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January 21, 2017


The NAMM Show 2017 Report—Day 3

Greetings from NAMM! While we're definitely on the hunt for some serious guitars here on the show floor, needless to say a lot of our coolest finds definitely extend beyond the six-string set! That's why we're devoting today's post to some of our favorite pedals and accessories. Check out some of our photos below and stick around—you'll be seeing many of these must-have products in our store soon. 


We're totally impressed with the Roland GO:MIXER, a compact mixer for smartphones that allows users to not only record and mix audio tracks, but also record video too. We all know the perils of recording with shoddy phone audio, and for that reason love the GO:MIXER's ability to connect a mic, musical instruments or other media device—essentially offering pro sound for the avid smartphone user-slash-producer.


PRODUCT PICK: L.R. Baggs Synapse Personal P.A. System 

Quite the sonic revelation from L.R. Baggs this year—the Synapse Personal P.A. serves up a patented all-horn speaker design that projects a 180-degree waveform at all frequencies. Add an all-new compression woofer and this puppy projects some serious room-filling sound, making it perfect for singer-songwriters and artists who perform in more intimate-to-medium-sized venues. 


PRODUCT PICK: Walrus Audio Utility Pedals

With an all-encompassing selection of essentials that take up minimal real estate on your pedalboard, Walrus Audio's new Utility line of effects is absolutely worth a second look. The series includes a number of practical stompboxes in both micro and standard sizes, including a buffed blend pedal, expression pedal and volume control, tap tempo and much more.


PRODUCT PICK: Ernie Ball Paradigm Strings

Strings that never break or rust? Color us impressed. Based off the iconic Ernie Ball Slinky, Paradigm's break-resistant strings are specially treated—not coated—with a proprietary Everlast nanotreatment. They also undergo a breakthrough plasma process that prevents corrosion and wear during hours of punishing play. Available in a number of electric and acoustic gauges, they've been dutifully beta-tested by pros like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Petrucci to ensure these babies are as muscular as they claim to be.


As avid fans of MONO bags and accessories for years, we were excited to see the company's new line of portable, lightweight boards. Whether you own five stompboxes or 50, rest assured you'll be accommodated—the line includes five different pedalboard sizes, from Lite (14" x 5.25" x 1.25") to Large (32" x 16" x 3.5"). Crafted from one sheet of anodized aluminum (black or silver, depending on your preference), they've certainly lost some weight compared to their predecessors, which makes them ultra convenient and tough-wearing.


Hilary Brown
Hilary Brown