It's that time of year again, with the National Association of Music Merchants show due to take place in California, from 23rd to 26th January. As always, NAMM showcases a plethora of new and exciting products, so we've decided to create a rolling story, which we will update as and when new gear is announced.
This is the place to be if you want a comprehensive round-up of all the new NAMM gear for 2014, so check below for information and videos on the most exciting releases. Alternatively, you can CLICK HERE to view a list of new products in our online shop.
This review was written by Joe Mann, who is part of the Absolute Music guitar team and one of our guitar technicians...
I currently own a Digitech Whammy & so when we got our first shipment of Electro Harmonix Slammi pedals in, I couldn't resist performing a side-by-side comparison to see how it shaped up. Before going into any details, I'll cut to the chase & just say that I was very impressed!
No? Well, watch the video below by Jack Conte and if you ever get asked that question again (unlikely, we know!), you'll be able to answer "yes"! Just to be clear, this isn't animation trickery, these are actually real robots in the video! Check it out!
The new Novation Launchpad-S is brighter, faster, and more universal than the old version, now compatible with software such as Fruity Loops and of course, the iPad. As well as providing a brilliant visual performance spectacle, the Launchpad-S is a fantastically intuitive controller for software such as Ableton Live.
Hello... I'm Marc... and I'm a gear junky...! I've been playing the guitar and gigging in various bands for many years and in 2012 I got myself a job at Absolute Music to feed my habit and share my passion and knowledge of the products that I know and love. I'm going to use my blog to write short reviews of some of my favourite products to hopefully help others in their quest for finding the right gear for their needs and budget.
Here's a quote that we're very proud to share as it comes from President of Electro-Harmonix and living legend Mike Matthews:
"Absolute Music is one of the BEST Electro-Harmonix dealers in the whole world."
Wow! Mike, you've made us blush! And we're being 100% truthful when we say that we think that Electro-Harmonix make some of the BEST pedals in the whole world too! Their range is simply immense! Can everyone feel the love here?!!
Electro-Harmonix is certainly a company that has earned a reputation for innovation over the years &, with their new 'Next Step' line of effects, they seem to be at it again!
Next Step is essentially a line of expression-based effects pedals that contain no moving parts & instead utilise the same technology as you would find in a smartphone to ascertain the position of the pedal as you rock it back & forth. The advantages of this are two-fold: firstly, the lack of any moving parts should mean zero maintenance, as well as increased reliability &, secondly, it allows for much smoother, friction-free operation.
Just a quick shout to let you all know that we've recently expanded the range of Electro-Harmonix pedals that we stock! Electro-Harmonix pedals are hugely popular and for good reason - they're built well and they sound fantastic!!!
From simple one-knob pedals such as the Neo Clone, all the way through to some of the most complicated units on the market, the Electro-Harmonix range of stomp boxes is certainly an eclectic mix to say the least. The Ravish Sitar falls into the latter category &, after having seen many a person plug it in & stare at it in a bemused way, I thought it was time to roll my sleeves up & find out what this strange little box has to offer...
In this video Lee and Dan test out four of the most popular Fuzz pedals on the market - the Boss FZ-5, the Electro Harmonix Big Muff, the Akai Fuzz and the Z.Vex Fuzz Factory! Have a listen for yourself and find out which one you prefer!