Thursday, January 13, 2011
Pancho Sanchez talks at NAMM in front of a poster of himself playing.
I've been going to NAMM for many years now, and I'm always surprised by how active and loud it is. There are a lot of weirdos here, so it makes for great people-watching. It is still a lot of fun.
The show seemed less busy than last year, although Saturday is usually the busiest day, and Sunday usually the deadest. It also seemed quieter than before. A lot of live instrument manufacturers were about, and lots of drums and percussion in particular.
In the electronics area, most of the new materials were software driven, like Pro Tools 9 and various plug-ins for different platforms. Nothing terribly exciting that made me want to turn over my credit card, but it was a lot of fun seeing all these music lovers in one room.