namm14_grahamecdm_12

namm14_grahamecdm_46

Now, we get to transport you to the toy store of sound-making gadgets that is the NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

James Grahame, the engineer behind MeeBlip, gets to show off his love of synthesizers in his photolog. And we see some of the big winners at the show for electronic instrument lovers:

  • Boutique makers are doing more wonderful stuff than ever. It starts with modular, yes, but look for products in other areas, as well. We were thrilled to get to insert MeeBlip anode at Pittsburgh Modular and Studio Electronics, as they already had some of my favorite stuff in the show.
  • KORG. Yeah, you knew that. But apart from re-imagining the keytar and making a full-sized MS-20, they’re now producing adorable toy pianos for a new generation and have made the TRITON workstation friendlier to a wide audience of people who wouldn’t normally buy such things.
  • Elektron was attracting plenty of attention to their drum machine, without question.
  • MOOG. Not only did the release two hits – a digital Theremin and a brand-new synth – but their booth was one of the best meeting-place scenes on the floor. Of course.
  • Arturia’s BeatStep sequencer might be our show favorite – tiny, inexpensive, ready to work with any computer, MIDI, or CV gear.

And, of course, James found some nice oddities, too.

We’ll of course have follow-ups on all this stuff in more detail – we like it slow and in-depth, you know – and some of the new modular stuff. But for now, it’s impossible to think about technical details while we’re being blinded with gear. Let’s do this.

namm14_grahamecdm_16

namm14_grahamecdm_2

namm14_grahamecdm_48

namm14_grahamecdm_47

namm14_grahamecdm_45

namm14_grahamecdm_44

namm14_grahamecdm_43

namm14_grahamecdm_42

namm14_grahamecdm_41

namm14_grahamecdm_40

namm14_grahamecdm_39

namm14_grahamecdm_38

That’s Diego Stocco, one of our favorite composers, meeting with James Grahame.

namm14_grahamecdm_37

namm14_grahamecdm_36

namm14_grahamecdm_35

namm14_grahamecdm_34

namm14_grahamecdm_33

namm14_grahamecdm_32

namm14_grahamecdm_31

namm14_grahamecdm_30

namm14_grahamecdm_29

namm14_grahamecdm_28

namm14_grahamecdm_27

namm14_grahamecdm_26

namm14_grahamecdm_25

namm14_grahamecdm_24

namm14_grahamecdm_22

namm14_grahamecdm_21

namm14_grahamecdm_20

namm14_grahamecdm_19

namm14_grahamecdm_18

namm14_grahamecdm_17

namm14_grahamecdm_15

namm14_grahamecdm_14

namm14_grahamecdm_13

namm14_grahamecdm_11

namm14_grahamecdm_10

namm14_grahamecdm_9

namm14_grahamecdm_8

namm14_grahamecdm_7

namm14_grahamecdm_6

namm14_grahamecdm_5

namm14_grahamecdm_4

namm14_grahamecdm_3

namm14_grahamecdm_1

  • tosque

    OMG! so many modulars so little funds… BTW, is the new sub 37 already sold out? I checked Moog’s site and it said it was “out of stock”

    • http://vrpr.org/ Henry

      It is probably not even “in stock” yet, and their online shop does not know such kind of status.

    • genshi

      Not even released yet until May 2014…

  • Jeff

    I was there and I missed almost half of these. (shakes fist at clouds) Thanks for the lovely photos.

  • Jaspo

    Thank you Engadget for shining a bit of light on the modular synthesizer world. You should really go in-depth sometime as Eurorack modular is a booming, although still boutique business.

    gearp0rn++;

  • Bot

    I also noticed the Sub37 was sold out after a few days. Peter mentioned “The first Sub37 will be a US$1,579 limited edition”, but nothing about Sub37 future plans. Is another one slated for release minus the wooden endcaps?

    • genshi

      As of this NAMM show, there were only 3 working prototypes of the Sub 37 Tribute Edition; it’s not being released until May 2014 and will be in limited production for one year (according to folks at Moog.)

    • Dogshit McPukeface

      it’s the ‘tribute edition’ that will be in limited quantities… according to their website.

    • genshi

      Uh, yeah, that’s exactly what I said. Only 3 working prototypes of the Tribute Edition which won’t be released until May 2014 and will be in limited production for one year. After that, who knows…

    • Dogshit McPukeface

      derp derp. there will be a ‘normal’, non-tribute edition. derp derp. enjoy your haircut.

    • genshi

      No shit sherlock, that goes without saying; it’s what Moog usually does. Based on your username alone it’s obvious you are just trolling, and poorly at that…

    • Dogshit McPukeface

      Based on your username it’s obvious you are just suffering from the side effects of HRT.

    • genshi

      Grow up you pathetic troll. What happened to this site Peter? Surprising you allow this crap…

    • Dogshit McPukeface

      Take your own advice, jagoff.

    • Bot

      To quote Moog “What if we could give people everything they had asked for … this is a dream instrument designed for synth fans”. Let’s hope Synth Fans are not a specific limited amount of people.

    • genshi

      Well, for the Little Phatty, Moog did 1200 units of the Tribute Edition. After that they did other editions, but have now discontinued the Little Phatty all together, so I am assuming it will be pretty much the same for the Sub 37. But all I was saying is before is, if you watch most of the videos of Amos (specifically the SonicState video) he states they only had 3 working prototypes for NAMM, and that by May 2014, the Tribute Edition will be available and they will probably be in production for a year (for that Tribute Edition.) After that, they haven’t said anything, but I’m assuming there will be other editions (regular, stage, etc.) like they did with the LP, only Moog knows…

  • http://flexyvoid.com/ Yanakyl

    Lots of spaghettis on those pictures, it’s time I start buiding myself one of those beast slowly, slowly, piece by piece…

  • Dogshit McPukeface

    I cummed. forcefully. and exploded my pantaloons.

  • Adambpmjunction

    Hnnnnggg.. look at all the stuff i can’t have :o That beatstep is sweet for the price! enjoying the trend of smaller but more affordable equipment.