David Frank

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My Top NAMM 2013 picks


After seeing some other reviews of what was big at the NAMM show this year I thought I might make a list of some of the gear that I thought was worth mentioning. Of course this is from my personal perspective. Although I often work on my laptop without any external synths I still lust after external gear. I appreciate the sonic differences and performability of a musical instrument that is freed from the limitations of buffer/processor size latency and screen two dimensional touch-ability restrictions and use them when I am in my studio or, travel budget permitting, on stage.
Here’s my list:
1.Elektron Analog Four- Super sounding!
2.Schmidt Synthesizer- not available yet but sooo amazing..Quite expensive….quite
3.The Moog booth- that special Moog sound- Meeting Bernie Warrell
4. Sledge Synthesizer- look it up-sounds great-wish I was messing with one right now..
5.The lack of some of the bigger software companies was noticeable. I think that’s a mistake as there are many musicians who attend the show.. but…understandable if monetary profit is your perspective….i guess…
6. “Mariachi Divas” live stage show- I loved the singers, orchestra and orchestrations….and the fact that they exist and perform. Thank you!
7. Playing a Fazioli piano
8.interesting software-Izotope Iris, Air Vacuum Pro and Loom,SoniVox plugins-looking forward to trying the demos
9.Radikal Accelerator Synth-Wow
10. Cool Controllers- Novation,Keith McmMillen QuNeo and QuNexus, Livid
11.Apogee Thunderbridge-a symphony card in a box-connects your laptop (with thunderbolt port) to apogee interfaces. Yea!!

I’m sure I missed seeing great things or didn’t take proper note of others…or was just talking to friends when I should have been paying attention but anyway there’s my list.


  1. I like your list. BTW, Whoa! Apogee?!?! I haven’t heard that company’s name in a very long time for like 20 years! That’s amazing. 🙂 I was around 6 or 7 when Apogee was using post-production products back in the ’90s for musicians’ “making-of” albums on VHS tapes. I still have the King of Pop MJ’s (RIP) Dangerous: In Short Films VHS when my mom bought it for me. Apogee was part of its video production. At that time, I wasn’t interested in music production but love listening to music non-stop. Damn, I wish I would have been at NAMM this year. Hopefully, I would like to be there next year or soon with my relatives. 😉 LOL!

    • I’m assuming you mean HipHop, RnB, DnB, Dubstep, rave, house, elrcieontca, dance, trance, garage and grime? Well, rock, metal, blues, country, jazz, classical, reggae and soul and more talented. The musicians actually use real instruments. But I like some electronic’ music. It may not be as talented, but some of it still is good. But all music is getting lazy. These days, HipHop and RnB is all about cheesy or sexual lyrics and sampling. But then again, a lot of modern rock and metal, especially in the scene stuff, do the same thing. You either have boring Indie bands who rip off the Beatles and Kinks, or scene bands who use electronic sounds and just cover chart music. Hiphop use to be Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill. Now it’s 50 Cent, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Rnb use to be Mary J Blidge, Barry White, Michael Jackson. Now it’s Rihanna, Chris Brown, Beyonce. Rock use to be Blue Oyster Cult, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. Now it’s Paramore, MCR and Blink-182. Metal use to be Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden. Now it’s BMTH, BVB and Asking Alexandria. All music has gone down hill.

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