NAMM 2023: New pedals, synths and music gear

The NAMM Show 2023 is one of the most highly anticipated events in the music industry and we've got all the updates for you! Every year, music manufacturers, distributors, and retailers from around the world gather to showcase their latest products and innovations.

From pedals & effects to synthesizers, from software to hardware, and everything in between, the NAMM Show 2023 promises to be a must-see event for anyone in the music industry or for those who just love music. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at some of the top products and trends to watch out for.

Polyend Tracker Mini

Polyend's Tracker Mini squeezes everything that made the original Tracker so compelling into a portable, battery-powered package. The Mini is a standalone audio workstation is equipped with eight tracks for sequencing either stereo audio or MIDI, audio-over-USB functionality, and a built-in battery and microphone. The Mini also boasts gamepad-quality buttons and an array of powerful sampling and sound design tools.With Tracker Mini, you'll have a studio in your hands, equipped with all the necessary tools to create an album, whether you want to start with the included sample pack or record your own. Convert samples to instruments, control external devices, create simple or complex compositions, mix tracks, and master and export songs - the Mini has got you covered. 

Intellijel Cascadia

The Intellijel Cascadia is a new and exciting modular synthesizer module that offers a range of advanced features for sound design and exploration. It features a unique wave folding algorithm that creates complex and interesting harmonic content, as well as a multimode filter with a built-in distortion circuit for added versatility. The Cascadia also includes a built-in envelope generator and an LFO, allowing for dynamic and expressive sound shaping.

One of the most notable features of the Cascadia is its powerful wave folding algorithm. This algorithm creates complex and harmonically rich waveforms from simple input signals, providing a wide range of tonal possibilities. Additionally, the multimode filter with built-in distortion circuit allows for further sound shaping, from subtle filtering to aggressive distortion.intellijel Cascadia Desktop Semi-Modular SynthThe built-in envelope generator and LFO offer further sound shaping capabilities, allowing for dynamic and expressive modulation. The Cascadia is a versatile and powerful module that offers a range of advanced features for sound design and exploration. It is an excellent addition to any modular synthesizer system, providing endless creative possibilities for musicians and sound designers alike.

Electro Harmonix Lizard Queen

Housed in EHX's Nano-sized chassis, the EHX Lizard Queen is a fixed gain fuzz pedal which features Volume, Octave, and Balance knobs. The pedal features a compact and rugged design, with intuitive controls that make it easy to shape your tone.

The Lizard Queen allows you to blend a distorted fuzz effect with a sub-octave signal, giving you a wide range of tonal possibilities. The octave effect can be adjusted using the "Octave" knob, while the fuzz effect can be dialed in using the "Fuzz" knob. There is also a "Tone" knob that allows you to adjust the overall tone of the pedal. Electro Harmonix Lizard Queen Octave Fuzz PedalIn addition to the main controls, the Lizard Queen also features a "Level" knob that adjusts the output volume, as well as a "Gate" switch that can be used to reduce unwanted noise and feedback. Overall, the Electro Harmonix Lizard Queen Octave Fuzz Pedal is a versatile and powerful tool for guitarists looking to add some unique and creative tones to their playing.Electro Harmonix Lizard Queen Octave Fuzz Pedal

UAFX Pedals

The Universal Audio UAFX universe expands with a trio of exciting new pedals! Universal Audio is an undisputed leader in emulating classic and legendary studio effects, moving the sound quality of studio equipment to pedals.Universal Audio UAFX guitar pedals

UAFX Del-Verb Ambience Companion
Del-Verb is a stereo guitar pedal with six authentic vintage reverb and delay effects, tap tempo, downloadable custom voicings, and more via the UAFX Control app.

UAFX Galaxy '74 Tape Echo & Reverb
Galaxy '74 is a stereo delay pedal with classic mid-'70s analog echo effects and spring reverb, tap tempo, and adjustable realtime effects and oscillation sounds via the UAFX Control app. 

UAFX Max Preamp & Dual Compressor
Max is a stereo dual compressor pedal with three iconic studio guitar effects, UA 610 tube preamp and EQ, customizable footswitches, and sidechain bass filter via the UAFX Control app.Universal Audio UAFX guitar pedals

Torso Electronics T-1 White

To mark two years since they began shipping their crowdfunded T-1 sequencer, Torso Electronics announced a white, limited-edition issue. T-1 is an expressive algorithmic sequencer that goes beyond traditional step sequencing by applying a hyperfluent way of creating musical structures. You can create percussive polyrhythmic sequences and explore endless melodic variations. Torso Electronics T-1 16 track algorithmic MIDI sequencer WhiteThis special edition white T-1 features custom gray knobs and cream-white enclosure. Inspired by legendary drum machines and sequencers of the 1980s and 1990s.Torso Electronics T-1 White

Bastl Bestie

Bestie by Bastl is a 5-channel stereo mixer with up to 20 dB boost, mute switch per channel, and flexible connectivity. However, Bestie is not just a mixer but also a stereo distortion/saturator with a pre-routed feedback channel that can create juicy, crunchy sounds. Bastl Instruments Bestie 5-Channel MixerOne of the unique features of the Bestie mixer is its built-in 2-band EQ that allows you to adjust the bass and treble of each channel. Additionally, the mixer has an AUX send and return that can be used for external effects processors or to connect an external signal to the mix.

Overall, the Bastl Instruments Bestie mixer is a versatile and compact solution for mixing multiple audio sources in a variety of settings. Its compact size and portability make it ideal for live performances or on-the-go recording setups.Bastl Instruments Bestie 5-Channel Mixer

Modbap Modular Meridian

Meridian is a 14hp digital dual multimode stereo filter array, designed to offer users a choice between 4 selectable filter types per side and 4 selectable filter modes per side, plus 2 effects (drive & phase shift), and the ability to be pinged. This allows users the flexibility to easily create a range of unique sound textures and sonic landscapes using a single powerful eurorack filter module.Modbap Modular MeridianModbap Modular Meridian

IK Multimedia Axe I/O One

The IK Multimedia Axe I/O One is a powerful and versatile audio interface that caters to the needs of guitarists, bassists, and other musicians. It features a high-resolution audio interface that can record at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, ensuring clear and pristine recordings. The built-in guitar tone shaping and monitoring options offer a wide range of tonal possibilities, while the Z-Tone impedance circuit allows for fine-tuning of guitar tone.IK Multimedia Axe I/O One Streamlined Audio Interface The Axe I/O One also includes MIDI I/O connectivity, making it easy to connect to other MIDI devices. Its compact form factor makes it ideal for musicians who need a streamlined and portable solution for recording, performance, and practice. With its advanced features and versatile connectivity options, the IK Multimedia Axe I/O One is a powerful tool for any musician or audio professional.IK Multimedia Axe I/O One Streamlined Audio Interface