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TOP TEN: The most popular product launches of NAMM 2016

TOP TEN: The most popular product launches of NAMM 2016
Adam Savage

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26 January 2016: By Adam Savage

Articles on new gear from Radial, Waves and AKG all make our list of the most-read stories from this year's show.

As the dust settles on another hectic NAMM Show, we thought we'd compile a list of the ten biggest launch stories from this year's event, ranked in order of hits on the AMI website.

Several companies, such as Radial and Audio-Technica, used the show to unveil a raft of new gear, while others went to California to debut significant updates to popular products and ranges – Digico and Focusrite among them.

And although smaller items such as microphones and headphones make up much of our Top Ten this year, it was the new DC16 control surface from Mackie that really caught the eye, as our summary below shows.

Here's the full rundown...

1. Mackie launches DC16 control surface

DC16 is designed to add ‘unmatched speed, visibility and customisation’ to the firm's DL32R digital mixer.

2. Radial releases Dante-enabled DI box

New 500 series preamp (pictured), modular press box and Cat-5 audio snake also revealed in Anaheim.

3. Digico introduces Stealth Core2 upgrade

Update releases additional processing from the core of every SD desk and can be fitted to all existing surfaces.

4. Waves debuts new virtual mix room plug-in

Nx "unmasks" headphone sound, allowing the user to hear everything as they would through speakers.

5. Audio-Technica launches array of new mics

Additions to company's product offering include the AE2300 and ATM230 instrument microphones, as well as new IEM headphones.

6. TEC Awards winners revealed

Not a product launch, obviously, but here's another chance to check out yesterday's round-up of the 2016 Technical and Creative Achievement honours announced during the show.

7. Telefunken debuts two new drum mic packs

Company will introduce its DC6 and DC7 sets at the show, which both feature award-winning mics along with FET amplifiers and mounts.

8. Focusrite unveils RedNet A16R interface

Dante-based audio-over-IP interface provides 16 channels of network connected analogue I/O.

9. AKG announces new line of headphones

Features of new K52, K72 and K92 include large 40mm drivers, offering high sensitivity for greater output.

10. Tascam showcases SD-20M recorder

Four-channel solid-state device with dual microphone preamps revealed at this year's show.