Amazing new stompboxes
were in abundance, including
the Eventide Space (12
stunning reverb and ambient
effects), and the Strymon Time-
Line, which may be the deepest
delay pedal ever created
(the demo took 30 minutes).
The DIVO Orange TubeSync OV4 optimizes tube performance by monitoring
power-amp fluctuations, as well as allowing you to mix and match power
tubes of all types. Rivera’s Rock Crusher may be used as a power attenuator
or a load box, and its reactive load network allows it to interact with
your amp much like a speaker.
Random encounters with extraordinary musicians
are always one of the most enjoyable parts of
any NAMM show, and this year’s most memorable
moments included booth performances
by Martin Taylor and Andreas Oberg, David
Grissom, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Govan.
Speaking of looping, Boss staged the last two
rounds of its Loop Station World Championship
(Dave Navarro and Steve Stevens were among the
judges), and seeing so many artists finding unique
technology, and applying them to
create great music was truly inspiring.
Being a live-looping
was pleased to see
the Vox VL1 Dynamic
Looper, the Boss RC-30,
and the Looperlative LP2