WELCOME TO NAMM, THE COMIC-CON FOR MUSICIANS
The place where you can meet your favorite rockstars and see the latest music gear from around the world.
the catch> you can’t buy tickets to it….you have to be a member or be invited!
We have gone to NAMM four times, once as a STUDENT , once with a GENERAL badge, once as an ARTIST, and once as MEDIA. At NAMM, that makes all the difference in the world. The retailers treat you completely different depending on what your badge says. Think about it! If you were a sales person and saw a STUDENT/GENERAL badge, you would talk to them differently than a person with a BUYER badge. They are looking for different things. The badges help each party know what they’re after.
This year, we at Entertainment Drive-Thru went with a MEDIA badge, and these are our highlights
MOBY as Keynote Speaker at NAMM Foundation’s Generation Next event.
——————–OUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS———————-
BEST MODERN RECORDING PRODUCT> SHURE MOTIV Digital Microphones
Nowadays you want to be able to record anywhere…especially us podcasters who are always on the move. SHURE got you covered. They have a whole new line of usb microphones that are perfect for people who want a fast and easy setup. That includes podcasters, musicians, and people who travel a lot. For you touring musicians… The MV88 pops right into your iOS device (iPod, iPhone, iPad). So, no matter where life takes you, recording new ideas for songs is as simple as taking your phone
out of your pocket.
We have used Shure microphones for every episode of our podcast and the only reason we’d change would be to use different Shure microphones…. These ones are #1 on our wishlist!
See video below
BEST NEW PRODUCT> GOTHAM STANDS
If you’re a Batman fan and see the name Gotham, you have to stop!
A must for guitarists. A compact stand that’s not only perfect for traveling, but will hold any guitar. No longer must we stand idly by while our guitars are ridiculed by their stands for their size or shape! At NAMM, we were told you will even be able to put a full size upright bass on the stand. That’s a big boy! Also, these stands are setup so if one of your guitars gets hit while on the stand, it won’t fall off. The stand will catch it. Ready for the handy part? The part that holds the guitar is connected to the base using a magnet. So it’s easy to disassemble and pack in your luggage!
See video below.
BEST FREE TOOL> Pro Tools | First (see video below)
It’s a free version of Pro Tools. Just like you test drive your car, you can finally test drive Pro Tools for Free without feeling like you’re using a different program. No Pro Tools light. If you want to discover Pro Tools | First for yourself, sign up to get notified just as soon as it becomes available.
COMING SOON: A subscription based Pro Tools. Customers can now subscribe for as little as $29.99 per month, or buy Pro Tools software outright. Read all about it on their homepage
BEST SPEAKERs> PMC
Not only do these speakers sound amazing, they are so powerful that they could probably knock you off your feet if you want to go Back To The Future style! Like that isn’t cool enough. They use them at Capitol Records. Whether you are all about that bass or all about that treble, PMC let’s you hear it all!
BEST STRINGS> ROTOSOUND
Talk about smooth! Over the years, Dan has tried probably 10 different brands of strings and Rotosound knocks all of it’s competitors out of the water. If you want strings that are smooth, very easy to play, and sound amazing, then these are the strings for you.
BEST GUITAR PICKUPS> LACE ALUMITONES
No contest here. These are our absolute favorite pickups. You hear every note crystal clear and they sound better with effects than anything else out there. We have them in all our guitars and recommend them highly to all our friends. Plus, they look really cool and that is very important when you are a musician!
BEST GUITARS> LEGATOR
That tone… The feel… The ease… We could go on for days talking about how good these guitars are. Dan doesn’t like playing acoustic guitars, but he says he will play a Legator acoustic any time. They feel just like you are playing an electric, so the transition is very easy.
Combine these guitars with Rotosound strings and Lace Alumitones for a deadly combo!
BEST MULTI-EFFECTS PEDAL> ISP TECHNOLOGIES THETA DSP
We aren’t the biggest fans of multi-effects pedals, but the Theta DSP changed things. The original Theta pedal was a tone king with a very easy to use setup. The DSP is not much different in that regard. Very easy to use and great tones that would make any skeptic want a multi-effects pedal.
These pedals are made in Michigan. Buy now and get a special patch that keeps you warm during the winter!
BEST PIANOS> KORG
We have been fans of Korg pianos for years and it’s hard not to be! They play well, sound amazing, are very easy to use, and they have a piano for everyone. No matter what style of music you play, you won’t be disappointed with Korg!
BEST PLUGINS FOR RESTORING AUDIO> IZOTOPE RX4
As podcasters who do our interviews over Skype and Phone calls, the Izotope RX plugins are life savers! When we record our guests, we end up getting little clicking or crackling sounds due to Skype or their phone. With these plugins, you would never even know the sounds were there!
Download your 10 Day Free Trial> https://www.izotope.com/en/products/audio-repair/rx/
BEST AUDIO INTERFACE> FOCUSRITE CLARETT SERIES
We use a Focusrite interface for our podcast and were blown away when we heard about the new Clarett Series. Now using the latest Thunderbolt technology, these ultra high speed interfaces ensure interface latency of under 1 ms! That’s faster than the Road Runner!
BEST HEADPHONES>BLUE MO-Fi Fit and Comfort headphones
No contest. Being podcasters, we use headphones a lot… until our ears bleed because of bad design. Our ears are all different and this design helps accommodate that.
MOST EXCITING NEW PLUGIN> WAVES Butch Vig Vocals plug-in
What else do we have to say? It’s a Butch Vig plugin! Get this plugin to get that legendary Butch Vig sound for vocals.
BEST NEW LITTLE GADGET> APOGEE GROOVE
Having trouble hearing from your computer headphones? Apogee Groove to the rescue! This little baby turns iPhone headphones into studio headphones in seconds.
MOST INNOVATIVE IN EAR MONITORING SYSTEM> Klang 3D in-ear monitoring mixing engine for live sound
3D sound! Klang made it possible for musicians to manually edit how they want to hear each other on stage. Everything is done with visuals through an app made for your tablet device. Want to hear the drummer behind you? Done. Just move the drummer icon in the app. Want to hear the guitarist on your right side? Done. Move the guitarist icon in the app. Not only can you manually place the sound of each instrument, it moves as you move!
INTERVIEWEE SHOUTOUT> Richie Kotzen and his Tech 21 RK5 Signature Fly Rig.
Anyone who knows who Richie Kotzen is, knows that he gets a great sound out of that guitar.
Check out the video to hear Richie talk all about it.
Another thing that’s great about NAMM is meeting fellow musicians and collaborators you haven’t seen in years.
In fact, that’s why a lot of people go there, to catch up with their colleagues as well as latest music trends
We were no exception. NAMM got us a chance to finally meet some of our interviewees in person, including Richie Kotzen, Greg Howe, Alex Hughes, Coreen Sheehan , Zac Delvecchio and Joe Solo (click their names to listen to their interview)
——–KUDOS TO NAMM———
We want to thank NAMM for inviting us to this spectacular event and to all the companies for hosting such a great event. I know countless musicians who have gotten sponsorships thanks to NAMM as well as musicians that have started collaborating after meeting there. It is truly a magical event….. a must for musicians.