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Some very cool new audio hardware

Summer NAMM started yesterday and already there are a couple things worth mentioning…
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
This is the one that I’m most excited about. I’ve coveted the original Space Echo for quite a long time, but never could put down the cash to make one happen. Now, I can get somewhat close to it without having to get it repaired constantly or fretting about taking it out of the studio. This may be the first pedal I’ll have bought in years. [via harmony-central]

Roland SP-555 Sampler
When I’ve done Intonarumori shows for the last couple of years, I’ve relied on my PowerBook and some external processing gear, mostly so I can run Live. I always fret over this, wondering if it makes for a boring show (it does) and worrying about a reboot or crash (hasn’t happened yet, but I’ve seen it happen to others). For the decade or so before I switched to my laptop, I’d used all gear to produce similar stuff live. Periodically, I think about being able to do that again. I’ve been following the Roland SP series for years, but haven’t plunked down the money yet. This one looks like it could be the one to make me switch back… [via Harmony-central]

This doesn’t come from NAMM, CDM posted about it. Trinity are working on a portable DAW based on linux and with a bunch of audio apps included. This is a kind of neat idea. I could see it useful for some folks, but for me the platform itself is more interesting than the DAW. It could also become my laptop replacement. A computer customized for audio that was really portable could be a game changer for musicians. Now, with a touch screen, and softsynths and a reaktor-like thing (Pd or whatever)… drool. The next step would be a similar device for VJs…

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