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Microphone Month

Summer NAMM Bonus!

Over the past few days, we’ve been featuring Mitch Gallagher’s picks of the best products at the Summer NAMM show. Sweetwater’s Web Content Manager, Dan Hoeye, who has been writing our show reports for several years now (and has seen it all), also shared his quick picks for the best of NAMM:

Gem of the Show Award
Numark iDJ
It was just a matter of time. Numark’s iDJ releases the flexibility and flavor possibilities of the iPod to house parties, weddings, and clubs for those of us who can’t scratch and don’t own any vinyl.

Well, Duh! Award
Gator GM-4WR
Whether you’re taking them across town or across the nation, you can now tote four wireless systems in one hand. Why did this idea take so long?

Wood Award
Martin Sting Mini
I’m not sure which was more beautifully stunning: the instrument or its tone. Musically, sonically true.

Upgrade/Update Award (TIE)
Moog Minimoog Voyager v2.6 upgrade
896 presets!? Now there’s enough sounds to get those of us who are tweak-challenged inspired to get into hardware magic…and then start tweaking.

Ableton Live 5
With MP3 support, plug-in delay compensation, and Mackie Control support (to name but a few enhancements), Live 5 continues to mature into a front-running musician’s tool.

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