Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Day of NAMM 2009

The first day of NAMM proved to be a great day. We arrived early - before the doors opened and had an opportunity to listen to a band that was using the new vertical Renkus-Heinz line-array - they sounded sweet.

From listening to rumors on the street, I didn't expect there to be as many folks attending this years NAMM show, but boy was I wrong. Although the arena was not as crowded as normal with vendors, the main convention center was still packed and there were tons of folks looking at the newest equipment that vendors have to offer.

Direct Pro Audio comes to this show for its customers. The staff at Direct Pro Audio wants to be on the cutting edge and offer its customers the latest and greatest products. The show gives us a chance to get our hands on the equipment and to literally feel it and test it to see if we think our customers would like it.

Our first meeting was with who might be one of our newest lines - - you'll just have to wait and see!! Anyway, we spent quite a bit of time learning about their mixers. We have another appointment with them tomorrow because we ran out of time and didn't want to be late for our next appointment of the day.

We hurried over to the Gator booth - I'll have to admit I really enjoy looking at all of Gator's cases. Gator Cases is always coming up with new, inventive products. The first one that I saw today was a new speaker case that felt sturdy and durable and even had a rain cover - - just in case it's pouring and your outdoor gig doesn't get cancelled. I see some of those in Direct Pro Audio's future for sure.

A few more of the highlights included a trip to the Ultimate booth - I having nothing but praise for their products too. We were at NAMM today from opening to closing - they were shutting the lights out when we were leaving. We had great meetings and were introduced to new products from Shure, JBL, Community, SoundCraft, AKG, Yorkville, ART, Alto, and so many more - my brain is on overload right now.

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