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Eight stunning products from NAMM 2016

From CDJs and cans to mixers and MIDIs

  • Dave Turner
  • 27 January 2016

The NAMM showcase was held in Anaheim, California again last weekend, the perfect place for tech heads to flock to and drool over forthcoming products. Last year's edition gave us loads to look forward to and this year was no different, with forthcoming goods from Pioneer, Roland, Yamaha, AKG, Korg and Rane. Check out our top picks below.

Yamaha Montage

This looks like an absolute beast, so no surprise it's retailing for over £2000. Surely it's worth every penny, though, armed with a brand new Motion Control Synthesis Engine, bringing together two tone generators, the FM-X Synthesis and AWM2. The former provides you with a hefty dose of power while a 128-polyphony is available through the latter. Offering more sensitivity and realistic sounds, it's 10 times the waveform capacity of the Motif XF series that the company released previously. Plus there's the new Super Knob control, allowing you to manage various sections at the same time, and a massive range of effects, from squelchy synths to grand piano chords, giving you a whole range of tools to work with.
The Yamaha Montage is expected to be out in May

Pioneer Tour1 series

Arguably the most vaunted products on show at the California showcase, Tour1 features a fresh set of CDJs and a mixer said to be aimed at festival performances, hence the model name. Pioneer says the gear on show were prototypes, which is probably why we haven't seen any official snaps yet, but the ones we have seen look very slick indeed. Accompanying the CDJs are Rekordbox-friendly monitors and there's a tougher bumper on both the decks and mixer to reduce that unwanted mid-set shaking. Anyone who's used the NXS2000 range can expect similarities, though, albeit with a few tidy upgrades.
Release date tba

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