NAMM 2016: The Six Great Products Of NAMM 2016 (You May Have missed) – Waves NX Virtual Mixroom

Waves NX Virtual Mixroom plug-in – Product Of The Show?

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When someone at NAMM tells you they’re going to blow your mind, believe me, after 21 years of going to this show you just kind of respond with a shrug. Yeah. Whatever. So when we put the headphones on us for this demo we were already dismissing its claims and thinking about lunch. Then, boom. Product of the show. Seriously. This thing recreates a mixing room inside your headphones and it tracks your head movements via your Mac camera or optional $100 hardware add on, so you move your head and your stereo monitor placement/mix moves accordingly, just like you are sitting in a great mixing room. We’d pretty much already used our allotted excitement quota up by this point but then, boom, surround sound. Suddenly we were immersed in a full surround environment, again one that tracked your head movement and moved the mix accordingly. We hate the words ‘game changer’ but, there, we just used them, sorry.

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So, yes we love the Arturia MatrixBrute, yes we love the OB-6, yes we especially love the Zoom ARQ drum controller, but the Product Of NAMM 2016 – surely a show that will go down in NAMM folklore as the Hardware Synthesizer Show – well that prize might well go to a $49 software plug-in. Who’d have thought that four days ago…?

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