Summer NAMM 2019: The best gear of Day 3

From iOS plug-ins to learner-friendly keyboards, here are the 5 best offerings from the final day of Summer NAMM 2019.

We’ve reached the conclusion of Summer NAMM 2019! Here are five of our favourite offerings from the last day.

1Eventide iOS plug-ins

Eventide has ported over three of its popular effects to iOS: the MicroPitch, Blackhole Reverb and UltraTap Delay. These are available in AUv3 plug-in format and can be used in any compatible DAW that runs on iOS.

2Boss SY-1

Boss SY-1 is a compact synth pedal targeted at guitarists and bassists. It boasts 11 synth types with 11 variations each, arming you with a grand total of 121 possible sounds. The stomper’s sonic palette includes vintage analogue sounds, leads, organs, basses and more.

3Casio Casiotone keyboards

Casio has revived a popular 80s keyboard series: the Casiotone. The 2019 line-up includes three portable keyboards – the CT-S200, CT-S300 and LK-S250 – that have features specifically for learning. The LK-S250, for instance, comes with Castio’s Step-Up lesson system, which translates MIDI files into the keyboard’s light-up keys – very Guitar-hero like.

4Audioscape Engineering V-Comp

This hardware compressor nods to the iconic Gates Sta-Level. It features a unique recovery time knob that can be adjusted to a ‘faster’ setting for pumpy vocals reminiscent of The Beatles.

5Eventide Harmadillo

Eventide’s staple H9 Harmonizer has a new effect in its ranks: the Harmadillo. The 51st effect in H9’s bank, the Harmadillo is a harmonic tremolo algorithm that’s suited to synths, guitars or basses. It’s packed with an arsenal of LFO types that take a leaf out of both vintage tube amp harmonic tremolo circuits and analogue harmonic tremolo pedals.

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