Our 2019 NAMM Experience
This January’s NAMM Show marked five years at NAMM for Strymon! In case you have never been to this event, the National Association of Music Merchants has described the NAMM Show as “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products, pro audio and event tech industry.” Well, it’s big alright, and it’s at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, right across the street from Disneyland. We all had a great time at our fifth NAMM Show together. Check out the video below for a taste of what the show was like!
Although the show can be quite loud, once again we enjoyed our location in the largely acoustic instrument-oriented Hall E. This allowed us to enjoy conversations with those of you who came to visit our booth, and also made playing at our demo stations fun and easy to hear. We were directly across from some exhibitors showing harps, which the one and only Stevie Wonder came to check out while we were there!
In addition to enjoying our time meeting many of you who came to visit our booth, some of the folks from Strymon were invited to participate elsewhere in the show. Strymon sound designer/co-founder Pete Celi was part of the “Innovations in Modular Synthesis” NAMM panel, where he demonstrated Magneto. Analog designer/co-founder Gregg Stock together with Strymon marketing director Ethan Tufts were part of the “Meet the Creators Behind Your Favorite FX Pedals” panel.
At our booth we enjoyed the chance to spend time hanging out with several artists including blues guitarist Josh Smith, electronic music artist Baseck, keyboardist Tom Brislin, and guitarist Mason Stoops. They were all there checking out Volante, our new multi-head magnetic echo and sound-on-sound looper.
Volante at NAMM
Visitors to our booth at this year’s NAMM were among the first people in the world to get their hands, eyes, and ears on Volante, which was available to play through on our demo stations. Featuring magnetic drum echo, tape echo, and reel-to-reel studio echo, Volante is a stereo four-head delay that also offers vintage spring reverb as well as the ability to easily create evolving, atmospheric sound-on-sound loops. We were happy to see all the people enjoying Volante at NAMM, and stoked to find out it was named one of Music Radar’s Best New Effects Pedals of NAMM 2019. To hear what it sounds like, check out Pete playing through Volante in this NAMM clip from cuckoomusic below:
And watch Pete demonstrate more of Volante’s features during this NAMM booth visit from Premiere Guitar:
This year we did something a little different and had the wonderful and super talented artist Chiho Harazaki create Strymon Wings, to give back to the Wildfire Relief Fund due to the recent devastating fires in California. NAMM guests were invited to stop by and take a photo in front of our Strymon Wings, and for each image posted with the #StrymonWings hashtag, we donated $1 to wildfire relief at https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/
We also were happy once again to feature the fantastic photos you have shared with us on Instagram on our walls at NAMM. Thank you to Marc Nin, Kentin Jivek, Jaya Sapetar, Juliane Wolf and Oskar, John L. Rice, Brennan Wolf, Roger Weber, Adam Felix, Ryan Hernandez, Luiggy Santiago, Sylvain Leroy, Alastair Downie, Rabea Massaad, Siegfried Meier, Dmitriy Toporov, Mitchell Pearce and Millie, Mykaela McQueen, Jay Frederick, Erik Lindberg, and Alex Tasse.
More photos from NAMM:
And also some of our favorite photos that you took: