A bogus U2, a recording legend, and all the latest gear news, both on and off site. Andy Jones is getting NAMM-Thrax…
A Dublin fellow I’ve not met before is telling me he saw through the fake U2 playing on the roof of the NAMM Convention Centre who greeted us for day 2 of NAMM 2018. He’d worked with them for 15 years so could tell instantly, but the rest of the ‘rocking’ crowd had clearly fallen fall it hook, line and sinker (myself included, although not the rocking bit).
This is just the kind of thing that happens at NAMM: great conversations with random people, lots of rock music (because we really don’t get enough gear demos in the show itself) and people exclaiming ‘oh my God’ at pretty much everything.
I’m a suppressed Brit so can take the excitement in my stride – or at least am terrified to wave at ‘even better than the real thing’ Bono. I also have NAMM-Thrax, a cursed disease that I’ve enjoyed here before.
Luckily there’s plenty to enjoy both on and off site. I meet Teenage Engineering in a car in the park demoing their new sampling and vocoding pocket operators which are very cool but I’m a huge fanboy anyway.
Also off site Ableton are hosting a party tonight which I’ll be attending should health allow and if I can grow my beard out in time.
For now though here’s a gear round up of day 2. Captions only I’m afraid as I feel so terrible. More detail in the next issue of MusicTech. And yes I do want sympathy…