At the Halfway Point, The NAMM Show Is Bigger Than Ever Before

by Barney Jameson, former pro audio industry editor and the Managing Director of The Inside Story.

If the 2018 debut of ACC North and its pro audio-focused exhibits was declared a resounding success, then the 2019 NAMM Show has been nothing short of a revelation. As we reach the midway point of this year’s exhibition, it’s hard to believe that only two days have passed – so much has already happened.

The aisles of ACC North are even busier than a year ago, and exhibitors such as DiGiCo, d&b audiotechnik and Clair Bros are seeing leading rental companies who have decided to attend for the first time. Also arriving in Anaheim for the first time are the legion of international pro audio visitors from as far afield as Indonesia, India, Singapore and Australia. Among them is Warren D’Souza – a leading light in the Indian touring sound community as the founder and director of production company Sound.Com. Yesterday, he enthusiastically described how the creation of ACC North and the heightened education offered at the Hilton led him to attend the show. Needless to say, he’ll be back next year.

Elsewhere, the first ever NAMM Show Loudspeaker System Showcase has drawn extraordinary crowds to the Convention Center Arena. Hosted by Live Sound International’s Keith Clarke, the demonstrations of large format concert sound systems have proven that live sound technology has a new home in Anaheim, and it’s here to stay. The same can be said for The Parnelli Awards, which took place on Friday night and honoured Brock Adamson with the Audio Innovator Award.

With two more days of the show to enjoy, there’s still time to soak up everything the NAMM Show has to offer. I’ll see you in the aisles!