Bring the synth lust

Future Music - - WELCOME - Si Truss, Editor si­mon.truss@fu­

Tra­di­tion­ally, Jan­uary in the mu­sic tech­nol­ogy world is cen­tred around the NAMM show in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. It’s here, ev­ery year, that the world’s hard­ware and soft­ware com­pa­nies de­scend to un­veil their lat­est de­vel­op­ments and forth­com­ing prod­ucts.

In re­al­ity, the role of NAMM in the elec­tronic mu­sic world has changed and, ar­guably, di­min­ished in re­cent years. This year’s show was no­table for the ab­sence of head­line un­veil­ings from the likes of Korg, Moog and Roland. Yet in place of these big­ger play­ers, it’s mor­phed into our an­nual op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover in­no­va­tions from smaller com­pa­nies, check out the lat­est in US Euro­rack and get hands-on with ex­cit­ing new cut­ting-edge gear.

FM’s trip to NAMM 2017, as you’ll see in this is­sue’s ex­tended news sec­tion, gave us the chance to get our hands on a truly bumper crop of ex­cit­ing, in­no­va­tive and un­ex­pected in­stru­ments and ef­fects. We warn you now, pre­pare your­self for some se­ri­ous gear lust…

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