Winter NAMM 2010 Kick Off! | January 12, 2010 How much fun can the GP editorial staff have at a NAMM show? Well, given all the nifty goodies on display, the answer is a nearly infinite amount of fun. There's a TON of hot new stuff we're looking forward to checking out, and here's just a quick sampling of all the cool stuff that we're looking forward to…The Pro Range AKG WMS 450 wireless system can auto select from 1200 selectable frequencies and operate with up to 12 preset channels simultaneously within the same band, and of course, it works anywhere in the USA, and plays well with AKG antenna splitters, power supply units and charging stations, making for a wide range of possible applications.Learn more about it online at www.akg.com, or swing by NAMM Booth #7800 to get up close and personal with this system.The Boss TU-2 is a standard among players of all stripes — you gotta be in tune, right? — so we're really looking forward out checking out the upgraded and new-for-2010 TU-3 Chromatic Tuner. There's a new high-brightness meter with a newly-designed 21-segment meter light for improved visibility in brighter conditions (e.g. daytime gigs), and the sound output is muted while the tuner is on, allowing players to tune silently on stage. Tuning modes include Chromatic and Guitar/Bass, which allows players to tune by string number, now with support for seven-string guitars and six-string basses, there's a Flat Tuning mode that allows players to calibrate the TU-3 for tunings up to six half-steps below standard pitch, and the tuner’s reference pitch can be adjusted over a range of 436-445Hz.For more information about the Boss TU-3, visit www.rolandconnect.com, or head over to Booth #7400 at the NAMM show.Framus is displaying three hot models at the show:The Diablo Supreme X features a swamp ash body, a AAA flamed maple top, and a maple neck, and is outfitted with Seymour Duncan pickups, as is the case with all Framus solid body guitars. Other features include a Framus by Wilkinson vibrato, locking machine heads and a PLEK fret setup.The Panthera Legacy is geared towards blues and rock sounds of the sixties, with an original Bigsby vibrato, Mahogany body and neck, Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro humbucker in the bridge position and the Pearly Gates humbucker at the neck.The Panthera Studio Supreme offers versatility, switchable from single coil mode to humbucker mode. It features a Seymour Duncan Custom humbucker in the bridge position, is wrapped in Framus' new high gloss nano-finish, and topped with bookmatched AAA flamed maple.You can learn more about these guitars at www.framus.com, or stop by and see Framus at NAMM, Booth #4578.Godlyke is set to unleash the HAO Omega Drive Sixteen overdrive pedal, the first model in the HAO “Premium Workshop” series of professional-grade effect pedals. Named for its internal voltage doubling circuit, the Omega Drive Sixteen takes an incoming power supply of 9-volts DC and converts it to 16-volts DC, a move designed to improve headroom and dynamic responsiveness. HAO Omega Drive Sixteen features include:Volume, Tone, and Gain controlsDirect Tone Bypass SwitchTrue Bypass Switching using 3PDTInternal voltage doubling circuitryCompact, cast-aluminum enclosureUltra-bright status LED9-volt Battery or AC adaptor operation3-year limited warrantyGodlyke has also recently announced the release of two new Nine Series models from Maxon: the SM-9 Pro+ and the ST-9 Pro+.The SM-9 Pro+ features Gain, Level, Scoop, and Edge controls. Gain simultaneously boosts the 1 kHz midrange band by up to 20 dB as Gain is increased. Scoop is a mid-band elimination filter that is variable between 200 Hz – 2 kHz. Edge is a hi-cut shelving filter that cuts hi frequencies from 2 kHz to 15 kHz. The SM-9 can be switched between 9- or 18-volt operation via an internal voltage-doubling circuit. 18-volt operation is stabilized and provides improved frequency response and less compression than 9 volt operation.The ST-9 Pro+ is an overdrive based on Maxon’s classic “808” circuit, and offers new features such as separate MID control to vary level of Midrange boost, a mode switch to select from two different diode types, and switchable 9- or 18-volt operation via an internal voltage-doubling circuit.For more information on Godlyke and Maxon effects visit www.godlyke.com, or stop by Booth #1582 in Hall E at NAMM. PreSonus recently announced version 1.1 of its Studio One DAW software, featuring a new key-command editor with Search and Learn functions for creating and modifying keyboard shortcuts, an Undo history viewing and undoing all edits done since the file was last opened, and dynamic time stretching to change tempos within an event. An Upload as Digital Release option has been added as well, enabling users to include album and song art, and upload songs, art, and metadata to the Soundcloud Web service (http://soundcloud.com/). The PreSonus Presence virtual instrument has been redesigned, upgraded to 96 voices, and enhanced with effects; the Impact VI now includes Velocity layers, an envelope Hold parameter, and a multimode filter; and the file Browser has been outfitted with a MIDI preview player which empowers quantization of MIDI note ends (Note Off), as well as Note On messages. The export features have been significantly improved, including the ability to export entire channels as stems. There’s much more. Version 1.1 is expected in Q1 of 2010.Visit PreSonus online at www.presonus.com, and check 'em out at NAMM Booth #6800.