NAMM Oddities 2003 The Other Room
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Analog Band-in-a-Box

These two units were linked together playing the same song. As you can see they each have a built-in touch screen to control it and it also functions as a karaoke display. You can even get a wireless MIDI hookup so you can download MIDI files on your computer and beam them over.

Ragtime Automated Music
4218 Jessup Rd.
Ceres, CA 95307
(209) 613-2148




A new twist on pitch to MIDI

Outbreak was showing a prototype system for a new pitch to MIDI convertor. You hum into the mouthpiece while you hold down keys on the controller. The keys you hold down establish the scale that the convertor conforms your humming to. It's like having Autotune running live putting out the MIDI notes. Outbreak is looking for other companies who would like to license their technologies for other products.

Outbreak! Music Systems
325 Sharon Park Drive, Ste. 115
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 906-8371


Hot Lips

You can get these mouthpieces in fifteen different colors for all the standard brass instruments. These would have been nice to have back in high school for those cold cold nighttime halftime shows.

Mouthpiece Wizard
674 South Pioneer Blvd.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 922-9888




String Master

Why waste time tuning your guitar by hand when a machine can do it for you? As you can see this system consists of a hand held gizmo that turns your tuning pegs for you. You can also get a version that has just the top motor portion and you mount a small tuning display on your guitar. Is there anything technology can't do?

PrairieTech Innovations
P.O. Box 711, 113 Spruce St.
Caronport, SK Canada S0H 0S0
(877) 992-9910




The Flute Snake

Just slip this little critter over any standard cleaning rod let it slither through your flute. It will remove the moisture from your flute which will prolong the life of your pads.

Sandpiper Enterprises
6905 Lincoln Oaks Drive
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 965-8614



The Ernie Ball booth

If there was a prize for the most outrageous booth Ernie Ball would have won hands down. They had a football theme going complete with rabid fans, cheerleaders and a radio controlled blimp flying overhead. I can't recall if they actually had any musical equipment there.



Guitar Ties

The perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for guitarist in your life.

Albert Elovits, Inc.
3001 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 683-2900




AKG Headphones

These were some strange looking headphones that caught my eye. The silver transducer sections were hinged on the front edge so you have control over the distance to your ears.

914 Airpark Center Dr.
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 620-3800


Will the real Brittney please stand up

Daisy Rock makes guitars aimed at girls to encourage them to learn to play. They had a couple Barbies all dressed up complete with mini-Marshalls and tiny facsimiles of Daisy Rock guitars.

Daisy Rock




Skull knobs

Q-Parts makes quite a number of custom replacement knobs for guitars. My favorites there were the skulls, a welcome addition to any image-conscious metal players axe.

18214 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA. 91324
(866) 790-2950


Translucent microphones

Something else that seems to be standard fare for the NAMM Oddities is equipment made from translucent materials. You know these mics are going to sound good because they've got a switch built right into them, that's always a mark of quality.

7091 N.W. 51st St
Miani, FL 33166
(800) 859-7027




Unipar translucent par cans

If you've got the translucent mics then you'll have to pick up some matching lighting. They offer both mid size and mini par cans in a number of different colors. You get even more color variation mileage by using different colored gels.

(888) 277-7844


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