announced the introduction of their Radius 100 and 200 families of wireless microphone products. These new wireless microphones provide reliable, crystal-clear sound for a wide range of professional vocal applications, assuring users of an extremely stable, reliable wireless signal, with virtually no chance of dropout or interruption. They are available in hand-held, lavaliere and headset versions and very competitively priced.

  • 4. RØDE NTR Ribbon Mic

    RØDE have announced an exciting new active ribbon microphone to their line-up. Designed to hang in the world’s finest recording studios and performance halls equally as well as home studio spaces, its existence is a labour of love for RØDE. Every element of the NTR, from the transformer to the ribbon element itself, has been designed and created in-house at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia. All with the aim of crafting the finest ribbon microphone available. Sonically, the NTR is capable of reproducing unprecedented high frequency detail and accuracy, addressing common criticisms of other ribbon microphones, while opening up the possible usage scenarios considerably. This allows it to record sound sources that usually require a more sensitive microphone element.

  • 5. Avid Announces Free Version of Pro Tools

    Pro Tools First is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated for experienced musicians, enabling you to quickly compose, record, edit, and mix music. Entry to the industry’s most trusted audio workstation has never been easier. It has a much more limited feature set when compared to the full version of Pro Tools, however it should make a great introduction to the software for musicians wanting to get started recording at home.

  • 6. MXL MM-4000

    Mini Mixer

    MXL have announced a portable audio mixer for mobile phones, tablets, DSLRs and computers. With it, the user can record audio to a device using up to four microphones simultaneously, essentially turning four analogue inputs into one analog or digital output!

On one side, the Mini Mixer + outputs analogue through a TRRS jack. This allows the Mini Mixer + to output to any mobile device. The included TRRS cable has the smallest available footprint in order to work with accessory cases, and on the other side, the Mini Mixer + has a digital output that allows it to work with the iPhone® or iPad® using Apple’s camera adapter. 

As well as the 4 mic inputs, there is also a headphone output and a line output, and the device can be powered by battery or USB.

  • 7. Arturia AudioFuse

    Arturia have brought out a portable, but high-quality, audio interface that is designed for use both at home and on the road. AudioFuse is built on a fully symmetrical audio chain with every stage carefully designed to result in unrivalled sonic purity. The two DiscretePRO® microphone preamps combine the best of yesterday’s vintage consoles with today’s technology, resulting in a design circuit that offers superior audio performance. The latest generation of Analog to Digital converters delivers sterling quality audio with amazing transparency. In conjunction with our advanced clocking system, AudioFuse guarantees stable and extremely accurate timing.

  • 8. Boss VE-1, Vocal Echo

    The BOSS VE-1 Vocal Echo is designed for producing professional-grade reverb and studio vocal effects on stage. It comes in a compact and user-friendly unit, allowing you to easily create a great ambient vocal sound every time you perform. The VE-1 is designed to be easy to use; everything is right at your fingertips to get great-sounding vocals any time and anywhere. Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of audio effects processing or a highly trained PA engineer, the VE-1 provides high-quality processing for any singer to take their voice over the top with that extra luster and polish.


Check out PART 2 of our NAMM 2015 coverage for more exciting new gear.

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  • This’ll go great with my VL3! When can we buy this?

  • Chris

    I think it’s in the shops now (assuming you’re referring to the

    TC-Helicon MP-76)