Keyboards & Synth News from Winter NAMM 2017



Effects & Pedals


Drums & Percussion

One of the most exciting categories in the gear of today, a new deluge of modular units, synthesizers, controllers and more are bursting through the doors at NAMM this year. Find all the latest updates right here.

11:00 PM | 1/21/2017

New Modules from Intellijel at NAMM 2017

Intellijel has earned a spot as one a premier Eurorack builders and at NAMM 2017, they were on the floor to showcase a set of new modules. Take a look above for an overview of their new offerings including the percussive Plonk which was designed in conjunction with Applied Acoustics Systems.

10:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Sensel Morph Pressure Grid at NAMM 2017

One of the most intriguing new technologies at NAMM this year came in the form of the Sensel Morph. This unique device allows players to use different overlays to transform the surface into a keyboard, pad controller and more. See how it all works in this video.

7:00 PM | 1/20/2017

Video Demo: Behringer DeepMind 12 Synthesizer

The Berhinger Deep Mind 12 has earned a lot of buzz and anticipation from the synth world over the past year, and our own Justin Delay was eager to give it a whirl at NAMM. This Juno-tinged polysynth features a super tweakable control set with an innovative wave form graphic display. Read More ››

11:15 AM | 1/21/2017

Photo Highlights From NAMM Day 3

1:00 AM | 1/21/2017

Dave Smith and Tatsuya Takahashi of Korg Interview Each Other About Synth Design

Dave Smith is a living legend of synthesizer design. Tatsuya Takahashi is a new kid on the block stirring things up with hits like the Korg Minilogue. We brought these two synth designers together at our NAMM booth this year to chat about design, influence, and the current synth landscape. Read More ››

5:30 PM | 1/20/2017

Video: Elektron Announces Digitakt Drum Machine

Reverb got a closer look at Digitakt's newest drum machine on the NAMM 2017 floor in Anaheim. Read More ››

4:30 PM | 1/20/2017

Video: Check Out the Pittsburgh Modular Foundation Evo and Foundation Four Synthesizers at NAMM 2017

Pittsburgh Audio makes big waves at NAMM 2017 with the introduction of their new flagship pieces. Read More ››

2:15 PM | 1/20/2017

Dave Smith Unveils REV2 Synthesizer and Toraiz AS-1 at NAMM 2017

Dave Smith Instruments brings a fresh coat of paint to the Prophet 08 with the new REV2. This polysynth comes in 8- and 16-voice varieties and includes classic DSI filters and Prophet architecture. Some of the new updates for the REV2 include a new sequencer, effects section and wave-shape modulation. Dave also showed us the Toraiz AS-1 made in collaboration with Pioneer DJ, a single voice Prophet-6 style monosynth. Read More ››

12:30 PM | 1/20/2017

Zivix Puc Wireless Midi Connection & Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

The Puc+ Wireless Midi Connection & Jamstik+ Portable Smart Guitar are two new products from Zivix that take the wires out of making digital music. The Puc+ lets you beam midi signals around the room via bluetooth, and the Jamstik+ is a guitar interfaced midi controller and practice companion that also works with an app to produce tones. In this demo, we take a look at both of these new cordless products. Read More ››

12:00 PM | 1/20/2017

Vox Continental Prototype from the NAMM floor

11:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Elektron Digitakt Drum Computer and Sampler at NAMM 2017

Elektron came on strong on day one of the 2017 NAMM Show with the announcement of their new drum machine: the Digitakt. No matter what sort of rhythm you dream up, chances are this little powerhouse can handle it with 8 MIDI tracks, 8 internal audio tracks and real-time sampling.

3:45 PM | 1/19/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Floor

2:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Qu-Bit Electronix Release New Modules

Qu-Bit Electronix has released four new modules – the Tone module, the Chance, the Contour, and the Mixology. All of these modules will be available at various times over the next few months. Keep an eye out for more news!

12:30 PM | 1/19/2017

Make Noise Reveals Soundhack Collaboration Morphagene

Make Noise and Soundhack partnered again to create the Morphagene – what looks to be an extension of the Phonogene, which is an elaboration of a tape recorder.


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11:00 AM | 1/19/2017

Dave Smith Announces the REV2 16-Voice Analog Polyphonic Synth

10:30 AM | 1/19/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Floor

9:30 PM | 1/19/2017

Intelligel and Applied Acoustics Systems have partnered together to make the PLONK module. PLONK continues the relatively new trend of physical modeling in the Eurorack format, which could very well shake up the drum synthesis – something that has been more or less stagnant for some time now. This module will retail for around $300 and is expected to hit the market in Q2 of 2017.

9:00 AM | 1/19/2017

First Look at the New Akai MPCX at NAMM 2017

Akai has brought the MPC into the 21st century with the MPCX. With a host of features typically only available on DAWs, the MPCX brings computer-like capabilities to a standalone unit. Perfect for live performance, recording and rehearsal. Read More ››

2:30 AM | 1/19/2017

Pioneer DJ are Creating an Analog Monosynth with Dave Smith

4:00 PM | 1/18/2017

Teenage Engineering Announces a New ‘Next-Level’ Pocket Operator – the PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine

2:00 PM | 1/12/2017

Video: Exploring the Korg Monologue Monophonic Synthesizer

Korg's new Monologue isn't just the Minilogue's little brother. Check out our video for details. Read More ››

12:00 PM | 1/9/2017

Akai Announces New Standalone MPC Models

Though back to their standalone roots, these MPC models retain the modern functionality needed to compete with Ableton and others. Read More ››

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