NAMM 2013 was fun this year. The key was not packing in too much in just two days. I went with Jonathan Hischke, and we covered the boutique pedal makers, a few bigger companies, and then bounced. There were some really exciting concepts and innovating sounds happening all over NAMM but we chose to cover what were able to see in person plus give you a peek at some of the products that we’ll cover this year on PedalsAndEffects.
Having appeared at the Earthquaker Devices booth on Thursday, I really got a great preview of their entire pedal lineup. They had three new pedals debuting at NAMM: The Crimson Drive, The Disaster Transport Sr and a new compressor called The Warden. I love their pedals and if you’re lucky enough to have a store nearby that carries their line, I highly recommend you go and check them out for yourself.
Friday, I did an Ampeg signing before setting out to do some real research at NAMM. First stop was Pigtronix, where I got to play through their new line of economy size pedals. Their stuff always features a marriage between genius design and great sound and no one will be disappointed with what they are bringing to the effects world this year. I also got to see their new Infinity Looper and I have to admit, they have created another pedal that will surely be copied.
Mono Case was representing their line of gear for the touring/traveling musicians. They make incredible cases and bags designed to transport gear and get it to your gig safely whether you’re carrying it yourself or packing it into vans, busses, airplanes or trucks. The fact that their products look cool is just the icing on the cake! It’s always a pleasure to hook up with them and I love their ideas and products.
We also got to see Dwarfcraft, WMD, Mojo Hand FX and Loud Button. Loud Button’s Morphine Dream is what is leading this video in which Jonathan and I highlight some of the products we saw at NAMM. To see so many companies- big and small- truly stepping up their game by combining innovation with creativity with functionality was truly inspiring, and I can’t wait to share more of the vast world of PedalsAndEffects with you all.